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GLENRIDDING TO HOWTOWN - 6.5 Miles (Return By Steamer)

Ullswater Walk

Ullswater is without doubt one the most beautiful lakes in the National Park. Sinuous in nature, its nine miles of deep water snake away in the lea of some of our finest fells and mountains, where the southern end is dominated by Place Fell, St Sunday Cragg, Fairfield and mighty Helvellyn.

Ullswater Walk

The walk begins at Patterdale and is signposted the Patterdale and Howtown Walk, the latter where you catch a steamer back to Glenridding. In all it is about 6.5 miles where there are some steep and rocky sections so dress for the role, namely stout boots and a waterproof depending on the forecast.



Before setting off check the times of steamer departure from Howtown and give yourself ample time. I think it wise for first timers of this walk to get a route map or guide. There is a written guide on the Ullswater Steamers web site and a downloadable map on The Ullswater Way site along with a host of good info about the lake, the fells and mountains.


Ullswater steamer

To begin simply follow the well-marked path around the foot of the lake, then start your journey north. On-route there are stunning views and plenty of places to stop and picnic such as Silver Point and Silver Bay. About ¾ into the walk you come to small village of Sandwick where refreshment is available at the Lowther Barn tea room. The final stretch takes you on to Howtown and the boat home. If you arrive early the hotel offers teas and beer and is open March to October.