The Local Area
Sharrow Bay’s lakeside location is something very special, the standard of breath-taking views is high in the Lake District, but we can justifiably claim to having the best of the best.
Despite being only minutes from Penrith and the M6, from our doorstep you can enjoy some of the most expansive, remote, and untouched landscapes within the National Park on the Eastern Fells above us, as well as the delights of the unspoilt Ullswater valley.
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, 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 over half a mile of Ullswater lake shore, where guests may wander at leisure. We also have fishing rights from our lakeshore - Ullswater is renowned for it's fishing, Sharrow Bay itself was built as a fishing lodge.
Directly from Sharrow Bay you have a multitude of possibilities in how to enjoy the landscape. 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.
We provide instant access to some of the most secluded and unchanged landscapes in the lake District. The most leisurely way to experience the lake unfolding along its 9 miles, is by taking a cruise with the Ullswater Steamers; which link up with the Ullswater Way and Aira Force. You can directly join the Ullswater Way the Ullswater way on the Eastern Fells above us. This is where the main Roman route, (High Street), passes from North to South through the Lakes, 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.
The Ullswater Valley is rich in ancient history - fact and mythology. It is believed to have been the most densely populated area in Prehistoric times, stone circles and ancient monuments abound. Arthurian legend also has a strong link to the valley, with growing academic research for the assertion that he was a real King, and that his stronghold was in fact in Cumbria, particularly around Penrith.
We are close to many of the finest stately homes and gardens in this part of Cumbria; Dalemain, Lowther Castle & Gardens, Hutton in the Forest, and Greystoke; ancestral homes of the old warring 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 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 relax and enjoy the views - we can organise bespoke driven tours at your request through professional local companies.
Cumbria is becoming known for its Festivals, nearby Rheged hosts live streaming for some of the UK's most notable cultural events, and Kendal Calling is hosted at Lowther - as well as the famous Country Fair with its Carriage Driving Championships. There is a choice of nearby Golf Courses which have the additional benefit of extensive views to distract you. 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. Most villages and towns have their own annual event - locally on Ullswater Patterdale is famous for its Dog show - mostly working dogs such as farmer's sheepdogs, and of course its own Patterdale Terriers. Visit Eden, Cumbria Tourism, and The Lake District National Park list events in the Ullswater area, the Lake District, and across Cumbria.
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.