BB1424 : A Place In The Sun

Thursday 10th July 2014

Some days the experience of the outing trumps the ability to describe it adequately. Today was one so, you will be relieved to see, no lengthy verbiage.  Just bullet points of our visit on a gloriously sunny day to one of my favourites, Place Fell, followed by the bonus of Hallin Fell.

  • Repairs to the Queen's Head at Troutbeck continue.  It was a shock to look back and see how much roof was missing.
  • The journey over Kirkstone Pass was slowed by being stuck behind two enormous coaches.  Fortunately they didn't meet one coming in the opposite direction.

Queen's Head repairs

Mobile traffic jam

  • We parked at Patterdale, climbed to Boredale Hause then up to the Place Fell summit cairn.  This is one of the finest viewpoints in the Lake District, overlooking Ullswater and with a panorama of major hills.  Do make sure it is a clear day

Looking back to Brotherswater and Red Screes

John summits Place Fell

Panorama from Place Fell

Helvellyn from Place Fell

Hallin Fell from Place Fell

  • I think it is better descending to the north rather than the other way round, both for views and ease of walking.  Hallin Fell can be seen straight ahead.
  • St Martin's Church disappointed by not having a seat in the graveyard thereby negating my theory of the best place to eat on a walk.  Inside is notable for its stained glass windows and the sad sign advising thieves that there is nothing left for them to steal. Outside, an interesting grave has an anchor on top.

Note the crown topper

St Martin's Church

  • Hallin Fell is a quick up and down but again with excellent views up to Beda Fell and also over the surrounds of the north end of Ullswater.

Beda Fell from Hallin Fell

North end of Ullswater

Comitibus :  Hallin Fell summit

  • The path back along the lake is no easy lakeside stroll.  It undulates considerably and only once does it get within spitting distance of the lake.  The shade, however, is a welcome relief on a hot day.
  • A large old plane rumbled up the lake at low attitude.  What was it?  People we met proffered various possibilities.  Hercules?  Halifax? Shackleton?  Dakota?  Sadly it was partly hidden from us so by the time I got my camera ready, it was out of sight. Googling produced a website with a photo and the identical question.  The answer, it seems, is a Lockheed C-130

An easier alternative to walking back along / above the lake would be to carry on to Howtown then catch the boat back.  The views from the lake would be excellent, provided of course that there is a Place in the sun!

Don, Thursday 10th July 2014




Thursday 10th July 2014

Distance in miles


Height climbed in feet



Place Fell, Hallin Fell


Don, John H


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