Pooley ‘New’ Bridge

Pooley ‘New’ Bridge

In December 2015, Storm Desmond caused the destruction of the 18th century Pooley Bridge – a key transport link for visitors and locals alike around the northern end of our beautiful valley. In 2019 we prepare for the next chapter in this story as work starts to install a permanent Pooley ‘New’ Bridge.


What you can expect when?

w/c 9 September 2019

Install temporary foot bridge

w/c 9 September 2019

Remove temporary road bridge

w/c 16 September 2019

Open temporary foot bridge

October 2019 to April 2020

Construct permanent road bridge

October 2020

Proposed opening of permanent road bridge


Getting to and from Pooley Bridge during construction

We are open for business! While the road bridge is closed, Pooley Bridge remains connected to the rest of the valley via a foot bridge – you can still park both in the village itself and in a temporary car park opposite Waterfoot Holiday Park just a 5 minute walk to Ullswater ‘Steamers’ pier house and a 7 minute walk to the village centre via the foot bridge.

Arriving by road? Broadly here’s what you need to know:

  • From the north – leave at Junction 40 and follow diversion signs via Eamont Bridge
  • From the south – leave at Junction 39 and follow diversion signs via Shap
  • From the east – leave the A66 at Kemplay Bank roundabout and follow diversion signs via Eamont Bridge
  • From the west – leave the A66 at Kemplay Bank roundabout and follow diversion signs via Eamont Bridge

Here are detailed directions to help you plan and get the most out of you visit to the village and the valley.


Support Us – Pooley Bridge is open for business!

Pooley ‘New’ Bridge Loyalty Lottery

Update: September 2020

First of all, thank you so much to all of you who have supported Pooley Bridge businesses while Pooley ‘New’ Bridge has been under construction. Following the easing of Covid-restrictions, we’ve had to reassess the Lottery scheme. Here’s how we plan to proceed:


  • In order to be Covid-compliant, we are unable to hand out any further Loyalty Letter tickets
  • There will be TWO more Lottery draws, using all tickets ever issued, on the day the new bridge opens to traffic, sometime in late October – watch out here for the date!
  • The first will be a final regular monthly draw
  • The second will be the Grand Prize draw which will include prizes that will coincide with the official bridge opening which we hope will take place in Spring 2021
  • As ususal, winning numbers will be posted here and on social media

Once again thank you for your support during these strange and changeable times and Good Luck!

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