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Penrith & Ullswater - Day 2

Market Town to Mere – The epitome of Cumbrian Life

Just off the West Coast Mainline, in the Eden Valley, nestles the very Cumbrian Market town of Penrith. Pair a stay here with a trip to the Ullswater Valley, where the mountains dip their toes into the lake, for a World Heritage Signature Experience.



From the Bus Station on Sandgate, just off the town centre, take the 508 bus from Stand 1 for the 40 minute ride to the Greenside Road Bus Shelter in Glenridding. If you aren’t sure where to get off just ask the driver to give you a shout when you are there. Spend the morning browsing the collection of shops, admiring the views and enjoying a brew in one of the local cafes or pubs. Spend the morning browsing the collection of shops, admiring the views and enjoying a brew in one of the local cafes or pubs.


Glenridding can be found at the foot of the famous Kirkstone Pass at the southern end of Ullswater Lake and it is the main centre for the Ullswater area. The classic mountain Helvellyn at 3,116ft (950m) looks over the village and lake.



Grab some food for a picnic or try one of the many local eateries.


From Glenridding walk down to Glenridding Pier, clearly signposted from the main road. From the pier you can cruise on one of the Ullswater Steamers to Aira Force Pier.

Escape the ordinary at Aira Force. Let your imagination run wild as you weave your way through woodland glades from the waters edge to fell top. You'll find champion trees, cheeky red squirrels, waterfalls, perfect picnic spots, a café, pebble beaches, beautiful views and much more.


National Trust property. Main force falls 70ft, spanned by bridges. Footpath runs alongside river through woodland. 1 mile round walk can be extended. Junction of A592 and A5091. Pay car park has WC and café.



Retrace your steps and catch the bus back to Penrith. Stay another night exploring the eateries of this charming town or catch the train home.


Penrith was once the capital of Cumbria. Today it is very accessible by road, M6, A6 and A66, and rail. Penrith is a bustling market town, renowned for its wealth of specialist shops offering an interesting choice of goods and fine foods.



The weather in the Lake District can change quickly, clear morning skies can rapidly give way to rain, sleet or even snow so be prepared! Changes in weather can dramatically alter the difficulty of a route so please consider this before setting off. Call 0844 846 2444 to check the forecast.

Practical information
Appropriate clothing can make all the difference. It is important to be warm, comfortable and dry when out exploring so make sure you have the appropriate kit and plenty of layers.

Your rucksack should hold everything needed and be carried comfortably. Have extra layers, a hat and gloves, enough food and drink, and a first aid kit. A compass, map and the knowledge to use them is invaluable.

Mobile phone reception isn’t always good in the Lake District. Leave details of your route and expected finish time with a buddy. If you are delayed please contact your buddy to let them know. This will prevent mountain rescue, a team of volunteers, being called out unnecessarily. If there is an emergency call 999, ask for Cumbria Police and give your location; an accurate grid reference is ideal.

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