Easter Sunday

Pooley Bridge Travel Blog

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Kissing swans
Today, after a hearty breakfast, we ventured out to go for a ride on the ferry and then later a hike or two depending on the time.  It was a fairly cool day with a biting wind which was all the worse once we got out onto the lake.  There wasn't too many people that stayed out on deck for the entire trip as most needed to go below deck to warm up a little.

We decided to stop off at the town of Glenridding which was at the opposite end of the lake to Pooley Bridge. There was a nice hike to the top of the hill which which was hard going but well worth it as it provided a great view of the town and surrounding areas.
  There was also a small lake at the top which was very picturesque.  The walk down was much easier and allowed us to check out more of the beautiful scenery.

The ferry ride back was a bit colder than the trip over as the wind had picked up adding to the chill factor.

We jumped in the car and went for a drive to a more popular hiking spot.  And popular it was with most of the car park full.  It made it a bit difficult on the track with all the extra people either just going to slow or coming the other way.  After getting past the main attraction, we found some tracks off to the side which didn't see the same level of foot traffic.  It was really enjoyable walking through the bush to find some running streams and waterfalls.  Even in the bush we couldn't escape the sound of sheep due to the surrounding areas being farmland.
The view across Ulswater from the ferry


On the way to the hike we noticed a nice little pub on the side of the road which looked over the lake, so on our way back to Pooley Bridge we stopped in for a drink and to bask in the great view that was on offer.

That night we went back to the pub for dinner and a few drinks.  The restaurant was fully booked so we just found a small table in the main area near the bar.  It was a bit strange to see that for the entire time we were there that quite a number of tables were not even used - seemed that if you booked a table, it would be reserved for the whole night instead of just for a certain amount of time like most restaurants.  The meal was tasty and a big portion and was nicely washed down with a nice single malt scotch.
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Kissing swans
Kissing swans
The view across Ulswater from the …
The view across Ulswater from the…
View across the lake from the ferry
View across the lake from the ferry
All rugged up
All rugged up
View from above Glenridding
View from above Glenridding
A nice viewing position (or restin…
A nice viewing position (or resti…
Small lake on top of the hill
Small lake on top of the hill
The walking track
The walking track
Rainbow from the waterfall
Rainbow from the waterfall
An old bridge dating back to the 1…
An old bridge dating back to the …
Some of the streams
Some of the streams
View from the pub
View from the pub
Enjoying a beer after the hike
Enjoying a beer after the hike
Getting some sun
Getting some sun
Sheep in the back paddock
Sheep in the back paddock
Elm House B&B
Elm House B&B
Pooley Bridge
photo by: Browntown