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Eastern Lake Distinctive Area

The rugged and craggy high fells of Helvellyn, Fairfield and High Street are split by the two upland valleys of Ullswater and Haweswater / Lowther. Farmland fringes the north-eastern margin of the East area, which contrasts with the high fells.

The East distinctive area is predominantly rural and tranquil and has the lowest population of any of the distinctive areas. Glenridding / Patterdale is the largest settlement, with other smaller villages including Askham, Pooley Bridge and Penruddock.

Ullswater is one of the four navigable lakes in the National Park, whilst Haweswater is a reservoir providing water supplies for the North West of England.

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Find out more about the Ullswater Way – a community project to create a new, 20-mile walking route that connects the spectacular scenery along the shores of Ullswater with the picturesque villages and attractions.

Contact details for your local team 


Rowing on Grasmere © Dave Willis

Your Area Ranger Suzy Hankin

Suzy is the Area Ranger for the East Area of the Lake District. Please get in touch with Suzy if you have any queries or enquiries about our work in the East, potential projects or community fund applications.

Contact details

You can contact Suzy with any general enquiries relating to the East of the Lake District.

Tel: 01768 871409 Mobile: 07799 075114
E-mail suzy.hankin@lakedistrict.gov.uk


Key information 

Community fund information:

A fund has been created for projects which are led by, or of benefit to, the resident communities of the Lake District National Park. Find out more about the community fund.

Grants so far: East Distinctive Area


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Key updates and news

Take a look at what's going in and around the South of the Lake District:

The East Area is getting bigger!

Hucks Bridge BW

From 1 August the Lake District National Park will grow by 3% - an extra 27 square miles. This includes an area from Birkbeck Fells Common to Whinfell Common in the east taking in a section of Tebay, Orton and Shap Parishes. The Lake District National Park is preparing for the changes and working closely with Eden District Council and Cumbria County Council regarding topics such as planning and rights of way management to ensure the transition is smooth.

We have sent letters and further information out to all residents within the extension area, detailing the changes. Park Management staff and volunteers have also been out surveying rights of way in the area to assess current condition, and we have visited local Parish Councils, and attended Greenholme Show to meet local residents.

We are  holding a ‘drop in session’ on 26 July at Shap Wells Hotel between 6-8pm for local residents who would like to come along and meet the Executive Board and find out more about what being in a National Park means.

For any further information contact suzyhankin@lakedistrict.gov.uk

Flood repairs – East area update

Fusedale Bridge

Following the initial survey of flood damage across the National Park, some initial funding has been made available through Friends of the Lake District and LDNP savings. This has enabled us to undertake some flood repairs in the East area. Working together with Patterdale Flood Group field rangers have replaced a foot bridge on the popular coast to coast path at Rooking. We have also replaced a footbridge in Hartsop and a further bridge in Fusedale. We are now awaiting the outcome of a bid to the Cumbria Countryside Access Fund for additional funding, which we are likely to hear the results of in October.

Ullswater Way – work continues!

Pooley Bridge Sign

Following the successful launch of the Ullswater Way we have been busy putting up additional signage to help people along the route. You can now see new fingerposts in place around Pooley Bridge, and at key junctions including near Watermillock Church, Gowbarrow, near Sandwick and Side Farm. We also have additional plans for signage on Heughscar near Pooley Bridge and around Glenridding Pier.

We have also produced maps showing the route on Ordnance Survey mapping to help those walking the route available here:
http://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/caringfor/localcommunities/east-distinctive-area/ullswater-way-project

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