Things to do nearby 2 Low Glenridding
Where to begin to explain all that Glenridding has to offer? Well let’s start with the obvious! The village is nestled at the foot of the mighty Helvellyn range and has easy access to the classic routes up England’s third highest mountain. Wainwright writes affectionately about the fell, describing it as a friendly giant with a long history full of legend and romance. St Sunday Crag and Catstycam can also be climbed straight from the village. These hills are some of the biggest and most exciting fells, with wide ranging views, dramatic rock faces, and spine tingling ridge walks and scrambles. A word of caution however. If you do not have a head for heights, then do not attempt to cross Striding or Swirral Edge to the summit of Helvellyn. Although there are options to traverse the ridge on a lower path, a fall from here could be fatal. In poor conditions such as low cloud, rain, high wind or ice and snow, then it should not be attempted. In fine clear conditions, crossing the ridge is exhilarating. Just remember that the ridge will always be there and the feeling of conquering it is an unbeatable Lake District memory. Save it for a fine day and savour it.
Aside from these Lake District giants there are many more delightful low level walks to savour in this area. Less than 3 miles away is the National Trust car park for Aira Force. This majestic waterfall has a one mile circular route to take you around the different viewpoints of the falls and a handy café after your exertions. You can also branch off on various other paths from here if you’re feeling more energetic!
A journey on one of the beautiful Ullswater Steamers is a “must do” for any visitors to the village. These stately vessels operate between Pooley Bridge, Howtown, Aira Force and Glenridding. Why not take a leisurely sail across the stunning lake taking in the marvellous scenery (there’s even a bar on board!) or perhaps take the opportunity to learn something of the company’s 150 year history. Another way to mess about on the water here might see you hiring a boat or canoe from the Glenridding Sailing Centre or St Patrick’s Boat Landing. Ullswater is perfect for watersports of all descriptions and there are plenty of coves and beaches for picnics or fishing.
The area offers a fabulous array of bridleways for mountain bikers and a range of quiet roads for the roadies. Of course Kirkstone Pass makes an appearance in many classic Lake District cycling events it makes for an excellent training opportunity just outside the village. Alternatively why not cycle around the lake and catch a steamer back! Very civilised.
At an altitude of 1,489 feet Kirkstone Pass is the highest mountain pass in the Lake District that is open to motor traffic. It stretches from Ambleside to Patterdale and takes in some glorious views on its way. Named for a huge rock resembling the shape of a church hence “Kirk” (the Old Norse word for church) stone. Why not enjoy a leisurely drive from 2 Low Glenridding through Patterdale and on to Ambleside. Leaving the Ullswater Lake behind, you enter a pastoral landscape of green fields grazed by Herdwick sheep and dotted with traditional Lakeland farms and outbuildings. High on the left is a continuous ridge at the top of which is ‘High Street’ – a former prehistoric route that was used by the Romans to link their forts at Brougham (Brocavum) and Ambleside (Galava). In the summer months there is a regular bus service going over the pass to Windermere which opens up many more linear walks from the door without having to trouble your car keys.
For visitors interested in history Glenridding has much evidence of its productive past. The village grew up on the back of lead mining. One of the most productive lead mines in the whole country was located here. In the early days, Glenridding was not accessible by road, so a steamer service was established on the lake to bring in food and provisions for the miners. This service still operates today in the form of Ullswater 'Steamers' - but the boats are more likely to be dropping off quantities of visitors rather than victuals. You can still see the huge spoil heaps along the valley and rows of former miners' cottages leading up the fellside. The local Tourist Information Centre has information and displays on this former industry.
Visitors to 2 Low Glenridding are spoiled for choice with many eateries within easy walking distance of the house. The Inn on the Lake is less than 200m away, blessed with a stunning lakeside position as its name suggests why not enjoy a meal in its rather smart Lake View restaurant or the more informal Ramblers Bar? You can also take afternoon tea by the fire, or in the garden during the warmer months. The lovely garden goes all the way down to the lake and is a wonderful place to while away an afternoon with a glass of wine or two. There also is a large children’s playground outside. Also a short walk away from the cottage is the Ratchers Tavern which is within the Glenridding Hotel. It is dog friendly, has a brilliant beer garden and a detailed menu. The interior is rustic and friendly with lots of inspiring pictures decorating the wall.
Fellbites Café is opposite the Tourist Information Centre in Glenridding. It opens from 11am to 8.30pm making it ideal for tired hungry fell walkers coming down off the fells after that last café has closed, but not quite in the mood for a pub meal.
A pub with something of a legendary reputation amongst fell walkers is the Travellers Rest. It is located just up the road from the cottage and is a popular route of descent from the mountains. The Travellers Rest is a snug traditional pub where you can get a pint and some decent food without worrying about your muddy boots or soggy waterproofs.
If you fancy a picnic on the banks of Ullswater or perhaps up at Lanty’s Tarn above Glenridding, then you can’t go far wrong with the local shops. In Glenridding there is a mini market that sells mouth-watering pies, local meat and cheese and a wide selection of local beers
Kirkstone Pass also opens up the many acclaimed restaurants in Ambleside, perhaps you might enjoy a cinema evening at Zeffirelli’s or Fellini’s two charming cinemas frequently showing independent films with excellent vegetarian restaurants attached to them.
This area offers a superb array of options for your Lake District stay and 2 Low Glenridding is a perfect base from which to make the most of it all.