Patterdale to Howtown and back on the steamer at Glenridding
The scenic combination of lakes surrounded by steep-sided mountains is one of the things that makes the Lake District such a special place. One of the best examples of this type of landscape is the eastern shore of Ullswater. The craggy flanks of Place Fell sweep down to the blue waters of the lake. In a perfect visual balance the mix of trees, scree, crags and open fell is a delight to walk through. No roads or constructed routes penetrate this wild corner. Just an old bridleway paved with rough stones and edged with moss fringed rocks.
The walk along this bridleway is a relaxed affair, particularly when you combine it with a return journey on the elegant lake steamer. The route is easy to follow on the ground but some parts are a bit rough so make sure you dress accordingly. There are plenty of idyllic picnic spots for lunch, or alternatively you could set off early enough and grab lunch in the pleasant Howtown Hotel at the end of the walk before you catch the steamer.
3 - 4 hours
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Cumbria, CA11 0QQ
Map reference: NY 381170 Lat: 54.54444 Long: -2.95834