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 next talk will be on August 4th

at Parkin Memorial Hall, Pooley Bridge, and by ZOOM


Fighting for Nature on a Lake District Hill Farm:

a decade of ecological restoration at Haweswater


Lee Schofield

author of Wild Fell: Fighting for Nature on a Lake District Hill Farm




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