We had left Edinburgh in the rain and headed south to the Lake District. We had booked to spend 10 days in the north lakes and then move for a week near Windermere and explore the southern lakes. Before we left Edinburgh we checked with the campground near Penrith that everything was OK in their area as we had heard on the news about flooding in Cumbria due to the amount of rain. Everything was OK.
Our first exploration day was to Ullswater the second largest lake in the Lake District. The lake is eight miles long with a serpentine shape. A little tiddler compared to the Canadian Great lakes! The lake is overlooked by soaring fells and the little village of Glenridding is the base for the more adventurous walkers(not us!) to climb up Helvellyn one of the Lake District's three thousand foot peaks.You certainly need to be fit to do this one!
From our walks book we had identified a less challenging walk which took us along the lake and then up one of the fells to get great views across the lake. The weather was cloudy but dry. We all enjoyed the walk.