The 20 mile Round the Lake footpath, the Ullswater Way goes through Waterfoot Park so you can start your journey on foot or take a cruise from Pooley Bridge and connect to many of the famous and spectacular walking routes in the Ullswater valley. There are many walking routes to suit all ages and abilities from short lakeshore strolls to mountain hikes. Pick up an Ullswater Way leaflet from reception during your stay.
Take a short walk around Dunmallard Hill, there is a fantastic vantage point at the top and look out for red squirrels! Just a ten minute stroll to Pooley Bridge village with its array of tea rooms, gift shops, pubs and inns, post office and the Ullswater Steamers Pier.
Walk to the village and follow the road to Roehead then follow the footpath on up to the Stone Circle and down the side of the fell to Howtown Pier. There is a low-level option on this route (6 miles/9km) Moor Divock is rich in antiquities dating to the Early Bronze Age. The Cockpit is the largest of several monuments found on the moor with a diameter of 25m. Many of the stones are now fallen but the tallest of those stones still upright are just under a metre.
Follow the footpath around Hallin Fell to Sandwick and return along the shore, through the woods (3 miles/5km)
From 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, with Helvellyn – Englands third highest mountain rising above the ancient wooded foothills (7 miles/11km). Please note parking at Glenridding and catch the Steamer to the start of this walk.
Look out for the Daffodil waymarkers now connecting all four legs of Ullswater with Steamer and bus routes connecting each section.
Walk on the waymarked Ullswater Way from the Park to National Trust Aira Force via Wreay or catch the Steamer to/from Glenridding and follow the lakeshore path past those famous William Wordsworth daffodils. Download the Ullswater Way brochure here.
We are delighted to announce a new Dalemain Loop walking route has been added to the Ullswater Way trail. 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.
Newly added, and linking to the Ullswater Way, the Lowther Loop is a circular trail that spans from Pooley bridge to Lowther Castle. The trail let's you explore the historical Askham village, tranquil woodland, and the River Lowther. Look out for important archaological sites on Moor Divock, including ancient cairns, burial mounds, standing stones, and 'High Street' Roman Road. On a clear day you can also enjoy views of Ullswater and the Helvellyn mountain range from Askham Fell.