Dacre & Dalemain

  • Explore the grounds of Dalemain
  • Visit the church and castle at Dacre
  • Lovely views looking down Ullswater

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. Like everyone else I headed towards Keswick or took the road past Pooley Bridge to the higher mountains of Ullswater: completely neglecting 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 and 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 at the foot of the village. The walk passes beside a lovely stretch of river at Pooley Bridge, through the beautiful and colourful grounds of Dalemain House finishing with an option to climb Dunmallard Hill (no views) or just by enjoying the views down Ullswater. As a shorter walk on easy paths in an unlikely area full of interest this is unsurpassed in the Lake District.

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

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL5 The English Lakes North East. Buy Map
Start Point: NY 469244. There is a car park on the north west side of the bridge. Head straight up the river.
Height to Climb: 119ms (390 feet)
Terrain: Pleasant lanes and paths over fields are easy to follow.
Eating & Drinking: Pooley Bridge pubs and tea shops compete amongst themselves for the best beer/tea gardens in the Lakes. Great place on a hot day.
Similar Walks Nearby: Gowbarrow via Aira Force
Martindale & Beda Head
The Beauty of Ullswater
Places to Stay:


Sun Inn, Pooley Bridge