Glenridding

Glenridding

Glenridding

Glenridding Ullswater

Glenridding is a small village at the southern end of Ullswater Lake, close to the foot of Kirkstone Pass. Today Glenridding is predominantly a tourist destination for outdoor enthusiasts including walking and water sports upon the lake.

The village came to prominence with the discovery of lead ore in the 1650’s at what became the Greenside lead mine, with the first levels being driven by Dutch adventures in the 1690’s. Dressed ore was carried to the Stoneycroft smelter at Keswick. The mine was not extensively worked until 1825 with power originally provided by water-wheels, with water being supplied by the damming of the nearby tarns. One such tarn was Keppel  Cove  , which bust its banks in 1927, bringing disaster to the village of Glenridding below. Much the same happened four years later, when flood waters smashed through the concrete of High Dam. By the 1960’s it had become uneconomical to continue mining lead from the mine, and it closed. Today only a few buildings remain and serve as Lake District Hostels and mountain huts.

With the lead mining industry now gone, the area of Glenridding is mainly farming and for the tourists who come to view one of the most beautiful areas within the Lake District National Park. I would say that the area is possibly one of the most popular with walkers with many walks to suit all levels from easy, such as Ullswater Lake walks which takes you around the shores of the lake from Howtown back to Glenridding. For the more adventurous walkers one reason to visit Glenridding is to do the classic Helvellyn via Striding Edge, although this is not a walk for the faint hearted, more a modern day adventure, with Helvellyn reaching a height of 3,116 ft (950m).

The Ullswater Steamer is a great way to enjoy a different perspective of the lake and the Lakeland scenery as you cruise along the 7.5 miles of Ullswater Lake at a leisurely pace.  You could easily combine a walk and a lake cruise on one of the steamers. You can board the steamers at Glenridding, Howtown or at the northern end of Ullswater at Pooley Bridge.

Glenridding Walks

One of my personal favourites includes Aira Force waterfall walk where you will see a spectacular 60ft waterfall as Aira Beck makes its way down from the fells above to Ullswater. There are bridges top and bottom of the waterfall to view from with a National Trust car park on the lake road.

At Glencoyne Bay, which is about a mile north of Glenridding, you will find the famous daffodils that inspired William Wordsworth to write ‘Daffodils’ “I wandered lonely as a cloud.”

The closest village to Glenridding is the small village of Patterdale, another popular area for walkers to Helvellyn and the surrounding area of fells such as High Street.

The village of Glenridding has good accommodation including two Youth Hostels, good camping sites and hotels. There are several guest houses offering bed and breakfast which make an ideal base for any outdoor activity holiday.

Glenridding Sailing Centre

Probably the easiest way to learn more about sailing and get yourself afloat on Ullswater and enjoy the stunning scenery of the English Lake District is to visit the Glenridding Sailing Centre. The centre provides a wide range of sailing dinghies and traditional canoes and kayaks.

The Glenridding Sailing Centre offers expert sailing tuition by friendly, patient RYA qualified staff in their boats or even your own boat if it’s suitable.

Should you wish to see better quality photographs of Glenridding please visit Glenridding on our Lake District Walks Flickr account.

If you are looking for a great location to stay during your next Lake District outdoor adventure ,then I think Glenridding may have everything you need.There is an abundance of holiday accommodation within Glenridding and the surrounding area of Patterdale, with Campsites, Guest Houses and local pubs. For a pet friendly home search our Lake District Cottages for a local cottage close to Glenridding and Patterdale. Whilst not forgetting the areas close proximity to Helvellyn and some fantastic fell walks. Whatever time of year you visit Glenridding and the Ullswater area you will find a friendly place to stay with some of the best scenery in the world.

Ullswater Lake Walks

Ullswater Lake Walks

Ullswater Lake Walks

Ullswater Lake Walks – Glenridding To Howtown and Back

It is easy to walk up and down dale so to speak here in the Lake District, although should you be looking for a stunningly beautiful low level lake walk, along the shores of arguably one of England’s finest lakes here is the Ullswater lake walk sfor you.

