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.


Talks generally take place the first Thursday of each month, 7.30pm, in a local village hall and/or by ZOOM. Talks are free but donations are welcome.


The talk scheduled for June 2nd has been cancelled due to the public holiday


The next talk will be on July 7th by David Felton from Inspired by Lakeland and Mark Richards, author of the Lakeland Fell Ranger series.


The other talks are being rescheduled and will be published shortly



60th anniversary of Norman, Lord Birkett QC's eloquent speech to the House of Lords which scuppered plans by Manchester Corporation Waterworks to extract water from Ullswater and effectively turn it into a reservoir.

During lockdown we have been 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