4th December 2005

Rain on Place Fell and two ponies in an old chapel.


Walk Overview
Time 09.35 to 13.00
Duration 3 hr 25 min
Distance 6.1 mile
Ascent 2016 ft
Walking with Andrew and Anne Leaney
Sandwick - Sleet Fell - Place Fell - Boredale Hause - Boredale - Sandwick
Fells visited
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Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces, Sandwick, Martindale

Sandwick may be a little awkward to get to with no through road, but it is more than worth the effort. The word charming seems to be used at the drop of a hat to describe places, but in this case it is totally justified.

You should know that parking spaces are limited here.


Route Map

Sandwick and Ullswater from the path up Sleet Fell.
It was raining right from the start of today's walk and it soon became evident that this was to be the order of the day. The only respite was a brief spell of sunshine towards the end of the walk, but by the time we got back to the cars the rain had started again and was as heavy as ever.

Boredale from the path around the edge of High Dodd.

The sheepfold found on Low Moss with High Dodd behind.

Bucketing down at Place Fell Tarn.

Place Fell summit with the tarn below.

Looking down towards Boredale Hause.
It's quite difficult to see in this picture, but our route took us to the point just past where the (bottom) path ends, we then turned left and followed the route into Boredale.

Two sad looking ponies at Boredale Hause.
The ruin behind the ponies could easily be mistaken for that of an old sheepfold, but they are actually the ruins of a medieval chapel. Sited here to allow services to be held for both the Martindale and the Patterdale residents. A "De Lancaster Charter" indicates that there was a church in Martindale in the year 1220, so I can only assume that this chapel was in use earlier than and possibly up to that date.
I wonder what the congregation of the time would think if they could see what had become of their place of worship today.

Looking down the length of Boredale with Hallin Fell at the far end of the valley.

And then as we reached the valley floor the sun put in a brief appearance.

From here we followed the road as far as Garth Heads and then took a footpath across the fields to the wall above the building seen in this photo. Which we then followed back to Sandwick.

The route back to Sandwick, with Hallin Fell behind.

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