Boredale

Howe Grain

Far Eastern Lake District

Route: Boredale and Howe Grain

Area: Far Eastern Lake District

Date of walk: 5th May 2016

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 6.3 miles

Ascent: 1,500 feet

Weather: Sunny

Today’s walk linked a visit to two of my favourite valleys in the district both of which are remote and unfrequented. Boredale and Howe Grain can only be reached by car after driving along the narrow lanes on the east side of Ullswater and then up the steep zigzags to Martindale Hause

I parked by the old church and after crossing nearby Christy Bridge I followed the lane along Howe Grain as far as Dale Head. The remote location of the lane, and the fact that it’s a dead end, means that there is little or no traffic

The area is home to the oldest red deer herd in England, and as I reached Dale Head it was a thrill to see a small group of them. From Dale Head there followed an easy climb along the slopes of Beda Fell up to Boredale Hause, with more red deer sightings, and as I descended into Boredale I spotted two more herds – at a guess I saw about 100 individuals during the walk

At Boredale Head I joined the valley road – another quiet lane with little or no traffic – and followed this almost as far as the foot of the valley before turning off to climb a path over Howstead Brow, and from there back to the start

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