FATMAP by Strava

The Ullswater Way

Lake District National Park

The Ullswater Way connects shoreline paths, woodland trails, fast land and popular lakeside villages to loop around Ullswater lake in the Lake District.

Hiking Moderate

32 km
835 m
835 m
7-8 hrs
Low Point
142 m
High Point
366 m
The Ullswater Way Map

The Ullswater Way is a long-distance hiking trail in the Lake District. This 32.2 km / 20 mile circular route starts and ends at Pooley Bridge, a small village on the eastern shore of Ullswater.


The trail takes you through some of the most beautiful and varied landscapes in the Lake District, including rolling hills, forests, and of course, Ullswater itself. Along the way, you'll pass through charming villages and hamlets, and have the opportunity to visit popular attractions such as Aira Force waterfall and Rydal Mount, the former home of William Wordsworth.

The trail is well-marked and easy to follow, with plenty of accommodation options available along the way, including campsites, bunkhouses, and hotels. It is suitable for hikers of all levels, although you should be in good physical condition as it can be strenuous at times.

Overall, the Ullswater Way is a fantastic way to explore the stunning scenery and rich cultural heritage of the Lake District, and is a must-do for anyone visiting the region.



Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.


1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

between March and November


  • Wildlife
  • Historical
  • Picturesque
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features

Similar routes nearby