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Daffodil with path nameUllswater Way


32 km / 20 miles
The Ullswater Way is a promoted waymarked walking route, using existing public rights of way and quiet roads, which circumnavigates Ullswater aimed at encouraging walkers to enjoy the valley, appreciate the spectacular scenery and support local businesses. The lake has hitherto lacked a promoted route around it.

The Lake District was affected by floods late in 2015, with Patterdale and Pooley Bridge especially suffering and tourism diminished as a result. The trail is a local initiative to attract walkers; new gates and waymarks have been added. There is also a heritage trail with artworks including the Wainwright Sitting Stone and the Dorothy Gate.

An illustrated booklet is available, see below, describing the main route along with two alternatives: one around Gowbarrow Park and another which keeps to the lakeside on the return to Pooley Bridge. Two circular loops are also described: one to the north of Pooley Bridge, taking in Dalemain House and Dacre; one from Lowther Castle visiting Askham Fell.


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Path Type: Other Paths
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Attributes: Challenging
National Park
Start and Finish: NY471244 - Pooley Bridge, Cumbria View on StreetMap
Open Date: 2016
Web Sites: Friends of the Ullswater Way - Ullswater Way Ullswater Association - Ullswater Way Trailwalker - Ullswater Way [blog] Ullswater Way [YouTube video]

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook Ullswater Way - Official Guide  (Inspired by Lakeland  - 2022 )


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
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Route Profile:

33.0 km (20.5 miles)
1,077 m (3,533 ft) ascent
357 m (1,171 ft)  maximum height

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