Lake shore picnic spot

Duration:2 hours or less
Activity:Picnic spots

Glencoyne Bay is on the West shore of Ullswater near to the village of Glenridding. The gentle, pebbly beach is ideal for a picnic or even a barbeque.

With stunning views across the lake to Place Fell and down to Barton Fell, this is an idyllic place to spend a sunny afternoon. If you get too hot you can always go for a paddle but don’t go too far out because the lake bed drops off sharply after about ten metres or so. It can be busy during the summer as it is very popular, so you will have to be quick to get your spot.

If you visit in April, you will be able to see Wordsworth’s daffodils just along the road. This is where William and Dorothy came across a host of golden daffodils, inspiring him to write his famous poem.

Feeling adventurous? Try canoeing on Ullswater and see the landscape from a duck's point of view!

Further Information

Planning your visit:

In Glenridding (1 mile away travelling towards Ambleside) there you can find shops, cafes, pubs and a garage, just turn right out of the car park. At Aira Force: (1 mile away travelling towards Penrith), there you can find a car park (pay and display), café and public toilets. The nearest petrol station is in Glenridding.

How to get here:

From Windermere: follow A592 to Ullswater then to Glenridding.


The National Trust pay and display car park is along side the A592 between Penrith and Glenridding, just across the road from the lakeshore.

By Dave Jackson

Ranger Having lived in Ullswater all my life and worked for the National Trust for 23 years, I take great pride at being involved looking after the area for the many thousand visitors we get each year.

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How to get here

Glencoyne Car Park, Ullswater

Penrith CA11 0

Ordnance Survey OL5
The English Lakes
North Eastern area

NY 385 188

Get Directions

By bus: At weekends, the Stagecoach 508 offers a direct service from Windermere and Ambleside to the Glencoyne National Trust car park. During the week and at weekends, the Stagecoach 108 service is direct service to Glencoyne from Penrith, or from Keswick take the Alba Travel 208 service.

Telephone Traveline: 0871 200 22 33

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