Ullswater Cottages – Middlegate, Watermillock

ullswater cottages middlegate, watermillock

Middlegate, Watermillock

Ullswater Cottages – Middlegate, Watermillock

Set in the beautiful surroundings of Ullswater lake, one of the most beautiful of all the Lake District lakes, with an elevated position on the northern shore of Ullswater with panoramic views.

This comfortable and cosy holiday cottage provides ideal self catering accommodation for couples, walkers and families.

The cottage is surrounded by fields and has lovely views of the surrounding fells.

Keswick is just a 20 minute drive away with its bustling town centre. There is boating upon Ullswater lake and outdoor activities locally. You are also only 10 minutes drive from Penrith for groceries and shopping.

There are walks from the door of this Ullswater cottage and it is less than a 10 minute drive to Aira Force and with Pooley Bridge under a 5 minute drive away.

Ullswater Cottages – Middlegate Accommodation Summary

Ground Floor

Main living area with gas log effect fire, separate kitchen and sitting room

First Floor

Two bedrooms, double and a twin. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and bath.

Outside

Use of garden area for barbeque and private parking.

Ullswater Cottages – Middlegate additional information

Dishwasher

Microwave

TV and Sky with limited channels

Bed linen provided

Towels not provided

Central heating

Fridge freezer

Smoking

Pets

Electric cooker, gas hob

Washer dryer

Middlegate Rental Prices

£395 Low Season

£470 Mid Season

£520 High Season

£590 Peak Season Bookings now being taken for Christmas and New Year – Deals available please contact James on 07790 799 865 to discuss.

Owner contact details and please mention Lake District Walks

Mob – 07790 799 865

Email jamescoxon1@btconnect.com

To enquire and book this beautiful Ullswater Cottages please contact the owner.

Helvellyn Via Striding Edge

Helvellyn Via Striding Edge

Helvellyn Via Striding Edge

Helvellyn Via Striding Edge

Helvellyn is most probably the most famous of all the Lakeland fells, whilst being the most visited mountain, and the summit we all wish to reach. At an altitude of 3,117 ft, Helvellyn is the third highest peak in both the Lake District and England.

That being said there is a magical aura attached to Helvellyn and Striding edge, even a sense of adventure when you set out upon this walk of walks. No matter where your starting point is, although Wainwright did state, “from the East, however, the approach is quite exciting” and it is with this exciting thought firmly fixed in my mind and adventure that I chose my route of Helvellyn via Striding Edge.

At this point I do believe you need to know a little about the author as you may be using these meagre notes as reference for your own forth coming adventure to the summit. Being no seasoned aficionado of hill walking, rather an individual who loves to get outdoors and away from the day-to-day stresses of life. I believe this helps me to give a realistic view of this, and all my walks from a vantage point that is good for most of us out there who will set foot upon the Lakeland fells.

For most, it is the adventure of walking Striding Edge to the summit of Helvellyn which creates such a stirring of emotions for the walker who is willing to set foot upon this route, with a memory which will endure. The route has developed some notoriety over time and it is this reasoning that prompted my commencement of this walk and to dispel and fictional untruths whilst giving my personal thoughts on Helvellyn via Striding Edge.

This route to Helvellyn takes the Eastern approach starting from the village of Glenridding where there is a pay and display car park, although there is some free parking on the side roads, which is where I left my vehicle for the day.

I started my walk by crossing Glenridding beck upon the footpath and passing the outdoor shop on my left as I walked along the road with the beck to my right. The road turns into more of a track and then you will see the first signpost on your left to Helvellyn. Taking this path and heading for Westside on the OS map continue ascending through the small wooded area and at the crossing of paths take the path to your left making for Keldas. Here you will find a small picturesque tarn surrounded by trees.

Helvellyn Via Striding Edge

The footpath here is clear to see and easy to follow as your footfalls take you towards Kennels and the Helvellyn ascent route from Patterdale. From this point onwards the track is well maintained and easy to follow, a near straight line to our goal.

The ascent is gradual as you climb the Helvellyn range from Patterdale and for those with an eye for fells may recognise High Street on the not to distant vista. Simply stop, turn around here and take in the stunningly beautiful views as that’s what its all about.

