David Bellamy Gold and Enjoy England five star Waterfoot Park is located within the beautiful Ullswater Valley, overlooking Ullswater, just a ten minute walk from the village of Pooley Bridge and Ullswater Steamers Pier. Surrounded by ancient woodland, prime habitat for the elusive Red Squirrel, in the Northern region of the Lake District National Park with views over Ullswater. The Park is a perfect location with walking, cycling, watersports and other leisure activities within easy distance or a short drive, bus, cruise journey from the main entrance. The Park is located on the round the lake footpath, the Ullswater Way so you can link up to some of the most famous and spectacular walking routes in the Lake District right from the doorstep. This award winning site has excellent facilities for tourers, offers excellent self catering cottages and wigwams for hire. The perfect location for those that wish to stay a little longer too, so enquire about our range of private Holiday Homes for sale.
The Ullswater valley is home to miles of bridleways, footpaths and cycle routes. Waterfoot Park is located on the Round the Lake footpath the Ullswater Way and approx. 4 miles from the Coast to Coast route that crosses the North of England. Ullswater is England’s second largest lake but regarded as the most beautiful and often compared to Lake Lucerne in Switzerland, its beauty has inspired poets and writes over the centuries and famous for the William Wordsworth daffodils that grow by the lakeshore in Glencoyne every Spring and the legends of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table ! For those with a love of the great outdoors, great adventures lie ahead. Cruises with Ullswater Steamers link famous walking routes to four piers just ten minutes’ walk from the Park entrance. There are many outdoor activity providers in the area and nearby facilities, shops, pubs and heritage visitor attractions within easy reach. Waterfoot Park is in the Lake District National Park close to the borders of the Eden valley & Pennines, the perfect location for touring, wigwam and self-catering holidays.
The shop is open daily during the main season and sells a wide range of daily essentials, locally produced eggs and bacon, souvenirs, gifts and games. We can order your daily papers for you so please ask on arrival. The shop and Mansion entrance has a wide array of local brochures for great days out. Twizy hire is avaible from reception, so come and meet Hovera and Lethera. Free Wi-Fi is available in the Mansion House.
The touring area offers excellent facilities for caravans, motor-homes and their awnings. Facilities include accessible toilet and shower block, washing-up and laundry areas, baby-changing and recycling point. All touring pitches are hard standing and have electric/ TV Hook-up and water hook-up with grey waste drainage. During the main season we have a regular visit by the local Fish & Chip van by the main touring field. Please click here for booking and tariff information.
We have four fully en-suite with showers Running Water II Wigwams for hire at Waterfoot Park. Each Wigwam can accommodate two adults and up to two children. The Wigwams have a fixed double bed, double sofa bed, en-suite toilet and shower room, kitchenette with sink, ridge, kettle, microwave, hob and toaster . There is a dining table with four chairs and outside you will find a picnic table and gravelled area suitable for barbecuing. Waterfoot wigwams do not have television reception but you may bring your own TV for the purpose of watching DVD's. Please note dogs are welcome in select Wigwams for a small charge per night. Please click here for booking and tariff information.
There are four self-catering cottages at Waterfoot Park. Each cottage has views overlooking Ullswater to the rear. The properties have been carefully renovated in order to retain their original charm but updated with modern features, each one named after the iconic ‘Steamers’ that sail on Ullswater. Fully equipped and fitted with the latest furnishings including wood burning stoves. Each cottage offers excellent accommodation sleeping from four to eight persons. Three of the cottages are dog friendly with exterior patio areas. Towels and bed linen are included. All properties are available to hire for seven night breaks from Friday to Friday and Monday to Monday with short stay options from Friday to Monday and Monday to Friday. For more information and to book click here.
We love our four legged friends and well behaved owners are welcome to accompany their dogs on their holiday too. All of our four legged friends get a welcome treat on arrival and with great walkies on the doorstep what more can you ask for. Most of our self-catering cottages and Wigwams are dog friendly, please tick the option on booking. There is a dog on lead exercise area on Park and the Ullswater Way footpath runs through Waterfoot Park so plenty of chance to exercise off lead provided there are no livestock in the surrounding fields, in which case we ask you politely to keep your dog on the lead. All the pubs in the nearby Pooley bridge are pet friendly, dogs are permitted on the Ullswater ‘Steamers and welcome in our Mansion Bar too. A great woof welcome awaits.
The Mansion Bar & Coffee Shop is open at select times in the mains season. The Mansion Bar opening times are displayed at reception and outside the Mansion entrance. There is free Wi-Fi in this area. The Mansion Bar is a spacious open lounge area with patio doors that lead to the terraced gardens with our unique water feature. The exterior has extensive views over Ullswater. There is an outdoor table tennis area to keep children of all ages happy. During the main season we run our evening Mansion nights so keep an eye out on the event pages and the reception notice board during your stay for detailed information.
The Park enjoys a quiet, family orientated character set amongst ancient woodland providing shelter and a managed environment for wildlife. The conservation contribution that the Park has achieved, have brought a reward of Gold status under the David Bellamy Award scheme every year since 2000. The Park also continues to support a voluntary fund-raising scheme for other conservation projects in the Ullswater Valley through Nurture Lakeland Visit, Give and protect scheme. The Ullswater valley has a rich biodiversity of wildlife whose ancient woodlands and fells provide breeding habitats for some of our rarer species such as red deer, red squirrels and barnacle geese. There is a vast array of species that live within and around the Park itself including the elusive and mischievous red squirrels.
The Ullswater Way is a 20-mile walking route around Ullswater. The route can be walked in either direction and from any starting point which emans you can walk right from Waterfoot as we are located on the Ullswater Way footpath which runs from the lakeshore past the Mansion and around the back to the next open field. Just look out for the Daffodil symbol. Why not walk the route in shorter sections or connect to other parts of the walk by using an open top bus or steamer to start your journey and then walk back to Waterfoot Park! Find out more about the sections between Pooley Bridge to Aira Force, Aira Force to Glenridding, Glenridding to Howtown and Howtown to Pooley Bridge.