Welcome to the Ullswater Way, a 22 mile walking route that circumnavigates the lake through a spectacular landscape rich in history and cultural heritage. It is divided into 4 sections, each served by the Ullswater Steamers. Some people walk the whole Ullswater Way in a day but many prefer to walk the 4 sections separately, beginning or ending the day with a cruise on the Steamer. There are Steamer piers at Glenridding, Pooley Bridge, Howtown and Aira Force.
From Pooley Bridge two additional footpaths explore further afield. The Dalemain Loop passes through historical pasture to the stately Dalemain mansion and on to the ancient church of Dacre with its four stone bears. The Lowther Castle Loop includes a beautiful riverside walk and the charming villages of Askham and Lowther.
To find out more about the walk why not download the detailed maps below, from the Lake District National Park, or purchase a copy of The Ullswater Way Official Guide, available from selected shops in the Ullswater valley, at the National Park Tourist Information Centre in Glenridding or from the Inspired by Lakeland website.
Why not leave the car at home? From Penrith train station the 508 Stagecoach bus runs regularly to Pooley Bridge and Glenridding. Ullswater Steamers have regular services to all four piers around the lake. The Ullswater Association Map and Visitor Guide lists places to stay, eat and shop as well as activities, visitor attractions, events and more.
Whether you walk the whole Ullswater Way or combine a shorter walk with a cruise on the Ullswater Steamers, take a moment to step inside the shoes of those who have lived and worked here throughout history and been inspired by its beauty. Follow the Ullswater Way Heritage Trail or browse the Ullswater Heritage Knowledge Bank to find out more.