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Picture perfect village with great views of the National Park

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Pooley Bridge landscape

Pooley Bridge is a pleasant village in the Lake District at the northern end of Lake Ullswater. Found on the banks of the River Eamont, it’s a popular visitor attraction for the region. The famous Ullswater Steamers depart from the quay and offer scenic tours of the lake and the surrounding peaks and hills.

Pooley Bridge’s main church, St Paul’s, is found at the centre of the village and it dates to the mid-19th century. The church is also complemented by the old Blacksmith’s house and a row of houses dating back to a similar period.

The ‘bridge’ in the name is a 16th century stone landmark close the heart of the village. It spans the aforementioned River Eamont, as it winds its way on from the lake to conjoin with the River Eden near Langwathby. Trekkers will also encounter prehistoric cairns that punctuate the landscape around the Ullswater area.

Pooley Bridge Chapel

Up until the 19th century, Pooley Bridge was a busy market town with fish being the major draw. As nearby Penrith grew due to the rail connection, Pooley Bridge saw trade dwindle and the people move to the former.

Nowadays, visitors to Pooley Bridge like to spend time aboard one of the Ullswater Steamers to enjoy the Lake District scenery and varied wildlife. Boats also service Howtown and Glenridding at the southern end of the lake. Take in views of Helvellyn, the highest peak in the National Park – the lake’s crowning glory. The nearby earthworks of Maiden Castle is also a popular place of historic interest and be reached along Shepherds Walk 57 that makes it way up and over Dunmallard Hill. Thought to be Iron Age, it’s a circular fort with two rampart walls and it enjoys great views across the region. Wear good foot wear after a recent rain downpour as sections of the walk are likely to be boggy.

“No trip to Pooley Bridge is complete without a boat trip on an Ullswater Steamer…”

Pooley Bridge is close to Penrith. Once the capital of Cumbria, the red sandstone market town is still a bustling hub and worth exploring when visiting the region. There is a grand castle, once home to the fabled and notorious Duke of Gloucester, before he was crowned King Richard III. You can also follow several decent historic town trails too. There is a great mixture of independent stores and High Street names in the centre of Penrith. The choice of eateries is broad as well when all exotic palettes are taken into consideration.

We offer some lovely cottages in and around Pooley Bridge and Ullswater. Why not explore our collection to feel inspired?

While you’re there

Ullswater Steamers

No trip to the Lake District is complete without a trip north to south and back down Ullswater on one of these majestic boats. Do not miss out.

Penrith Castle

Once home to Richard III, this castle is a must-see for all history buffs. It’s now the centre piece of one of the town’s best parks.

Maiden Castle

Take a trek up Dunmallard Hill to the earthworks of this Iron Age hill fort with great views of Helvellyn and the Lake District scenery.

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