About Glenridding

"Valley overgrown with Bracken"

Ullswater's Southern Jewel

Glenridding (meaning “glen overgrown with bracken”) is a village at the southern end of Ullswater, near the foot of Kirkstone Pass.
The name is generally agreed to be Cumbric in origin, with the first element being *glinn, ‘valley’, and the second being *redïn, ‘ferns, bracken’  giving a meaning of ‘valley overgrown with bracken’. First recorded as Glenredyn in around 1290, the name’s present form is thought to have been influenced by the Middle English element ridding, or ‘clearing’.
The Ullswater Way
Helvellyn Youth Hostel

Idyllic Surroundings

Glenridding is surrounded by a variety of walking and cycling routes, and Ullswater offers a range of boating activities. Windermere town and lake are just 20 minutes’ drive away.

Glenridding has campsites and 2 Youth Hostels, a couple of stunning hotels and several bed and breakfasts to choose from.


Rising high above Glenridding, Helvellyn is the third-highest peak in England, behind Scafell Pike and Sca Fell.

The scenery includes three deep glacial coves and two sharp-topped ridges on the eastern side (Striding Edge and Swirral Edge). Helvellyn was one of the earliest fells to prove popular with walkers and explorers; beginning especially in the later 18th century. Among the early visitors to Helvellyn were the poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth, both of whom lived nearby at one period. Many routes up the mountain are possible so that it may be approached from all directions.

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