Things to do nearby Elm How

Elm How is in a very special location in the heart of some of the Lake District’s finest mountain scenery. It is located over a mile from the nearest village or pub meaning you can enjoy a rare sense of peace and blissful isolation.

The valley location means that Elm How is perfect for parking up and forgetting about your car for the rest of your holiday. Access to the Helvellyn range is beyond compare. The lower flanks of the mountain are directly opposite Elm How and walkers flock to cross the thrilling arête of Striding Edge. The main paths to Fairfield, St Sunday Crag and Helvellyn can all be accessed from the front door of the farmhouse with endless possibilities for adventure amidst these dramatic high fells.

There are lots of great opportunities for cycling and mountain biking in the area. If you are feeling brave (and strong!) then it is possible to mountain bike the entire length of the Helvellyn range between the tops of Dollywagon Pike and Clough Head and further afield over the High Street Range. Bikes can be stored in the utility room at the Elm How.

If you don’t fancy huge hikes then the valley is a great place to explore with streams to splash in, woodlands or the short climb up to Grisedale Tarn. It is just over a mile to walk to Patterdale down the farm track. 

Ullswater is a great lake for those who like to be in or on the water. It is a vast lake with beaches and bays for picnics and paddling, swimming or fishing. You can launch your own boat at Howtown, or take out temporary membership of Ullswater Yacht Club. Boats can be hired at Pooley Bridge and Glenridding.

Lake steamers run between Pooley Bridge, Howtown and Glenridding throughout the year (with a reduced winter service). The steamer service has a popular stop at Howtown with the beautiful little Hallin Fell dominating the scene. This is ideal for shorter walks and for children whilst Place Fell is a rugged yet relatively simple climb affording unsurpassed views of Ullswater and the surrounding mountains.

Also on the opposite side is Ullswater is the formidable High Street range, a remote and wild mountain range that is quiet even in the busy summer months. The Ullswater steamer offers easy access to the valley of Martindale and High Street beyond.
If you do venture out of the valley there are plenty of pubs, cafes and hotels all within easy reach and with something to offer for all tastes and budgets. You can read more in our guide to eating out in Glenridding and Patterdale.

Keswick is within a 35/40 minute drive from Elm How. As the adventure hub of the northern Lake District, Keswick offers a vast choice of outdoor activities. The town also has lots of places to eat and a wide choice of things to do in rainy weather. However with a location like that of Elm How, you may never want to step foot outside the valley!

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