A beautiful lakeside walkalong the shores of Ullswater, welcome to one of my favourites. This 6.5 miles walk from Howtown to Glenridding is truly one of the best low level walks in the Lake District if not the country.
Three quarters of the lake of Ullswater can be circumnavigated by road and car, but there is one quarter of it that is roadless, away from much of civilisation and more within nature. This is what constitutes the walk from Howtown to Glenridding.
With it being a linear one way walk the best way to do it without leaving a car at either end is by getting the boat, the Ullswater Steamer from Glenridding to Howtown then walking back.
In the summer they run frequently up and down the Lake, from Glenridding to Pooley Bridge and back, stopping off at 2 places along the lake at Aira Force and at Howton, the place you needed to be for this walk start.
The boats are not expensive at all. It is currently just £8 single to Howtown from Glenridding and the dog can go with you for just £1. Sit back relax and enjoy the scenery around too from the middle of the water on route.
Starting The Walk at Howtown
Back on land at Howtown and the smells of nature hit you. If you have only seen Ullswater from the road sides then I advise you get over to the east side of the lake and enjoy.
The path back to Glenridding and Patterdale follows nature and the majority of it is close to the lake shoreline.
As you get off the steamer and off the pier, turn right and you will soon pick up the path to Patterdale, along the side of the lake. The lake will always be on your right hand side.
The walk is about 6.5 miles in total so it is perfect for a day out and especially after the boat trip. Undulating and rocky underfoot in parts but no real big climbs to worry about.
I have seen many guides say it takes about 3 hours, well, yes if not enjoying the gorgeous surroundings or pausing for a picnic in one of the many vantage viewpoints. Allow time to enjoy, a walk not to be rushed.
As I mentioned earlier the variety is enormous. One minute you will be walking through lovely woodland and suddenly it will open up and a panorama up and down Ullswater will lay before you.
As you walk the various mountain ranges rise up into view in all directions and especially ahead of you as you wander. The peaks of the Helvellyn Range really heightens the backdrop.
The path occasionally meanders directly along the shoreline, the only sound is the lapping of the water on the small stone bay beaches.
The path has points where you climb up above and overlooking too, perfect spots to sit and watch the world go by.
I wandered lonely as a cloudWilliam Wordsworth
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
All in all it is one of those walks you never forget nor never say you wouldn’t do again. It is a beauty in every sense and I have returned before and shall return again, never a doubt.
Route Details and GPX
Distance: 6.5 miles
Time Taken: 3.5 hours