New 20-Mile Ullswater Path Opens For Business

A brand new walking route has been completed in the north Lakes. The Ullswater Way, which makes a 20-mile waymarked circuit of the lake, has been created in response to the winter flooding which caused so much damage in the area. It's a sign that the local community is once again open for business from visiting walkers.

Family walk over Gowbarrow Fell, Lake District. , 166 kb
Family walk over Gowbarrow Fell, Lake District.
© jonti, Dec 2014

Following the floods in December, people in the Ullswater area have worked hard to get things back to normal. This has been particularly important in villages like Glenridding and Pooley Bridge where the damage made national headline news.

The creation of a promoted circular route around Ullswater had long been an ambition of the community. The flooding offered a chance to make it happen, and a project was quickly put in place in partnership between local people and various organisations.

Ullswater Way map, 63 kb

Suzy Hankin, Area Ranger for the Lake District National Park, said:

“The Ullswater Way is a fantastic example of people working in partnership on a project that will hopefully give the local economy a much needed boost. Ullswater remains a popular corner of the Lake District, yet people tend to explore it in pockets rather than connecting their journey. The community around Ullswater wanted to encourage visitors to enjoy the valley’s iconic scenery on foot, but to also utilise links to the public transport network, and hopefully give people a reason to stay for longer."

“Although there were already existing walking routes in the area, there wasn’t a fully connected route around the lake. So we have been working with local people, businesses and landowners to improve access, including a new 2.5km public right of way, and the installation of new waymarkers, fingerposts and gates to make it easier for people to navigate on the ground.”

  • For route info and links to public transport and steamer services see

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