Surrounding Areas

There is a huge range of activities and water sports in the local area if you are feeling energetic, or just relax and enjoy the beauty of the lakes. Sunshine or showers, summer or winter it is a great place to be. Ullswater offers something for everyone, including fishing, canoeing and boat hire; wildlife and bird watching (with red deer in Martindale); fell walking on the doorstep over Hallin Fell, High Street, Helvellyn, Blencathra and Place Fell . A walk up to the Beacon above Penrith offers fantastic views of the Eden Valley.

Ullswater ‘Steamers’ is an award winning environmentally accredited Lake District attraction celebrating over 150 years of operating cruises on England’s most beautiful lake. Cruises connect to some of the most famous and iconic walking routes in the National Park, with views of Wordsworth’s Daffodils on the west shore in Spring. Excellent facilities onboard include open deck and covered upper deck seating areas in addition to covered downstairs saloons, licensed bars and toilets. Excellent facilities also located at the Pier Houses including free Wi-Fi.

Visit http://www.ullswater-steamers.co.uk/ for more information.

For those interested in sailing, why not check out the Ullswater Yacht Club…

The Ullswater Yacht club is a family friendly sailing club on Ullswater’s north east shore. The club holds various vents and regattas throughout the year. New members and visitors are always welcome. Voted “Sailing Club of the Year for 2010” by the country’s top sailing magazine. Telephone 017684 86333 for information about visiting and membership.

Lowther Castle: A sight of dramatic beauty and splendour, the castle presides over 130 acres of hidden gardens, enchanting woodland and breath-taking views. Closed to the public for over 70 years the castle & grounds became the subject of one of Europe’s largest renovation projects in 2011. New and inspired garden designs complement areas of wild beauty offering glimpses of opulence and grandeur that once was. Cafe, Shop, Gardens & Gallery open every day from 10am to 5pm in the summer and10am to 4pm in the winter.

Visit http://www.lowthercastle.org/ for more information.

Dalemain House is one of the most beautiful and impressive houses in the North West of England. The finely dressed pink stone of its Georgian façade glows magnificently in the sunlight. The name Dalemain means ‘manor in the valley’, there has been a settlement in it’s position since the time of the Saxons. The house was opened to the public in 1977 but remains very much lived in by the Hasell-McCosh family where rooms are used throughout the year. There are interesting collections of fine furniture, family portraits, ceramics, dolls’ houses, and old toys.

For walking, you are spoiled for choice around Ullswater. There are literally hundreds of footpaths, tracks and quiet lanes, (riverside, lakeside, woodland, valley and mountain), to suit all levels of enthusiasm and ability. Popular walks in the area that you might want to look into include: Hallin Fell: 3 miles – one of the finest walk for seeing the most spectacular lake and mountain scenery in the Ullswater area. Hartsop and Brother’s Water: 4.5 miles – a level walk through mountain scenery to picturesque tarn. The Ullswater Way: 20 miles – New for 2016, a fantastic walk circumnavigating the Lake from Pooley Bridge via Glenridding.

More information for walkers can be found here.

Glenridding Gallery aims to showcase the best creative talent from around Ullswater and the Lake District, giving you a chance to see and buy some of the most stunning works of art created by local artists and artisans all of whom have been inspired by the wonderful scenery and atmosphere of Ullswater and the Lake District.