Ullswater, Howtown to Glenridding

Howtown

Eastern Lake District

Route: Howtown to Glenridding

Area: Eastern Lake District

Date of walk: 22nd January 2016

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 7.7 miles

Ascent: 1,100 feet

Weather: rained at the start, gradually clearing

Today’s walk was a linear one, made possible by the Ullswater Steamers, an award winning service which has been in operation for over 150 years. We drove to the pier at Glenridding, bought 2 tickets for Howtown, and hopped on board the morning ferry. Sadly it was raining heavily and we had to spend much of the voyage inside the passenger cabin. It was still raining when we disembarked at Howtown, and having done so there was little choice other than to continue with the planned walk and hope that the weather forecast for clearing skies would prove to be accurate

For the first hour or so the weather was miserable and the camera had to be stowed away much of the time, but gradually conditions improved and we were able to enjoy the stunning scenery in good light

When we reached Side Farm it appeared that the path was flooded – the recent floods have caused terrible damage in the area – so we carried on until we reached the minor road to Patterdale, and from there we followed the road back to Glenridding.

We’ve done this walk many times and and never fail to enjoy it – today was no exception, despite the poor start

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