05/06/2015

Ullswater Walk: Howtown to Glenridding via the Steamer boat - a Lake District classic for all the family

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You'll get stunning views of Ullswater, Patterdale, Glenridding and the surrounding fells on this walk



Ullswater walk from Howtown to Glenridding overview:

Ullswater walk distance: 6.1 miles

Ullswater walk time: 4 hours

Ullswater walk difficulty: Easy



Ullswater walk map:

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[Map: Click to Enlarge] I've got a bit of a soft spot for this walk as it was the first walk my parents ever took me on when I was young. The most popular way of doing it is to catch the Ullswater Steamer boat to Howtown - and then walk to Glenridding (where you can also get the steamer to Pooley Bridge or back to Howtown if necessary)




Ullswater walk photos:



The Ullswater Steamer is a unique & fun way to get to Howtown to start the walk, which will also take you from Glenridding elsewhere if you need too - find out more here https://www.ullswater-steamers.co.uk including time tables and prices. On this walk we caught the steamer from Pooley Bridge and will catch the boat back to Pooley Bridge from Glenridding - so it's essential to time the walk right and not miss the boat back haha


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You get stunning views of Ullswater on this walk which sticks close to it's shores. Here we are looking down the eastern section of Ullswater towards Howtown & Pooley Bridge in the far distance


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This spot marks a good place to take the first rest and grab a snack and drink



Up close to the shores of Ullswater



With the temperature approaching 22˙C on this day it was tempting to take a dip in the lake - but we head up the path between Silver Crag & Birk Fell to gain a little height as the views of the lake will be better further ahead. Some people decide to stick to the path by the lake shore which is a little easier - but I think you get better views of Ullswater this way 

Looking back towards the path we've just come up - it's quite sheltered up here and very warm on this day - like being abroad!

Continuing on and another glimpse of the southern section of Ullswater


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This is why this route comes up here because you get lovely views of Ullswater and Glenridding that you won't get on the path closer to the shore


Ullswater walk Howtown Sandwick Glenridding best walk route map Steamer Boat Lake District lakes
This is where we decide to chill for a bit and eat most of our packed lunch ;-) You can see the other path just below, near the wall, that most people take on this walk but I think you miss out on these great views by not doing this route


Ullswater walk Howtown Sandwick Glenridding best walk route map Steamer Boat
There are stunning views of Patterdale, Glenridding and Ullswater on this walk. From here we head to Glenridding for a drink before we catch the boat back to Pooley Bridge.







As ever I hope you have enjoyed this little write up and photos and it inspires you to want to visit the area and give the route a go.  If you have any questions about this route - just post a comment and I'll try and answer. 

Blog Post by Stuart Hodgson, 'The Hiking Photographer'


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