Daily Prompt: Above Ullswater



P1150776Above the valley and the lake

We look down from the silence

To the busyness and beauty below

A toy town of village cottages

On the lower slopes and

The lake like a puddle,

Miniature steamers plying its waters.

Sounds rise from below,

Shouts of children in the beck

Paddling and dam building in the summer sun.

And the hooting of the steamer as she leaves port

To sail the length of Ullswater.

But no traffic. Not here.

The trees occasionally obliterate the view

Like the frames on a triptych

Fringing the scene with foliage.


And all the while the shadows

Race across the hillsides,

Turning greens into purples

And back again as the cloud scapes

Weave across field and fell and crag.


From above, we marvel at the distance

And the depth of this poetic landscape,

Subject of Romanticists

And we feel  the history of the place

Walking in the steps of Wainwright

But also Wordsworth, Southey

Coleridge and Lamb

And it is the lambs themselves

Whose sound punctuates

The high land: hauntingly plaintive.


We look down from above and

Feel like self-satisfied gods

Admiring our faultless handiwork



If you have never visited The Lake District of the UK, I thoroughly recommend it. There are still pockets of quiet and you can sometimes have a whole mountainside to yourself.

These were the hills traversed by the Lake Poets of the eighteenth century, Wordsworth and Coleridge the most famous. Whilst they concentrated their walks to the south of the lakes, they had a great appreciation of the whole district. Wainwright was a great fell walker of the last century, who wrote amazing guides to the walks there.


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7 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: Above Ullswater

  1. I have never visited the U.K., much less the Lake District. Your description of the landscape is tantalizing! In a world dominated with industry and development, finding a patch of pure nature is a blessing. I understand why poets like Wadsworth would seek such places. If I ever make it that way, I’ll have to keep this district in mind.

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    1. Yes one of our most loved areas in the UK. You can visit Dove Cottage where the Wordsworths lived and of course Beatrix Potter wrote the Peter Rabbit Tales there too.


      1. How fun! Beatrix Potter was one of my favorite writers when I was little, and I still enjoy her whimsical stories today. She, unfortunately, led a rather lonely life. Dove Cottage is as good a place as any, I suppose, to spend lonesome days. Thanks for sharing!

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      2. Beatrice Potter led quite an interesting life in the Lakes and it is she among others who persuaded local landowners around Hawkeshead to leave land and buildings to the National Trust. Without that it is likely there would have been much more development and some beautiful locations would have been lost.


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