Ullswater is fast becoming our favourite lake, and Glenridding our favourite village. Everything you need is in the village including the grumpiest shopkeeper in the world! He owns the village store and a grumpier man I’ve never met, however it’s funny rather than upsetting. He’s just a character.
Glenridding has several paths up to Striding Edge and Helvellyn. It’s also got a garage and several restaurants attached to hotels. One of the main features is the so called steamers. They’re not steamers at all now, and I don’t know if they ever were. but it is very much fun to take one to Howtown, then walk back to Patterdale and then into Glenridding.
It’s also nice to take the longer route to Pooley bridge. There’s 3 pubs in Pooley Bridge. The Crown Inn which is lovely for families and serves lovely food. The Pooley Bridge Inn which has rooms as well, and serves many ales from micro breweries in the region. The food there is also nice but we go for the beer. 🙂
There’s also the Sun Inn which is the more rowdy of them all but I say that in a fun way, not in a disturbing peace way. It seems to be full of locals usually but it has live music on, karaoke and quiz night. They do meals too but much more restricted menu than the other two. We go to the Sun Inn for fun not eating.
Climbing around Glenridding is great as there is something for everyone. If we park in the steamers car park overnight it’s £4, added to the £4 during the day it makes for a steep stopover. Campsites can be had for about a tenner but I dislike campsites and love camping wherever we can out of the way.
Sadly due to National Park gestapo who want to run the park as if it is private property and only allow us on reluctantly, there are few places to stop over.
A few photos here.