Return From Ulpha, Lake District

Posted by Dan on 06 Oct 2008 11:59:39

We returned from a very relaxing break in the Lake District last Friday. We stayed in a cottage called "The Cottage" in the Dudden Valley in a little hamlet called Ulpha. It was a very peaceful location with just the sound of the heavy raindrops on the windows to hear at night!

We went for a few walks around the area (which ended up taking longer than anticipated!) with some fantastic views of landscapes and waterfalls! The walk to Stanley Gill from the crossroads above Eskdale was somewhat harder to find the footpaths for than others but it was all fun! We also went "canyoning" in Stonycroft Gill near Keswick which involved walking and sliding down the "stream" in the cold and rain. I also had my first real try at horse riding too on the beach at Silecroft. I went on a horse called Tilly who knew I was a complete newbie and on the whole looked after me well! It was fun but my hands were numb at the end from the rain, wind and hail! We also visited Wast Water which was a very peaceful spot helped by the decent weather that day which inspired us to take a trip up Scafell Pike (not all the way!) but at least to a spot where we could see the summit clearly. We also visited Aira Falls near Ullswater on our way down to the cottage.

The roads were exciting too: an experience not to be missed if you take your car up into the Lake District! We were challenged by Wrynose Pass and Hardknott Pass which are very close to each other and mark the boundary between Eskdale, Ambleside and the Dudden Valley with a cool place called Cockly Beck where they intersect. Fantastic views from the top of the passes!

The rivers tumbling off the hillsides were incredibly clean and the Dudden Valley in the West Lake District was so peaceful and tranquil and I recommend it to anyone who wants to get away from it all for a few days! You can see photos from our trip in the albums section of this site.