Lake District – England

The holiday to Glenridding in the Lake District of England happened during the holidays Easter of April 2014, the trip lasted 4 days and 3 nights.

The weather
For April the weather was surprisingly pleasant. It is no secret that British weather is temperamental at best, during the 4 days we were there it only rained once.

Cost of trip
We hired two cars to drive to Glenridding; the cost of the car hire and the cost for accommodation meant we paid £150 each.

Where I stayed
I went on the holiday with five other people, we decided it was best to hire an apartment and luckily we found a lovely apartment in Patterdale hall, an old stone building, the interior had been updated and was clean and fresh.

Patterdale Hall Estste, Glenridding, Lake District
Patterdale Hall, Glenridding, Lake District
Patterdale Hall Estste, Glenridding, Lake District
Patterdale Hall, Glenridding, Lake District

What I did

Aira Force
Aira Force is a waterfall situated within the Ullswater Valley which also flows into Ullswater Lake. The grounds on which Aira Force is situated is owned by the National Trust and it is well looked after.
We did the recommended walk around the waterfall, the walk is a circular route of 1.99 miles / 3.2 km, the walk took us in 1 hour 30 minutes to complete. We had walkers of varying abilities in our group, with I being one of the less able but I found it comfortable and pleasant.

Aira Force Waterfall, Lake District
Aira Force Waterfall, Lake District
Aira Force, Lake District
Aira Force, Lake District
Aira Force walking path, Lake District
Aira Force walking path, Lake District
Stream at Aira Force, Lake District
Stream at Aira Force, Lake District
Me at Aira Force, Lake District
Me at Aira Force, Lake District

Visit to Pooley Bridge
Pooley Bridge is a little village on the Ullswater Lake, the drive from Glenridding to Pooley Bridge was  approximately 30 minutes. There isn’t much to do in this little village but we were lucky to stumble across a church hall sale in the quaint St Paul’s church. We spent an hour or so looking at the interesting items and antiques with a few purchase made.
The highlight of going to Pooley Bridge was finding the Pooley Bridge Inn where we had a really good meal.

St Paul's Church, Pooley Bridge, Lake District
St Paul’s Church, Pooley Bridge, Lake District

Walk from Penrith to Howtown
I decided to challenge myself by going on a walk from Glenridding to Howtown  the distance is 7 miles / 11 km, until this trip I hadn’t done any mountain or hill walking but we completed the walk in 2 hours 30 minutes, I was very thrilled with myself and the walk left me feeling exhilarated.

View from a mountain walking to Howtown, Lake District
View from a mountain walking to Howtown, Lake District
A farm i passed whilst walking to Howtown, Lake District
A farm i passed whilst walking to Howtown, Lake District
Walking to Howtown, Lake District
Walking to Howtown, Lake District
View from a mountainwalking to Howtown, Lake District
View from a mountainwalking to Howtown, Lake District
Me on a mountain on walking to Howtown, Lake District
Me on a mountain on walking to Howtown, Lake District
Me on my walk to Howtown, Lake District
Me on my walk to Howtown, Lake District
These boots were made for walking, Lake District
These boots were made for walking, Lake District
View walking to Howtown, Lake District
View walking to Howtown, Lake District

Visit to Windermere
Windermere lake is the largest natural Lake in England so we decided to drive to Windermere to spend some time in the town and by the lake. Unfortunately it appeared everybody else had the same idea as us, we couldn’t find a parking space but worse than that, it was far too busy and we knew finding a quiet spot to unwind would be impossible.
Staying in Glenridding on the quieter Ullswater Lake was nice and relaxing, Windermere by contrast was far to busy.
We didn’t stay in Windermere but drove around until we found a quiet little picnic area in Orrest Head with beautiful views of the Windermere Lake we ate our lunch and relaxed.

Ullswater Steamer
Do not be deceived by the name, the Ullswater steamer is not a steam boat, however the boats are still lovely. The boats sail up and down Ullswater Lake from Glenridding Pier to Pooley Bridge Pier. A round trip around the lake took 2hours 15mins at a cost of £10.20. The ticket allows you to hop on and hop off at other towns along the way.

Ullswater Steamer, Lake District
Ullswater Steamer, Lake District
Glenridding Pier, Lake District
Glenridding Pier, Lake District
View from Ullswater Steamer, Lake District
View from Ullswater Steamer, Lake District
Making waves on the Ullswater Steamer
Making waves on the Ullswater Steamer
On the Ullswater Steamer, Lake District
On the Ullswater Steamer, Lake District
Me on the Ullswater Steamer, Lake District
Me on the Ullswater Steamer, Lake District

What I ate
I had a good meal at Pooley Bridge Inn, I had the Fish and Chips, this is the only place where I have been able to eat the batter as it was nice and light.
Apart for the meal at the Pooley Bridge in we cooked all our other meals ourselves.

Pooley Bridge Inn, Pooley Bridge, Lake District
Pooley Bridge Inn, Pooley Bridge, Lake District

In and around Glenridding

Further pictures of some of the sights in and around Glenridding.

On the way to Glenridding, Lake District
On the way to Glenridding, Lake District
Fog over Ullswater, Lake District
Fog over Ullswater, Lake District
Mountain around Ullswater, Lake District
Mountains around Ullswater, Lake District
Mountains around Ullswater, Lake District
Mountains around Ullswater, Lake District
Glenridding, Ullswater, Lake District
Glenridding, Ullswater, Lake District

My Ratings of Glenridding

My ratings are out of ten and are my own personal views therefore feel free to disagree.

People/Friendliness =  7/10
It was very difficult to tell who was a resident or a tourist but they local people I met were lovely and  welcoming.

Attractiveness = 9/10
The Lake District is beautiful, the scenery is unspoilt which is a testament to the good work the National Trust has been and is still doing to preserve parts of the area. Whilst walking around the mountains and forest/woods I kept feeling like I would encounter fairies and elves.

Food = 7/10
Whilst nearly all out meals were home made, the meal I had at Pooley Bridge Inn was very tasty. Plus Cumbrian Cheese and Chutney is amazing.

Affordability = 7/10
I found the trip very affordable, everything was reasonably priced for example the Ullswater Steamer was only £10.20.

Vibe = 8/10
The vibe is peaceful and relaxed, the Lake District was a lovely break from the chaotic city of London that I live in.

Overall = 8/10
I really enjoyed my holiday to the Lake District, thanks to this holiday I gained a new interest in walking and will be looking to include one walking holiday to my travels every year.

If you’ve enjoyed my review or not leave a comment.
Or if you want any advice for your trip leave a comment and I will be sure to do my best to help you.

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