The Quiet Site in Watermillock Ullswater

The wife and I both decided that we needed a quiet weekend away and what better place than ‘The Quiet Site’ in Watermillock Ullswater. From Preston, it’s an easy journey and takes roughly 1 hour 30 minutes. Join the M6 northbound and then at junction 40, take the A66 exit to Penrith/Workington/Brough and continue on the A592 to the campsite.

We have been to this campsite once before and it never fails to disappoint. This weekend was all about relaxing, rather than a long walk on Saturday we set out on a 4-mile walk around Little Mell Fell. The walk starts directly from the campsite and takes roughly two hours to complete and has plenty of varied scenery, the climbs and descents aren’t too strenuous because you’re walking around the fell.

We’ve both been to the Lake District numerous times, and usually, only see sheep grazing in the fields. However, this time was slightly different. Walking down the lane, we could hear a person shouting ‘Cooooooooommmeeeee Onnnnn’, ‘Cooooooommmmmmeeee Onnn’ with a few whistles in between. The tall and dense hedgerows blocked our view into the field where the shouting could be heard.

We arrived at a break in the hedgerow the sight was surreal, a farmer herding ducks. We stood and watched hundreds of ducks follow the farmer on his quad through the field. On the walk, there are plenty of benches and places to stop to take in the views and have something to eat. On the final part of the walk, you’ll come across a layby with a gate opposite. If you’re feeling adventurous you can walk straight up Little Mell Fell thought this gate.

After arriving back at the campsite and the weather being lovely, we decided to continue to Brackenrigg Inn which is a pub 1.5 miles from The Quiet Site.

  • Distance 8.3 miles
  • Ascent 954ft
  • Descent 1171ft