The wind can change; the weather with it and the trepidation of the walker grows as you come ever closer to the adventure of Striding Edge and the conquering of Helvellyn. Today I had fine weather as I climbed upwards and I was mindful of the changing weather and as my altitude increased I was presented with a wider view of the skies and the possibility of rain.

I believe these changeable factors are what make any walk to Helvellyn and Striding Edge the adventure it undoubtedly is, with my apprehension building.

Following the track upwards and coming into view you will see Eagle Crag and Ruthwaite Lodge before you reach Grisedale Brow and ultimately the convergence of two paths at a cross roads. Taking the left hand route onwards and upwards onto the beginnings of Striding Edge with a great view of the summit of Helvellyn clearly visible now.

I was advised prior to my Helvellyn adventure that you could drive a mini over Striding Edge and now I found my self at the elevated starting point looking downwards onto Striding Edge.

It is at this point I will say to each and everyone who reads this walk that, as in life there are many ways to circumnavigate any route, and yet again I am presented with variables here. The summit of Helvellyn is within sight and if you can only imagine some great body with curved arms held aloft, this is a similar view that presented itself to me with Red Tarn encompassed within the arms. It was my aim to walk the arms in a clockwise direction with the summit of Helvellyn being the top of the head, so to speak.

Helvellyn Via Striding Edge

Helvellyn via Striding Edge can be a little daunting with drops on either side, although my advise here is to go at your own pace and simply make sure of each footing you make and keep walking. There is an easier route, although the route to take just draws you in and onto the tops like and adrenalin rush. The incredible feeling of standing in the middle of Striding Edge at your full height is awe-inspiring to anyone and if it does not move you, you are on the wrong mountain.

The rock is bare cold and exposed, even ragged and rough. The wind blows through your hair and you look for the route you will take with care and thought. This is no amble in the countryside of England, this is a mountain you are climbing and it sure feels that way, without doubt.

As a general rule the path is about three feet wide, although uneven and of unforgiving rock and I should imagine slippery when wet. With the surface being wet I would imagine this would add to the euphoria you feel when you complete this ascent.

The walking Helvellyn via Striding Edge is the highlight of this walk having now completed it and writing about, although in my opinion the last section is the most difficult as you drop from the ridge with approximately a 8 feet drop of rock to navigate. Having my dog with me on this walk I have to explain that this was the most difficult part, whilst a fellow walker passed my Yorkshire Terrier down to me (Thanks).

This being the end of Striding Edge for most, being the popular viewpoint. Yet in my opinion it is simply a reprieve prior to continuing on upwards. This then leaves the final assault on the summit of Helvellyn, to test your endurance and persistence, as this again is an arduous climb to the summit of Helvellyn.

Your personal efforts are well rewarded once you reach the top with a clear view of the summit and having walked the finest edge in the Lake District. Is it dangerous you ask, and my simple answer to this question would be no, although treat it with the respect it deserves and if its windy us a different route.

The famous wall-shelter is clear to see and a gathering point for lunch and discussion with those in your group or others who arrive.

You will see from my pictures that I just made it to the summit of Helvellyn as the rain and cloud came in. Within a 30 minute spell it went from good visibility to rain and poor visibility and back to good once again. I hope this comes across in my pictures and video, although it did not stop anyone from crossing Striding Edge to the summit of Helvellyn and lunch.

I left the summit of Helvellyn via Swirral Edge and here the path is good and clear. The footpath on the OS map takes you down via Red Tarn, although I decided to climb Catstye Cam and on a good clear day it is possible to see the Solway Firth.

Descending from Catstye Cam I was off the track and easily rejoined the footpath in the valley heading in the direction of the old disused mines and Glenridding Beck and the route back to my vehicle.

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Helvellyn Via Striding Edge

Helvellyn is a walk to complete time and again with renewed awe.

Harter Fell Walk

Harter Fell Walk

Harter Fell Walk

Harter Fell Walk

There are two fells by the name of Harter Fell within the National Park, one being situated in Eskdale (Alfred Wainwright: A Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells, Book 4) and the later being at Mardale, this being the fell that is of more interest to this particular walk.

Harter Fell is most frequently climbed from Mardale Head, as there is good road access along the shore of Haweswater reservoir and currently free car parking available.

