Ullswater from Hallin Fell

Hallin Fell

Route: Hallin Fell

Area: Far Eastern Lake District

Date of walk: 28th December 2019 

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 3.6 miles

Ascent: 1,100 feet

Weather: Mostly cloudy, with sunny patches. Gale force winds on the top

This is a walk we’ve followed on several occasions and it never fails to please – there is beauty every step of the way

We parked as usual by St Peter’s Church on Martindale Hause, which gave us a good leg up today’s objective, Hallin Fell. The climb up the grassy slopes started immediately and it was very easy going – we were at the top within 20 minutes

The summit of this modest little fell has two points of interest – a wonderful view over Ullswater, and a massive 12 foot tall summit cairn out of all proportion to the height of the fell – a monument which can be seen for miles around. Having taken in the views we then descended to the shore of Ullswater down a steepish grassy path not shown on the OS map, which brought us to the wonderful shoreline path, part of the Ullswater Way, which runs to the head of the lake. The weather was rather dull and uninspiring on this section of the walk, which wasn’t seen at its best

After walking along the shore for 20 minutes or so we turned inland just before reaching Sandwick Bay, climbing up through woodland beside a dry stone wall. This joined the elevated path along Hallin bank, a heavenly section of the walk, with  views over Ullswater and along the valleys of Boredale and Howe Grain

Near the end of Hallin Bank we turned left to join a path above Hause Farm which brought us back to the start of a short but very sweet walk

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