Ullswater Way

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Discover England's most beautiful lake over a day or a weekend of sociable walking

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  • Duration

    Single Day Event
  • Accommodation

    Not required
  • Food

    None provided
  • Difficulty Level

    2 Two

With a knowledgeable leader and a friendly group we’re certain that the Ullswater Way will leave unforgettable memories. The trail is made up of easy low-level paths, mostly along the lakeshore but with a few rises to picturesque viewpoints and secret spots.

What’s unique about this challenge is that we’re offering two levels. For the keen walkers it’s possible to complete it in one day. If you’d prefer a more sedate pace, we’re also doing a two-day version. Whichever you choose you’ll be part of an exciting adventure, really getting to know the area.

The Ullswater Way makes the perfect challenge walk for those of you put off by the more traditional mountain challenges. With low level walks, an expert guide and the chance to walk 20 miles over a day, or the weekend.

Lake District

Ullswater is England’s second largest lake, lying in the eastern side of the Lake District and surrounded by the valleys and hills that make the Lake District such a walkers’ paradise. Famously it was called ‘England’s most beautiful lake by Wainwright, and it’s where Wordsworth was walking when he wrote his famous daffodils poem ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud‘. Ullswater is a glacial ribbon lake that snakes through the valley, so every mile the view changes revealing something new.

For those choosing the weekend option, alongside walking we’ll be spending Sunday morning on a boat across the lake itself, returning us to the place we finished the walk on Saturday afternoon. So you’ll get to see the lake from a whole new perspective.

Along the lake, we’ll pass the pretty villages of Glenridding, Patterdale and Pooley Bridge, and see Aira Force waterfall.

In a nutshell:

  • Walk the Ullswater Way over one day or a 2 day weekend with a local leader and friendly group.
  • See England’s most beautiful lake from its shores and nearby hillsides.
  • Explore the cafés and pubs of pretty villages with new friends.
  • Have a sociable day/weekend away where we focus on enjoying the views and seeing wildlife.

Ullswater Challenge Dates:

  • Ullswater Way – Two Day Challenge: 18-19th May
  • Ullswater Way – One Day Challenge: 8th June
  • Ullswater Way – One Day Challenge: 7th September

Ullswater Way

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For this trip we don’t provide accommodation, as we recognise that people want different things on their weekends. For those of you looking to make a weekend out of this walk we have set up a Facebook event, if you are attending or are looking for a room mate please use this page to arrange. We will also look to help with a group meal on the Friday night.

Event Event:  www.facebook.com/events/1809200252511023

Ullswater Way

Saturday and Sunday (Two-Day Option)

On these two days we’ll walk the 20 mile Ullswater Way, walking around 10 miles each day, with moderate uphills but nothing high. The usual itinerary is to takle the northern section, including Aira Force, on Saturday, starting in Glenridding and finishing in Pooley Bridge. From here we get a bus back to Glenridding.

On Sunday we start by getting the boat across the lake, an experience you won’t want to miss! From Pooley Bridge we then walk the southern section, passing the remote village of Howtown and the final stunning section along the lake-shore by Place Fell, where we can look up and try to spot England’s only wild red deer herd.

Once we get back on Sunday we’d certainly recommend a café visit before you head off, so we can celebrate an excellent achievement!

Please note the bus and steamer tickets are not included with this package and will need to be purchased on the day. 

Saturday (One-Day Option)

We’ll be taking on the whole Ullswater Way today, aiming to cover the 20 miles in around 10 hours. It’s a wonderful low-level walk and the perfect challenge for those of us who want something easier than a more classic hill challenge like the Yorkshire Three Peaks. We’ll start and finish in Glenridding.

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.

Meeting Location:

National Park Information Centre (in the main car park), 

Two-Day Option: On Saturday and Sunday we’ll meet at 9am.

One-Day Option: On Saturday we’ll meet at 7am.

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What our members have to say...

  • “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.
    Member 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. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocome
    Member Since 2018
  • 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!
    Member Since 2016
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