8th September 2007

Place Fell and the lakeside path next to Ullswater


Walk Overview
Time 10.00 to 14.30
Duration 4 hr 30 min
Distance 8.3 mile
Ascent 2570 ft
Walking with On my own
Patterdale - Boredale Hause - Place Fell - Place Fell Tarn - Low Moss - Ullswater - Silver Crag - Side Farm - Patterdale
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, opposite Patterdale Hotel

I think I'm correct in saying that the hotel actually owns the car park, so needless to say there is a charge. Thankfully this is a daily charge and if I'm honest it is well worth the cost when you consider the fantastic selection of walk that can be undertaken from this spot.

It does tend to fill up rather quickly though, and not only during the summer months.


Route Map

Sheffield Pike, Glenridding Dodd and a glimpse of Ullswater & Glenridding, taken from the path between Rooking and Boredale Hause.

And a wider picture looking in almost the same direction , but showing Patterdale as well.

A close up picture of Side Farm. A welcome stop off for an ice cream and a cold drink near the end of the walk.

I was less then two miles into the walk when I took this photo of Glenridding and Ullswater and already a sizable chunk of this outings ascent was over. Of course, even after I left the highest point on the route; Place Fell summit, I still had quite a long walk ahead of me. However, on a hot day such as this and armed with the knowledge of no more really steep bits, it was a pleasure to take your time, plod along and do a little wandering here and there.

A close up of Brothers Water and the lower section of Kirkstone Pass; seen winding its way up the left hand side of the picture.

Almost at Place Fell summit.

And a picture from the summit itself, with Place Fell Tarn and Ullswater behind.

A very dry looking Place Fell Tarn.
Along with many of the other shallow tarns in the Lake District, this one tends to dry up a little or even completely during the summer months. I remember coming here during the hot summer of 1995 to find the tarn bone dry, the grasses almost dead and the normally sponge like bed of the tarn all cracked and as hard as stone.

"Nice jumper".
"Thanks, although it's a pity I ran out of black wool when I was knitting it".
"That's odd, I'd have thought with being in your line of work getting the wool you need wouldn't have been a problem".

After leaving the sheep talking to herself and admiring her outfit, I headed across to these old slate workings. There wasn't a great deal to see, but it's always worth the detour to visit these places.

A close up of Glencoyne, taken from the same place.

It looks like I'm not the only one with a fascination for sheepfolds. This one is found at Low Moss near the junction of paths where I turned off and headed below High Dodd, seen here.

A disused quarry building below High Dodd.

And through the square window, , , we have Bowscale Fell, Souther Fell and Carrock Fell.

Re-crossing Scalehow Beck to join back up with the main path, after a short detour to photograph a sheepfold near the beck.

Dropping down towards Ullswater and it was getting hotter and hotter. Days like this really have been few and far between this year.

Messing about on the water.

Time for something to eat and what could be a nicer spot than somewhere with this view looking down to Ullswater.

Silver Bay.

And a close up of the boats in the bay.

I always enjoy a walk along the Borrowdale road side of Derwent Water and the back side of Rydal Water is without doubt a lovely route, but the path between Sandwick and Patterdale has to be the most enjoyable lake side path in the whole of the Lake District.

Glenridding Dodd and Sheffield Pike seen across the fields near Side Farm.

Side Farm.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks