Ullswater Way
20 mile circular walk around the beautiful Cumbrian lake
The Ullswater Way is a 21 mile route around Ullswater in the Lake District. As a promoted waymarked walking route, it uses existing public rights of way and quiet roads, which circumnavigate Ullswater and is aimed at encouraging walkers to enjoy the valley, appreciate the spectacular scenery and support local businesses.
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Holiday Packages

All our Standard Itineraries include:

  • Hand-picked accommodation in B&Bs / guest houses / inns / small hotels
  • En-suite facilities where available
  • Breakfast
  • Daily baggage transfers from our own team of local drivers
  • All booking fees

We will also endeavour to include all these in any custom itinerary you wish to build for this walk.

Itin A:   2D / 3N       £340 pp *

Day 1: Pooley Bridge to Patterdale (10.1m)
Day 2: Patterdale to Pooley Bridge (10.3m)

£385 solo walkers (plus single supplements)
£340 per person (based on two sharing)
£325 per person (based on group of 3)
£320 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

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* All headline holiday prices are shown per person, based on two people sharing.

Baggage Transfer

Baggage Transfer is automatically included in the price of all our Walking Holiday packages.

These prices are for anyone planning their own holiday and just need bags moving from one stop to the next.

Itin A

£100 per person (single)
£50 per person (based on two people)
£35 per person (based on group of 3)
£30 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

Max 17kg per bag

Note: If you are booking accommodation in an Airbnb, you must ensure that there will either be someone available to take collection/delivery of your bags or that they have appropriate, secure storage in the event that the proprietor is absent.

Walk Information

Rest Days
Rest days can be incorporated into any walking holiday package at an additional £70.00 per person per night

Solo Travellers
Solo travellers please contact us or use the booking form to send your proposed itinerary including dates, and we will price accordingly. Where possible, we take advantage of existing bookings from other clients to ensure you receive a cost effective service.

Alternative Itineraries
For alternative itineraries to those provided for this route, please contact us, or use the Booking Form to submit your proposed itinerary and number of participants and we will quote accordingly.

Walking Season Dates
Prices are based on the walk starting after 1st April and ending before 30th September.

Walk Information
The Ullswater Way is a 21 mile route around Ullswater in the Lake District.

The Ullswater Way is a promoted waymarked walking route, using existing public rights of way and quiet roads, which circumnavigates Ullswater aimed at encouraging walkers to enjoy the valley, appreciate the spectacular scenery and support local businesses. The lake has hitherto lacked a promoted route around it.

The Lake District was affected by floods late in 2015, with Patterdale and Pooley Bridge especially suffering and tourism diminished as a result. The trail is a local initiative to attract walkers; new gates and waymarks have been added. There is also a heritage trail with artworks including the Wainwright Sitting Stone and the Dorothy Gate.

An illustrated booklet is available, see below, describing the main route along with two alternatives: one around Gowbarrow Park and another which keeps to the lakeside on the return to Pooley Bridge. A circular extension to the north of Pooley Bridge, taking in Dalemain House and Dacre, is also included.
From Pooley Bridge the Ullswater Way takes you on paths through woodland and fields to Maiden Castle, passing Watermillock Church, and through the woods of Swinburn Park. See Lyulph’s Tower in the distance, a sixteenth century castellated tower, before reaching the spectacular waterfalls of Aira Force.From Aira Force the route passes through the ancient woodland of Glencoyne Deer Park. Most famously, Glencoyne Wood was the place where, in 1802, William and Dorothy Wordsworth saw daffodils by the lakeshore.

For more information see the website www.ullswater.co.uk

OS Explorer Maps
OL5 – English Lakes – North-eastern area

Guide Books
The Ullswater Way” by Mark Richards
Available from: www.inspiredbylakeland.co.uk

Mobile Digital Mapping
Digital maps can be viewed on most modern smartphones using an appropriate app, downloaded from the app store associated with your device. Brigantes recommend that whichever app you use, it should support Ordnance Survey 1:25k or 1:50k scale maps. There are many apps to choose from, but the two main providers are Ordnance Survey and Memory Map.

Each provider’s app has its own benefits, but both provide all-important offline navigation, meaning your device does not need a mobile signal to work effectively on the trail.

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