24th December 2008

A Christmas Eve in Martindale - Steel Knotts and Hallin Fell


Walk Overview
Time 09.10 to 2.10
Duration 3 hr
Distance 4.3 mile
Ascent 1500 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Martindale New Church - The Combs - Steel End - Steel Knotts - Martindale Old Church - Howegrain Beck Bridge - Martindale New Church - Hallin Fell - Martindale New Church
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces, Martindale new church

There are plenty of parking spaces next to Martindale's new church and what a fantastic area this is. Found on what I'd call the back side of Ullswater this is as close as you're going to get to unspoilt.

The sheer quantity of walks that can be done from here would rival any other area in the Lake District, it may take a little more imagination and inventiveness than some places, but there really is something to suit everyone.

Parking is free.


Route Map

Martindale's new church seen in front of Hallin Fell.

Heading down in the direction of Howtown where we'd turn right to ascend the Steel End ridge up to Steel Knotts.

Looking across to Mellguards.

The steep bit.

Howtown and Ullswater, taken from just above 'the steep bit'.

Hallin Fell and the road from Howtown to Martindale snaking its way up the side of the fell..

Steel Knotts short grassy ridge.

Steel Knotts summit.
We had a couple of different options on where to go after leaving Steel Knotts; one would have been to drop down into Fusedale. A lovely quiet little valley which I always enjoy. Today however, we decided to head down the other side of the fell to the old church and into Martindale.

Looking towards The Nab.

Martindale's old church and Winter Crag farm.

Lakeland at it's most peaceful, quiet and unspoilt.

Martindale's old church.


Christy Bridge.

The next "high point" on the walk was to be Hallin Fell, seen here, but first we took a slight detour to see, , , ,

, , , Howegrain Beck bridge.

Beda Fell (or Beda Head if you prefer).

Hallin Fell summit.

Reflections on Ullswater.

A fine view across to an area of fantastic fell walking.

Ullswater and the eastern fell seen from the cairn just a little way across from Hallin Fell's summit.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks