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Explore the Hidden Valley of Martindale

Beyond Howtown on the southern shores of Ullswater lies a hidden valley of Martindale. The valley boasts of its sublime landscape and offers a great opportunity for exploration. To get there, take a steep, switchback road that leads to the valley.

Discover the Side Valleys of Fusedale and Boredale

While in Martindale, make sure to explore the side valleys of Fusedale and Boredale. These valleys offer stunning views of the surrounding hills and valleys.

Visit the Old Church of St Martin’s

The old church of St Martin’s is an architectural marvel that is well worth a visit. Inside, you can see the font, which is believed to be part of a Roman altar. The font possibly came from a wayside shrine on High Street, the Roman road that crossed the fells nearby.

See the Sprawling Yew Tree at St Peter’s Church

If you’re in Martindale, make sure to stop by the ‘new’ church of St Peter’s. Outside the church, you’ll find a sprawling yew tree that is said to be 1300 years old.

Spot England’s Oldest Herd of Native Red Deer

The fells at the head of Martindale are home to England’s oldest herd of native red deer. Make sure to keep an eye out for these majestic creatures while exploring the valley.

Red Deer Stag, Martindale
Red deer stag


Howegrain Lodge, Pooley Bridge

This lovely holiday lodge, a converted chapel, is located in Martindale, near Ullswater in the Lake District National Park and offers a peaceful retreat. Guests can conveniently unload their car at the door and can park further down the road. The lodge is perfect for those who love the outdoors, with many walks that can be accessed directly from the doorstep or a short drive away.

Howgrain Lodge – Place to stay near Martindale

Ullswater is also just a short walk away, where visitors can try the 11-mile Ullswater way walk or stop off at Glenridding for a steamer cruise on the water back to Pooley Bridge. Afterward, guests can enjoy a delicious meal at one of the local restaurants or pubs. The lodge is on the ground floor and features an open-plan living space with a multi-fuel burner, Bluetooth stereo speaker, and balcony.

Place to stay near Martindale – Howgrain Lodge

There is also a dining area and a kitchen area with an electric cooker and fridge. The lodge has two bedrooms, with one double bed and one 2ft 6in bunk bed, as well as a shower room with a shower cubicle, toilet, and heated towel rail. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen, and towels are included, along with an initial fuel for the multi-fuel burner. Guests can also enjoy a small enclosed courtyard with a sitting-out area. Please note that the property does not offer Wi-Fi and is unsuitable for children under three years old.