21st February 2009

A bit of an odd route from Patterdale


Walk Overview
Time 09.00 to 14.00
Duration 5 hr
Distance 9.2 mile
Ascent 3550 ft
Walking with On my own
Patterdale - Boredale Hause - Place Fell - Placefell Tarn - Redgate Head -Boredale Hause - Bedafell Knott - Beda Head - Bannerdale - below Heck Crag - Angle Tarn - Angletarn Pikes - Boredale Hause - Pattedale
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

A nice sunny start for a walk from Patterdale.

Reflections in Goldrill Beck with Glenridding Dodd and Sheffield Pike behind.

Sorry about the shadow.


I know this isn't the first time I've walked up here using the new path, but it's still taking some getting used too after years of using the old one.

Patterdale, Ullswater, Glenridding and a decent amount of sunshine on the eastern fells.

I guess I'm heading up hill then.

Looking down to Patterdale.

Almost at the summit of Place Fell.

Despite the warmer weather over the last week, Placefell Tarn was still semi frozen when I got here today. Although, if today was anything to go by, the ice and snow won't last much longer at all. Once I got out of the breeze it was decidedly warm and spring like. In fact, it was so nice that I abandoned my original plan of walking down to Sandwick to pick up the Ullswater path and decided to make up a longer walk instead. But where to go, , , , Beda Fell is close(ish) so that's where I headed next.

Rather than simply double back along the route I'd just walked on however, I had a wander around the area just to the south east of Place Fell summit.

An unusual view of Place Fell's summit.

Who said I needed my eyes tested. I can see Penrith from here, so they can't be that bad.

Heading back down towards Boredale Hause, and although I wasn't too far from the path, the route I took gave a whole new outlook to the area.

And from the same place, a close up of a large herd of Deer on the eastern side of Boredale Hause.


Looking over Boredale Hause towards the eastern fells.

And again.

Taking a slight detour from the main ridge path, I headed down to take some pictures of the small ruin seen ahead of me here.

Ullswater with Hallin Fell blocking out a sizable chunk of the lake, but what a gorgeous day it had turned into.

What on earth is he doing down there you're probably asking. Well, I did say it was a nice day. So there was only one thing for it, and that was to head down into Bannerdale. Firstly because there's a ruin and a sheepfold I wanted to get some pictures of, and secondly, it offers a fantastic route up to Angle Tarn.

Needless to say I didn't see anyone else as I was walking through here.

We all get something totally different and personal out of walking the fells. For me, sitting on a stone today and looking back into Bannerdale was one of those magical moments when I think to myself that this is what fell walking is all about.

Angle Tarn.

Hallin Fell seen at the far end of Boredale.

Walking back down to Patterdale and by the looks if it the sunshine was about to vanish behind the thickening cloud.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks