Lake District Towns and Villages
Glenridding in the Lake District National Park
Glenridding is situated on the south western shore of Ullswater and can be reached from Ambleside via the Kirkstone Pass. It has an attractice location, surrounded on three sides by mountains and is a favourite haunt of fell walkers, providing the starting point for walks on Helvellyn, Fairfield and Place Fell.
Glenridding is an old mining village, with lead ore being discovered here in the mid 17th century and commercially exploited for the next 300 years.
Tourism is now it's main industry and there are several shops and pubs in the village. There is also plenty of accommodation available with a number of good guest houses.
People come here to walk, cycle, climb, or just to enjoy the scenery or cruise around the lake on one of the old steamers. The 'Lady of the Lake' and 'Raven' date from 1877 and 1889. They can be boarded either at Glenridding, Howtown or Pooley Bridge at the northern end of Ullswater.
Thousands of people flock to climb Helvellyn every summer. At 3116ft it is a good climb, quite arduous in stretches but well worth it for the dramatic views it provides. A favourite low level walk is along the far shore of Ullswater, from Howtown to Glenridding. One can catch the steamboat to Howtown and walk back along some of lakeland's prettiest countryside.
One of Lakeland's most famous waterfalls, Aira Force, is a real natural delight. It is situated about 5 miles north of Glenridding and can be reached by car.