Pooley Bridge

Pooley Bridge

Pooley Bridge

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.

Dalemain

Dalemain

Dalemain

Dalemain

Near Ullswater, on the Northern fringes of the Lake District, is a real treasure. The fantastic Lake District historic house and gardens contains behind its Georgian facade, a wealth of Tudor and Mediaeval rooms and buildings. There has been a settlement at Dalemain since Saxon times, when a fortified pele tower is mentioned and the present day courtyard is testimony to the defensive nature of the hamlet surrounding that tower.

The Old Hall was added in the 14th century, along with another tower. In the 16th century, two projecting wings were added creating a typical Elizabethan manor house and in 1744, the impressive Georgian front was constructed to enclose an inner courtyard. Very little change has been made to the buildings since these times, and Dalemain remains a very special Lake District Historic House and gardens.

Dalemain Grounds

Dalemain Grounds

Dalemain

Dalemain and it’s Lake District Gardens and much-loved family home is set against the grandeur and picturesque splendour of the Lakeland Fells and Parkland.

A mediaeval, Tudor and early Georgian house and Lake District gardens that has been home to the same family since 1679.

Behind the impressive pink, ashlar façade you will discover the real surprise of Dalemain – its sheer variety.

The name Dalemain means ‘manor in the valley’, and there has been a settlement here since Saxon times.

The first recorded mention of a building on this site, is of a fortified pele tower in the reign of Henry II; one of a line of towers built to protect the country against marauding Scots to the North.

To this was added a manor hall in the 14th century, with a second tower and in turn, in the 16th century were added two wings housing kitchen and living quarters, one on each side of the main building.

Dalemain From The Pooley Bridge Road

Dalemain From The Pooley Bridge Road

Dalemain

The impressive Georgian front was completed in 1744, built to enclose a central courtyard between the new and the old parts of the house.

The Lake District gardens facade was rebuilt in 1748 to match the new front, and there have been no major alteration since that time.

Dalemain is beautifully situated in the heart of the Lake District only 2 miles from Lake Ullswater and the lake steamers, 6 miles from the Caldbeck fells and is very close to the Pennines and the mountains of the English lakes. The village of Dacre is only one mile along an estate road, and has a beautiful little church, a castle that is part of the Dalemain estate and an 18th century coaching inn.

Dalemain Historic House & Gardens, Dalemain Estate Office, Dalemain, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0HB

Tel: (017684) 86450; Fax: (017684) 86223 Email: admin@dalemain.com

I hope you enjoy your next visit to Dalemain Historic House and Gardens and surrounding area.

Ullswater Steamer Lake Cruises

Ullswater Steamer

Ullswater Steamer

Ullswater Steamer

Lake District Attractions, Lake District Activities Ullswater Steamer is an award winning Lake District attraction celebrating their 150th year sailing on England’s most beautiful lake.

Currently there are four vessels operating on lake cruises on Ullswater. We create the perfect opportunity to combine a lake cruise with some of the most famous and spectacular walks in the Lake District. With miles of bridleways linked by the Ullswater Steamer routes there are so many opportunities for exploring the area or simply relax and enjoy the glory of nature through the seasons.

Ullswater Steamer

Ullswater Steamer

Ullswater Steamer Lady of the Lake

Launched on 26th June, 1877 she is believed to be the oldest working passenger vessel in the world. Designed by Mr Douglas Hebson of Penrith and built in Glasgow by Joseph Seath & Company. She was transported in three sections by rail to Penrith then horse drays to Waterside where she was assembled at Elder Beck.

Raven
Raven was launched on the 11th July, 1889. On 18th July, 1889 an article in the Cumberland and Westmorland Herald published the following “It is questionable if there be any boat to beat, or even equal this little craft on any lake in this country”. There is a commentary handset option onboard which gives detailed information about our history and famous faces associated with Ullswater.

Ullswater Steamer

Ullswater Steamer

Ullswater Steamer Lady Dorothy

Lady Dorothy joined the fleet in 2001, she was a sea-going vessel from Guernsey and her arrival meant for the first time winter sailings were introduced into the timetable.

Lady Wakefield
Lady Wakefield was renamed in a recommissioning ceremony by HRH Princess Alexandra in April, 2007. She was originally known as Berry Castle, Golden Cormorant and latterly Totnes Castle. Built in 1949 in Dartmouth, she had worked on the River Dart and Plymouth Sound before her arrival on Ullswater.

Contact: Ullswater ‘Steamers’
The Pier House, Glenridding, Cumbria CA11 0US
Tel: 017684 82229 Fax: 017684 82669
Email: hello@ullswater-steamers.co.uk

There is good parking at both Glenridding and Pooley Bridge, although it is pay and display. I have usually taken the steamer to Howtown and walked back to my car. I recommend if you would like to incorporate a steamer ride upon the lake and a walk, that you take a look at my Ullswater Lake walks. This is one of my favorite low level walks.