June Walks Giveaway: Patterdale, Lake District
This walk is reproduced from our popular walking book 'The Lake District - A Dog Walker's Guide'.
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PATTERDALE, LAKE DISTRICT
Distance: 7 miles
Taking you to the southern shores of Ullswater, this great Lake District dog walk offers fantastic views from Silver Point. There is also water for your dog (if you have one with you) to play in and woods filled with interesting scents.
Many people believe Ullswater to be the most beautiful of all the lakes. Certainly, if you take a trip on one of the famous Ullswater Steamers, it can be difficult to disagree!
HOW TO GET THERE & PARKING
From Junction 40 of the M6, head towards Keswick on the A66. At the first roundabout, take the exit left on the A592. Patterdale is at the far, southern end of Ullswater.
There is limited off-road parking in Patterdale, or use the pay and display car
park by the White Lion pub (GR NY396158). Map: OS Explorer OL5 The
English Lakes: North-eastern area.
1. Leave the village passing the White Lion pub on your left and take the road that turns off to the left. Cross the bridge then immediately take the path that heads off to the left at the side of the beck.
2. Head through a kissing gate and keep the beck on the left, with a fence on the right. Through another gate, you head into some woods and when you pass through another gate turn right on the track towards the farm. Go past the cattle grid using the gate on the right.
3. You’ll soon find yourself at Side Farm, which is a popular place in summer with a tea shop and nearby campsite. Go through the courtyard and turn left onto the track, heading through a gate. At this point you may encounter some sheep so keep an eye out and use a lead if necessary. This is a steady, simple track to follow and soon you’ll start to see great views of Ullswater down to your left, with fells rising up at the other side of the valley.
4. At a fork in the path bear left and so continue on the track overlooking the lake. Keep along this and soon you will find yourself with a fine view over Silver Point. It’s a great spot to rest and have a picnic - in good weather, at any rate.
5. Continue on the path as it bends around to the right. Before you reach the woods turn right (GR 397182) and follow this path as it rises over the hill and dips down the other side. After around half a mile you will spot a path heading downhill to the right. Take this and join the original path at the bottom, turning left onto it and completing the loop around Silver Crag. From here it’s a case of retracing your footsteps, so proceed along the track until you come to Side Farm, turn right here and walk through the farm. Continue ahead along the track and just before you reach the beck, turn left onto the path that goes by the waterside. Through the wood and out of the gate at the far end, cross the bridge on the right and head back to the main road. Turn right, back to the car park.
- Alex Batho