Description: The Ullswater Way is a 20-mile loop of one of England’s finest lakes.
On this trek we will split the route into two days of moderate walking, each around 10 miles in length. Starting at Pooley Bridge on Saturday morning, we will walk southwards along the western side of the lake until we arrive at YHA Patterdale where we will spend the night. On Sunday we will walk back to Pooley Bridge along the lake’s more undulating eastern side.
This event is a great introduction to trekking for people who are used to individual days in the fells, and want to try a multi-day route to see how enjoyable it is and experience the social aspects of trekking.
The Route: Information on the Ullswater Way can be found at http://www.ullswater.com/the-ullswater-way/
A “dinky map” of the route is published by Dorrigo (www.dorrigo.co.uk). This uses 1:25k OS mapping and is printed on waterproof paper.
Grade: Two consecutive days of “moderate” walking.
If people wish to come for just the Saturday or Sunday, rather than the whole weekend, that is fine and they are welcome. However, they will be responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety after leaving the group as they will have left the Ramblers event.
For those people joining on Sunday morning, please be ready to leave YHA Patterdale at 9.30 am.
Accommodation: Accommodation will be at YHA Patterdale (http://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/patterdale). The hostel offers the choice of single-beds in same-sex dormitories, private rooms or camping in its grounds.
Dogs are welcome with those people who camp, but the animals are not permitted inside any buildings.
People coming on this trek are responsible for reserving and paying for their own accommodation at
Food and Drink: The YHA can provide an evening meal, breakfast and lunch for guests. These can be booked and paid for when reserving accommodation. People may wish to bring a few chocolate bars and treats etc. to supplement what the YHA provide. The hostel also has a kitchen, so if people wish to carry their own food they can cook it there.
Cost: Other than accommodation, food & drink and (possibly) car parking it’s not envisaged there will be other costs associated with this trip.
Public transport: Penrith to Patterdale, bus service 508 (www.stagecoachbus.com or www.traveline.info)
Ullswater Steamers: Phone 017684 82229; www.ullswater-steamers.co.uk
Meeting Place: Outside the Sun Inn, in Pooley Bridge village (this is also the finish point on Sunday)
Meeting Time: 9.15 am (Saturday, 22nd October)
Walk Start: 9.30 am
Car Parking: There are a couple of pay and display car parks around Pooley Bridge, as well as some on-street car parking. There is “honesty box” car parking in the grounds of “Sunnyside Barn” which is a residential cottage in Pooley Bridge opposite St. Paul’s church (this is on the B5320 heading towards Penrith, grid reference NY 472 285) and is £3/day.
Where ever you decide to park, please remember that all cars are left at the owner’s risk. As ever, don’t leave anything valuable in your car, and do not leave anything that opportunistic thieves would be interested in stealing.
Miscellaneous: If attendees would like to make a small voluntary donation to the society, say £3 per person, this would be very gratefully received. Any donations received will be used to further the delivery of the Ramblers charitable objectives. This is a purely voluntary contribution and is not in any way a “charge” for attendance.
Joining This Trek: People wishing to come on this trip should text the organiser (Wayne: mobile 07753 121 168) or email the group account (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let him know. A printable version of this post is available from Tom (email@example.com).
Disclaimer: If the weather conditions are bad the route may be modified, or in exceptional cases cancelled on safety grounds