New Ullswater Way set to open

The new Ullswater Way takes walkers around the lake Credit: PA

A new twenty-mile walking route around the flood-hit Ullswater valley is officially opening today.

Although there were already existing walking routes in the area, the 'Ullswater Way' will be the first fully connected footpath around the lake.

The trail has been created by volunteers to showcase the area and encourage visitors to walk between villages surrounding the lake.

People in the Ullswater area have been working hard to get reconnected after the floods and let people know how they are ‘open for business’. This has been particularly important in areas like Glenridding and Pooley Bridge where the flood damage made headline news across the country.

A group of local people and supporting organisations worked together to improve access, including a new 2.5km public right of way, and the installation of new waymarkers, fingerposts and gates to make it easier for people to navigate the route on the ground.