Pooley Bridge lies at the north end of Ullswater, the name apparently comes from a large pool in the River Eamont, just before it flows out of Ullswater which gives the name Pooley.
Centuries ago a bridge was built across the river from whence came the name Pooley Bridge.The bridge can still be seen.
Before the advent of mass tourism the village was a small fishing and farming community.
Today boats can be found moored on the lake and the Ullswater Steamers depart from here offering trips along the lake to Howtown and Glenridding at the southern end of the lake.
The village has two main streets with quaint old stone houses. From the bridge there are views to take in and the drive down the west shore takes you past Aira Force.Glenridding and Patterdale before the splendid climb up Kirkstone Pass.
The more hedonistic might prefer a short drive down the east shore to Sharrow Bay (afternoon tea is your webmasters favourite!) and culture vultures can visit the nearby Dalemain historic house and gardens.