Ullswater

Route: Howtown to Glenridding

Area: Eastern Lake District

Date of walk: 18th April 2018

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 7.2 miles

Ascent: 1,000 feet

Weather: cloudy at first, gradually clearing. Very warm

Nearly 30 years ago we first walked this route with our daughter, then aged 3, and carrying our baby son in a backpack. Since then we’ve followed the same route on numerous occasions – it’s a classic low level walk, even though numerous ups and downs along the way build up to a total of 1,000 feet of ascent. In Wainwright’s opinion the lakeside path is ‘the most beautiful and rewarding walk in Lakeland’. The linear route is made possible by the Ullswater Steamers, an award winning Lake District attraction which has been operating for over 150 years

We drove over to Glenridding in time to board the midday sailing of M.Y Raven, first launched in 1889. The boat trip is an adventure in itself, passing through some of the finest scenery in Lakeland. After 30 minutes or so we disembarked at Howtown to start today’s walk

Navigation is a simple affair and the maps page is hardly needed – just keep the lake on your right. We followed the waymarked Ullswater Way, passing around the foot of Hallin Fell and walking around Sandwick and its bay. Beyond Sandwick our progress was delayed by a new attraction on the the route – the Lowther Team Room, a perfect place to rest weary legs and enjoy a cup of tea and some guilt free cake

Suitably refreshed we continued along the undulating path until we reached Side Farm. We left the main path here to walk through the farm, following a track across the head of Ullswater to the outskirts of Patterdale. From here we followed the pavement back to the start of a wonderful walk which I’d happily repeat tomorrow

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