Glenamara Park

Ullswater, Cumbria

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Be careful not to accidentally tread on these delicate flowers! © John Millar

Be careful not to accidentally tread on these delicate flowers!

Glenamara Park is a riot of colour in autumn © National Trust

Glenamara Park is a riot of colour in autumn

This hollow Alder provides a great habitat for birds and insects © National Trust / Steve Dowson

This hollow Alder provides a great habitat for birds and insects

Route overview

A short easy walk through an ancient deer park with magnificent veteran trees and stunning views down Ullswater lake.

Route details

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Glenamara Park Trail Map
  • Directions
  • Route
  • Bus stop
  • Parking
  • Toilet
  • Viewpoint

Start: Patterdale Hotel CA11 0NL, grid ref: NY396159

  1. From the Patterdale Hotel car park turn left along the road, with the hotel on your right heading towards the White Lion pub.

  2. Having past the pub and the shop turn to your right heading up past the car park on your left passing the public toilets as you go. Follow the track and you will pass a small building on your right.

  3. Once past this small building bear left through the trees and left again towards a gate in the fence. Go through the gate and follow the path up out onto the open fell.

    Show/HideBluebells

    If you visit during the months of May and June you will see a wonderful display of Blue Bells, this is an ancient woodland flower indicating that there has been woodland on this site for hundreds of years.

    Be careful not to accidentally tread on these delicate flowers! © John Millar
  4. Keep following the path and you will come to a field gate and a kissing gate together, go through the kissing gate and you are now entering Glenamara Park. Notice the very high wall to your left, this is the deer wall which encloses the park.

    Show/HideDeer park

    Glenamara Park is a old deer park and is encircled by a very high dry stone wall, these walls are much higher than ordinary dry stone walls as they were designed to keep the deer in.

    Glenamara Park is a riot of colour in autumn © National Trust
  5. The path takes you along the bottom of Glenamara Park crossing Hag beck which runs down the middle. Take a minute to look at the wonderful views down the lake towards Glencoyne Park and Gowbarrow in the distance.

  6. Carrying on along the path you will pass under two old Oak trees on your right, you will see a small wooden gate below leading out into a field. Go through this gate and follow the track down to the road below.

    Show/HideVeteran trees

    Associated with the old deer park are the veteran trees which are dotted along the walk. The one to look out for is the hollow Alder tree just through the gate into the park.

    This hollow Alder provides a great habitat for birds and insects © National Trust / Steve Dowson
  7. Go through the gate and out onto the road and turn right. Follow the road down the hill until you come to main A592 road.

  8. Turn right and follow the road back to the Patterdale Hotel which is about 400yds away.

End: Patterdale Hotel CA11 0NL, grid ref: NY396159

  • Trail: Walking
  • Grade: Easy
  • Distance: 2 Miles (3.2 km)
  • Time: 1 hour
  • OS Map: Ordnance Survey, Explorer Map OL5/Outdoor Leisure 5
  • Terrain:

    Two mile (3.2km) circular walk which will take approximately 1 hour with some gentle climbs and decents. The path is mostly gravel with the latter end of the walk along the roadside path. Good boots are needed as the path can become water logged in times of wet weather.

  • How to get here:

    By foot: Patterdale Hotel is situated along side the A592 road that runs through Ullswater. It is a 10 minute walk from Glenridding.

    By bike: Patterdale Hotel is situated along side the A592 road that runs through Ullswater. 

    By bus: Patterdale hotel is the last stop on the 108 route from Penrith. During the summer there is bus that comes over Kirkstone pass from Windermere.

    By train: The nearest train station is at Penrith which connects to the bus services.

    By car: There is a pay and display car park across the road from the Patterdale hotel.

    By boat: Why not try catching the Ullswater steamer at Pooley bridge or Howtown to Glenridding and then it is only a 10 minute walk to the Patterdale hotel.

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