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Ullswater Walks and Walking Guide

Lake District, Cumbria

Find circular walks from Ullswater, which is surrounded by Lakeland Fells with the small communities of Hartsop, Glenridding and Patterdale offering limited amenities for walkers. Walking in this area is varied with Helvellyn one of the busiest fells in the Lake District National Park especially if approached via Striding Edge. Other notable fells in this area include Place Fell, St Sunday Crag and the Angletarn Pikes.

The walks listed below are free to download and print and all routes have mapping and GPX files. The area lacks easy family walks as the majority of routes involve hillwalking skills.

★ = GPS file available

WalkDescriptionGradeMiles
1143Hallin Fell from Martindale Church, Sandwickeasy2.00
2032Great How, a short ascent above Thirlmereeasy2.00
2039Gowbarrow Fell circularmoderate3.50
2019Raven Crag, the Benn & Shoulthwaite Gill near Thirlmereeasy/mod4.00
3232Glenridding Dodd & Sheffield Pike easy/mod4.50
2524Thirlmere Circulareasy5.00
1158High Rigg from Legburthwaiteeasy5.50
2005High Rigg & Legburthwaiteeasy5.50
1959Gray Crag and Pasture Beck from Hartsopmoderate5.50
1230Birks & Arnison Crag from Patterdalemoderate5.50
2327Red Tarn & Birkhouse Moor from Glenriddingmoderate6.00
1228Thornthwaite Beacon & High Street from Hartsopmoderate6.50
1247Helvellyn & Raise from Swirlsmod/hard7.00
1235Red Tarn & Grisedale from Glenriddingmoderate7.00
1110Angletarn Pikes from Hartsopmoderate7.00
2049Calfhow Pike & the Dodds from Legburthwaitemoderate7.50
2047Place Fell from Patterdalemoderate7.50
1229Helvellyn & Dollywaggon Pike from Wythburnmoderate8.00
2060The Angletarn Pikes and Brock Crags from Hartsopmoderate8.00
2025Helvellyn & Wythburn from Swirlsmod/hard8.50
3309Hartsop, Hartsop Dodd, Stony Cove Pike & Kirkstone Passmoderate8.50
1242Bannerdale, Boredale & Beda Head from Martindalemoderate9.00
1241Arthur's Pike & Loadpot Hill from Martindalemoderate9.00
1156Helvellyn via Striding Edge from Glenriddinghard9.50
2585Hartsop Dodd, Stony Cove Pike, High St. & The Knottmod/hard10.00
2631Martindale High-level Circuitmod/hard11.00
1710Glenridding, St. Sunday Crag & Helvellynhard11.50
3388Hayeswater and Angle Tarn from Hartsopmod/hard11.50
2425Boredale Circular from Patterdalemod/hard11.50
1520Helvellyn & Fairfield Horseshoe from Patterdalevery hard13.00

The walks listed above are the nearest 30 from Ullswater when measured in a straight line.

Recommended Reading

Walking the Lake District Fells - Langdale

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