Walking the Ullswater Way is a challenge. Just like taking care of its surrounding footpaths. The path welcomes thousands of visitors each year but the popularity comes at a cost.
We need your help to raise £5,000 by the end of April to carry out urgent maintenance work to reduce the impact of the busy summer season ahead. Support our crowdfunding campaign here.
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You can now purchase an Official Guide to the Ullswater Way which includes useful stage maps to help you navigate the route, as well as beautiful pen and ink drawings, and interesting information about the heritage and landscapes you will see in the beautiful Ullswater Valley. A donation from the sale of every book is given to the Lake District National Park to help look after the route for visitors to enjoy.
The Ullswater Way is available to buy at select retailers in the Ullswater Valley, including Ullswater Information Centre and online at www.inspiredbylakeland.co.uk
Find out how we’ve been working with the community and local businesses to create the Ullswater Way – a new, 20-mile walking route that connects the spectacular scenery along the shores of Ullswater with the picturesque villages and attractions.
Following the fantastic success of the Ullswater Way, the Lake District National Park and Dalemain Estates have come together to create the Dalemain Loop. The Loop enables visitors on the Ullswater Way to connect to Dalemain Mansion with its Garden and Tea Rooms and Dacre village with its castle, ancient church and traditional pub.
The Dalemain Loop has been very well signposted and an illustrated account of the walk can also be found in the Official Guide to the Ullswater Way with £1 for every copy sold donated to the National Park to help maintain the route. Map of the Dalemain Loop.
The Ullswater Valley Plan was a pilot project set up to identify opportunities and ambitions of a local community within a Lake District Valley. The Ullswater Valley was chosen, and over 6 months through consultation and workshops with local people the Ullswater Valley Plan was produced in 2014. To find out more click the link here.
The route is well waymarked and the Ullswater Way leaflet gives a rough guide. However you will need a good map to follow whilst walking (Ordnance Survey or Harveys).
You can download and print O.S. based route maps in two sections below:
The creation of a circular route around the lake has long been an ambition of the community in the Ullswater area. The Ullswater Way is a fantastic example of people working in partnership on a project to give the local economy a boost, something that is particularly important following the floods in 2015.
The Ullswater Way crosses sections of open fell and farm land, offering visitors stunning views, as well as the path Wainwright described as ‘the most beautiful and rewarding walk in Lakeland’. The route also includes a new section of footpath near Maiden Castle, once the site of an Iron Age Hill fort it now offers spectacular views of the Ullswater Valley, as well as views to the Pennines to the East and Blencathra to the west.
The Ullswater Way was made possible through a partnership that included: The Lake District National Park, National Trust, the Ullswater Association, Eden District Council, Ullswater Steamers, and See More Cumbria with additional funding from the Cumbria Waste Management Environment Trust.