Things to do in Patterdale, Cumbria
Patterdale (origin.. Patrick's valley) is a small, unspoiled village in the heart of the Lake District. Surrounded by mountains situated at the southern end of Ullswater, England's second largest lake, makes it an ideal base for sightseeing and outdoor activity.
Pleasure craft or mountain bikes can be hired close by and 1 mile away at Glenridding pier Ullswater ‘Steamers' offer lake cruises all year round.
St. Patrick's church was reputed to be the first church in England to be lit by electricity, being supplied by the old Greenside Lead Mine who in the 1890's were pioneers in the development of hydroelectric power.
The Patterdale Terrier, a small working dog, evolved in the area but the most common local animal is the Herdwick sheep, seen in their hundreds throughout the valley.
Separated from the main tourist centres of Ambleside and Windermere by the 1500 ft (500m) Kirkstone Pass, the village offers a quieter option when visiting the Lakes.
Description by Peter Walker