Pooley Bridge

Pooley Bridge

: Ullswater

Pooley Bridge can be found by the River Eamont at the northern end of Lake Ullswater. Today it is a busy place catering mainly for the tourist trade.

image of an aerial view of Pooley Bridge village and the pier at the head of Ullswater
Pooley Bridge and the pier at the head of Ullswater. Aerial photo by Simon Ledingham

The name Pooley Bridge derives from a large pool in the River Eamont,”The Hill by the Pool”. The ‘Bridge’ part of the name was added in 1800.

The church of St. Paul’s can be found in the centre of the village and dates from around 1868. Opposite the church is a row of very old houses, one of which was a blacksmith’s.

A 16th century bridge was built across the River Eamont, which flows from Ullswater to Eamont Bridge, and on to the River Eden, near Langwathby.

image of the 16th century bridge across the River Eamont near Pooley Bridge

To the north of the river is a hill, Dunmallet, on which is an iron age fort. Prehistoric cairns dot the landscape surrounding Ullswater.

It was once a busy market town, before nearby Penrith took precedence in the 19th century, with fish being the mainstay of Pooley Bridge’s market produce.

Boats can be found moored here and the Ullswater Steamers also depart from here offering trips along the 7 mile lake to Howtown and Glenridding at the southern end of the lake.

image of Maiden Castle at Pooley Bridge, Cumbria
Maiden Castle. Aerial photo by Simon Ledingham

Not far from Pooley Bridge is Maiden Castle, NY 452243, a circular “fort”, built on the side of a hill, with two rampart walls and a very narrow ditch between. Once a defended settlement, it was probably home to a family group in the first millennium BC.

The bridge at Pooley Bridge was destroyed in the winter 2015 floods, and there is now a temporary metal bridge.

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