By boat to Howtown & foot to Glenridding – 10km Walk

This is a lovely route, travelling north along Ullswater by steam boat, and back over the fells to Glenridding by foot. I used the Ordnance Survey Map 0L5 (The English Lakes, North Eastern Area) to guide me. The path is well trodden and easily found in most places, you probably don’t need the map, especially if you download the free route guides that you can find on the Ullswater Steamers website (details below).

First, here’s a short film that I made during the steam boat ride and trek.

Secondly, Ullswater Steamers, who operate the steam boats on the lake, have a great selection of free, printable walk routes on their website. You can see all the details for this walk here - http://www.ullswater-steamers.co.uk/downloads/A5HT-GRwalktext.pdf

And for other walks that you can take in the area, see here - http://www.ullswater-steamers.co.uk/about-us/things-to-do/walks.htm

I set off from The Quiet Site campsite, where I was staying for 5 days (for a review, click Here), and drove the 10 minutes to Glenridding dock, from where you can buy tickets for the Ullswater Steam boats. I didn’t have to wait long for a boat, they go every 40 minutes or so in the summer (timetable here - http://www.ullswater-steamers.co.uk/timetable-fares/). The sailing to Howtown was smooth and offered fine views during the 40 minute ride to Howtown.

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Once at Howtown, which is little more than the dock as far as I could see, there are signs pointing the way back to Glenridding, via Patterdale in a south-west direction. Basically you are following the coastal path all the way back, with only a few, short inland diversions along the way. The path gains height quickly and gives you great views over the lake almost immediately.

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The views above are all around you for 2 hours or so, the final view is from Long Crag, a lovely stopping point for lunch…

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…and then you reach Silver Bay, which is the deepest part of the lake and also, from the looks of the map, one of the best spots for swimming. I went in, the water was as cold as it gets in the Lake District, but it was clear and fresh and made for a nice dip on a very hot day. Here are some snaps of the Bay…

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From the bay there was a further 2 hour hike back to Glenridding, via the outskirts of Patterdale. The views were as glorious as ever. I wouldn’t say it was easy walking as there was plenty of up and down, but the path was well worn and simple to follow.

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The last 2 views above are as you enter Patterdale, and just before you return to the Ullswater Steamer dock in Glenridding. The final stretch of the walk is on road, but there’s a pathway. All in all, this is a lovely walk, for people of all abilities. You could easily run it if you fancied a bit of lively cross country, the path is wide enough to handle a fast pace.

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