Pooley Bridge

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Pooley Bridge
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Pooley Bridge
Pooley Bridge is located in Cumbria
Pooley Bridge
Pooley Bridge
Pooley Bridge shown within Cumbria
OS grid reference NY471244
Civil parish
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town PENRITH
Postcode district CA10
Dialling code 017684
Police Cumbria
Fire Cumbria
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament
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54°36′43″N 2°49′14″W / 54.61197°N 2.82058°W / 54.61197; -2.82058Coordinates: 54°36′43″N 2°49′14″W / 54.61197°N 2.82058°W / 54.61197; -2.82058

Pooley Bridge is a village in the Eden District of the northwestern English county of Cumbria, within the traditional borders of Westmorland.

Pooley bridge stood from 1764 until being washed away in floods in December 2015.

The village takes its name from a bridge over the River Eamont at the northern end of Ullswater. The bridge, erected in 1764 and replacing an earlier bridge from the 16th century,[1] collapsed on 6 December 2015 when Cumbria was hit by heavy flooding as a result of Storm Desmond. A temporary replacement bridge was opened on 20 March 2016.[2]

There is a pier from which ferries (known as the Ullswater 'Steamers') provide connections to Glenridding and Howtown. Pooley Bridge was formerly known as Pooley or Pool How meaning the hill by the pool or stream. The name Pool How was derived from the Old English word pollr plus the Old Norse haugr meaning hill or mound.[3]

Pooley is mostly situated in the civil parish of Barton, of which it is the main settlement. The few houses on the northern or Cumberland side of the bridge are in Dacre parish.[4] The village is popular with tourists, especially during the summer, and has several hotels, guest houses and camping sites.


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