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Ullswater Walking

Walking Around Ullswater


For walking, you are spoiled for choice around Ullswater. There are literally hundreds of footpaths, tracks and quiet lanes, (riverside, lakeside, woodland, valley and mountain), to suit all levels of enthusiasm and ability. Wainwright’s famous Coast to Coast Walk also passes through Patterdale.

Useful Information for Walkers

You are advised to be adequately dressed, shod and equipped for your walk, and, if going onto the fells, check the weatherline 017687 75757. Or check out the Lake District Weather online. You can also now see a 5 day Weather Forecast for Helvellyn.

Ordnance Survey maps that cover the area are the
1:50 000 Penrith and Keswick map
ISBN 0-319-222690-5, and the 1:25 000 English Lakes North Eastern area ISBN no 0-319-23444-4 Click here to Buy Lake District OS Maps Online.

There are an enormous number of books which cover walking in the Lake District. The Amazon on-line bookshop will give you a choice of 629 titles if you enter Lake District in the Book search! The tourist information centre carries a good selection as do the shops in Pooley Bridge, Glenridding and nearby Penrith.

The serious walker might like to tackle the heights of High Street, St Sunday Crag, Fairfield 2863 ft and of course the magnificent Helvellyn 3118ft/950m

The Coast to Coast route crosses the Ullswater valley from Helvellyn, through Patterdale, over High Street to Haweswater and Shap. We now have a page dedicated to the Coast to Coast Walk in Patterdale.

There are also many dales leading off the Ullswater valley that rise steadily into the surrounding high hills offering challenging walks and glorious views.

The National Trust owns over 16,800 acres of land around Ullswater. They have been responsible for creating and maintaining some lovely footpaths which meander from lake shore, through ancient woodland and onto open fells. Their short walks leaflets are now, unfortunately, out of print but the guide at their Information point at Aira Force will happily advise you.

The Lake District National Park Authority Tourist Information Centre at Glenridding sells a variety of leaflets, maps and guide books about walking in the area. They also conduct a series of FREE GUIDED WALKS with National Park Wardens who have an excellent knowledge of the area and will tell you all about the history, flora and fauna. For information contact the Tourist Information Centre. 017684 82414 mailto:ullswatertic@lake-district.gov.uk


Ullswater Walks

Here are a few suggested walks that you might like to look into...

Hallin Fell 3 miles/2 hours ~ One of the finest walks for seeing the most spectacular lake and mountain scenery in the Ullswater area.

Silver Cragg 3.5 miles/2.30 hours ~ Breathtaking views across the southern end of Ullswater

Hartsop and Brother's Water 4.5 miles/2.75 hours ~ A level walk through mountain scenery to picturesque tarn

Gowbarrow Fell 7.5 miles/4.5 hours ~ A true Lakeland walk passing spectacular waterfall

Barton Fell 7 miles/4 hours ~ One of the best for overviews of Ullswater

Lanty's Tarn 3 miles/2.5 hours ~ Splendid walk to a quiet haven set amongst magnificent mountains

The Boat Walk 6.5 miles/4 hours ~ A wonderful fell and lakeside walk with ferry ride back to starting point - or vice versa.

Greenside Mines 3.5 miles/2.5 hours ~ Through dramatic Glenridding valley to site of now disused mine which was founded in the 1650's.

Aira Force 3 miles/2 hours ~ A fabulous walk through enchanting leafy glen to one of the most spectacular waterfall in the Lake District.

Pooley Bridge 2.5 miles/1.5 hours ~ Short walk on lower fell and lake shore

Dunmallard Hill 3 miles/2 hours ~ Short walk along river, through farmland and woods from Pooley Bridge

For a light hearted view on a range of local walks please see the Helvellyn Blog.
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Glenridding Guides - Glenridding Guides is a small family-run business at the foot of Helvellyn and on the shores of Ullswater offering friendly and knowledgeable walking guides. Contact Glenridding Guides via Email

Reach Beyond Adventure - A local outdoor adventure company offering a wide range of outdoor activities including guided walks. Also offers canoeing, ridge scrambling, climbing, ghyll scrambling, bushcraft, outdoor first aid training and more. Ideal for individuals, families & groups www.reachbeyondadventure.co.uk  01768 483867  enquiries@reachbeyondadventure.co.uk

Eden Outdoor Adventures - a small family run company offering tailor made courses for small groups and families in Canoeing, Rock Climbing, Walking and Moutaineering, and other outdoor training including navigation and first aid.  For more details see their website www.edenoutdooradventures.co.uk, call them on 07525 653099 or email them.
Ullswater Guided Walks
Glenridding Walking Guides Reach Beyond Adventure Eden Outdoor Adventures
Summit of Helvellyn

Patterdale Parish Boundary Walk 1st Saturday of July

30 miles - 10,000 ft Ascent


Glencoyne - Kirkstone Top - Patterdale

Love Walking near Ullswater and fancy a challenge?
Why not take part in the annual Patterdale Parish Boundary Walk.
It’s all for charity and a great day out!
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Guided Treks, Mountain Skills Development, Multi & Single Pitch Rock Climbing & Team Building in the Lake District plus Personal Guiding across the UK  &  Mountain Landscape Photography. Telephone: 01768 890345 / 07779 961027


Blue Badge Guides


Valerie Abraham MITG - takes groups and individuals on guided walks around Ullswater. Telephone 017684 83624


Melanie Carter MITG - offers guided walks of Penrith, Glenridding, Martindale and the Ullswater Valley. Mobile number is 07857 498051 and website www.edenoutdooradventures.co.uk Email: melanie@edenoutdooradventures.uk

Distant Horizons
Distant Horizons offers high quality activities for families, groups and individuals.  Activities include canyoning, cliff jumping, climbing, canoe and kayak lake tours, plus boat hire.  Also available are a selection of wet weather alternatives including indoor climbing and archery in their purpose built activity barn.  They also provide self-catering accommodation in their luxury bunkhouse.

For more details visit their website or contact 017684 86465 or email them.
Distant Horizons Walking and Climbing Around Ullswater Distant Horizons
Tale Trails are 1-2 hour family walks in the Ullswater and Penrith area based around a fun story and a hand drawn map for kids.
Explore, discover, burn some energy, get outside, use your imagination and have some fun! Kids can follow their own colourful map and use the story to spot things and search for clues along the trail. Tale Trails can be bought for £3.95 in local shops and online. Visit www.taletrails.co.uk to find out more.
“A great way to keep the kids entertained!"
Hetti the Carvetii of Pooley Bridge  The Nozomi Bird of Aira Force   The Marsh Kelpie of Askham Fell   The Glenridding Griffin of Lantys' tarn    
The Grumbletrog of Cliburn Moss      Pip the Impossible of Lowther   Eric the Curious of Hallin Fell 
Tale Trails
Mountain Days  is a small family run business offering a range of tailor made services including Guided Walks, Backpacking and Wild Camping, Navigation Training, Fell Running and Corporate Events. They provide a personal and tailor-made experience that exactly matches your abilities and desires, resulting in a truly memorable experience that will exceed all expectations.

If you want more info or have any questions please just get in touch via the Mountain Days Website.
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