Lake District Towns and Villages
Patterdale in the Lake District National Park
Patterdale is situated about a mile south of Ullswater and a mile south of Glenridding along the A592, at the foot of Grizedale. A footpath leads to Glenridding avoiding the roadside for most of the way.
It has one pub called The White Lion which also has several rooms available, and a hotel, The Patterdale Hotel which has a public bar.There is also a church and a small post office cum village shop opposite the pub. Patterdale is also home to the local Mountain Rescue, who can be busy throughout the year but especially so during the winter months.
The 17th century Patterdale Hall is situated just off the main road between Patterdale and Glenridding. It was rebuily during the 19th century and was once home to John Mounsey, so called King of Patterdale.
This area was the setting for the extremely popular BBC series, 'The Lakes' and is a good start for a great number of walks, so they region gets quite popular especially during the summer months. For strong walkers, the route to Helvellyn via Sriding Edge is one of Lakeland's classic walks. Fairfield and St Sunday Crag provide stupendous views over the valley and should not be missed. Grizedale provides access to a stunning valley hike up to Grizedale Tarn. There are plenty of low level walks not least the lakeside walk from Howtown to Glenridding. One can catch the steamer from Glenridding and walk back.
The road to the south of Patterdale leads over the Kirkstone Pass on it's way to Ambleside. At the top of the pass is the Kirkstone Pass Inn, which is the highest public house in England.
A couple hundred yards from the village is Patterdale youth hostel.There is also a tourist information centre at Glenridding.