Where is this walk?

Dacre and Dalemain

May 23, 2019

To the north east of Poolety Bridge lie the quiet area of Dacre and Dalemain House. Dalemain House is a lovely building and Dacre an interesting village set in rolling countryside.

The Walk

The pretty village of Dacre and the historic house of Dalemain lie in a surprisingly quiet corner of the Lakes being only a few miles off the M6. Dalemain House has a long and interesting history and can be visited in a tour. Like everyone else I headed towards Keswick along the A6 or took the road past Pooley Bridge to the higher mountains of Ullswater. I ignored the area between. It was only when Helen demanded a visit to Dalemain House that I was forced to stop and have a look round the area. Revisiting a few weeks ago I linked the triangle of Pooley Bridge, the house at Dalemain with Dacre. As a result I spent a thoroughly enjoyable few hours.

Dacre itself must be one of the most sort after places to live in Cumbria with its beautiful church and castle (and pub!). The river Dacre winding its merry way through the foot of the village. The walk also passes alongside a lovely stretch of river at Pooley Bridge, through the beautiful and colourful grounds of Dalemain House and finishing with an option to climb Dunmallard Hill (no views). Alternatively just enjoy the views down Ullswater. As a shorter walk on easy paths in an unusual area this is unsurpassed in the Lake District.


Spend some time in Dacre. Have a drink at the Horse & Farrier and enjoy this most beautiful of villages.

Navigation Tips at Dacre and Dalemain

On approaching Dalemain House you will need to walk the 250 metres on the road in front of the house . This links the public right of ways.

1 Comment
  • Allan Kernohan says:

    Agree with all your comments about this walk.
    Lovely map but must point out that return is over Dunmallard Hill, not Soulby Fell. Apologies if I am the hundredth person to point this out!



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