There is almost an overwhelming desire to drive straight through Patterdale on your way to the exciting climb over Kirkstone Pass but don’t! Give yourself a little time to take in this pretty Lakeland village. Call in at the White Lion Inn or, if the weather is good, sit outside the Patterdale Hotel and have a leisurely drink. Take stock of the mountains on either side and notice the meandering Goldring Beck, which flows along the valley between Ullswater and Brotherswater.

Stroll through the village and visit the church of St. Patrick. On an April day the church is a wonderful sight. Masses of daffodils making it look like a blaze of sunshine. The church, like most of the buildings in the village, is built from local slate and was designed by Anthony Salvin, the famous Victorian architect who was responsible for many buildings in the Lake District.

Patterdale is named after St. Patrick the patron saint of Ireland, who was said to have stayed there for a while in the 5th century. Further along the road towards Glenridding you can also see St. Patrick’s Well, one of several in the area where baptisms took place.

A walk over Goldring Beck to the other side of the valley can take you either to the left along the back of the lake to Howtown (a wonderful walk but best left for another day) or to the right past the picturesque cottages which make the part of the village known as Rooking.

William and Dorothy Wordsworth were frequent visitors to Side Farm at Rooking, now a pony trekking centre. A plot of land was given to Wordsworth as a gift from Lord Lowther, a local landowner, to build a house at Rooking but he never got round to it and eventually sold the plot to the local Innkeeper, who built the cottage now known as Wordsworth House, although the man himself never lived there.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team, based at Ogilvie House in the village, are a group of heroic volunteers who cover 140 square km of the highest land in England and are on call 24 hours a day whatever the weather to help climbers, walkers or sailors in distress.

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