Lake District Towns and Villages
Pooley Bridge in the Lake District National Park
Pooley Bridge is situated on the river Eamont, below Dunmallet Hill, at the northern tip of Ullswater, one of Lakeland's most attractive lakes. The name 'pooley' derives from the Norse for 'the hill with a pool', the Bridge part being added much later. Dunmallet is the site of an Iron Age fort and offers excellent views of the lake and surrounding district.
This old fishing community consists of 2 main streets of old greystone houses, a couple of hotels, guest houses, tea rooms, tourist shops, an information centre and the small 19th century church of St Pauls. The large amounts of Salmon and trout still attract alot of fishermen to the area.
There are some good walks which start at Pooley Bridge. Dalemain, one of Lakelands fine country houses, is only 2 miles away. It is a mainly Elizabethan house with a Georgian facade, built around a Norman tower. It has been in the same samily since 1679 and contains some supurb gardens and a couple of small museums. A footpath from the house also leads to the 14th century keep of Dacre castle.
Also a short distance away to the south is Eusemere, once the home of the anti-slave campaigner Thomas Clarkson. It was whilst walking to visit Ckarkson that Wordsworth is said to have come across his 'host of golden daffodil..'.
Pooley Bridge Pier is closeby, where you can catch one of the Ullswater Steamers either for a cruise round the lake or to take a trip to either Howtown or Glenridding. A popular outing is to take the boat to Howtown, walk the footpath that skirts Ullswater round to Glenridding for a boat back to Pooley Bridge. It walk itself takes about 3 hours but offers supurb views of the lake and Helvellyn rising beyond.