25th June 2013

Patterdale to Howtown, returning on Ullswater Steamer


Walk Overview
Time 10.10am to 3.15pm
Duration 5 hr 5 min (including waiting for the steamer and travelling on it)
Distance 7 miles (walking)
Ascent 1600 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Patterdale - Rooking - Boredale Hause - Bedafell Knott - Beda Head - Martindale Old & New Church - Howtown / Steamer to Glenridding / walk from Glenridding 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

Crossing the bridge over Goldrill Beck with a view across to Patterdale, Sheffield Pike and Glenridding Dodd.

Arnison Crag and Birks seen across a very green and summery looking valley.

A view back down to Patterdale and Ullswater.

I took this picture just before Brothers Water disappeared from view. The highest point on the skyline is Red Screes, Middle Dodd is on front of that and to the right are Little Hart Crag and High Hartsop Dodd. You can also see Kirkstone Pass twisting its way up the fellside on the left.

This is the sheepfold found at Boredale Hause.

Place Fell, seen as we cross over Boredale Hause and make our way over to the Beda Fell ridge.

Looking down to Boredale and Hallin Fell.

Sunshine on Place Fell.

This is the undulating ridge to Beda Fell. It feels like a long way from here to Winter Crag Farm at the far end of the ridge but makes for an easygoing and very pleasant walk.

A close up of Boredale Head.

Looking back along the ridge towards Angletarn Pikes.

Beda Fell summit in front of Ullswater.
"I've got a suggestion. Why don't we walk to Howtown and get the boat to Glenridding, It's years since we've been on the lake so it'll make a nice change"
"What times do the steamers run"
"I dunno"
"How long does it take"
"I dunno"
"How much is it"
"I dunno"
"What do you know"
"I know my way to Howtown but that's about it.

Part of Ullswater and Gowbarrow Fell taken from the side of Winter Crag.

Looking down to Howe Grain. This was taken shortly before heading off the ridge and into the valley.

We didn't go inside Martindale Old Church today because we didn't want to miss the steamer at Howtown. Yes, I know that was a bit daft as seen as though we didn't even know what time they ran at, but it seemed to make sense at the time. As it turned out, having a look in here would have timed our arrival at the pier a bit better.

Beda Fell and Winter Crag, seen from the road between Martindale's two churches.

Looking back up The Coombs.

On route to Howtown we passed the end of Fusedale; another one of Lakeland's quiet and peaceful valleys where you rarely see more than a couple of other people, if any at all.


Howtown and Steel Knotts.


After standing in the same place for almost half an hour I was surprised at just how much activity there is on the lake. Numerous yachts, boats and canoeists all passed by us.

Chaos, , , , although to be honest, that was probably one fo the resons they were enjoying it so much.

Not the best timing on our part. We arrived just after one boat had left. 25 minutes later and the 2.25pm to Glenridding came to pick us up.   "have you got tickets" the girl asked.
"No. Can we pay on the boat"
Once we got on the boat the girl said "that's just £12.20"
£12.20, okay that's a bit steep but isn't everything these days. What I don;t understand is why did she felt the need to tell me it was "just" £12.20

Hallin Fell, seen from the boat.

Looking back towards Howtown and Steel Knotts.

"right, bring her alongside and then open fire"

From the other side of the boat you can see Glencoyne.

and also Glenridding Dodd / Stybarrow Crag.

Glenridding and Birkhouse Moor.

Over there you can see the path we followed up to Boredale Hause at the beginning of the walk.

Patterdale church.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks