Local Area

Things To Do During Your Stay

You may be tempted to do nothing more than gaze at our beautiful view from the comforts of Sharrow Bay. In a glance you can take in England's third highest mountain, Helvellyn, with its famous 'edges'; the landscape that inspired Wordworth's most famous poem, (one of the best known in the English language... 'I wandered lonely as a cloud...); plus ancient and historical landscapes, from a Roman road to 1,000 year old farming landscapes.

Beside the hotel is our jetty and boat, (in which we can take guests for lake tours) - also open for guest moorings if you wish to drop in to enjoy our hospitality; and there are 12 acres of gardens and native woodlands that fringe half a mile of Ullswater lake shore, where guests may wander at leisure. We also have fishing rights from our lakeshore, and Ullswater is renowned for it's fishing, (Sharrow Bay itself was built as a fishing lodge).

Nowhere in England can match the variety of walks available to guests at Sharrow Bay.


Directly from Sharrow Bay you have a multitude of possibilities in how to enjoy the landscape and all the activities available. Wordsworth described "Ullswater, as being, perhaps, upon the whole, the happiest combination of beauty and grandeur, which any of the Lakes affords", it is known as the most beautiful of all the lakes and rightfully so. We can provide you with information about the area, and any activities you might wish to try during your visit - many local businesses and providers will come directly to the hotel to help you get the most out of our visit to us; please ask reception for further information.  

The Ullswater Walking Festival provides something for everybody, from the tentative would-be walker to the more experienced mountaineer, and of course it takes place in Autumn, when the trees are turning colour. The Ullswater Daffodil Festival was instituted in 2016, and promises to become an important landmark on the calendar. The famous Ullswater 'Steamers' are always a pleasurable and leisurely way to watch the vistas of Ullswater unfold.

We provide instant access to some of the most secluded and unchanged landscapes in the lake District. You can join the Ullswater Way on the Eastern Fells above us. This is where the main Roman route passes from North to South through the Lakes - High Street, passing old stone circles left by previous cultures.The surviving Viking herd of Red Deer live here, England's oldest and biggest wild herd ; as do native wild Fell Ponies. These uninterrupted expanses provide opportunity for horse-riding, and mountain biking - from relaxed, to some of the most extreme and iconic in the UK.


We are close to many of the finest stately homes and gardens in this part of Cumbria; Dalemain, Hutton in the Forest, Lowther Castle & Gardens, and Greystoke; ancestral homes of the old border families. Hadrian's Wall is a 40 minute drive away. 

Sharrow Bay is also well placed for guests wishing to explore the many attractions of the county of Cumbria, with scenic drives amongst the most beautiful and spectacular scenery the country has to offer linking Ullswater to the central and Northern lakes quite easily. If you don't want to drive yourself - so you can enjoy the views, we can organise bespoke driven tours at your request through professional local companies such as Mountain Goat.

Cumbria is becoming known for its Festivals; and Rheged hosts live streaming for some of the UK's most notable cultural events. Penrith’s 18 hole Golf Course is great for the keen golfer and Carlisle Racecourse and Cartmel Racecourse are also worth visiting. Though for a more local taste of Cumbrian Heritage we'd recommend the country shows - these provide a window into agricultaral life and old Cumbrian sports such as wrestling, fell running and the hound trails.

Information packs are available in all rooms, but please feel free to ask for more information and help with any requests you may have. From a gentle daybreak wildlife spotting canoe trip, to scaling mountains via their gullies and waterfalls, we can help you.