26th December 2011

Around Hallin Fell and through Martindale


Walk Overview
Time 10.55 to 13.15
Duration 2 hr 20 min
Distance 4.8 mile
Ascent 400 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Martindale new church - The Coombs - Howtown - Waternook - Geordie's Crag - Hallinhag Wood - Sandwick - Martindale old Church - Martindale new church
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces, Martindale new church

There are plenty of parking spaces next to Martindale's new church and what a fantastic area this is. Found on what I'd call the back side of Ullswater this is as close as you're going to get to unspoilt.

The sheer quantity of walks that can be done from here would rival any other area in the Lake District, it may take a little more imagination and inventiveness than some places, but there really is something to suit everyone.

Parking is free.


Route Map

Wet and wild weather continues in the Lake District and even though it was wise to keep off the fells themselves, there are still plenty of lower level options. So, today we headed to the eastern side of Ullswater for a walk around Hallin Fell and Martindale. This is somewhere I particularly enjoy, although I have to admit a bit less windy would have been nice.

Looking down to Ullswater and Howtown from The Coombs. I wonder why it's called The Coombs when there's only one.

A view through Fusedale.

Mellguards. Our route took us to Howtown (as signposted).

The Howtown Hotel seen below Steel End.

A view back across to Howtown.

Ullswater, taken from Geordie's Crag.

The path more or less follows the shore line from here to Sandwick. On the opposite side of the lake is Gowbarrow Fell.


Flooded fields near Sandwick.

One of the cottages in Sandwick.

I'm always intrigued by this place when I'm passing by. I'm sure it's very nice inside, but I can't help thinking it looks as though time has forgotten about this spot.

Road liable to flooding, , , , I should imagine so anyway.

A slight blur on this close up of the old Martindale Vicarage. The wind was howling through here and it was difficult to hold the camera steady.

Gowbarrow Fell.

Heading down the road from Boredale into Martindale.

Howegrain Beck bridge.

Howegrain Beck from the bridge.

Inside Martindale's old church. A haven of calm on a day when the wind had the upper hand.

The date on the pulpit.


The Nab, taken from the church yard.

Looking across to Winter Crag from the church porch.

We're told that on the day the new church was consecrated, 6th January 1882, the roof of the old church fell in during a violent storm.

We'd managed to stay dry for most of the walk, but now that we were homeward bound, the heavens opened with a vengeance.

I could be way off the mark here, but I can't help thinking that the building on the left looks as though it used to be a school.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks