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Walk Lake Ullswater from End to End

Walk Lake Ullswater from End to End

This is a challenge for anyone who is up for a walk of around 11.5 miles – but those who are determined to complete it are treated to some spectacular views over the lake. Moreover, you can combine the end-to-end walk of the lake with a trip on an Ullswater Steamer.

Sturdy walking boots, a backpack, plenty of food and drinks, and a wide-brimmed hat and sun cream – if you’re lucky with the weather – are all advisable. The information point at Glenridding usually has simple but easy to follow walking guides for the two sections of this walk. You can also download copies from the Ullswater Steamers website before you go.

The starting point – Glenridding

There is a car park here, along with an information point and toilets. You can buy a one-way ticket from Glenridding via Howtown (roughly the midway point) to Pooley Bridge at the opposite end of the lake. The trip takes about an hour; do check departure times for the day you are planning to make the journey. The steamer departs Glenridding, stopping briefly at Howtown, and then continuing up to the eastern end of the lake at Pooley Bridge. There are shops here as well, should you require them.

The best bet is to catch the earliest steamer you can, to ensure you begin the walk before lunchtime. Howtown makes the ideal lunch stop around five miles back along the lake, before embarking on the second, slightly longer leg of the journey.

From Pooley Bridge to Howtown

You have two routes that will take you to Howtown. The low-level route isn’t as stunning, but it is easier if you want to conserve some energy for the latter sections. The high-level route starts with an uphill climb, but this brings you up to a much higher viewpoint, giving great opportunities to look out along Ullswater. Keen photographers and those who appreciate seeing for miles should give this a try.

If you’d rather stop for lunch provided by someone else, try the Howtown Hotel, Cottages and Tearoom for some sustenance before pressing on for the second, 6.5-mile stretch back to Glenridding.

From Howtown to Glenridding

This is arguably the more challenging section of the two, so be cautious of loading up on too many tasty cakes at the tearoom! Much of this is a lakeshore path, but there are sections that are quite short and steep.

As you get closer to Glenridding, you’ll walk past a farm and then follow a track that skirts around the western end of Lake Ullswater. This then joins the road and takes you back east for the short final stretch of the walk back to the car park. With services and toilets here, you may wish to freshen up and grab a snack before falling gratefully into your car for the journey back to your accommodation.

Our verdict?

A great walk for those wanting a real leg-stretcher. Great views, some nice variations in scenery, and a steamer ride, too. What more could you want?

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