Pooley Bridge Ullswater
Pooley Bridge is situated at the northern end of Ullswater Lake upon the banks of the river Eamont and today it is a busy village catering mainly for the tourist trade.
Pooley Bridge can easily be accessed via junction 40 off the M6 motorway, whilst also offering a great gateway to the north Lake District and the main artery A66 road to Keswick and Derwent Water.
The name Pooley Bridge derives from a large pool in the River Eamont, “The Hill by the Pool”. The ‘Bridge’ part of the name was added in 1800.
The local parish church of St Paul can be found at the centre of the village and dates from around 1868. There are 3 public houses situated within the village community of Pooley Bridge.
The 16th century bridge was built across the River Eamont, which flows from Ullswater Lake to the village of Eamont Bridge, and on to the River Eden, near Langwathby.
Pooley Bridge was once a busy market town, with fish being the mainstay of the markets produce, prior to nearby Penrith taking precedence in the 19th century. The area still has a supply of Trout, Salmon and freshwater Herring called the Schelly to be found.
Pooley Bridge and The Ullswater Steamer
Located just outside of Pooley Bridge is the pier for the Ullswater Steamer which operates a service departing regularly along the 7 mile lake to Howtown and Glenridding at the southern end of the lake with possible walks such as Helvellyn via Striding Edge and Ullswater Lake walks. The timetable for the Steamer does vary depending on the season and is worth checking before planning any trips.
Pooley Bridge Local Walks
From the village, excellent walks can be taken that offer views to match of the lake, whilst a short walk from the pay and display car park situated close to the 16th Century bridge, reveals Dunmallard Hill, an Iron-Age remain. From the vantage point of Dunmallard Hill you are able to look up the lake towards Aira Force.
Located within a short drive of Pooley Bridge , along the lake shore road heading towards the village of Glenridding, is the National Trust property, Aira Force Waterfall , one of the most visited of all the Lakeland waterfalls ,especially after rainfall, where sturdy boots are advisable as it can often be wet under foot and slippery.
Should you wish to see better quality photographs of Pooley Bridge please visit Pooley Bridge on our Lake District Walks Flickr account.
There is an abundance of holiday accommodation within the Pooley Bridge area or a short walk away, with several family campsites, Guest Houses and the 3 welcoming village pubs. For a pet friendly home search our Lake District Cottages for a local cottage close to Pooley Bridge.