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Ullswater and Pooley Bridge

Ullswater is the second largest and often regarded as the most beautiful of the English Lakes. Stretching like a ribbon from the village of Glenridding in the south west, over nine miles east to the lively village of Pooley Bridge on the north eastern shore, the lake offers many opportunities for adventure and relaxation.

Ullswater Steamers offer a reliable and frequent boat service connecting Pooley Bridge to Howton and Glenridding. The steamers operate year round and were originally working boats from the eighteenth century. For a perfect day out, you can easily combine a trip on one of the steamers with one of the many walks around the lake. Sarah’s Cottage has a small selection of books and maps which detail many of the walks, suitable for all grades and abilities.

Ullswater is a very popular location for sailing with several marinas and many moorings situated along the lake. Motorboats and rowing boats can be rented from Pooley Bridge and Glennridding during the summer months.

Aira Force is a spectacular waterfall, now a National Trust attraction which is situated midway between Pooley Bridge and Glenridding on the northern shore.

Pooley Bridge, whilst only a small village, is very popular with tourists, particularly during the summer months. The villages narrow 16th-century bridge straddles the River Eamont just as it flows out of Ullswater towards the bustling town of Penrith which is only five miles away.

Pooley Bridge features three traditional Lakeland inns, all which serve food and are child friendly and two cafes, one of which has beautiful gardens leading down to the river. The village store/post office sells pretty much everything you need for a short break including groceries, newspapers and magazines, drinks, sweets, maps and guides, toys plus camping gear and clothing. There are also a couple of specialist shops in the village. Sarah’s Cottage is situated at the end of a delightful lane, just off the village square so you are only steps away from all that the village has to offer. Step into the back garden and you will find it hard to believe how quiet and tranquil it is.

The Surrounding Area

There are countless opportunities for day trips in the local area and further beyond. Far too many to list in detail so we have listed some ideas below with links to respective websites.

Askham Hall and Gardens www.askhamhall.co.uk

Lowther Castle www.lowthercastle.org

Penrith www.visitcumbria.com/pen/penrith

Keswick www.keswick.org

Day trip on the lake www.ullswaters-steamers.co.uk

The highest peaks in England

Rheged www.reghead.com

Dalemain Estate www.dalemain.com

Ambleside www.visitcumbria.com/amb/ambleside

Windermere www.visitcumbria.com/amb/windermere-lake


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