Lake District National Park (Glenridding, Helvellyn)

Ullswater: "The happiest combination of beauty and grandeur, which any of the Lakes affords".
Discover the splendours of the English Lake District at a relaxed pace. From the hotel, in an isolated and peaceful spot surrounded by stunning peaks, walk daily to different parts of this beautiful area, returning each evening to the same fine lodgings. Enjoy fresh air, breathtaking mountain scenery, emerald meadows dotted with sheep, cascading waterfalls and picture-postcard hamlets around the lakes.

Highlights: Splendid mountain scenery and breathtaking views. 3 wonderful walks - Aira Force waterfall, Helvellyn peak and Grisedale tarn. Lake cruises on Ullswater Lake. Traditional cuisine and local specialities.


Travel by train ( Virgin trains) from London Euston to Penrith. Then use local bus (service 108) or taxi (Davies Taxis - Tel: 017687 72676) to get to Glenridding.


Recommended walks & Where to eat

Spectacular waterfall - Aira Force WALK 1: Spectacular waterfall - Aira Force / day 1

Length: 12 km. Grade: easy. Suggested map: OS Explorer Map (The Lake District: NE area, sheet OL5).

Leaving London in a comfortable train head towards Penrith.
Around the second largest lake in English Lake District, Ullswater, the local bus (service 108) takes you to Glenridding.
Leave our rucksacks in the hotel (B&B or hostel) and from there the first fabulous walk through enchanting leafy glen to one of the most spectacular waterfall in the Lake District - Aira Force, begins.
In the evening settle into your peaceful hotel surrounded by stunning peaks including Helvellyn, the challenge for tomorrow :)

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Helvellyn WALK 2: Helvellyn / day 2

Length: 11 km. Grade: moderate-hard. Suggested map: OS Explorer Map (The Lake District: NE area, sheet OL5).

Strengthen by a rich breakfast it's time to head up to an impressive peak, Helvellyn. It's a challenging climb, on well maintain footpath, to 950 metres (3,117 ft), and it's truly worth it. Breathtaking views on Ullswater Lake, the valley and mountainous horizons of Lake District are unforgettable.
Make sure you have your photographic equipment ready!
Once on the top the views are even more splendid, especially at the knife-edged Striding Edge and Swirral Edge. Red Tarn, a pool nestling between them, is the highest tarn in the Lakes. Of course, it will be the right time for a picnic and to celebrate your victory as well.
Leaving the summit you still have half of your great day before you. Taking the footpath on Swirral Edge you get to Red Tarn with clear mountain water. If you are brave enough you should try to dip your feet. It's cold but so refreshing :). Then slowly start coming down to the valley, back to the hotel.

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Lake District WALK 3: Grisedale tarn / day 3

Length: 10 km. Grade: moderate. Suggested map: OS Explorer Map (The Lake District: NE area, sheet OL5).

It is worth to wrap up your stay by a less demanding walk, so you can relax, enjoy and truly absorb fresh air and the beauty of the mountains.
Walk along the river Grisedale will take you to the Cumbria's mysterious site, Grisedale tarn. It is a great place for a picnic.
Grisedale Tarn is also the legendary resting place of the crown of the kingdom of Cumbria, after the crown was conveyed there in 945 by soldiers of the last king, Dunmail, after he was slain in battle with the combined forces of the English and Scottish kings.
Last views at the imposing steep ridges and crags behind and it is time to slowly head back passing through another beautiful valley, Deepdale.
Then down the farmlands of another picturesque village Patterdale. We recommend you to contact Local Mountain Rescue Team members and ask them to show you their centre and talk you through interesting aspect of their work and show the rescue equipment.

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Boat trip with the famous Ullswater Steamers BOAT TRIP with the famous Ullswater Steamers / day 4

To finish your stay in Lake District in style we recommend you a boat trip with the famous Ullswater Steamers. Wonderful one hour boat trip along the whole 9 miles length of the lake is just another way to enjoy the spectacular panoramas.
The boat stops at picturesque Pooley Bridge from where you can take a bus or taxi back to Penrith for your train.

Where to eat: Travellers Rest

What to take with you on your adventures & Travel necessities

IN MY BAG I SHOULD HAVE... click here A couple of tips from Minty on what to take with you. And remember: "He who would travel happily must travel light" (Antoine de Saint-Exupery).

Any questions? Ask those who have already been there!

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