Should you be interested now in a walk to Harter Fell from Mardale and the car park at Haweswater there are several options available to you. Whilst consulting the Ordnance Survey map it was my original theory to make this a circular walk going in an anti clock wise direction, starting towards ‘The Rigg’ and then heading off up ‘Kidsty Pike’ (being on the Coast to Coast route) and a larger full days walk.

Therefore my original walk can also be read, being called ‘High Street Walk’ and incorporating the old Roman Road between the forts of Ambleside and Brougham, near Penrith a top of High Street.

For the longer walk both walks need to be consulted in unison as I have now split this walk in two parts.

This walk is now simply to climb Harter fell via Gatescarth Pass and to descend via Small Water and approximately 4 miles in length.

In uncertain weather it is always better to be able to increase or shorten any walk you undertake, and this collective walk with High Street is great for this purpose and also dependent upon personal fitness.

Leaving the car park at Mardale Head go through the gate and heading in an anti clock wise direction follow the footpath to your left with the beck also on your left. As you start you ascent of the Gatescarth Pass depending upon recent rain fall you will see some nice running stream water here which is very picturesque.

Harter Fell Walk

The Gatescarth Pass byway provided historic trade routes from Mardale to Kentmere and Longsledale respectively, although with the submergence of Mardale village beneath Haweswater reservoir in the 1940’s, the original purpose has died. The route still provides good excess for fell walkers.

Approaching a wooden gate upon the footpath simply continue through and maintain your ascent of the pass. There is then a point wherein the footpath bends of to the right and begins its ascent of Harter Fell. During your walk from the car park you will have had the pleasure of looking upwards towards the crag and rocky outcrop on your right. Now as you climb above the crag you will witness the difference in altitude and a new perspective of the crag that give the fells their own unique aura.

As you rise out of the pass your efforts will be greatly rewarded with stunning views of Haweswater Reservoir and The Rigg.

The footpath here is good and generally follows the fence line on your left hand side. Rising up onto the shoulder of Harter fell affords good views towards Small Water and High Street behind.

Travelling along the fence line the footpath is not so clear, although the route is quite obvious in its direction to the summit. The summit is marked by a cain constructed of stones and the salvaged steel posts from an old fence, and when encountered unexpectedly on a misty day, can be dangerous.

The summit of Harter fell struck me as odd with rock just sticking from the surface like deposited runes from some long forgotten time.

Looking from the summit it is possible to see your return route via Small Water descending down into the car park or alternatively you have a choice to extend your walk.

Leaving the summit the downward path towards Nan Beild Pass is clearly visible, although a rocky descent. It is advisable on wet days to take care and not slip upon the rocks. During your downward hike you will see Kentmere reservoir on your left as you approach the crossing of footpaths.

The last leg of the walk will skirt the beautiful Small Water. Look out for three igloo shaped shelters as you pass the tarn. These are well built as a refuge from bad weather and a reminder that Nan Beild Pass was once a regular thoroughfare for travellers before Mardale was flooded.

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Harter Fell Walk

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Old Man Of Coniston Walk

Old Man Of Coniston Walk

Old Man Of Coniston Walk

Old Man Of Coniston Walk

The Old Man Of Consiton walk is one of the most popular Lakeland hikes with many walkers having completed and bagged this one. There are many varied and different routes that can be taken, whilst any route you choose can be varied in length to suit your requirements.

A simple walk may include the Old Man of Coniston, whilst depending on fitness levels a more rewarding walk may be undertaken which would include several other peaks such as Dow Crag.

Whilst ascending the Old Man Of Coniston Low Water is a great midway point when planning your route to stop and have a break for lunch or elevenses especially if the weather is warm and you have your dog with you.

At this point I will say that should you be looking for a shorter route up the Old Man Of Coniston there is a car parking facility at Boo Tarn, which is free and a very picturesque setting.

For me the real enjoyment of this walk is Dow Crag as it rises majestically above the impressive Goat’s Water opposite the Old Man Of Coniston and the larger circular walk this creates, with impressive views of Morecambe Bay and Coniston Water.

This walk started from the school car park within Coniston village and a £2 fee in the honesty box located on the left of the school gates following the popular route up Coniston Old Man.

