Great walks in Ullswater
From relaxing lake-shore strolls to fell-top expeditions, when it comes to walking we're spoiled for choice here in Ullswater. Here are a few of our favourite walks to get you started.
If you really want to make a day of it then this is the perfect walk for you; combine an exploration of Aira Force’s glades, ancient woodland and arboretums with a romp out onto the open fell side.
The approach to Aira Force’s tumbling falls is enchanting and at over 65ft high, the falls themselves are pretty special too, and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for cheeky red squirrels as you go. You’ll know you’ve reached the summit when you see the trig point at Gowbarrow’s summit and from here you will have stunning views in every direction.
We think that Angle Tarn, though small, is one of the most interesting tarns in the whole of the Lake District. Set amongst the stunning backdrop of the Angle Tarn Pikes, Angle Tarn has many interesting indents and islets that are ripe for exploration. This is a tarn with character, a great spot for wild swimming in the summer and fantastic for picnics at any time of year.
The ascent to Angle Tarn is a moderate climb with steep sections, it starts in Glen Ridding and follows well maintained paths through Side Farm, to Boredale Hause and up onto High Street. The views are truly excellent throughout and there’s always a good chance of spotting the odd Red Deer along the way.
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This ancient deer park is dotted with magnificent ancient alders, birch and some unusual hazels. This is a great little circular walk with gentle climbs and descents on well maintained paths that offer stunning views down Ullswater Lake.
The wooded pastures are perfect for a leisurely stroll or a family feast in the outdoors on a warm summers evening, be sure to look out for the spooky hollow alder which is hundreds of years old and provides a great habitat for birds, bats and all sorts of creepy crawlies.
At over 1000 Ha and carrying a flock of over 1500 hill sheep, Glencoyne is one the National Trust’s largest hill farms in the Lake District.
This is a great low level walk takes you through the open Glencoyne farmland, up onto the low fell and eventually through enchanting oak woodland. It’s a great family walk, suitable for even the littlest legs and with plenty of picnicking opportunities along the way. There are surprisingly fantastic views throughout, without the need to drag yourself to the top of a mountain.
Although fairly short, this walk alongside Hayeswater Ghyll offers plenty to see along the way, surrounded all the while by high fells with Grey Crag ahead and Hartsop Dodd to the right.
The man-made ghyll takes you through farmland, past an 18th century corn mill, and eventually up to the impressive Hayeswater, a reservoir which makes for a great picnic spot. The fells around Hartsop are home to the Martindale deer herd, so if you’re really lucky you might even catch a glimpse of a red deer or two.
Surrounded by towering fells, at the foot of the Kirkstone Pass you will find Brotherswater glistening in the valley bottom. There is some debate as to whether it is a small lake or a large tarn, either way it is an absolute must for anyone passing through Ullswater with as little as 15 minutes to spare.
Often admired fleetingly from a car window, Brotherswater is easily accessible from Cowbridge car park and makes a great stop-off to stretch your legs or have a picnic. The level lakeshore path takies in oak woodland and stunning views. The beaches make great picnic spots and budding bird watchers will find plenty of wildfowl to pique their interest. The best thing about Brotherswater is that, despite it being so accessible from the road, it is truly tranquil and unspoilt - a real Lakeland gem.
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We think there is no better way to explore the stunning landscape of the Lake District than by foot. So go on, get your boots on, get out there and start having fun in the great outdoors.