Walks Around Ullswater

Many of our guests like to combine a walk with a trip on the Ullswater Steamers, so for starters here are some walks with steamer trips.

There are miles of Bridleways linked to ‘Steamer Routes’ that cater for all abilities from the might of Helvellyn Mountain range at the Southern Reach with some of Wainwright’s most famous walks such as Striding Edge to the remote valley of Martindale which offers access to an expanse of seldom-walked fells. Take yourself back into the footsteps of Wordsworth on the lakeshore walk which immortalised the Lenten lily thanks to his world famous poem “Daffodils”

Below is a small selection of ‘Steamer’ Routes for you to enjoy. A more detailed guide of each of these walks can be purchased from our Pier Houses or our little Pocket History Book which has fabulous facts and figures, famous faces and places as well as a ‘I did the Howtown Walk’ certificate on the reverse cover.
Always check the Weather Forecast and Boat Times on the day and take plenty of water, especially on hot days.

HOWTOWN TO POOLEY BRIDGE WALK
Description: Rewarding walk with great views across the lake
Starting Point: Howtown ‘Steamer’ Pier
‘Steamer’ Options: Pooley Bridge to Howtown then walk back to Pooley, or Glenridding to Howtown, walk to Pooley then get the Steamer back to Glenridding
Distance: 6 miles / 9 km
Difficulty: Fairly Easy but quite long
Terrain: Some uphill stretches and can be boggy in places
Duration: 3 hours average
Footwear: Boots/sturdy shoes
Clothing: Waterproofs during wet weather
Toilets & Refreshments: Glenridding or Pooley Bridge piers or villages, on the ‘Steamers’ or Howtown Hotel Public Bar (March-October only)
AIRA FORCE CIRCULAR WALK
Description: Excellent short walk developed by the Victorians with great views from the top and bottom of a beautiful waterfall. Watch out for the red squirrels!!!
Starting Point: Aira Force car park
‘Steamer’ Options: Before or after your walk, take a round trip from nearby Glenridding and view the Aira Beck valley from the lake! It is possible to catch a bus to Aira Force and back from Glenridding or Pooley Bridge, please contact ourselves or Stagecoach for timetable details.
Distance: 1 mile / 1.6 km
Difficulty: Easy (see below)
Terrain: Easy going but with some steep steps which can be avoided. Can be muddy in wet conditions and is a bit steep in places.
Duration: ¾ to 1 hour average
Footwear: Boots/sturdy shoes
Clothing: Waterproofs during wet weather
Toilets & Refreshments: Glenridding or Pooley Bridge Piers or villages, on the ‘Steamers’ or at Aira Force Tea Rooms
LANTY’S TARN CIRCULAR WALK
Description: Very rewarding short walk with stunning views of the Ullswater Valley
Starting Point: Glenridding ‘Steamer’ Pier
‘Steamer’ Options: 1. Cruise from Pooley Bridge or Howtown to Glenridding, complete this walk and return on a later boat or bus
2. Take a 1 or 2 hour round trip from Glenridding before or after completing the walk
Distance: 3 miles / 5 km
Difficulty: Moderate Easy
Terrain: Initially a little uphill stretch soon evens out into a gradual zigzag path. It is necessary to cross over the road twice, but there is nothing difficult, although I would not recommend the route for prams.
Duration: 1½ hours average, a lot shorter if you backtrack down from the tarn to the village (see OPTION 2)
Footwear: Boots/sturdy shoes
Clothing: Waterproofs during wet weather
Toilets & Refreshments: Glenridding Pier, on the ‘Steamers’ or in Glenridding village
GLENRIDDING TO HOWTOWN
Description: Lakeland’s most beautiful lakeshore walk - stunning views of the Ullswater Valley and Helvellyn range.
Starting Point: Glenridding, Howtown or Pooley Bridge ‘Steamer’ Piers.
Parking: At Glenridding Pier, in Glenridding village or in Pooley Bridge village. Poor parking facilities at Howtown.
‘Steamer’ Options: Walk to Howtown and catch the ‘Steamer’ back to Glenridding OR cruise from Pooley Bridge to Glenridding, walk to Howtown then catch boat back to Pooley Bridge or drive to Glenridding catch the steamer to Howtown and walk back to Glenridding (good one for winter time table).
Distance: 7 miles / 11 km
Difficulty: Moderate – Easy Not suitable for standard prams but OK for ‘All Terrain’ prams (with helpers).
Terrain: Undulating path with up and down hill stretches and some slightly rocky parts.
Duration: 3 to 4 hours average, depends on your pace and whether or not you stop for a picnic!
Footwear: Boots/sturdy shoes
Clothing: Waterproofs during wet weather
Toilets & Refreshments: Glenridding or Pooley Bridge Pier Houses or villages, on the ‘Steamers’ or in the Howtown Hotel Public Bar & Beer Garden (open March to October).
HALLIN FELL CIRCULAR WALK
Description: Very rewarding short walk with stunning views of Ullswater.
Starting Point: Howtown ‘Steamer’ Pier.
‘Steamer’ Options: 1. Cruise from Glenridding to Howtown then walk before catching boat back
2. Cruise from Pooley Bridge to Howtown then walk before returning
3. Complete the walk and take a ‘round the lake cruise’ on the ‘Steamers’ starting at any of our piers.
Distance: 3 miles / 5 km
Difficulty: Fairly easy
Terrain: Easy going but with some uphill stretches and slightly rocky sections of path.
Duration: 1½ - 2 hours average, a bit more if you climb up the fell or if you visit the churches.
Footwear: Boots/sturdy shoes
Clothing: Waterproofs during wet weather
Toilets & Refreshments: On the ‘Steamers’, in Glenridding or Pooley Bridge villages, or at the Howtown Hotel Public Bar (open March to October).
HOWTOWN TO GLENRIDDING
Description: Lakeland’s most beautiful lakeshore walk - stunning views of the Ullswater Valley and Helvellyn range.
Starting Point: Glenridding, Howtown or Pooley Bridge ‘Steamer’ Piers.
Parking: At Glenridding Pier, in Glenridding village or in Pooley Bridge village. Poor parking facilities at Howtown.
‘Steamer’ Options: Catch the ‘Steamer’ from Glenridding to Howtown and walk back to Glenridding OR cruise from Pooley Bridge to Howtown, walk to Glenridding and catch the boat back to Pooley Bridge OR cruise from Glenridding to Pooley Bridge & back to Howtown before walking to Glenridding.
Distance: 7 miles / 11 km
Difficulty: Moderate – Easy Not suitable for standard prams but OK for ‘All Terrain’ prams (with helpers).
Terrain: Undulating path with up and down hill stretches and some slightly rocky parts.
Duration: 3 to 4 hours average depending on your pace and whether you stop for a picnic!
Footwear: Boots/sturdy shoes
Clothing: Waterproofs during wet weather
Toilets & Refreshments: Glenridding or Pooley Bridge Pier Houses or villages, on the ‘Steamers’ or in the Howtown Hotel Public Bar & Beer Garden (open March to October).

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