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An old ash tree, leafless winter, with high fells behind it, stands on a sloping hillside covered in grass and dead bracken
A veteran ash tree in Glenamara Park, Patterdale | © National Trust Images/John Malley
Lake District

Patterdale and Glenamara Park trail

With views of Ullswater and the surrounding fells, this easy circular walk on gravel paths is suitable for all fitness levels. You'll also see some of the Lake District's most striking veteran trees, including stately oaks and alder, growing in the former deer enclosure of Glenamara Park.

Spotting veteran trees

Associated with the old deer park, veteran trees are dotted along the walk. The one to look out for is the hollow alder tree, just through the gate into the park at Step 4.

Total steps: 8

Total steps: 8

Start point

Patterdale Hotel, near Ullswater, CA11 0NN, grid ref: NY396159

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 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.

Step 4

Keep following the path and you'll come to a field gate and a kissing gate together. Go through the kissing gate. You're now entering Glenamara Park. Notice the very high wall to your left – this is the deer wall that encloses the park.

An ancient gnarled tree on a moss-covered rocky hillside with a path running upwards on its left.
A hollow veteran alder tree just after you enter the park | © National Trust Images/John Malley

Step 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 Ullswater towards Glencoyne Park and Gowbarrow Fell in the distance.

A river rushes down over dark grey and mossy rocks
Hag Beck runs down through Glenamara Park, Patterdale | © National Trust Images/John Malley

Step 6

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

Step 7

Go through the gate, out onto the road and turn right. Follow the road down the hill until you come to the main A592 road.

Step 8

Turn right and follow the roadside path back to the Patterdale Hotel, which is about 400yds (365m) away.

End point

Patterdale Hotel, near Ullswater, CA11 0NN, grid ref: NY396159

Trail map

Ordnance Survey map of the Patterdale and Glenamara Park trail
Map of the Patterdale and Glenamara Park trail | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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