The Ullswater Way Talks 2017

The Ullswater Way Talks 2017

Cup marks

Launching a programme of evening talks during the Ullswater Outdoor Festival , 25th-29th September


For the first time the Friends of the Ullswater Way (FOUW) will add their full support to the Ullswater Association’s ” Ullswater Outdoor Festival”. The FOUW has organised a series of 5 very diverse evening talks, designed to whet the appetite and inform both locals and visitors to Ullswater of the rich cultural history of the region. The full programme is attached in the annex. Further details can be found  on the websites of FOUW (


The five talks are:

  • Nick Smith 25th Sept, talking about the Ullswater Steamers
  • Dr Kate Sharp 26th Sept, talking about prehistoric cup marks
  • Geoff Cowell 27th Sept, talking about the shaping of the region
  • Richard Leafe 28th Sept, talking about World Heritage status
  • Warren Allison 29th Sept, talking about the Greenside mines


All the talks are free, and will take place in a variety of places the length of Ullswater . Come early in order to get a seat ! All donations will be welcome – the FOUW is currently fund-raising for its eighth art installation : A Herdwick Ram’s sculpted head, to be located on the Ullswater Way near Watermillock. Our fund-raising target for this installation is £ 2500.


The seven existing art installations are: the Roman Seat on Barton Fell, inaugurated in June 2016; the Dorothy Gate at Aira Force, April 2017; the Thomas Clarkson plaque at Eusmere, Pooley Bridge, May 2017; the Wainwright memorial plaque and Sitting Stone, June 2017; and the Birkett Memorial at Pooley Bridge August 2017. The Artist seat will be inaugurated  in October.


FOUW  was founded on 30th March 2016 , and involves all 5 parishes around Ullswater. It has raised almost £20,000 during the last year to finance art and heritage installations on the Ullswater Way Heritage Trail.


Further information on the talks is available from Tim Clarke,


Friends of the Ullswater Way

Programme of Evening Talks

25th – 29th September

to celebrate the Ullswater Outdoor Fest


Date and Time Location Theme Speaker
Mon 25th September


Glenridding Village Hall A short history of the Ullswater Steamers Nick Smith Ullswater Steamers
Tues 26th September


Wartermillock Village Hall Patterns of Movement: mapping prehistoric cup marks across the Lake District landscape Kate Sharp Durham University
Wed, 27th September


Pooley Bridge Village Hall From the Ice Age to the Romans: how humans shaped the Lake District Landscape Geoff Cowell

LDNP Voluntary Ranger

Thurs 28th September


Inn on the Lake, Glenridding Suite Lake District and World Heritage Status, what does it mean for us? Richard Leafe CEO, LDNPA
Fri, 29th September



Glenridding Village Hall The History of Greenside Mine Warren Allison

Local Historian




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