16th December 2012

Martindale, Ullswater and Howtown


Walk Overview
Time 09.30 to 12.00
Duration 2 hr 30 min
Distance 4.8 mile
Ascent 700 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Martindale New Church - Martindale Old Church - Howgrain Beck Bridge - Sandwick - Hallinhag Wood - Ullswater - Howtown - The Coombs - 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

It wasn't the best of days today with one shower after another passing over and plenty of cloud coming and going on the fells themselves. Never mind, it was still nice to get out and we enjoyed a short walk into the lovely valley of Martindale and around the base of Hallin Fell.

Inside Martindale's old church.

and looking out of one of the church windows.

Making our way back along the road we could see Hallin Fell topped with fast moving cloud.

A view back along the road shows The Nab in the distance and Beda Fell on the right.

This is the bridge over Howegrain Beck, , , , , it's raining.

None of these for us today. We were heading to Sandwick, signed on the other side of the pole.

This fella obviously like getting his picture taken.

One of the cottages at Sandwick seen in front of Gowbarrow Fell.

Walking through Hallinhag Wood.

A view down Ullswater to Sheffield Pike and Glencoyne.

Sunshine on Gowbarrow Fell.

At Geordie's Crag and looking across to Arthur's Pike and Bonscale Pike.

These are the new steps that take you from the path around Hallin Fell down to the Lake. It's nice to see they've brought in some 'proper' steps from somewhere. It's just a pity the soft gravel stuff around the steps will simply wash away and no doubt the steps will eventually fall out of place.
A short term fix creates a long term cost.

Away from the lake, across the road and now we walk through Howtown.

Howtown Hotel.

Heading up the side of The Coombs with a view down to Ullswater.

Inside Martindale's New Church, found just across the road from the car.



David Hall -
Lake District Walks