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Boats on Ullswater copyright Charlie Hedley

Miles Without Stiles 1: Pooley Bridge to Gale Bay


Route type: For many along the shore of Ullswater. Two steep sections may prove difficult for solo wheelchair users. OS Explorer Map OL7

Distance: 1.8 km, 1.1 miles

Start point: Pooley Bridge car park - grid ref. NY 471243

Turning point: Concrete pad by the lakeshore - grid ref. NY 466237

Facilities: Public toilets, pubs and cafés in Pooley Bridge

Getting there: Bus: Stagecoach 108 and 508 from Penrith to Pooley Bridge runs throughout the year, with the 508 running on Sundays or Bank Holidays.
Car: from Penrith take the A592 to Pooley Bridge


This is a 0.9 km linear route along the shore of Ullswater, providing superb views along the northern reaches of the lake.

The path leaves the car park entrance and heads south past Dunmere. The wide path is well suited for wheelchairs and pushchairs. There is one gate to pass through on the way to the boathouse where there is a seat. Continue on past the boathouse and up a short but steep ramp to follow a raised path above the shoreline.

Drop down another short steep ramp and go through another gate. Cross a footbridge and follow the path to a concrete pad on your right. From here you can watch the Ullswater Steamers make their journey to Howtown and Glenridding. Looking north you can see the steep mound of Dunmallard Hill with the remains of its ancient settlement on top. This must have been an important defensive location at the entrance to Ullswater and may have been part of a line of defensive locations that were designed to repel any invader.

A rough path, unsuitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs, continues for another 150 metres to a gate and a recycled plastic raised boardwalk which gives access to the shingle shoreline on Gale Bay.


Map - Pooley Bridge to Eusemere