The Lake District is one of the most scenic places in the UK and a perfect place to spend a weekend – walking, relaxing and taking in the fantastic scenery.
One of my favourite places in the Lake District is Ullswater. As you’d expect, the area around Ullswater Lake is extremely picturesque. But it’s also easier than some of the more popular tourist spots to find quieter walking routes away from the crowd. I’m lucky enough to have friends who live nearby, so it’s an area I’m pretty familiar with. But most recently I spent a weekend with family in a lovely lodge near Greystoke, about 20 minutes drive from Ullswater. The lodge was fabulous – spacious inside and out, surrounded by beautiful scenery. The UK weather was also surprisingly kind and we had a lovely sun-filled weekend.
There’s plenty of walks to choose from around Ullswater, of varying levels of difficulty. If it’s an easy walk you’re after, you can just stroll around the lake itself, or use the Ullswater steamers to take you across the lake, which run between Pooley Bridge, Glenridding, Howtown and Aira Force waterfall. But my two personal favourites are routes from Pooley Bridge to Howtown and back, and another around Aira Force waterfall.
For the circular walk from Pooley Bridge to Howtown walk, you head out of Pooley Bridge and up the hills to the left (if you were looking towards the lake from Pooley Bridge) and along the ridge before dropping down into Howtown. You can then either take the steamer back to Pooley Bridge, or walk back along the lakeside path. Pooley Bridge is a great little village, with lots of family friendly pubs and places to stay. The Crown Inn has a terrace which looks out over the lake and lots of outdoor tables which run down to a river – perfect for a drink in the sun after a walk!
For Aira Force, you can take a circular walk through the woods to the waterfall itself. Or, if you fancy a bit more of a challenge, you can head upwards to a great lookout spot over the lake.
The Lakes always reminds that a UK break can be just as enjoyable as going further afield. And there’s nothing better than a weekend of fresh air to relax and clear your head before heading back to work!
And the bonus of staying in the lodge was ending each day in the hot tub with this beautiful sunset!