The Beauty of Ullswater

  • Lovely stretch of lake side
  • Views up and down Ullswater
  • Rocky shoreline & Woodland

I agree with Wainwright  – this is the finest lakeside walk in the Lake District . The path from Howtown to Glenridding winds its way gently above the shoreline, passing through some beautiful woodland before it climbs 100s of feet above the hamlet of Sandwick and the privately owned Scarehow Wood. The path then undulates along the shore, always with pretty views up and down the lake, before breaking out of the woods at Silver Crag, a great spot to stop and watch the world go by. From Silver Crag the path becomes busier as the trippers appear out of Glenridding and Patterdale; however the views are still excellent and only deteriorate when the lake ends and there is a bit of a trudge round its terminus.

The walk is quite long for a lowland walk which in my opinion adds to the appeal as there is a feel of a real adventure. Many have under estimated its length and the amount of up hill that has to be done but few are unsatisfied when they are finished. The only way of exploring these southern banks of Ullswater is on foot (or by boat) and the walk is much better for it. I prefer taking the ferry to Howtown first which removes any stress of meeting the timetable and therefore enabling a more relaxed and enjoyable walk.

Recommend: It is possible to include Hallin Fell on the walk and joining the Lakeside path at Sandwick, not a bad option but avoids some of the best of the lakeside

Transport: From Glenridding the ferry leaves at either 9.45, 11.00 and roughly 12.15 arriving in Howtown 40 minutes later

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL5 The English Lakes North East Buy Map
Start Point: NY 443196. Howtown is the best start point for the walk however this requires the ferry from Glenridding. The ferry is £5.60 or £2.80 for children (2012)
Height to Climb: 223 ms (731 feet)
Terrain: The path is clear and good throughout.
Eating & Drinking: The Howtown Hotel does tea and sandwiches all day but there is a bigger and better choice in Patterdale & Glenridding - another reason to start at Howtown.
Similar Walks Nearby: Martindale & Beda Head
Dacre & Dalemain
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