Step back in time to the ancient village of Pooley Bridge, a quaint destination in the picturesque county of Cumbria. With a history which dates back to the days of King Arthur, a trip to Pooley Bridge will allow you to escape the contemporary day to a mystical place of verdant landscape, prehistoric stone structures and the crumbling Shap Abbey. Your accommodation in Pooley Bridge will still, however, have all of the twenty-first-century luxuries you could ever dream of when you book through Airbnb or TripAdvisor today.
Find and book the perfect holiday cottage or b&b near King Arthur's jousting arena in Pooley Bridge
Stay in Pooley Bridge to experience traditional English countryside life
The village of Pooley Bridge is brimming with traditional British culture, whether you choose to unwind in a quaint country pub, gaze away your days in the hidden art gallery, or get lost in amongst Cumbria's most beautiful landscape, step back in time when you visit Pooley Bridge, a destination which has remained unchanged throughout the centuries. Spending a day exploring another century can be tiring, so reserve a holiday apartment rental in Pooley Bridge where you can retire after the sun sets above Cumbria's rolling hills.
When to visit Pooley Bridge
Though the rugged scenery of Pooley Bridge is undeniably beautiful throughout the entire year, the best time to visit the village with minimal crowds and the highest chance of sunshine is in early April, just before the peak summer season begins. If you are visiting in the mid-summer months of July and August, there is still a high chance of rainfall, so don't forget to pack your umbrella along with your summer clothes!
What types of holiday rentals are available in Pooley Bridge?
This lake land haven is brimming quintessential countryside charm, and the nostalgic good looks which make up this town is mirrored in the accommodation in Pooley Bridge. Choose from a traditional stone-built holiday cottage which has enough room for the whole family, then arise in a room with a view of the River Eamont before spending the day enjoying the water sport activities just beyond your front door. The therapeutic spirit which runs through Pooley Bridge makes the town the ideal place for a relaxing weekend away for couples or friends who want to escape the bustle of every day. Secure a bed and breakfast in Pooley Bridge and discover your home away from home in the past by unwinding by an open fire. Stepping back in time does not, however, need to come at a cost, as you can enjoy a luxury apartment rental in Pooley Bridge at an affordable price by renting a renovated blacksmiths holiday cottage with a private garden which is as captivating as the beautiful National Park in which it stands in.
How to get to Pooley Bridge
Nestled in the world-famous Lake District National Park in the northern English county of Cumbria, Pooley Bridge is found in the Eden Valley and can be accessed from across the country by rail, road or air. The nearest train station to Pooley Bridge is six miles north in Penrith and can be reached in as little as three hours from London Euston station, one and a half hours from Manchester Piccadilly and two and a quarter hours from Glasgow Central. On arrival to Penrith, the short hop to Pooley Bridge can complete by getting a taxi or the 508 bus. The nearest airport to Pooley Bridge is Newcastle International, which is approximately an hour and a half away from the town and has connections to all other major UK airports, including London Heathrow and Portsmouth Airport. Alternatively, if you are driving to Pooley Bridge, follow the M6 from the south, or the A69 from the east, directly into the heart of the village.
Where to book a holiday cottage in Pooley Bridge
Home to the architectural splendour of Barton Hall, this is the most desirable area in Pooley Bridge, as the grandeur of Barton Hall continues into the luxury holiday cottages dotted around the fringe of Gale Bay. Here you can watch the sunset on the water from the nearby Steamer Pier, before drifting to sleep in this picturesque neighbourhood.
The High Street
Reserve a bed and breakfast in the heart Pooley Bridge by choosing to stay in a Blacksmith's Cottage which is tucked in the High Street. The street which acts as the primary vein in the body of the town is the ideal place to secure a self-catered holiday apartment rental, with a selection of quaint eateries and pubs, including the Pooley Bridge Inn and Granny Dowbekins Tearooms serving up the finest local food and drink.
As a popular location with families who holiday in the nearby Hillcroft Park, this neighbourhood is blessed with the rolling green scenery which makes the Lake District so famous. Choose a holiday cottage in Pooley Bridge's family friendly area and spend your days playing among the endless grassy landscape before returning to a home which is spacious enough for the fun to continue after the sun sets.
Located just south-east of Pooley Bridge, the small neighbouring village of Helton continues to showcase charming holiday apartment lettings in the renowned Lake District area. Choose a house with a garden which is only ten minutes from the treasures of Pooley Bridge and return to a similarly therapeutic sanctuary.
Sitting just across the water from the heart of Pooley Bridge, you can take in the beauty of the town from a distance in the Ullswater Boat House in Soulby. This luxurious setting is the ideal getaway if you want to secede yourself from the excitement of towns streets and be entirely at one with the unspoilt landscape of Pooley Bridge and its surrounding area.
Rent a holiday home with a garden in Pooley Bridge's nearby easterly region, a similar Cumbrian village which mirrors the continues to reflect the timeless scenery of Pooley Bridge. Here you can choose an affordable apartment rental in amongst this district which is built around the historic Lowther Castle, and Whinfell Forest forest and become a temporary resident in this red squirrel kingdom.
Things to do in Pooley Bridge
Explore the ruins of Shap Abbey
Shap Abbey has been a staple of the Pooley Bridge landscape since the 15th century, and today, over 600 later, it still towers high above this waterside village. Immerse yourself in the fascinating history of this structure and become acquainted with the religious lives behind this Lake District landmark.
Visit Mayburgh Henge
The striking Mayburgh Henge dates back to the New Stone Age, with its Neolithic roots showcased through a three metres high rock which stands on the banks of the nearby river. With a history so vast, Mayburgh Henge cannot be missed!
Explore Beckstones Art Gallery
Showcasing some of the finest contemporary artists from across the country, Beckstones Art Gallery is a hive of art and culture which includes works from Tim Gustard and Clive McCartney, all of which are just a stone's throw away from the heart of Pooley Bridge Centre.
King Arthur's Round Table
Just as the Mayburgh Henge is tracible to the Neolithic era, King Arthur's Round Table is believed to have been enjoyed by King Arthur in the 6th century when he used the land as his jousting arena.
Walk across Pooley Bridge
No visit to the village is complete without a walk across the bridge which the area is named after. The Pooley Bridge was built in the 16th century, and it has stood above the River Eamont ever since.
Discover Lowther Castle and Gardens
The ruins of Lowther Castle and its impressive gardens are only a twelve-minute drive from the centre of Pooley Bridge in the nearby town of Askham. Labelled as the 'Large Visitor Attraction of the Year' in 2018, exploring this piece of Cumbrian history is a perfect way to spend a sunny morning which all of the family will enjoy.