I have named my walk the Ullswater Lake walks, Howtown to Glenridding which will reward you with stunning views of the Ullswater valley and the Helvellyn mountain range.

What makes this particular Lake walks special is the different perspective given with the commencement of the walk at the Glenridding pier of the Ullswater Steamer where we embarked.

Taking the Steamer ride from the Glenridding pier first check out the time table for the Steamer and allow time for your walk of approximately three and a half hours. The walk is just over 10 km and should you desire it is possible, time of year and current timetable permitting, to take the Steamer from Pooley Bridge to Howtown inclusive.

Embarking at Glenridding we travelled Ullswater Lake towards Howtown on a brisk November day with little wind and a mirror like lake. This particular time of year rewards the intrepid walker with a vast array of changing autumnal colours with cold and frosty mornings being particularly good.

Disembarking at Howtown we arranged our equipment and for the first time we used our Lake District walks Handheld  GPS ( follow link for our way points route and map ) which I have to say was excellent.

Upon leaving the pier the path is clearly visible to your right and a good quality path takes you over a small bridge. The small footpath will take your towards a single track road servicing a home. Walking a short distance along the road a sign post for Patterdale Sandwick will be visible taking you a short distance towards the slightly inclined steps with a stone wall to your right and then through a swing gate.

Once through the gate the path splits and taking the right hand path this will keep you on the Lake walk leaving Howtown. This new section of the walk will reward you with clear Lakeland views across Ullswater Lake and towards Pooley Bridge. The footpath at this point is well maintained and generally dry in most weathers.

Lake Walks Vantage Points

From your vantage point at this stage of your Ullswater Lake walk it is possible to make out the stunningly beautiful Aira Force Waterfall set upon the opposite Western shore of Ullswater. Whilst also not forgetting that the daffodils still grow in the spring time at Glencoyne Bay close to Aira Force, when William Wordsworth wrote what later became the most famous poem in the English language.

“I wandered lonely as a cloud

That floats on high o’er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils;”

Poet I will never be, although with measured motion I struck again and struck again my feet upon the ground continuing onwards with stone wall upon my right and arguably England finest lake upon my right.

With the path now heading southwards you will find several delightful spots with close access to the lake and possible spots for cooling the feet on a hot summer’s day with paddling or a spot for the dog to chase stone thrown into the still waters.

Leaving the water’s edge with a gentle climb upwards you will enter Hallinhagg Wood where the footpath becomes uneven and you may catch a glimpse of a Red Squirrel or two here.

Upon spotting the odd felled tree with some of the off cuts piled in some format of organised chaos this practice is undertaken to help Hedgehogs in creating slow rotting environments for our woodland animals.

With the beck now upon your right which meanders down to Silver Bay continue onwards away from Ullswater towards Beck Side Farm and Sandwick. Follow the path which is situated to the left of Townhead Cottage sign posted Patterdale.

As you now traverse Silver Crag it may be possible to see Lyulph’s Tower which is a 16th Century castellated building situated near to Gowbarrow Fell which will be behind you as you walk forwards. Moving forwards and coming into view will be the Helvellyn mountain range and possibly Helvellyn Via Striding Edge which I have to say is one of my personal favourite high level walks (adventure).

With the path now continuing towards Patterdale it gradually turns into a farm track and from here you can recall the start of your walk from the Glenridding Steamer pier on the now opposite shore.

Upon reaching the farm continue along the track as it heads towards the Goldrill Beck and the main road as it returns you on your Ullswater Lake walks back to the Glenridding pier.

Ullswater Lake Walks On The Ullswater Steamer

Should you wish to see better quality photographs of this Ullswater Lake walks please visit Ullswater Lake Walks on our Lake District Walks Flickr account.

I hope you enjoyed my Ullswater Lake walks using the Ullswater Steamer from Glenridding to Howtown and the walk back, please hit the like buttons below.