Old Man Of Coniston Walk

Leaving the school and the centre of the village heading towards the main road cross directly over the road and start to climb this country lane. Looking towards your right and passing the first bend the Sun Hotel and Inn will come into view. The Sun Hotel is a great place to start your walk, whilst also a great place to finish with perhaps a drink and something to eat with meals being served after 5.30pm.

Directly to the left of the Sun Hotel is a clearly marked footpath sign, which will take you via Miners Bridge, which edges the copper mines valley.

We continued up along the country lane leaving the Sun Hotel and continuing up the hill through the wooded area until we reached the near ‘u’ bend in the road and here we exited the road through the gate, where the footpath sign is hard to see. Should you continue along this road you will come to the car parking area at Boo Tarn.

With the dry stonewall to our right we passed through two fields and came to a small wooden bridge with a steep climb ahead of us through a bracken-covered fell. Here was discovered a small Adder, being Britain’s only poisonous snake characterised by the zig zag pattern on its back and eyes with a vertical pupil and orange background. Whilst shy and not at all aggressive the only reported incidents involve someone handling, so enjoy, although should you spot an Adder leave them to their habitat.

The footpath at this point is clearly visible with Coniston Old Man to your left as the path bends leftwards towards Crowberry Haws passing three stonewalls prior to arriving at Crowberry Haws, wherein the path from Boo Tarn now joins our ascent of the Old Man Of Coniston at the crossroads of paths. Continuing forwards you are now on the ascent of the Old Man and therefore probably the busiest part of the walk in terms of people, whilst notably the steepest and most arduous climb of the walk.

I have a theory on steep ascents that it is easier on the knees to climb upwards, as opposed to going downwards, therein I personally prefer when given a choice to climb steep ascents wherever possible as opposed to descending a steep hill. If you have any personal views on this I would be greatly interested to hear your theories?

With the above in mind the ascent of the Old Man of Coniston is very rewarding as the views looking down towards Coniston village and the lake are well worth the effort. The path continues ever upwards and is in the vast majority rough stone, which can be hard, going for some dogs with the possibility of cut paws and or worn pads.

As you continue there are many relics of Coniston’s industrial past, with the lower mine ruin and the footpath passing on through an old mine runway as you ascend, whilst a huge steel cables known as ‘Blondin’ still present today crosses the path. Reaching the upper mine ruin will fascinate anyone with the Blondin supports still standing and with the old engine room building still in a pretty good state considering how long ago it was shut down.

The Coniston Fells were mined for copper from the Roman times, whilst the middle of the 19th century was the most prolific. The mines went into decline in the late 19th century and the tough machinery and buildings lie derelict today, although being amazing feature of this landscape and hold stories of distant lives, in a different era, giving birth to the settlement of Coniston village.

The route now heads on upwards to Low Water surround by the impregnable huge walls of rock and fell of ‘The Old Man of Coniston’ with this being a fantastic spot to have a short, or long break to take in the clear waters of the small tarn and if your luck find some newts in these waters.

Old Man of Coniston Walk

On leaving Low Water the path gets very steep as it attempts to climb the shoulder of the Old Man of Coniston. The views from the shoulder pan out over the full length of Coniston Water and out over Morecambe Bay and the largest expanse of intertidal mudflats and sand in the United Kingdom. To the west you will spot an impressive shape of water being that of Goat’s Water down below, whilst on the other side of Goat’s Water with an impressive ridge walk and grandeur all its own is Dow Crag, being our next objective.

On leaving the ever-popular summit of Coniston Old Man and usually the numbers of visitors too we commence to descend towards Goat’s Hawse and at any point here it is possible to shorten your walk should you so desire and reduce this circular trek. At the crossover of paths at Goat’s Hawse continue upwards towards the summit of Dow Crag, to which the climb is easier than the ascent of the Old Man Of Coniston. To me this is now a more peaceful walk with less people and more of a sense of personal ownership of the fells.

On reaching the summit of Dow Crag at 2552 feet it is a large and gradual point of boulders and not human friendly, although some walkers will endeavour to climb the rocky summit. In contrast to the summit of the Old Man Of Coniston, Dow Crag feels somewhat isolated having no trig point or Cain. Standing upon the summit of Dow Crag feels like you have climbed a real Lakeland mountain, especially with the downward drop to Goat’s Water. It is easy to skirt this rocky outcrop and continue on the footpath at the other side, although the path is not too clear at this stage as with the abundance of rock upon the fell and requires you to follow your nose. Having circumnavigated the summit it is now down hill all the way and this can be a great homeward feeling remembering the Sun Hotel and the possibilities of food and drink.

