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Walk The Ullswater Way

Superb views of the lake with many options.


Enjoy beautiful views of the lake by exploring the Ullswater Way. A 20 mile walking route around the picturesque Ullswater lake in the stunning Lake District. This route is perfect for all ages, and you can walk it in either direction, from any starting point. For a shorter adventure, consider combining sections with a boat trip or bus ride. Along the way, you’ll pass through charming villages and have plenty of opportunities to refuel at local eating places. Highlights of the route include Pooley Bridge, Aira Force, Glenridding, Patterdale, and Howtown.

Lake District National Park photo of The Ullswater Way

The Ullswater Way is a scenic walking route that combines Public Rights of Way and quiet roads. There is a short section along the A 592 at Stybarrow Crag. Please exercise caution during this approximately 200 metres stretch.

The terrain on the Ullswater Way varies quite a bit. It offers a mix of fell paths, tracks, undulating woodland sections, and agricultural fields with livestock. The surfaces include grassy trails, gravel tracks, and steeper stone paths on the optional Gowbarrow route.

Part of the Ullswater Way from the lake.

The majority of the route is accessible for the majority of people, with gates for ease of entry. There is one stone step stile between Howtown and Pooley Bridge on the lower route. You can avoid this, if desired, by taking the higher route via Askham Fell.

Certain sections of The Ullswater Way are more suitable than others for those with limited mobility. The stretch from Pooley Bridge to Gale Bay along the shore is part of the ‘ Miles without Stiles ‘ route. Additionally, the path from Aira Force to Glencoyne offers a surfaced, relatively level path through Glencoyne Park. The route from Roehead to Askham Fell may also be suitable for all.

Difficulty ?

As ever, the difficulty level will vary from person to person regarding their own ability. The weather will also be a strong factor on the experience. Generally, 20 miles in a day is a challenge if you are not an experienced walker. For others, they might literally take it in their stride. Why The Ullswater Way is a very good choice usually, is the amount of options it offers. If a complete circuit is the goal, maybe take the option many walkers of experience employ. enjoy it in stages. The Walk will still be there when you’re ready to return to it.

The Ullswater Way on The LDNP website

Section of The Ullswater Way Shore Path in the background.