Ullswater and Glenridding

Grisedale Cottage is surrounded by mountains and lakes. Everywhere you look there are glimpses of the Lakeland fells and lakes ~ inspiring at any time of year.

Ullswater is the second largest lake in the Lake District ~ and we think it is the most beautiful. There are ample opportunities for paddling in the lake, getting your fishing net out or hiring a rowing boat or motor boat from Glenridding Boating Centre. Ullswater Steamers sail to Howtown and Pooley Bridge every dayor to Aira Force at peak times.  Or you can have a go at sailing, canoeing or kayaking from Glenridding Sailing Centre where expert and friendly tuition is available.

The backdrop to Ullswater is the majestic fells that have always inspired poets, artists, walkers and climbers. From Grisedale Cottage you have easy access to Helvellyn, St Sunday Crag and the Fairfield and High Street ranges. There are also numerous valley and woodland walks. The lakeshore walk from Howtown was described by Wainwright as one of the finest in the Lake District; the views are breathtaking. If you prefer two wheels, there is also a good choice of bridleways. You might have to carry your bike up the fell, but it's exhilerating on the way back down!

The villages of Glenridding and Patterdale are only a few minutes' walk from Grisedale Cottage which means:

* 4 village pubs within a 5 to 10 minute walk
* 2 village shops, a post office and an outdoor shop (Catstycam)
- in case you've forgotten anything.
* a choice of wonderful cafes
* a medical centre which you hopefully won't need, but it's just a few minutes' drive away.
* a National Park Information Centre for all the info you need
about what to do and where to go.
* Ullswater Steamers and Glenridding Sailing Centre - for getting
out and about on the lake.


Some useful links:

Patterdale Village Store and Post Office ...
For most things you'll need. Make sure you try their freshly baked bread and Tom's cookies!

Ullswater Steamers ...
A very enjoyable way to enjoy Ullswater and view the mountains from the lake.

Glenridding Sailing School...
For everything you need for messing about on Ullswater! Sailing dinghies and traditional boats, canoes and kayaks and windsurfers for hire, as well as expert tuition by RYH qualified staff. The Centre also provides launching facilities.

John Campbell, Mountain Painter
For many years, John Campbell worked from a small gallery in Patterdale. He is now based from his home in the Lake District, but his paintings still include magical views of the Ullswater valley. His website will certainly inspire you

Glenridding Guides ...
Steve lives in Glenridding and is passionate about mountains. He is a qualified mountain leader and experienced outdoor instructor, as well as a member of Patterdale Mountain Rescue. If you want a local guide to show you round the Ullswater fells, Steve offers a friendly, professional service for individuals or small groups and will plan days out for you based on what you want to do.

The Lakeland Fells ...
Andrew Leaney
's superb site - full of photos, walking routes, photos, walks. All the info you could need to plan some exciting days in the hills.


There's lots for you to explore and enjoy .....