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Ullswater Lake Lake District and Cumbria WALKING - Walks - Ullswater Lake and Boat Ride

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It is recommended that you console your map of the area you intend to walk in for the correct route as the walks mentioned are an overview.

Part walk around one of Lake District finest Lakes with a boat trip on one of the Steamers to finish the walk off.

Level walking for the most with some short uphill sections.


Highest Point: 200m/650ft

Distance: 10.5km/6.5miles

Time: 3.5hrs + Boat

Starting/Finish Point:
The car park at
Ullswater Steamers - GLENRIDDING

Ullswater and Boat Route Map

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GLENRIDDING - Starting point and Finish

Find out the times of the Steamers from Howtown at the ticket office before you leave.

View Of Ullswater From The PathEnter through the farm gate near the road entrance which leads into a field for a walk along the lakeshore eventually arriving at the road.

Cross over the road to some steps and follow the path to the left which run's alongside the road eventually meeting the road again opposite Patterdale Hall estate.

Cross over the road again and enter onto the short section of off-road footpath soon arriving at the main path alongside the road, walk this until pass St Patrick's church/rectory coming to a turning on your left, next to a stone-built hall [Alpine Swiss sign dating from 1863].

On The Edge Of UllswaterTurn left heading down the lane [signed To Howtown & Boredale] with the track crossing the fields to Side Farm. Enter into the farmyard and at the top turn left at the shop [signed Howtown & Sandwick] and enter through the farm gate and follow the track.

Look out for the Norfolk Island it is roughly where the wall drops away to the left and there will be a short uphill walk. At this point you will see some of the best views of the day.

The track becomes narrower and into a path with the Ullswater Lake on your left, eventually you will arrive at a steep uphill near a place called Silver Point and enter into some woods.

Looking At The Forestery On The Shore Of UllswterDescending out of the woods you will arrive at drystone wall and Scalehow Beck crossing the wooden footbridge and continue along the main path. Keeping to the wall you will arrive at tiny hamlet of Sandwick.

On reaching the tarmac road, turn left past Bushey Cottage and Beckside Farm and follow the lane through the wooden gate and across the wooden bridge and onto another wooden gate.

Turn right [signed Public Footpath] and along the drystone wall, past a ruined building and onto another gate and enter into open field. Enter through two more gates and rejoin the lakeshore, keeping to the wall and another gate will take you onto Hallinhag Wood.

Looking Down On To UllswaterOn leaving the wood the path begins to descend towards the shore and you will overlook Howtown Wyke, you will pass the edge of a field boundary and the garden to Waternook House and down to a kissing gate that takes you to the lakeshore.

Keeping to the shore you will arrive at a small wood, at the footbridge turn left for the pier for the steamer back to Glenridding and the car park.


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Disclaimer - Climbing, Fell Walking, Mountaineering, Cycling, Mountain Biking, Watersports and other Activities can be extremely dangerous and can result in permanent disability or even loss of life. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own involvement and Lake District Let's Go can not be held responsible. Always seek advice and information.


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