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 reached from Howtown by a zig-zag mountain pass ('The Hause'). Martindale is preserved from through traffic, since there is no road continuing to Patterdale, and it is quiet even in summer, though only 25 minutes from the M6 at Junction 40 and from the A66 at Penrith. Wildlife includes red squirrels, badgers, hares, owls, 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 a peregrine falcon. 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.The villages of Pooley Bridge and Glenridding can be reached by the lakeshore path which was Wainwright's favourite walk and is now part of the Ullswater Way, or with less effort on the picturesque 'steamer' from Howtown. You can hire rowing boats and kayaks, there is also pony-trekking close by. For a day out, there are country houses, Hadrian’s Wall, and all the rest of the Lake District and Eden valley to visit.

Shopping

Penrith, 10 miles away, is our local town. It has several convenient supermarkets but the old-fashioned shops of the historic centre are also well worth exploring. Pooley Bridge, at 4 miles, has a Post Office/shop selling newspapers and basic goods, an outdoor clothing shop and souvenir shops. Glenridding, at 5 miles, has small shops of the same sort.

Eating out 

Howtown Hotel, open March to October, has old-world charm, a friendly atmosphere and excellent traditional food. In its new tea-room you can enjoy home-made cakes - and wifi. Howtown is 20 minutes on foot or 5 minutes by car. Sharrow Bay Country House Hotel, 15 minutes by car, occupies a beautiful position overlooking the lake and is open all year. You will find a number of pubs, cafes and hotels at Pooley Bridge and Glenridding, others in the nearby villages of Tirril, Askham and Dacre, and in Penrith.
 

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