Ullswater Way 1

North Eastern Lake District

Route: The Ullswater Way Stage 1

Area: North Eastern Lake District

Date of walk: 4th May 2016

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 11.3 miles

Ascent: 1,700 feet

Weather: Cloudy with sunny intervals

The Ullswater Way is a new 20 mile long walking route which circumnavigates Ullswater using existing rights of way and quiet public roads. Walkers are encouraged to start from any point, travel in any direction, and break the route down into sections. What an excellent idea, and congratulations to the partnership which promoted this, including the Lake District National Park Authority, See More Cumbria and the Lake District, The National Trust, Eden District Council, Ullswater Steamers and the Ullswater Association

We decided to take advantage of the Ullswater Steamers and having purchased tickets for 2 adults and 1 dog at Glenridding we disembarked at Pooley Bridge an hour or so later after a wonderful boat trip along the length of the lake

I strongly recommend that anyone following this route walks the way we did today – from the foot of Ullswater to its head. In this way, the best scenery is ahead of you as you walk, and the best is kept until last. The section from Pooley Bridge to Gowbarrow Park was unfamiliar to us, and followed unfrequented paths and lanes through gently rolling countryside. When we reached Gowbarrow Park there followed a walk in heaven – the elevated path around the flanks of the fell with its superlative views to the head of the lake. This is one of the best paths in the district and one that you hope will never end

When the path finally does come to an end at Aira Force there’s no anti climax as the huge waterfall and the surrounding parkland await, followed by a stroll through Glencoyne Park and a final section close to the shore of the lake. Strong walkers with plenty of available daylight hours could no doubt accomplish the walk in a single day but we were perfectly content with our efforts today which left us with a sense of anticipation about the next stage of this great walk

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