15th February 2013

Place Fell and Ullswater lakeside path


Walk Overview
Time 09.15 to 14.10
Duration 4 hr 55 min
Distance 7.7 mile
Ascent 2300 ft
Walking with Maggie Allan
Patterdale - Rooking - Boredale Hause - Steel Edge - Place Fell - Slate Workings near Mortar Crag - Low Moss - path next to Scalehow Beck - Ullswater lakeside path back to 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

I can see a pattern starting to develop here. Three weeks ago Jennifer and myself pulled into a car park just as Maggie was about to set off on an almost identical walk to us. Two weeks ago Jennifer was out on her own and bumped into Maggie who was doing the same walk as her. Today, I was just about to park the car when I spotted Maggie getting ready to set off.

"Where are you going today"
"Place Fell"
"So am I. Which route are you taking"
"Boredale Hause and back by Ullswater"
"You're joking. That's what I'm doing"

Patterdale, the end of Ullswater and Birkhouse Moor, taken from the bottom of the path up to Boredale Hause.

With a little bit of height gained Glenridding comes into view along with Sheffield Pike, Glenridding Dodd and Hart Side.

There seems to be a lot more snow on the higher fells on the opposite side of the valley. The two closer fells are Arnison Crag and Birks.

With the snow being so patchy, there wasn't a definitive snow line for us to cross today. Instead, the patches became bigger, closer together and before we knew it, we were mindful that it was getting slippery under foot.   This is just about the steepest section of the whole route.
Personally I'd prefer a complete covering of snow / ice. At least when it's like that you can just stick the crampons on and away you go with almost no need to think about the ground being slippery.


A close up of the end of the Striding Edge ridge, Helvellyn (under cloud), Swirral Edge and Catstye Cam.

Looking around to the left for a close up of Birks and St Sunday Crag.

Looking across to Place Fell summit.

Almost at the top, but first we had to pass by the slushy pools found on this flatish area.

Place Fell summit.
Just to the left of the trig point on the skyline is Loadpot Hill and to the right is Wether Hill.

Just across from the summit you get a view down to Glenridding. And if you don't zoom in, , , ,

, , , , the eastern side of the eastern fells are also in view. Here you see Birks and St Sunday Crag on the left, Birkhouse Moor and the Helvellyn fells across the middle of the photo and Glenridding Dodd on the right hand edge.

It's a little difficult to see in this picture but we're heading across to a large cairn found towards the left hand edge of the snow. Although we both know exactly where the slate workings are, we first of all agreed that we were both looking at the right spot and then we simply walked across in as straight a line as possible.

And here we are at the old slate workings. By the look of things I don't think a great deal of 'slate working' went on here but it does offer a nice alternative to the main path down from Place Fell to Low Moss.

A view back up to Place Fell (on the left).
We were going to walk down one of the snow filled gullies you can see on the left hand side of the summit. However, after having a quick look, we decided it was easier and less slippery to cut back across to the ridge on the other side of the summit instead.

The sheepfold at Low Moss in front of High Dodd.

On route between Low Moss and Ullswater we passed by this old quarry building where on a clear day you can, , , ,

, , , , look through the square window.

A view up the northern end of Ullswater.

Gowbarrow Fell seen on the opposite side of Ullswater.

Looking across Ullswater to Sheffield Pike, Glencoyne Head and Glencoyne.

And not so close up as the previous picture.

St Sunday Crag is in view quite a lot on this walk. And although this picture was taken at lower level, it still shows the distinctive shape of the north ridge and Gavel Pike sticking up just below the summit.

Glenridding, Birkhouse Moor and the eastern side of Raise.


Side Cottage, providing a nice foreground for a longer distance photo of Glenridding Dodd and Sheffield Pike.

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Lake District Walks