The Lake District tourist board have several route guides which take you around the lake in various ways making the most of the stunning scenery around Ullswater.
Ullswater is the second largest lake in Cumbria and at nine miles long it is a top destination for keen cyclist.The surrounding mountain gives Ullswater the shape of an elongated `Z' resulting in three separate segments to explore. The towns of Pooley Bridge and Glenridding are both situated close to the shoreline offering parking and plenty of places to eat and drink.
The north western side of Ullswater is a mixture of low rolling fells interspersed with picturesque hamlets. Criss- crossing this quiet corner of the Lake District is a network of lanes and fell road - perfect for cycling. The route provided by the tourist board starts at Pooley Bridge and finishes at Glenridding Steamer pier car park. At over 10 miles it is described as a medium challenge!
The long ridge of the High Street range of fells terminates in expansive moorland known as Moor Divock. It separates Ullswater and Pooley Bridge from Askham and the River Lowther. Moor Divock has long been an important link and criss-crossing it is an extensive network of bridleways and tracks. This popular route starting at Pooley Bridge is perfect for mountain biking particularly if you are a bit of a novice and want some shorter climbs to get you started.
Set amongst the gentle rolling fells on the northern side of Ullswater, the modest peaks of Great Mell Fell and Little Mell Fell provide an excellent back drop for a cycle ride. This cycle route follows quiet lanes circumnavigating Little Mell Fell where wonderful views can be enjoyed of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The route starts at Pooley Bridge and is approximately 17 miles long.
All these routes and more can be found at Ullswater Tourist Information Centre in the main car park in Glenridding. Tel: 01768 482414