Some of the most spectacular walking and cycling routes in the Lake District National Park can be found in the Ullswater Valley. Noted for its dramatic mountain scenery and arguably the most beautiful lake in England, popular routes include the circular walk of Hallin Fell affording spectacular views over Ullswater, the family-friendly footpath between National Trust Aira Force and Glenridding and the lakeshore path between Howtown and Glenridding (both of which form part of the Ullswater Way), or the short yet delightful walk around the unmissable waterfalls of Aira Force itself.
There are miles of bridleways and footpaths in and around Ullswater, many of which can be accessed using a Ullswater ‘Steamer’. From the might of the Helvellyn mountain range at the southern reach with some of Wainwright’s most famous walks such as the exciting scramble along Striding Edge, to the remote valley of Martindale – home to the native red deer population – which offers access to an expanse of seldom-walked fells, there’s a wealth of both low-level and more challenging walking opportunities to suit all levels of hiker.
Please note: both Ullswater ‘Steamers’ pier houses have cycle racks for bicycle parking.