Place Fell

Place Fell

Far Eastern Lake District

Route: Place Fell

Area: Far Eastern Lake District

Date of walk: 1st April 2022

Walkers: Andrew 

Distance: 4.9 miles

Ascent: 1,900 feet

Weather: Mostly sunny, clear light, snow on the tops

It’s been five years since I was last up Place Fell – far too long an interlude for such a superb fell. Instead of following the obvious route from Boredale Hause and along Steel Edge, I decided to repeat the little known route I’d walked last time, which I’d really enjoyed. 

I made an early start and was lucky to bag one of the few free parking spaces in front of the George Starkey Hut. There’s a public car park in Patterdale if necessary. I followed the track to Side Farm, which starts from beside the hut. The wonderful path along the shore of Ullswater – one of the best in the Lake District – runs past the farm, and it was with reluctance that I left it after a short distance to start the climb up to Place Fell

The path leads through an area shown on the OS map as Hare Shaw and it’s clearly not used very often, though the route was never in doubt. Thanks to some sun and blue skies, and snow on the higher fell tops, I was able to enjoy spectacular views back over Ullswater

Beyond Hare Shaw I gained the summit ridge and started the ascent to the top of the fell. The path was covered in snow and I may have strayed from it from time to time, but there were no difficulties and before long I reached the summit cairn. Although it was very chilly up there, the views were stunning, shown at their best in perfect light and with a covering of snow on the higher tops

I set off on the descent to Boredale Hause, an easy way down, though there is one short steep gully where hands may be needed. The views during the descent, especially those into the side valleys of Grisedale and Deepdale, were wonderful. All too soon I arrived back at Side Farm and from here I retraced my steps to the end of a five star walk

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