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.
Watch our video to see some of the spectacular views, then download the maps and plan your walk!
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.
Guided kayak tours on beautiful Ullswater. A great way to explore the islands, beaches and rocky shores of the lake. Leaves from Glenridding village.
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.
Aira Force has a magnificent 21m (70ft) multiple waterfall with viewing bridges above and below to get close to the thundering water safely.
There is a seasonal tea room, a car park and toilets on site.
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 safely in winter.
Pop into Ullswater Information Centre for great advice on climbing Helvellyn
Dramatic ruins, gardens within gardens, and one of the UK’s largest adventure playgrounds. Lowther won the Large Visitor Attraction of the year 2018 at the Cumbria Tourism Awards, and exploring the innovative renovation of this historic castle and grounds you'll see why.
Shop, cafés, free car parking and cycle hire make this a full day out.
The Dalemain Estate includes a splendid house, gardens, a deer park and tenant farms. Documents tell us that a fortified ‘pele’ tower stood here in the twelfth century. A spiral staircase is all that survives of this early building. Dalemain became a manor house in Tudor times, and the Georgian façade was added in the mid-eighteenth century. It’s been the home of the Hasell family since 1680. Dalemain house and garden are open to visitors and is on the route of the Ullswater Way
Rheged has indoor and outdoor soft play, a 3D cinema screen, family theatre, exhibition halls, a gallery, cafe, foodhall and shops.
See hawks, eagles, falcons and owls from around the world, with flying displays, a tea room and gift shop.
The two main villages on Ullswater lake are Glenridding at the southern end and Pooley Bridge at the north. Both have a small number of shops selling things from outdoor clothing to gifts and food, and a selection of cafes and pubs.
The Ullswater Information Centre at Glenridding also sells gifts, maps, walking guides and can help you plan your visit.
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.
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.