Uldale and the North Lakes

Uldale nestles in a fold of the northern fells, surrounded by green pasture and dominated by Skiddaw. It remains a genuine farming village - rush hour is the twice-daily passage of cows to and from their nearby milking shed - but it also has a dining pub, a tea room, a children's play area, and a tennis court. Another pub - this one old-oak-panneled and serving excellent basic pub grub - is a mile away in Ireby, while a mile-and-a-half away at at Overwater Hall, you can drop in for morning coffee, or book their high teas and high-repute dinners.

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Looking down on Uldale from Greenah Hill

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Rush hour in Uldale

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Look right from Greenah Hill to see the sea

Around Uldale, gentle lanes for walking or cycling lead to rolling hills and high fells. The country lanes around Uldale remain quiet even in the summer months. Greenah Hill is an hour's walk to explore, Binsey Hill a morning climb to reach the top. For the more active, Skiddaw awaits!

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Which way from Uldale?

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The beautiful village of Caldbeck is nearby

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"Caldbeck" means "cold stream"

Heading down to the waterside is as easy as heading up on the fell side. Derwentwater and Keswick are ten miles south of us.

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You can row or sail on the lake, or be taken round it in one of the classic launches. You walk round it - or just enjoy the view and visit the market in Keswick.

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Bassenthwaite is four miles to the west. Buttermere and Crummock Water are within easy and dramatic reach via the Honister Pass. 12 miles south of Derwentwater, Grasmere is pleasant - both the village and the mere. South of that, Windermere and Coniston are famous - and so can be crowded in high season when here in the north is still quiet. That's what we love about the North Lakes - it has the beauty of the Lake District without the crowds you sometimes find in the south.

If you want to visit the seaside instead of a lakeside then Allonby's enormous beach is 30 minutes drive away, and St Bees' beautiful beach is within reach. There is also the characterful market town of Cockermouth. Carlise is the county town: if you visit its cathedral, don't miss the history exhibition.

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To the north, Vindolanda Roman fort is less than an hour's drive from Uldale.