Route: Howtown to Glenridding along the shore of Ullswater

Area: Eastern Lake District

Date of walk: 14th February 2019

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 7.2 miles

Ascent: 1,000 feet

Weather: Light cloud and weak sunshine

About 30 years ago we first walked this route along the shore of Ullswater with our daughter, then aged 3, and carrying our baby son in a backpack. Since then we’ve trod the same path 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 – equivalent to the height of a Wainwright fell. 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 9.30am sailing of M.V Western Belle, built in 1935. 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 and follow the undulating and sometimes rocky path. We followed the waymarked Ullswater Way, passing around the foot of Hallin Fell and walking around Sandwick and its bay. We continued along the shoreline 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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