Waterfoot Park | Michael Paul Holidays

Waterfoot Park

Waterfoot Park

Waterfoot Park is situated in the gorgeous grounds of a Georgian mansion in the Lake District, right next to Ullswater, England’s most beautiful lake. A perfect destination for enjoying a holiday in this popular national park, Waterfoot Park offers a range of accommodation to choose from, with stylish glamping pods, charming rustic cabins, and cosy holiday cottages all available. Pet-friendly options are also on offer for those who want to bring along the dog.

The grounds of the mansion provide an attractive setting for your holiday, with an on-site shop and bar for guests to make use of, as well as a children’s play area. Waterfoot Park is a 5-minute walk from the park, and the waterside village of Pooley Bridge is just 15 minutes further. Explore the Lake District with a stay at this superb holiday park.

On-site shop

A convenient shop ensures you won’t run short of daily essentials, including locally produced eggs and bacon, and you can order your daily papers too. Information on local attractions is also available.

Bar and coffee shop

Enjoy a drink in the Mansion Bar & Coffee Shop, with a large open lounge space as well as an outdoor area in the terraced gardens with their charming water feature and stunning views across Ullswater.

Fun and games

There’s plenty to keep the kids happy here, with an acre of play areas including a playground for younger children and a separate area for ball games. There’s also table tennis and badminton in the outdoor bar area.

Walking route

Follow the 20-mile Ullswater Way circular walking route through the park and around Ullswater to take in the sights. For a shorter walk, ride an open-top tour bus or take a boat cruise for part of the journey.

Nearby village

It’s just a 20-minute walk to the local village of Pooley Bridge (a cottage is also available for rent here). See historic buildings, enjoy pubs, tearooms, and restaurants, and take a ride across Ullswater on the ferries.


Please note: due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the attractions and amenities shown below may be closed or only offering a limited service. Please check their individual websites or call them ahead of time to avoid disappointment when visiting.

Things to Try

Ullswater Steamers

What better way to see the sights of Ullswater, England’s most beautiful lake, than by taking a relaxing cruise on the deck of a gorgeous heritage boat? Ullswater ‘Steamers’ provide a fantastic ferry service around the lake which connects some of the most popular locations and walking routes.

The Ullswater Way

Take in all the sights of Ullswater and its scenic surroundings with the 20-mile Ullswater Way footpath which stretches the full distance around the lake and passes right through Waterfoot Park itself. This path also makes an excellent jumping-off point to join other walking trails in the area.

Watersports and sailing

Those keen to take to the water of Ullswater under their own power will find plenty of opportunities to do so, with the main pier at nearby Pooley Bridge making a good starting point. Go canoeing, kayaking, or paddleboarding on the lake, or sign up at a nearby sailing centre for lessons or boat hire.

Aira Force Falls

Take a 15-minute drive along the Ullswater shore and pay a visit to the beautiful Aira Force waterfall, where water rushes down a 65-foot drop from Aira Beck. Marvel at the majesty of nature then make your way up the woodland trail to the summit of Gowbarrow Fell to take in the spectacular views.

Where to Go...

For Food and Drink

The village of Pooley Bridge is less than a mile from Waterfoot Park and has a variety of food and drink options on offer. Particularly recommended are Granny Dowbekin's, which offers a wide-ranging menu including vegan and gluten-free dishes, the 1863 Restaurant, and the Sun Inn.

For Attractions

There’s plenty of places to visit in the local area and further afield. The beautiful Dalemain Estate is just a couple of miles away, with a gorgeous Grade I-listed country house and historic gardens. Beatrix Potter fans will also want to visit the Peter Rabbit and Friends shop in nearby Keswick.

For Activities

If you’re looking for outdoor activities, you won’t run short of them on a holiday by Ullswater in the Lake District. A variety of adventure organisers are dotted around the area, where you can try your hand at rock climbing, whitewater rafting, cliff jumping, pony trekking, and much more.