Friends of the Ullswater Way

Friends of the Ullswater Way celebrates the iconic landscape and the rich heritage of the Ullswater valley. We highlight its history and traditions, the people who live and work here and those who have been inspired by its beauty.


Our first project, the Ullswater Way Heritage Trail follows the 22 mile Ullswater Way footpath around the lake. The Heritage Trail consists of 12 installations, each created by a local artist. The installations are designed to be in harmony with the natural surroundings. Each one celebrates a different aspect of the valley’s heritage.


Our 2022 Talks Programme has come to an end. We would like to thank again all our speakers for the quality of their talks, the time they have invested in putting them together, and for their generosity in giving their time for free.


We would also like to thank all of you who have watched the talks, either ‘live’ in our Village Halls or on ZOOM. The talks have raised a very creditable £2,000 during the year, half of which we have been able to donate to a range of charities nominated by our Speakers


We are close to finalising our 2023 programme. We hope to post it in the coming weeks.


The first talk of 2023 is on February 2nd

at Parkin Memorial Hall, Pooley Bridge, and by ZOOM


'Lowther Estate: The change from conventional farming to wildland farming'


Jim Bliss

Assistant Estate Manager, Lowter Estate


An update from Andy the Swan Man about the goings on at Glencoyne Bay.

During lockdown we began gathering a treasure-trove of information about the Ullswater Valley. Memories, old photos, archives of the local history society, wildlife sightings, documents, paintings and so much more. We extend a huge thank you to all our writers and photographers and to the community members who have shared their knowledge and their memories of life in the valley.

Spotlights from the Heritage Knowledge Bank