As you know, we’ve been walking the Ullswater Way in easy walks and out of sequence. Last time I mentioned our tramp from Patterdale along the eastern shore of Ullswater to a splendid viewpoint below Bleaberry Knott on Place Fell.
On this part we walked there from Sandwick, though in fact we started our ramble from the new church in Martindale – a very easy walk through some spectacular scenery.
The walk to Sandwick from Martindale Church is not actually part of the Ullswater Way, but it is worth doing for its own sake; it offers particularly fine views up the valley of the Howe Grain Beck towards The Nab – that once forbidden Wainwright.
The old cottages you pass as the footpaths winds down to Sandwick are a delight, excellent examples of vernacular architecture.
Just before Scalehow Wood is reached is Lowther Barn, a very pleasant tea-room offering drinks and snacks and worth a visit all for itself. You have to walk or ride however. There is, thankfully, no access for motor vehicles. We saved our visit there for the return journey.
There are fine views of Scalehow Force, a very pretty waterfall set amongst trees. An ideal place for a picnic and not far off the Ullswater Way. We made a mental note to do this walk again in the Autumn when the colours must be magnificent.
The Way heads along wooded slopes above the lake itself, offering fine views of steamers, launches and canoes.
It wasn’t long before we reached the point where we finished our ramble from Patterdale.
We returned the same way with a pleasant halt in the tearoom.
A very lovely and quieter corner of the Lake District.