Project of the month

Ullswater and Aira Force

Native Daffodils at Wordsworth Point, Ullswater.

At Wordsworth Point on the shores of Ullswater, the native daffodils made famous by the Victorian poet still thrive. Improved access to this area is just a small part of our aim to improve and increase access to National Trust land in the valley. Aira Force remains a must-see attraction for many visitors, providing a great place to spend a couple of hours enjoying the walk and views, with a car park and café close by. But this results in a lot of pressure on a small area, when really there is so much more to explore. Our ambition is to make Aira Force and the surrounding estate one of the most exciting and stimulating places to visit in the Lake District. We plan to create a new upper car park and a 400m path at the very top of the falls. By putting in a new bridge and creating new paths, there’ll be much more to explore and see.

Another priority is to create a path south from the falls to Seldom Seen and Glencoyne Bay. With the agreement of our fantastic tenant farmers Sam and Can Hodgson at Glencoyne Farm, we hope to make a path through the ancient deer park. Thanks to their care and management to high conservation standards, visitors will notice less sheep, more wild flowers and some incredible old trees like that pictured here. Over time there will be more regeneration where yews, crab apples and open woodland can thrive and cows graze naturally. An improved lakeside path from the bay down to Glenridding will help to keep walkers safe from road traffic. The final piece will hopefully be the creation of a new jetty at Aira Force. Can you imagine finishing a great walk with a steamer boat ride back to the car park? We need your support to make this happen.