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Glenridding, Cumbria, England - June 2009.jpg
Looking down on Glenridding village and Ullswater from the west
Civil parish Patterdale
Shire county Cumbria
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Dialling code 017684
Police Cumbria
Fire Cumbria
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Penrith and The Border
List of places
Greenside in 2009. The buildings seen here are the lower part of the mine complex which spreads up the hillside.
Glenridding across Ullswater, with one of the steamers leaving the pier

Glenridding is a village located at the southern end of Ullswater, in the English Lake District. The village is popular with mountain walkers who can scale England's third highest mountain, Helvellyn, and many other challenging peaks from here. The village has accommodation including two Youth Hostels and camping sites. There is also a tourist information centre, Ullswater Information Centre.[1]

Glenridding is in the civil parish of Patterdale.

Each year, on Easter Monday, a duck race is organised by the local mountain rescue team to raise funds.

Greenside Mine[edit]

See also: Greenside Mine

Above the village is the site of the former Greenside Mine, which was once the largest lead mine in the Lake District. Lead ore was discovered in the 1700s and the site was mined from the second half of the 1700s until the mine closed in 1962. Without the mine, the houses and economy of Glenridding and the surrounding area would not have existed.[2]

Ullswater Steamers[edit]

Glenridding is home to the Ullswater Steamers, part of Ullswater Navigation and Transit Company Limited, which started operating steamer services in 1859 carrying mail, provisions and passengers around Ullswater. Raven, completed in 1889, was built in Rutherglen near Glasgow by Thomas Seath and Company and transported in section by rail to Penrith, and then by horse dray to Pooley Bridge where she was assembled. Lady of the Lake was launched in 1877 and both vessels continue in service on the lake, having been converted to diesel in the 1930s. Lady Dorothy was brought over from Guernsey in March 2001 and restored. Totnes Castle was brought to Ullswater in 2005 and renamed Lady Wakefield in 2006.

Glenridding in popular culture[edit]

The village and surrounding area was used to film the TV series The Lakes.


  1. ^ "Lake District National Park - Ullswater Information Centre at Glenridding". Lake District National Park Authority. Retrieved 2014-07-13. 
  2. ^ * Murphy, Samuel (1996). Grey Gold. Tanworth-in-Arden, Warwickshire: Moiety. ISBN 0952636077. 

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Coordinates: 54°32′41″N 2°57′12″W / 54.54472°N 2.95333°W / 54.54472; -2.95333