There is a good variety of activities in this area – walking in spectacular countryside, boating and steamer trips on Ullswater and several attractions and historic houses within easy reach.
For all walks we recommend that you use an OS Landranger map, and always take good clothing even if the weather is fine. Check the weather here.
Grisedale Tarn from St Sunday
St Sunday Summit
Elm How and Cruck Barn lie adjacent to one of the footpaths up onto Helvellyn and Fairfield. Eagle Cottage lies on another. There is a good low level walk around the valley in which Cruck Barn and Elm How are located.
From Eagle Cottage, it’s a steep short walk up to Lanty’s Tarn and on down into Grisedale and back into Glenridding.
Jemkins Field, Glenridding
There are many recommended walks on these sites :
Ullswater Steamers offer trips in classic boats on this beautiful lake. You could disembark at Howtown and walk back along the shore to Patterdale (please note this is a long walk – 6.5 miles) or stop off at Pooley Bridge at the North end of Ullswater.
St Patrick’s Boat Landing, located just between Patterdale and Glenridding, offers motor boat and rowing boat hire, and a cafe.
Take a look at the community website Patterdale.org for more on local attractions, businesses etc. and Ullswater.com and Ullswater.co.uk
- Aira Force – National Trust owned spectacular waterfall, arboretum, café and lovely walks
- Dalemain – historic Georgian house with Medieval Hall tearoom and the home of the Marmalade Awards
- Rheged – exhibitions, play areas, food, shops, films and more!
- Brougham Castle – a medieval castle ruin near Penrith
See also the National Park website for more on Ullswater.