28th March 2009

Steel Knotts, around and up Hallin Fell


Walk Overview
Time 08.30 to 12.30
Duration 4 hr
Distance 7.8 mile
Ascent 2270 ft
Walking with On my own
Martindale New Church - Lanty Tarn - Birkie Knott - Steel Knotts - Brownthwaite Crag - Fusedale - Howtown - Ullswater - Geordie Crag - Sandwick - Hallin Fell - Martindale New Church
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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

Looking down the road into Martindale from the car park next to the new church.

A rather sad looking Lanty Tarn, found behind the church.

I hadn't gained much height when I took this picture, but it wasn't half windy though. I didn't intend to go to much higher anyway, although at this time I thought I was still in for a battering across the ridge on Steel Knotts. Thankfully the wind didn't get much worse at all; strangely, it didn't get any better, even on the lower sections of the walk.

Heading across to Steel Knotts summit.

And Ullswater seen from the summit itself.

The view down to Bannerdale.

Heading around the head of Fusedale. The path skirts across to the centre of the picture, through the wall (the black line is a wall), past the two ruins and then back out of the left hand side of the picture.

Now for the walk through Fusedale.

About half way through Fusedale you pass this small ruin.


The view back up Fusedale.

Cote Farm.

and the little stone footbridge, just to the right of the previous picture.

Footsteps leading up from Ullswater to the path around the base of Hallin Fell.

The tiny hamlet of Howtown seen across a small section of Ullswater and below Bonscale Pike.

Approaching Geordie's Crag.

Standing on Geordie's Crag and looking towards the Pooley Bridge end of Ullswater.

Leaving Hallinhag Wood and heading across the fields to Sandwick.

Given the choice, I don't think I'd really want to live in this exact spot. However, if they could pick this house up and move it somewhere of my choosing, to say I'd be over the moon would be an understatement.

After leaving Sandwick, I followed the road almost as far as the car and then made an ascent of Hallin Fell; intentionally by a different route from the straightforward out and back from the church.
Notice the signpost. I know it could do with a lick of paint, but I can't help but wonder why such an 'attractive' sign would be placed in such an out of the way place as this.


A close up of Boredale.

And from the same spot, a close up of Martindale leading into Ramps Gill.

Taken just below the summit of Hallin Fell I got this view across to the snow topped eastern fells.

Sunshine on the opposite side of Ullswater.

It was time to head back down to the car now, on route I took this picture showing Ullswater, Arthur's Pike, Bonscale Pike and the distant Pennines.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks