Explore away. Climb a hill and sing uplifting songs on your way down. Bring the family. Be happy. Actually be delighted. The Lake District is simply stunning.
*Bridge improvement work is due to start in September 2019 and we'll add updates as the project happens.*
**Update 21st August 2019**
During the second week of September, there will be no foot or vehicle access over the river while the construction of the temporary footbridge takes place. From mid-September, access over the bridge will only be available for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists. For drivers visiting Pooley Bridge, the diversion route will be signposted in advance. During this period, the county council will provide a free, return shuttle bus from the temporary car park at the A592/B5320 junction and steamer pier for anyone wishing to travel into the village.
The Crown Inn, Pooley Bridge will remain open throughout the construction period.
The village of Pooley Bridge sits cosily at the northern end of Ullswater, the second largest lake in Cumbria’s much-loved Lake District National Park. Mountains and inspiring countryside surround the lake, which is 7.5 miles long and sets the scene for a relaxing stay in this popular location.
Pooley Bridge takes its name from a large pool in the River Eamont and was built around the bridge that crosses this tranquil river.
Staying with us in Pooley Bridge is a chance to really immerse yourself in the beauty of the location.
Explore the lake on a steamboat. You can book day trips that call in at the nearby villages of Glenridding and Howtown as well as Pooley Bridge itself. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can get out on to the lake in a motorboat or do a spot of rowing or canoeing.
Up for a challenge? Strap on your hiking boots and scramble up Helvellyn. The narrow, rocky ridges of both the Striding Edge and Swirral Edge routes to this popular mountain in the Lake District will put braver hikers to the test. If you fancy an easier hike, however, you can start off in Thirlmere, which is just half an hour from Pooley Bridge.
Fifteen minutes outside of the village is the market town of Penrith. The town has a healthy mix of traditional shops and arcades and was once the capital of Cumbria. While here, you can also visit the ruins of Penrith Castle, which are located on the southern edge of the town. Head a little further out of town to the impressive Lowther Castle and gardens.
When you get back from the day’s exploration, stop off at Crown Inn at Pooley Bridge for a quick pint of one of our award-winning ales or a classy glass of wine. Order one of our delicious home-cooked dishes to go with it — a fantastic way to end the day.