The area around Martindale, Northern Lake District, Cumbria

Martindale

This lovely valley lies on the east side of Ullswater, the second largest and perhaps most beautiful of the English lakes. It is a completely unspoilt place, reached by a mountain pass that ascends from Howtown. It is preserved from through traffic, since there is no road on to Patterdale. It is quiet even in summer, though only 25 minutes from the M6 at Junction 40 and from the A66 at Penrith for those arriving from the east. Martindale wildlife includes red squirrels, badgers, hares, woodpeckers, herons, owls, falcons, and many kinds of smaller bird. One of the finest local walks, along the High Street ridge, may reward you with a sighting of red deer or even a golden eagle. The local herdwick sheep, a rare farm breed, are to be seen everywhere in the fields or on the open fell.
 

Activities

There are walks both gentle and strenuous in every direction, along the valley floor and up the fells. You can hire rowing boats, canoes and kayaks at Pooley Bridge and Glenridding or enjoy a trip on one of the picturesque 'steamers' that ply up and down the lake. There is also pony-trekking close by. For a day out, there are country houses, Hadrian’s Wall, potteries, water-mills, and all the rest of the Lake District and Eden valley to visit.
 

Shopping

Penrith, 10 miles away, is our local town. There are convenient supermarkets on its edge, but the old-fashioned shops of the historic centre are also well worth exploring. Don’t fail to sample Penrith’s famous fudge and toffee, made on site at The Toffee Shop and exported to toffee-addicts the world over. The village of Pooley Bridge, 4 miles away at the foot of the lake, offers a Post Office/shop selling newspapers and basic goods, an outdoor clothing shop and souvenir shops. The village of Glenridding at the head of lake has a several small shops of the same sort. You can reach Glenridding via the path along the lakeshore (about 4 miles) which was Wainwright's favourite walk, or with less effort on the steamer from Howtown. 
 

Eating out 

Howtown Hotel, open March to October, has a friendly atmosphere, excellent traditional food and reasonable prices. Howtown is 20 minutes away on foot or 5 minutes by car. A little further along the lakeshore Sharrow Bay Country House Hotel, in a beautiful position overlooking the water, is open all year. It is famous for its cuisine (inevitably, this is reflected in its prices). There are several pubs, cafes and hotels at Pooley Bridge and Glenridding, others in the nearby villages of Tirril, Askham and Dacre, and various restaurants in Penrith.
 

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