The range of fells to the East of Ullswater comprise the largest expanse of the Lake District inaccessible by car – which makes for truly unspoiled landscapes. These offer a huge variety of walking experiences from leisurely to arduous - it's totally your choice.
You can access these fells directly from Sharrow Bay; on the fell tops here you can see Cumbrian native wild Fell Ponies, ancient stone circles, the old Roman road that went North to South through Cumbria, (High Street), and England’s oldest and largest herd of wild Red Deer - established by the Vikings.
On a clear day you enjoy vast 360° panoramic views to Scotland, the northern and central Lake District mountains, and across the Eden Valley to the Pennines. On the Northern reaches of these fells the going is more leisurely, with gentler inclines and wide tracks to follow, but still rewarding you with fine views.
If you seek something more challenging head South along Ullswater into the branching valley heads; the photo is from Bonscale Pike looking towards Helvellyn with Blencathra in the distance. If you follow High Street to its summit above Haweswater you’re in an exceptional rugged glacial landscape but without the crowds of the Western side of Ullswater.
On leaving the hotel by the South entrance, you cross the road and join the footpath opposite our drive and follow that footpath South to Sharrow Cottages, bear left and follow the track to Auterstone where you join the main footpath/bridleway at the foot of Auterstone Crag. Here you can head in either direction, but turn left again and follow the bottom of the fells Northwards on a long gradual ascent on a good wide track until you reach the staggered crossroads with High Street and The Cockpit Pre-Historic stone circle.
Turn right at Auterstone and it's a leisurely gentle descent towards Howtown, and the steep sided valleys gouged by glaciers that radiate from the east side of Ullswater such as Fusedale, Martindale, (shown in the second photo with The Nab dominating the valley), and Boredale; or follow the path around Hallin Fell to continue along the Ullswater Way towards Glenridding along the lakeside on the Howtown to Glenridding walk.
Going further East again, you can drive to the free car park at the Southernmost end of Haweswater, and experience these wild landscapes with less legwork in regards to distance. The concentration of dramatic glacial features here make for some short but adventure packed walks with great views.
Take your time and get to know it well.