Leaving the summit of Dow Crag the path continues down the ridge over the tops of Buck Pike and Brown Pike, with a final steep descent onto the Walna Scar Road, wherein you simply follow this all the way back towards Coniston village and maybe some food and drink at the Sun Hotel after completing the Old Man Of Coniston walk.

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Coniston Water

Coniston Village and Lake Coniston

Coniston Village and Lake Coniston

Coniston Water

Coniston Water and the village of Coniston where once a hub of our industrial past, whilst today it is one of the most visited of all the Lakeland destinations, offering great walks to the world renowned Old Man Of Coniston as it rises dramatically to a height of 2,635 feet behind the village. With the village delightfully set between the mountain and the lake.

Should you consider climbing the local fells of Coniston, weather permitting you will be rewarded with some fantastic views and on a clear day you can see Morecambe Bay and the largest expanse of intertidal mudflats and sand in the United Kingdom.

That being said Coniston Water is the third largest lake within the Lake District being 5 miles long, half a mile wide and with a depth of 184 feet.

The Romans mined copper from the fells above Coniston and this industrial activity continued in medieval times. In the 13th and 14th centuries Coniston Water was an important source of fish for the monks of Furness Abbey who owned the lake and much of the surrounding land with copper mining continuing in the area until the 19th century.

One of the most famous local inhabitants was the Victorian artist and philosopher John Ruskin who owned Brantwood House, which is situated on the eastern shores of Coniston Water, and he lived in it from 1872 until his death in 1900. Ruskin is buried in the churchyard within the village of Coniston.

Arthur Ransome set his children’s novel ‘Swallows and Amazons’ and some of its sequels on a fictional lake, although drew much of his inspiration from Coniston Water. Some of Coniston Water’s islands and other local landmarks can be identified in the novel. In particular, Peel Island is the Wild Cat Island of the book including the secret harbour.

Record Breaking Coniston Water

For a lot of people the association of the water speed world record attempts with Coniston Water being the scene of many of these attempts to break the world record of Sir Malcolm Campbell originally set in 1939 at a speed of 141.74 miles per hour in Bluebird K4. Between 1956 and 1959 Sir Malcolm Campbell’s son Donald Campbell set four successive records on Coniston Lake in Bluebird K7, a hydroplane.

In 1966 Donald Campbell decided that he needed to exceed 300 miles per hour in order to retain the record. On January 4th, 1967 he achieved a top speed of over 320 miles per hour in Bluebird K7 on the return leg of a record-breaking attempt. He then lost control of Bluebird, which somersaulted and crashed, sinking rapidly. Donald Campbell was killed instantly on impact. The record-breaking attempt could not be counted as a run because the second leg was not completed. The remains of Bluebird were recovered from the lake in 2001 and Campbell’s body was recovered later in the same year. A replica of Bluebird can be seen at the Lakeland Motor museum, at Holker Hall.

Sailing Coniston Water

There are two public launch services on Coniston Water with the Coniston Launch offering special lake cruises of ‘Swallows and Amazons’ and ‘Campbell’s on Coniston’ for those wishing to explore the lake and its history. The National Trust’s steam yacht Gondola along with the Coniston Launch both call at Brantwood. Boats can be hired from the lakeside near the steam yacht, with various sizes of boat for hire.

The Monk Coniston Estate, Beatrix Potter purchased originally belonging to the monks of Furness Abbey in 1930. She immediately sold half to the National Trust and upon her death the remainder was given to the National Trust. The estate stretches from Coniston to Skelwith Bridge. It includes the famous Tarn Hows. The attraction being its sheer beauty, surrounded by thick woodland, and views towards Wetherlam, the Helvellyn range and the Langdale Pikes. There is a 1.5 mile path at Tarn Hows that is level and well maintained and thus suitable for wheelchairs.

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There is an abundance of holiday accommodation near Coniston Water and the surrounding area of the lake, with Campsites, Guest Houses and local pubs. For a pet friendly home search our Lake District Cottages for a local cottage close to Coniston Water.

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