Walks on the Ullswater Way
The 20-mile round-the-lake footpath, The Ullswater Way, goes through Waterfoot Park. You can start your journey on foot or take a cruise from Pooley Bridge and connect to many of the spectacular walking routes in the Ullswater valley. There are walking routes to suit all ages and abilities, from short lakeshore strolls to more challenging mountain hikes.
Walk 1 - from Pooley Bridge
Take a short walk around Dunmallard Hill - there is a fantastic vantage point at the top. Be sure to look out for red squirrels too! The hill is also just a 10-minute stroll to Pooley Bridge village with its array of tea rooms, gift shops, pubs and inns, and the Ullswater Steamers pier.
Walk 2 - Lowther Loop - from Pooley Bridge to Lowther Castle
This trail lets you explore the historical Askham village, tranquil woodland, and the River Lowther. Look out for important archaeological sites on Moor Divock, including ancient cairns, burial mounds, standing stones, and the Roman road. On a clear day, you can also enjoy views of Ullswater and the Helvellyn mountain range from Askham Fell.
Walk 3 - National Trust Aira Force
Walk on the Ullswater Way from Waterfoot Park to the National Trust Aira Force via Wreay or catch the Steamer to/from Glenridding and follow the lakeshore path past those famous William Wordsworth daffodils.
Walk 4 - Pooley Bridge to Howtown
Walk to the village and follow the road to Roehead. Follow the footpath up to the Cockpit stone circle. Many of the stones are now fallen but the tallest of those stones still upright are just under a metre. Afterwards, descend down the fell to Howtown Pier.
Walk 5 - The Ullswater Way
Look out for the daffodil waymarkers now connecting all four legs of Ullswater with Steamer and bus routes connecting each section.
Walk 6 - Hallin Fell from Howtown
Follow the footpath around Hallin Fell to Sandwick and return along the shore and through the woods.
Walk 7 - Howtown to Glenridding
Park at Glenridding and catch the Steamer up to Howtown. Walk back on the footpath along the shore and through the woods to Glenridding. This path is easy to find and offers spectacular views of Ullswater.
Walk 8 - Ullswater Way Dalemain Loop
The Four Bears Marmalade Trail is a circular extension to the Ullswater Way at the North end of the lake. The whimsical walk takes in the stately Mansion of Dalemain and the ancient church of Dacre, with its four enigmatic stone bears.