Beautiful Ullswater viewed through golden daffodils

Discover and Protect the Ullswater Way this Spring

12 April 2019

Guest blogger

Wainwright described the south end of Ullswater, along the eastern shore as 'The most beautiful and rewarding walk in Lakeland.' Quite right, as the views are simply breathtaking. We want to allow everyone to enjoy that ‘wow’ moment of Ullswater’s incredible beauty for today and for future generations of visitors to the Lake District.

Walking the Ullswater Way is a challenge. Just like taking care of its surrounding footpaths. The route welcomes thousands of visitors each year, but that popularity comes at a cost. The Lake District Foundation, the charity raising funds to protect and care for the Lake District National Park and Cumbria has launched a crowdfunding campaign to carry out ongoing maintenance work and need your help.  

What is the Ullswater Way?

The Ullswater Way, in the Lake District was created by the local communities and partners to show the Ullswater valley was open for business after the devastating floods in 2015.

The 20 mile circular long-distance walk hugs the shores of England’s second largest lake, Ullswater, taking in the glorious landscape, wildlife and villages along the way.

The route has proved incredibility popular since launching in April 2016, with walkers, runners, day-trippers on the Ullswater Steamers and those taking part in charity challenges. The footfall is having an impact on the environment, causing footpath erosion and damage.

View over a stunning Ullswater in the Lake District

How is it maintained?

Ongoing path maintenance work is required to reduce the impact of the busy summer season ahead. The route needs drainage works, improvements to the path surface, new drystone walling, waymarker signs and help to maintain the general upkeep to ensure the path is litter free.

The money raised through this crowdfunding appeal will be used for this work to be carried out by the Lake District National Park ranger team and volunteers.

Family looking out and admiring the sunning landscape over Ullswater

What is the money used for?

It only takes a small donation to make a big difference:

£5 helps pay for a new finger post
£10 helps pay for a new gate
£25 helps pay for a new section of surface path
£50 pays for one metre of drystone wall
£100 covers the cost of planting an acre of new native woodland
£200 could pay for a day's digger time or a day's work for a skilled contractor to carry out the repair work

How can I donate?

Get involved and donate today, visit our crowdfunding appeal pages.

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