Ullswater often misses out to Keswick, Windemere et al when touring the Lake District but it is well worth the extra few miles north - it is, after all, the second largest lake in the park. This time last year it was in full autumnal colour. It is on the change but still mainly green.
At the south end of the lake is Pooley Bridge. A picturesque little village centre with a wonderful cafe - Granny Dowbekin's Tearooms - that does delicious home cooked meals.
Follow the path from the village car park to the walk down to, and around, the lake. The old ferry boats can be seen plying their tourist trade from the pier opposite - or better still take a trip round the lake.
Leaving Pooley Bridge lakeside via the small bridge and heading toward Patterdale you pass the entrance to the amazing Aira Force. For the energetic the walk/climb up the Force is amazing - with a nice log tea room at the base for refreshment on your return. For the less energetic turn right just after the entrance to Aira. At the brow, after a steep incline, is a parking place adjacent to a path with a walkway down to middle force from where you can take the easy walk to high force.