Howtown lies behind a small harbour on the east shore of Ullswater about three and a half miles from Pooley Bridge and is best reached by water. The Ullswater steamers regularly stop there on their way from Glenridding to Pooley Bridge.
Ullswater from Howtown
Many people prefer to buy a single ticket and enjoy walk from Howtown back to Glenridding, which offers some superb scenery. To the side of the steamer pier is a public boats launch, there is a ten mile per hour speed limit on the lake. There are only a few houses and a hotel, the Howtown Hotel, which serves refreshments and very good meals. Howtown also possesses a mountain rescue post.
Left- The steamer 'The Raven' pulls into Howtown Pier. Right- Howtown from the slopes of Hallin Hause
Howtown Outdoor Activity Centre offers a range of activities, including rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking and dinghy sailing along with supervised tuition and equipment hire. The centre was opened in 1964 by Durham Local Education Authority.