Ullswater in Winter

Ullswater - Boundary Lake

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Most people under 50 will probably wonder what on earth this page title is all about. It's now forty years since the old Lake District counties of Cumberland and Westmorland were amalgamated, and Cumbria was created.

Before 1974 this view looking down the lake would have Cumberland to the left and Westmorland to the right. The county boundary then continued down the River Eamont so that Pooley Bridge at the foot of Ullswater was a Westmorland village, as was Glenridding at the head of the lake because the dividing line left the lake at Glencoyne and went up the valley toward Greenside and Stybarrow Dod. Watermillock, though, was in Cumberland. Of course, for most people it's all history now and a unified Cumbrian identity is taking shape.

Boundary Lake Ullswater between Cumberland and Westmorland

In one sense, though, the boundary remains. The great Alfred Wainwright made Ullswater the dividing line between Book 1, The Eastern Fells, and Book 2, The Far Eastern Fells in his series A Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells.

So if you're planning to explore this area make sure you get both of these. They're highly recommended additions to the Ordnance Survey map OL5 and are now updated in a 2nd edition to take account of changes to routes since Wainwright originally wrote them in the 1950s.

Interestingly Mark Richards in his more recent Lakeland Fellranger series uses the same dividing line between The Near Eastern Fells and The Far Eastern Fells.

For anyone planning to do any serious walking in the Lake District these guides are invaluable. They should be seen as part of the Lake District walking standard kit, whether for winter or summer.

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