An innovative joint mission to establish a walking route in one of the Lake District’s most spectacular valleys is celebrating the first year of a phenomenal success story.
With the potential to become one of the national park’s most loved and respected classic routes, Ullswater Way has been hailed as remarkable.
Chair of the Ullswater Association, Heather James, said the 12-month milestone heralded classic partnership working and an amazing outcome.
She explained: “The enthusiasm with which locals and visitors alike have embraced the Ullswater Way has exceeded all our expectations.
“You get the feeling people have taken it to their hearts and already regard it with great affection.”
The multiplicity appeal of a 20-mile serious hike, or gentler five or 10-mile sections, along with glorious unexpected vistas, have brought widespread acclaim.
Enthusiastically supported by the Ullswater community, businesses and public bodies, the route was established from upgraded existing rights of way and quiet roads which circumnavigated the lake.
Lake District National Park area ranger, Suzy Hankin, said a key factor had been to encourage people to spend more time in the area and enjoy it in a sustainable way, linking with Ullswater Steamers and open-top buses.
She added: “It’s seriously beautiful at all levels. Highlights include Aira Force waterfall and Glencoyne wood, where Wordsworth saw the daffodils which inspired his most famous poem.
“Obviously we need to find funding for ongoing maintenance and are really grateful to Ullswater Steamers for providing support to repair sections of path.”
Alongside first anniversary celebrations, two pin badges have been launched. Those who walk the way and share pictures can claim a free limited edition option. Others are being sold to help fund maintenance.
Badges are available from businesses around Ullswater.
Photo shows celebrations at Waterfoot Park, Ullswater for the Ullswater Way’s first birthday.