27th August 2011

Place Fell and Ullswater shore path


Walk Overview
Time 08.30 to 12.30
Duration 4 hr
Distance 8.5 mile
Ascent 2400 ft
Walking with On my own
Patterdale - Rooking - Boredale Hause - Steel Edge - Place Fell - Placefell Tarn - Low Moss - High Dodd - Steel Fell - near Sandwick - Ullswater path - Silver Point - Side Farm - Patterdale
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, opposite Patterdale Hotel

I think I'm correct in saying that the hotel actually owns the car park, so needless to say there is a charge. Thankfully this is a daily charge and if I'm honest it is well worth the cost when you consider the fantastic selection of walk that can be undertaken from this spot.

It does tend to fill up rather quickly though, and not only during the summer months.


Route Map

It was very quiet in Patterdale as I headed out this morning, but in all honesty, the early start wasn't the best move today. If I'd have known the weather would turn out as it did, I'd have delayed the start by a few hours.

The higher you climb up to Boredale Hause the view of Patterdale (the dale) opens up below you. You're also treated to a view into Deepdale.

A view back down to Patterdale, Glenridding and Ullswater.

The new path which found its way onto Place Fell a few years back seems to be blending in well with the fellside.
On the left hand side of the photo you can see part of the route to Angle Tarn twisting its up towards Dubhow Crag.

A big patch of sunshine was moving across this area now. This picture shows it lighting up Patterdale and part of Glenridding, , , ,

, , , , and this one, taken three minutes later shows the sunlight has moved further up the valley towards Deepdale and Brothers Water.

Not far from the summit now.

Showers moving their way across Ullswater.

Place Fell summit in front of the tarn and in the distance, a rainy Ullswater.

I could see heavy rain over on the fells behind Glenridding and all I could think was "Please don't come in my direction."

Placefell Tarn is a lovely spot on a good day. While I was here today, it was a bit grim looking.

Heading down from Place Fell summit.

Thankfully the rain had missed me and it looked as if it may be brightening up a bit so I decided to nip up to High Dodd before heading back down.

A close up of the area around Dockray and Matterdale.

High Dodd summit in front of Ullswater.
Two cairns for the price of one.

I took this photo of Boredale as I made my way from High Dodd and across Sleet Fell.

From the cairn at the end of Sleet Fell I could see yet another shower moving across the area. Again, I was lucky and remained dry.

Sandwick from above.

Off the fell now and ready to begin the lovely walk back to Patterdale.


The footbridge over Scalehow Beck.

Perhaps it's just really popular or as I suspected at the time, there might have been some sort of event on today. There were dozens of people paddling their way along Ullswater, all heading in the same direction.

Looking across to the eastern fells. To name a few, there is Birkhouse Moor, Catstye Cam, Glenridding Dodd, Sheffield Pike.

It wasn't half warming up as I walked along this section.


Lunch with a view of Sheffield Pike, Glencoyne Head and Norfolk Island.

A close up of Norfolk Island.

You'd hardly think it was the same day would you.


Side Farm.

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Lake District Walks