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
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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.