News & Reviews

Matterdale Community Association AGM 25 Nov 2021

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This year's AGM will be in the Matterdale Church Rooms at 6:30 followed by wine, cheese, buscuits and the chance to chat.

The following links give the 

Matterdale Calendar 2022


This year folks in the valley have been taking photos of Life in Matterdale - flora, fauna, people, activities - and we are producing a calendar which we do hope you will enjoy.  Each month a 'selector' has chosen their favourite eight photos and these will be included in the calendar.  Click READ MORE to pre-order your (for you/your family and your friends) calendar  J

Matterdale Bake-Off delivers Baker's Dozen


Sunday 20th June 2021 saw the first in person social event in the Matterdale Valley since the start of the pandemic. And what a way to relaunch into the world.

Ullswater Heritage Knowledge Bank and Website:

Seeking your personal contributions


Please click MORE for information to find out how you can contribute to capturing the history of the amazing Ullsater valley. 

Food deliveries and other services during coronavirus/Covid-19


Please click MORE for information about food deliveries, gardening, entertainment and other services that could be useful to you during the coronavirus lockdown period

Ulcat Row - History and Environment Walk

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This walk starts at the Royal Hotel and is mainly on quiet roads for wet winter days.  It is about 7km and starts along the footpath to Ulcat Row and returns via Jenny Hill then along the "Enclosure Road" past Moorend Farm and Matterdale Church.

Click "Details" below for a map and guide to the walk which gives more information on what you will see on the way.

 Lucy's Wood Tree Trail


The Tree Trail was launched on the 18th October, following on from the recent Matterdale History Trail.  Leaflets will be available at The Royal in Dockray for you to explore the Nature Trail at your own pace.

Details of the trail, together with a downloadable trail map  and guide are available in the link below. 

Oak, beech, willow.......I took the Matterdale Tree Trail


Nick Ratcliffe gives a quick review of the Matterdale Tree Trail, the self guided wander around Lucy's Wood on the way to Dowthwaite Head. 

Matterdale History Trail


On Sunday August 23rd 2020 Matterdale launched its history trail, the first in a series of guided local walks. Click more for further information.

Royal Riders Cycling Group

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Cycling the Matterdale Valley......and sometimes beyond.

When Covid restrictions allow.  Keep looking back for updates.

Jump in - Matterdale goes wild swimming!


Come and join us on Monday mornings at 8am Glencoyne Bay on Ullswater. It's lovely in there! 

Eden Well Being Directory 


Lots of information and contacts for various states of well being provided by Eden District Council.

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A proper Christmassy carol service

A superb turnout for 2019's Matterdale Church carol service............


Christmas pine, mistletoe and twine........

Gina Farncombe leads her disciples

to beautiful wreath making


Matterdale's own Advent Spiral

Victoria Blease and Veronica Gore share details of the 2019 Matterdale Advent Spiral.


1,700 trees planted in Matterdale by Another Way, Ullswater Catchment Management CIC and The Tree Council

Click more to find out about the tree planting project that has just been completed in Matterdale.

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New Another Way Patron appointed

World leading deep-sea biology scientist Dr Alan Jamieson appointed patron of Matterdale teenager Amy Bray's environment charity Another Way

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Launch of teenager Amy Bray's environment charity 'Another Way' demonstrates people's commitment to the planet

Another Waynwright Day sees 121 Lakeland fells covered, 600+ participants, support from 50 environment organisations and schools, 70 fell activities. Amy Bray recognised by UN Youth Envoy campaign.

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Protecting the Ullswater community and environment

Danny Teasdale, director of Ullswater Catchment Management Community Interest Company, provides an overview of the aims and work going on to protect the Ullswater area through combining farming and land management with conservation and natural flood management.

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16 year old environmentalist Amy Bray addresses Tree Council Forum for Trees 2019

In July 2019 Amy Bray was invited to address 60 Tree Sector organisations at The Tree Council's Forum for Trees alongside Sara Lom, Chief Executive ,The Tree Council and Sir William Worlsey, England's Tree Champion.

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Ullswater Breakfast Review - The importance of Ullswater heritage - Tim Clarke

Glenridding resident Tim Clarke discusses the importance of capturing Ullswater heritage

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Amy Bray's environment charity Another Way awarded Tree Council grant to plant 1700 trees in Matterdale Valley

In July 2019 16 year old Amy Bray's environment charity Another Way, in collaboration with Ullswater Catchment Management CIC, was awarded a Tree Futures Grant from The Tree Council to plant over 1700 trees in Matterdale valley, Cumbria, during National Tree Week 2019.

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Ullswater Breakfast Review - Who do you think you are - John Sharpe

The speaker at the June 2019 meeting of Ullswater Breakfast Group was group member John Sharpe. A Cumbrian by birth and a resident of Clifton near Penrith, John has lived in the Penrith area since the 1960s. His main interest is Biography, especially prominent Cumbrians whose life stories – benevolent or otherwise - hitherto have not been well known.


Wild Painting - Gina Farncombe

Gina Farncombe loves to paint in the great outdoors around Matterdale...


Wire Passions - Michelle Castles

Michelle Castles is a local sculptor with some stunning work. She tells us about her background.


Ullswater Breakfast Review - Death on the High Street

Nick Ratcliffe gave a fascinating talk at a recent Breakfast meeting about a topical subject - who is to blame for the death of the high street.

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Ullswater Breakfast Review - Sustainability

Tim Clarke gave an interesting talk at a recent Breakfast meeting about his role in sustaining the planet


Ullswater Breakfast Review - Food

Jim Langridge gave a recent presentation about Food Authenticity at the Ullswater Breakfast


Ullswater Breakfast - Sustainability

Mike Parsons gave us an insight into sustainability at a recent Ullswater Breakfast

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Ullswater Breakfast - Longest Ride

David Harrison delivered an inspiring talk about his longest journey last summer 

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Matterdale Dog Day

A review of  the annual Matterdale Dog Show

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Feeding Frank

Paul Goodman describes his week of feeding Frank, a local prized sheep!


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