Glorious Glenridding

Glorious Glenridding – The People’s Friend – 1st April 2023

My feature about Glorious Glenridding, in Cumbria’s Lake District, is in the latest issue of The People’s Friend (Issue dated Saturday 1st April 2023).

I can’t believe it’s almost a year since I was up there taking photos for this piece, and I was so lucky with the weather! I travelled up the M6 to Kendal, then headed for Windermere, before taking the Kirkstone Pass towards Glenridding and Ullswater. There was a wonderful view from the Kirkstone Pass.

The Kirkstone Pass © Simon Whaley

When I dropped into Patterdale, I parked by St Patrick’s Church in Patterdale because this was quieter and there’s a handy layby there (I popped a donation in the church’s donation box inside, because I know churches are reliant upon donations like this). From there I headed into Grisedale, with its glorious views of Bleaberry Crag.

Grisedale © Simon Whaley

As I wandered up the side of the valley, the views got better – thanks to the wonderful weather!

St Sunday Crag, Dollywagon Pike and Nethermost Pike seen from Grisedale. © Simon Whaley

After passing Lanty’s Tarn, my path crested the ridge, offering me a glorious view of Glenridding and Ullswater.

Glenridding and Ullswater © Simon Whaley

When I dropped down to the village, I was surprised at how dry the streams were in the area. Little did we know then, what a warm and dry summer we were going to get.

Glenridding village © Simon Whaley

Moments later, I was on the shores of Ullswater, and that looked low, too!

Ullswater © Simon Whaley

St Patrick’s Church is a worthy visit – check out the well on the way there, and explore the churchyard and the tapestries inside, too.

St Patrick’s Well near Glenridding. © Simon Whaley
St Patrick’s Churchyard © Simon Whaley
Tapestry inside St Patrick’s Church, Patterdale © Simon Whaley

To find out what else I did in Glenridding, you’re going to have to read the article!

© Simon Whaley