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Pooley Bridge is a vibrant little village in an awesome location right at the head of Ullswater. 

The river Eamont runs out of the lake here, down through Eamont Bridge, where it joins the River Eden, near Langwathby.  During Storm Desmond in 2015, the famous 18th century bridge was washed away into the lake.  It has now been replaced with a modern stainless steel and stone version, linking the road around the lake again.  

With a great choice of pubs, shops, restaurants and cafes, and walks from the village centre, you can easily spend a lovely few days exploring and getting to know Pooley Bridge and its neighbouring villages and hamlets.  It’s easily accessible from Junction 40 of the M6, and Ullswater Steamers call here on many of their circular cruises around the lake. 

Where to walk 

The Ullswater Way

The Ullswater Way was launched a couple of years ago, and you can tackle parts of it or the whole lot – it’s 21 miles with an option to extend out to Lowther. 

The Howtown to Glenridding walk we believe is one of the most beautiful lakeshore walks you would ever find.  Head south from PB alongside the car park and the lakeshore down to Waterfoot farm and campsite. 

Simply follow the waymarked footpath meandering its way alongside the lake, passing through Patterdale, Side Farm and then back along to Glenridding.  You can then explore the village and its pubs and jump on a Steamer to take you back up the lake to Pooley Bridge.  What a great day out.


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What not to miss

Aira Force

A climb up to the mighty Aira Force, exploring the stunning woodland walks and arboretum. You can also head right up to Dockray and slake your thirst at The Royal – a traditional country inn.  There are trails and paths all around this lovely area, and you’ll find a café and loos next to the car park too. 

A cruise on the Lake

The iconic Ullswater Steamers with their red chimneys and serene gliding style go up and down the lake 364 days of the year. You can jump on a cruise at Pooley Bridge, and go exploring the other drop-off points of Glenridding, Aira Force and Howtown. 

Food and Drink

The Sun Inn 

A family-run, cosy pub with good food and ales. Large beer garden and children’s play area.  Family and dog friendly. 

The Pooley Bridge Inn 

With a cosy but modern bar area, large outdoor courtyard, this friendly pub serves pub classics and local ales. 

Granny Dowbekins Tea room 

Serving visitors with cream teas since 1846, with fabulous views over the river and Ullswater. Home-baked scones, cakes and pies, a great meeting place for a cuppa. 

Top Pick in Pooley Bridge

Blacksmiths Cottage (Ref. 972346)

Blacksmiths Cottage

Pooley Bridge  |  1 Bedroom  | 1 Bathroom |  Sleeps 2

This is a romantic and charming 17th century cottage, situated in the heart of Pooley Bridge. The cottage is sure to appeal to couples looking for a cosy, luxury Lake District cottage to relax, unwind and take in the stunning scenery of the northern Lakes. Located on the northeastern edge of Ullswater, Pooley Bridge is a popular holiday destination with a wealth of amenities from local shops, pubs, restaurants within walking distance; local watersport centres, pony trekking and cruises on the lake to name but a few.

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