22nd January 2017

Coves, Combes and Holes of the Lake District - Walk No 3 - The Coombs

Time am
Duration Didn't time it
Distance 5 mile
Ascent somewhere close to 1200 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Martindale New Church - Halin Fell - Martindale New Church - The Coombs - Howtown - Geordie's Crag - Hllinhag Wood - Sandwick - roads back to 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.

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


Today we head around to the eastern side of Ullswater for a lower level walk around the Martindale / Howtown area. To begin, we have a short walk up and down Hallin Fell. The views were very hazy this morning but at closer quarters we were able to see the Beda Fell ridge stretching away from us down there.


Before we had time to say "the Obelisk looks good since they rebuilt / repaired it" we were standing on the other side of it admiring the somewhat hazy view down to Ullswater. At minus 7 and a bit windchill there was no hanging around up here today.

We came down Hallin fell by the same route and after walking past the church we made our way over to The Coombs (behind me).

And from here I look through The Coombs - I wonder why it's got an "s" on the end when there's only one !!


A view back through The Coombs.

The road into Fusedale.

Walking through Howtown.


Jennifer leads the way to Geordie's Crag. This is normally a nice place to sit for a while and give thanks that we're able to temporarily distance ourselves from the rest of the world. Today, the cold wind blowing off the lake persuaded us to carry on walking.

but not before taking a quick photo.

Strangely - or should that be thankfully - we saw no one between Howtown and Sandwick. Very peaceful indeed.


Looking across to Gowbarrow Fell.

At Sandwick we pass by this lovely house called Beckside. Very nice but given the luxury of being able to buy something of this nature, I'd definitely avoid somewhere in the path of a beck like this one.


Sandwick. Pronounced without the "d" and the "w".

Heading down to the bridge over Howegrain Beck.

And to finish, we cross the bridge, walk past the house on the right and shortly afterwards reach the car.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks