The Ullswater Way

The Ullswater Way is a 20-mile walking route around Ullswater. The route can be walked in either direction and from any starting point. Why not walk the route in shorter sections, using an open top bus or steamer to start your journey!

New for 2023! The Eamont Way – Penrith to Pooley

The Eamont Way is a new signed walking trail of 5.5 miles connecting Penrith to Pooley Bridge. Starting at Penrith Railway Station, visitors and locals alike will now be able to follow a signed walking route  all the way to the popular lakeside village via the beautiful River Eamont valley.

Lowther Castle Loop 

Discover this lovely  addition to the Ullswater Way. From Lowther Castle, the circular 7.5 mile route follows the banks of the Lowther river, through the hamlet of Helton and then up to Askham Fell with its panoramic views, before returning through the charming village of Askham.

Ullswater Way Dalemain Loop

Following the fantastic success of the Ullswater Way, an additional 5 mile circular loop has been developed to enable people to link from the Ullswater way to Dalemain Mansion with its Garden and Tea Rooms and Dacre village with its ancient church and traditional pub.

The Loop is well signposted and an illustrated account of the walk can also be found in the Official Guide to the Ullswater Way, available in businesses around the Ullswater Way, with £1 for every copy sold donated to the National Park to help maintain the route.

Ullswater Way Map

General information

Ullswater Information Centre: 0845 901 0845 (calls cost 2p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge)

Public transport

Traveline: 0871 200 2233 (calls cost 12p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge)

Ullswater Steamers: 017684 82229


Forecast available on Lake District Weatherline: 0844 846 2444 (calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge)


This map is not to scale. The route is well waymarked, but please also take OS Explorer map OL5 with you. Mobile phone signal can be limited in the Ullswater Valley.

There can be changing weather conditions – please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.


In case of emergency please call 999. Ask for Police and Mountain Rescue.

Further information

For more information on the Ullswater Way, including detailed route descriptions and accommodation and attractions in the local area visit