Twenty miles, tremendous lakeside walking, totally fabulous views...
DurationSingle Day Event
Difficulty Level3 Three
The 20-mile Ullswater Way was created from existing trails to try and attract visitors back to the Lake District in the aftermath of flooding that virtually wiped out the livelihoods and communities of people living in Pooley Bridge and Glenridding.
So from a disaster a fantastic walkers’ route has emerged and for that, as well as the fact that it meanders through exceptional, jaw dropping scenery, we think it deserves a gold star and more.
While it is certainly a challenge to do all 20 miles in one day, the route’s relatively low level and gentler terrain means that it’s not as tough as say a Yorkshire Three Peaks event.
However challenge it is and one that will still take us about 10 hours to complete.
In a nutshell:
- Revel in the fact that you’ve circumnavigated the whole of the Lake District’s 2nd biggest lake in one day.
- Really appreciate the contrasting scenery en-route – craggy outcrops, parkland, waterfalls, woodland, moors, boathouses, oh and more water!
- Rest up afterwards with a little gloaty grin knowing you’ve earned an extra helping of sticky toffee pudding having completed a grand walking challenge.
Ullswater Challenge Dates:
- Saturday 25th April
- Saturday 6th June
- Saturday 22nd August
- Saturday 10th October
We meet at 7am in Glenridding where our guide will talk you through the day ahead. Please come with packed lunch and water as we’ll be setting off pretty promptly.
We can walk the Ullswater Way in either direction but the description below gives a broad outline of the route.
From Glenridding to Howtown the path follows alongside the road before cutting across the open valley to Side Farm and then turning north to skirt the lake. Wainwright referred to this stretch of path as “the most beautiful and rewarding walk in the Lakeland” and quite frankly, it’s easy to see why as ancient tracts of woodland give way to quiet open fells and expansive lake-side views.
From Howtown we continue through farmland and across the Martindale fells in one of the quietest Lakeland spots before reaching the hubbub of Pooley Bridge.
Then we pick up the path into woods and across fields to Maiden Castle which is now just a grassy knoll but provides a fantastic vantage point to look right along the Ullswater Valley.
We then reach the spectacular Aira Force, a 65-foot waterfall before we drop down to the Glencoyne Deer Park, the place where William Wordsworth saw a huge swathe of daffodils on the lake shore that inspired him to write his famous poem.
We now follow the paths meandering along the lake side, looking across to the distant shores knowing we’ve walked those earlier until we’re back in Glenridding.
Once back there is a handful of pubs in the village to go for a celebratory pint and a meal to celebrate the day’s achievement.
Good to Know:
We do not provide accommodation for this trip. There are plenty of options for places to stay in Glenridding, or in nearby Patterdale.
There is a shop in Glenridding where you can get food for each day’s walk.
National Park Information Centre (in the main car park),
Meeting time: Please meet for 7am
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What our members have to say...
Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!ClaireMember Since 2016
My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocomeVanessaMember Since 2018
“I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.ElizabethMember Since 2016