Pooley Bridge to Howtown

There’s a well-known short walking route running from Pooley Bridge to Howtown, so when I returned to the UK for a friend’s wedding (which was so much fun!), a group of friends and I decided to make a jolly day of it!

The route begins on the eastern edge of Pooley Bridge and up onto the side of Askham Fell.


It’s a great 7.5km (-ish) walk, which is pretty flat on the whole, so it’s an easy one for a Sunday afternoon! I was really happy to get back out into the Lakes though. I didn’t realise how much I missed it until I was back.


You can get some great views of Lake Ullswater, and I don’t feel that my photos really do it justice to be honest. I’ll need to head back again, maybe alone, so I don’t have to worry about holding the group up!

Askham Fell is one of my favourite places near to my house, mainly because it’s flat, and mostly empty of people. On this walk, we were really only on the very edge of it but it still keeps hold of its wild vibes.


Upon arriving into Howtown, we decided to take the lake steamer back up to Pooley Bridge, which I think is a great way to travel around the lake towns, and get the most out of a trip. It wasn’t too expensive to go from Howtown to Pooley Bridge either. I can’t remember how much it cost exactly, for the one trip, but you can get a full day pass for £14.20.

One of my friends brought her dog, Rhiw, who is absolutely adorable. Of course there were many photos of him, but this is by far my favourite:


But back to the steamers:


There’s some great views of the lake from the boats, and I really recommend making a full day of travelling around the lake and the surrounding towns, such as Glenridding and Pooley Bridge.

I can’t wait to head back home again and get out on some other walks! But I’ll leave it here for now. If you’d like more information on the Ullswater Steamers, you can check out the website here.

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