Ullswater Way 3

North Eastern Lake District

Route: The Ullswater Way Stage 3

Area: North Eastern Lake District

Date of walk: 8th June 2016

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 7.3 miles

Ascent: 1,000 feet

Weather: Cloudy with bright spells, two heavy showers, very warm and hazy

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

Click here for Stage 1 and here for Stage 2 of our journey. I made today’s walk the final stage of the Ullswater Way in order to save the best until last – it’s a classic lakeland low level walk which we’ve done many times before and and is full of beauty every step of the way

I took advantage of the Ullswater Steamers again, catching the 9.45am boat from Glenridding and after an enjoyable boat ride I disembarked at Howtown Pier and set off on the lakeside path, the first section of which rounds the foot of Hallin Fell

I strongly recommend that anyone following this route walks in the direction I did today (and as I did on Stage 1 and 2) – towards the head of Ullswater. In this way, the best scenery is ahead of you as you walk

Navigation is easy, but it’s hard to make quick progress as the path is rocky much of the way and there is about 1,000 feet of ascent involved as the route crosses over several promontories. Who wants to rush a walk like this though’ It’s worth taking all day over it, and it had been a wonderful way to complete the Ullswater Way

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