Ullswater and Blencathra in the Campervan

I started the week at Ullswater, managing to find a great spot to park, right on the lake shore. Filled with enthusiasm, I ignored the wet weather and got soaked on the fells during my first full day in the Lakes. It was a bit miserable and I spent the whole of the following day recovering and drying out gear! So, I’ve decided to do some gentler walks for a while to get into the swing of things.

Parked up next to Ullswater
Parked up next to Ullswater
Soaked through on Glenridding Dodd
Soaked through on Glenridding Dodd

With that in mind, the Ullswater Way seemed an appealing prospect. I spent the night ‘stealth camping’ in the centre of Glenridding and set off along the east shore of the lake first thing in the morning. I’ve walked around Ullswater before and the stretch between Glenridding and Howtown is my favourite section. As part of my ‘gentle warm up’ plan, I had intended to walk to Howtown and then catch the ferry back to Glenridding. But I was feeling good and it was still early, so I decided to turn around and walk back. It was a really pleasant day and I was back at the van by 4pm after about 16 miles of walking.

On the Ullswater Way
On the Ullswater Way

I spent another quiet night in Glenridding and then nipped up to Penrith to get a few bits and pieces I’d forgotten or realised I needed.

I stayed in Mungrisedale for a night and then made a bee-line for Threlkeld and parked on some rough ground under Blease Fell. The footpath up Blencathra started literally by my front bumper. The forecast was for a temperature inversion the following morning which can be fantastic for walking in the hills. Sure enough I woke up to thick fog in the valleys and set off up Blencathra, soon popping out above the clouds and under blue skies. It was one of the best hikes I’ve been on with the Lakeland fells all poking out above a sea of mist. I even had the summit to myself when I arrived up there about 9am. The hordes arrived as I was getting back to the van and the parking area was full by lunch time. The valley fog soon cleared and I spent a lazy afternoon watching hang gliders jumping off Blease Fell.

On the way up Blencathra
On the way up Blencathra

Today is a total contrast weather wise. It’s wet and windy and I’m having a quiet day in the van, catching up on jobs.

If you’ve got any recommendations for walks or places to park in the Lakes, please feel free to get in touch or leave a comment below.

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