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Another Place, The Lake
Dalemein walking route church


A mostly flat 5 mile walk around the Dalemain estate, Dacre churchyard and castle. A short drive from the hotel.

Walk overview

Total Distance: 5 miles

Time: 3 hours

A different perspective to the Ullswater valley, this walk takes you along the banks of the river Eamont, through ancient pastures, and to historic villages. With a castle on route.

Medium. A good distance, but mostly flat.

From the hotel drive towards Penrith, You can start in Pooley Bridge, Dalemain mansion or even Dacre village. All of these locations are about a 5-10 minute drive from the hotel.

What to bring:
Good sturdy walking shoes, drink and snacks. Sun cream, a hat, a camera.

169 Meters

A walk full of history

This walk is ideal for those that want to see the varied landscape that the Lake District has to offer without having to climb too high. Taking in river banks, lush green pastures and with a mansion and a castle, there is something spectacular to see around each corner of this walk. Take a picnic and find a cool spot under an ancient oak tree or stop by at either Pooley Bridge or Dacre for something to eat in one of their country pubs or the tea rooms at Dalemain.

Historic markers along the way include the Dacre Castle and the medieval stone bears that can be found in Dacre church yard. You will at some point on the walk pass Dalemain, which is a beautiful country mansion which is stooped in history and has belonged to the same family since 1679.


  • This walk can be started in several places, Pooley Bridge, Dacre and Dalemain mansion are all suitable starting points.
  • Starting from Dalemain walk through the arch and past the tea rooms, keeping them on your left.
  • Keep right and walk down a tree lined walled lane. Follow the track through a series of gates.
  • The track goes up hill with Dacre Castle at the top.
  • Pass the farm building and the clock makers work shop (where Big Ben has recently been restored) and you will arrive at the castle.
  • The driveway leads you past the castle moat. Go through a gate left of a cattlegrid and over a stile in the wall, just after the white cottage, this will take you to the village of Dacre.
  • Walk through the village heading south. The road goes up hill and you will pass a slate bench, by a noticeboard turn right following signs to Soulby.
  • Beyond the first farm is a green metal bench on the right. Opposite the bench is a blue arrowed bridleway and a field gate, go through the gate.
  • Go into the field and follow the fence down to the right-hand side and you will find a potentially muddy gate and then after that a kissing gate.
  • Cross the A592 to the other side and climb over the stile sign posted Dunmallard car park. Follow the hedge up over a small hill. At the top there is a wall with a stile. Once over the stile go left across the field to find another wooden stile in the hedge, cross that and follow the field upwards to a big stone. From there follow the field towards woodland and go through a small gate.
  • Turn left and follow the signpost to Pooley Bridge through the woodland.
  • The next part of the walk takes you beside the banks of the river Eamont as you follow it down stream. The path then veers away from the river to the left and through a field. The path then meets up with the road again.
  • At the road go left and follow for a short while until there is a footpath on the opposite side of the road. Follow this path along the field boundaries all the way to Dacre Bridge. From the bridge it is a short walk back to Dalemain and you have completed the loop.

Walking in the Lake District comes with risk and conditions change quickly. We would always recommend checking the weather forecast, wearing suitable clothes and choosing a walk for your ability. We would also recommend taking an OS map and compass and know how to use them. The hotel takes no responsibility for any injury, loss or damages that may occur when following the directions.

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