31st January 2015

Visiting the Lake District Tarns - Walk No 9

Place Fell Tarn and Lanty Tarn

Walk Overview
Time 9:10am to 2:20pm
Duration 5 hr 10 min
Distance 10.8 Mile
Ascent 3000 ft
Walking with On my own
Patterdale - Rooking - Boredale Hause - Round How - Place Fell - Place Fell Tarn - Low Moss - Sleet Fell - Martindale - Lanty Tarn - Martindale New Church - Doe Green - Sandwick - Lake Shore path to Patterdale
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, opposite Patterdale Hotel / outside the school

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. Those who arrive early can park for free on the pavement just up the road outside the school (not when the school is on).


Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


The walk itself was fantastic, but as far as sunshine and brightness goes I think I chose the wrong place today. Nowt I can do about that now. As I say though, it was still a great walk and, surprisingly quiet even on the lower level sections. I thought the weather would keep many people off the tops but it seems to have kept most people in doors altogether.

Just along the road from the start and I pass through Rooking before reaching the fellside behind the houses up there.


Looking through the valley towards Brothers Water.

A close up of Brothers Water, Middle Dodd and Red Screes. Notice Kirkstone Pass twisting it's way up to the low point on the skyline.

From the bottom section of the Boredale Hause track I turn around for a picture of Glenridding, Ullswater and eastern fells.

Snowy Boredale Hause. This is where I turn right and head up to Place Fell.

Zooming in a little on Striding Edge, Helvellyn, Catstye Cam and Birkhouse Moor. As I looked across I kept seeing clouds of spindrift moving about the place. I had expected to get the same treatment myself but I hardly got any at all. I guess it's a bit too grassy over here and with the snow not being consistently deep enough, it doesn't blow about very much.

Heading up to Place Fell. I would say the new path makes it a bit easier to walk up here in the snow but the path's not that new anymore.

Looking back over Boredale Hause to Angletarn Pikes. It still looks nice and sunny over Red Screes.

An icy path on Place Fell.

Here's a view looking back down the path and into the valley.

The eastern fells, all blending in together with the snow and the clouds.

Once I reached Round How, Place Fell summit came into view. I wasn't exactly walking through deep snow along here, but it was quite icy and with the strong wind it was very wintry indeed. Not the kind of conditions you want to get into any sort of difficulty; especially if you're on your own.

Place Fell summit.

Technology is telling me the wind chill is -14 Deg C up here and my ears are telling me I need to put that hat on I always carry with me but never end up using. I know when I'm beat!

Place Fell summit view 1) Looking over Glenridding to the eastern fells.

Number 2) shows the fells from Red Screes to St Sunday Crag.

Number 3) and you can see High Raise, The Nab, Rest Dodd, High Street, Thornthwaite Crag, Gray Crag, Stony Cove Pike and a few more if you care to pick them out.

Frozen Placefell Tarn in front of the Loadpot Hill ridge.



A bit of sunshine would have been nice but the greyness made it feel very bleak and rather than spoiling the walk it simply gave a different aspect to the day. I love it when it's like this.

High Dodd seen from the sheepfold at Low Moss.

And looking back to Place Fell from the same spot.

On t'other side of Ullswater you can see Gowbarrow Fell.

Halin Fell.

The Old Vicarage.

From the bottom of the fell I'd take a slight de-tour from the route straight back to Patterdale. This was so I could pay a visit to Lanty Tarn and Martindale Church. Originally I was going to do this walk from the church but I didn't fancy driving up the twisty road in these conditions so opted to start from Patterdale instead.

Blimey, the roads around here weren't half slippery.

Howegrain Beck

Lanty Tarn. Not to be confused with Lanty's Tarn which is found just above Glenridding.


Martindale new church.


Ullswater and Hallin Fell.

A close up of Hallin Fell and, , , ,

, , , , a close up of the Western Belle.

Time for something to eat and between mouthfuls of rice and stuff, I took this picture looking across the lake.

A close up of Birkhouse Moor, Glenridding Dodd, Catstye Cam and Sheffield Pike.

I think most people, including myself, call this the lake shore path even though the path doesn't really follow the lake shore. Whatever it does or doesn't follow it was quite icy in places today. No doubt the snow had been trampled into the ground and then frozen overnight.

Ah well, sunshine at the end of a walk is better than none at all.



A view across to Glenridding from, , , , err, , , here.

And another one, this time from the track just past the end of the lake.

Here's Side Farm seen below Place Fell. In comparison to the conditions on top of Place Fell, it was like the Mediterranean down here.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks