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Things to do around Ullswater

The Ullswater Way

This 20 mile route around the lake has boat and bus stopping points, so you can walk it all or do a smaller section combined with a cruise on the water.

Ullswater way website

On the water

Ullswater Steamers

Sit back, relax and enjoy a lake cruise on one of England's most beautiful lakes. With stops at Glenridding, Aira Force, How Town and Pooley Bridge, you can walk and cruise your own route.

Timetables and booking for Ullswater Steamers

Aira Force

With around 200,00 visitors a year, Aira Force has a magnificent 70ft (21m) multiple fall with viewing bridges above and below.
There is a seasonal tea room, a car park and toilets on site.

Aira Force - National Trust

Walking and hiking routes around Ullswater, Glenriding and Helvellyn

Guided walks

Why not join our volunteer guided walk leaders on a free or low-cost guided walk? Many start from Glenridding, and they range from easy family friendly rambles, to strenuous day long hikes to the summit of Helvellyn.

Search and book your guided walk near Ullswater

Hiking up Helvellyn

At 950 metres above sea level, Helvellyn is the third highest peak in England. On its eastern side, two sharp aretes lead off the summit of Striding and Swirral Edge. The knife-edged Striding Edge provides one of the best known scrambles in the Lake District.

There are different ways to reach the summit, but all of them require you to be properly equipped. Please take a look at our checklist for walkers

In the winter, the Fell Top Assessors climb Helvellyn every day to report the conditions for Weatherline, you can join them on a Winter Skills Course to learn how to enjoy the Lake District fells safelty in winter.

Pop into Ullswater Information Centre for great advice on climbing Helvellyn

Short walking routes

Get to know the Ullswater area

Outdoor activities


Glenridding and Pooley Bridge villages

The two main villages on Ullswater lake are Glenridding and Pooley Bridge. Both have a small number of shops which sell goods varying from food and drink to outdoor clothing. The Ullswater Information Centre at Glenridding also sells shop quality gifts.

Rheged Centre

The Rheged Centre, north of Ullswater, has a selection of shops.

Penrith town

Shops in this town include John Norris for fishing equipment and outdoor clothing, and The Toffee Shop which counts the Prince of Wales as a customer! There are also several supermarkets.

Need more help? Pop in to Ullswater Information Centre!

Ullswater Information Centre in Glenridding

This page is brought to you by the staff of Ullswater Information Centre.

We can help you with booking accommodation, tickets or attractions. We are next to the car park in Glenridding - do pop in and take a look around Ullswater Information Centre.