A small area of water 3 miles to the east of Ullswater along the Grisedale Valley sandwiched between the fells of Fairfield and Dollywagon Pike is a site of Lake District & Cumbrian folklore. Legend says that the ancient crown of the King of Cumbria lays under the waters where it was hidden after the defeat of Dunmail in a battle between the Celts and Anglo Saxons in 945AD.
Not far below the tarn's outflow where it becomes Grisedale Beck is the "Brother's Parting Stone", a memorial to William Wordsworths brother John and marks the place where in September 1800, William and John unknowingly said their last "goodbye" to each other. John was to be lost at sea whilst commanding the "Earl of Abergavenny" which sank in 1805 with the loss of almost 300 sailors. John's sword is displayed at Rydal Mount. Canon Rawnsley, arranged for Wordsworth's tribute to his brother to be carved on the rock in the 1880's. It reads:
"Here did we stop and here looked around
While each in to himself descends
For that last thought of parting friends
That is not to be found.
Brother and friend, if verse of mine
Have power to make thy virtues known,
Here let a memorial stone
Stand sacred as a shrine".
A picturesque setting surrounded by woodland on Birkhouse moor about 3 miles on foot from Glenridding. Good views of Lake Ullswater and impressive mountain scenery en-route.
From the tarn, take the short climb on to Keldas which is a well loved vantage point for views of Ullswater, St Sunday Crag and the ridges leading to Nethermost Pike and Dollywaggon Pike. For tales of the Glenridding Griffin of Lanty's Tarn go to www.taletrails.co.uk
Standing at 2356 feet below Striding Edge, Red Tarn is one of the highest tarns in the Lake District & Cumbria. People often camp here overnight in order to climb Helvellyn at dawn for views of the sunrise.
A lakeside area opposite Glencoyne Woods forever linked to William Wordsworth's poem of “Daffodils”.
Lakeland Llama Treks
Llama trekking is a great way to experience the countryside, meet new people and de-stress,all at the same time.
Lead one of these calm and delightful creatures through the spectacular Lake District in Cumbria, stopping off to enjoy our freshly prepared picnics en route.
For more information:
Phone: 01768 889389
Open all year with free admission. The museum housed together with Penrith Tourist Information Centre displays a collection of geology, art and social history. The art collections include paintings by 17th C Dutch and Flemish artists. Telephone. 01768 865105.
Dalemain House and Gardens
The historic house and gardens dating back to Saxon times are not far from the Ullswater Valley. Dalemain is a family home of Tudor and medieval rooms and buildings open to the public from Sunday to Thursday from 11.45am until 4pm. Guided tours at 11.15am. Gardens, tearoom and gift shop open from 10.30am until 5pm. www.dalemain.com
Rheged is the largest visitor attraction to open in the Lake District & Cumbria. Situated in Britain's largest grass covered building, the centrepiece is a 6 storey high cinema screen featuring a journey back through 2000 years of Lake District & Cumbrian history. The centre is open all year and includes an outdoor adventure play area, a Tourist Information Centre, restaurant, coffee shop, speciality shops and conference facilities. www.rheged.com
Much survives of this 13th C castle standing near Penrith close to the River Eamont. Open to the public during summer months.
Lakeland Bird of Prey Centre
Situated in the walled garden of Lowther castle. Visitors are able to see at close hand, falcons, hawks, eagles, buzzards and owls from this country and abroad. There are flying displays every afternoon beginning at 2pm. The aim of the Centre is to conserve birds of prey and to care for orphaned or injured birds before releasing them back to the wild. Telephone 01931-712746.
Lakeland Bird of Prey Centre, Lowther castle Grounds. Lowther, near Penrith.
Greystoke Swimming Pool
Heated open-air swimming pool in Penrith. Telephone 01768 483637.
Penrith Leisure Centre
A full range of facilities makes this popular with older people. It offers 6 Court Indoor Sports Hall, 6 Rink Indoor Bowls Green, Sauna, Fitness Suite, Floodlit Artificial Turf Pitch, 25 metre Swimming Pool, 13 metre Learner Swimming Pool, Climbing Wall, Multi Purpose Activity Rooms, Meet & Conference Facilities, Cafe Bar, Group Fitness Classes, Swimming Lessons and children's Parties.
Open Monday to Friday 6.30am – 10pm and weekends from 7.30am – 9pm. Telephone 01768 863450.
Rookin House Farm
A well established adventure centre offering a wide range of outdoor activities with a strong focus on fun and safety. Only 4 miles from Ullswater and 8 miles from Penrith. Open all year. Telephone 01768-483561 www.rookinhouse.co.uk
Blue Badge Tours
Half or full day tours of the area. Anything and everything to do with fell walking and touring. Itineraries prepared. For full details call Tom McCafferty on 01229-774939 or go to www.bluebadgetours.com
Blue badge Guiding Services offering sightseeing tours and walking tours. For details call 017684 84811.
The Guides are a small walking and climbing Company based in Glenridding. They will provide guides to plan and walk the routes, provide courses in summer and winter navigation, wild camping, winter skills, and, for those wanting to rock climb or abseiling, they have access to “crags” which are only a short walk from Glenridding. For more details contact Steve on mobile 07762637930 or 017684 82957. Email Steve firstname.lastname@example.org
Reach Beyond Adventure
A local outdoor adventure company offering a wide range of outdoor activities in and around the Ullswater Valley. These include canoeing, guided walking, ridge scrambling, climbing, ghyll scrambling, bush craft, outdoor first aid training and more. Telephone 017684-83867 or email email@example.com
Ullswater Canoe Trail
The trail enables visitors and locals to canoe through the wonderful Ullswater scenery. Leaflet available from the Glenridding Tourist Information Centre or call Eden Rivers Trust 01768 866788.
Glenridding Sailing Centre
The centre provides a wide range of sailing dinghies, canoes and kayaks. Expert tuition is available and even if you bring your own boat you can use the facilities and launch from the site for a small daily or weekly fee. Qualified and experienced help is available every day from march until the end of October. www.glenriddingsailingcentre.co.uk
Eden Outdoor Adventures
A family run company offering courses for small groups and families in canoeing, rock climbing, walking and mountaineering. www.edenoutdooradventures.co.uk Telephone 07525 653099.
A variety of cruise options operating between Glenridding, Howtown and Pooley Bridge. Check details and timetables at Ullswater Steamers, Glenridding.
Kirkstone Pass Inn
Standing on the summit of the 1500 feet of Kirkstone Pass which links Windermere and Patterdale and the highest inhabited building in Cumbria, the Kirkstone Pass Inn has been serving thirsty and hungry travellers for over 500 years. Fantastic views on a clear day from the beer garden many of which have been recorded on film, canvas, literature and verse.
Telephone 015394-33888 Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.kirkstonepassinn.com