North-Eastern Area

The north-eastern area of the Lake District National Park is the area of the park covered by the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL5 map. It encompasses the enthralling Thirlmere, the wondrous Ullswater, and the magnificent Haweswater.

With an altitude of 950 metres, the third highest fell in the Lake District, the famous Helvellyn, is also to be found towering in this quarter of the park. The route up from Glenridding via Striding Edge is one of the most popular (and hair-raising) walks in the region.

A large length of the High Street Range, a natural barrier of rugged rocks and peaks that runs north to south between Haweswater and Ullswater, is also located in the north-eastern area.

Blencathra, also known as Saddleback, is another prominent fell within the ambit of the north-eastern area. It stands loftily over the village of Threlkeld, which is easily accessible via the A66.

The charming little village of Patterdale lies in the upper reaches of the Ullswater Valley, between Ullswater and Brothers Water, and is a favoured starting point for many hikers venturing into either the Helvellyn or High Street Range.

Popular tourist destinations include Aira Force, a waterfall that plummets 65 feet (19.8 metres); the already mentioned Glenridding, a popular starting point for hikes up onto the Helvellyn Massif; and Pooley Bridge, a village on the northern tip of Lake Ullswater which, being just a few miles from the M6, bustles in the summer months.

The Ullswater steamers, too, are highly popular amongst tourists, providing a relaxing mode of transport to handy locations around the lake, including Howtown, Aira Force and Glenridding, all of which are points on the Ullswater Way, a well maintained and waymarked walking route around the lake.

The photographs in the galleries below have all been taken on my walks in the north-eastern area of the Lake District National Park to supplement my pieces of nature writing.

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