Place Fell and the Ullswater Shore Path.

Start. Patterdale.

Route. Patterdale - Boredale Hause - Chapel in the Hause - Round How - Place Fell - Hart Crag - Low Moss - High Knott - Ullswater Shore Path - Roscombe Rigg - Silver Point - Side Farm - Patterdale.

Notes. Dominating the scene across Ullswater when viewed from Patterdale and Glenridding it's formidable western slopes scarred by the hand of the quarry man, richly cloaked with juniper, bracken and heather, rivers of scree and boulders tumble to the lake shore through forests of birch, this is Place Fell a fabulous platform that gifts the hill walker with grandstand views to all points of the compass. It's a popular fell we won't be alone, but we won't have to wander very far to escape the crowds, come on you know you want to.

From Patterdale I crossed the valley to access the twin paths ascending to Boredale Hause, after passing the remains of a fifth century chapel I turned north to start the ascent of Place Fell, with a good path under foot I was soon scrambling through a narrow gully to access Round How the start of the summit ridge. With the summit now in view I wandered on to the rocky crown adorned with a trig point, I sat down brewed tea and drank in fabulous views over an icing sugar coated Lakeland.

My descent route swung north-east passed little Place Fell Tarn before crossing Hart Crag to start the easy descent to Low Moss. Low Moss greeted me with a sheepfold standing sentinel over a path junction. I swung north descending across the flanks of High Dodd above the gills of Low Moss and Scalehow, I explored long abandoned quarries before reaching the Ullswater Shore Path. Possibly one if not the busiest path in the whole of the Lake District, thousands of visitors, walkers and non-walkers catch the ferry from Glenridding, alighting at Howtown before walking back. I'm afraid I disagree with Wainwright and anyone else who clams it's a wonderful stretch of path, tedious comes to mind, at least this time of year it's quiet. The many undulations made progress slow, through birch woods I wandered before rounding Silver Point, passed Blowick Bay to reach Side Farm, from Side Farm tired legs carried me across the valley back to Patterdale.

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Reflections, Goldrill Beck.

Sheffield Pike seen across Patterdale.

Closing the head of Patterdale, standing guard over the pass of Kirkstone, Red Screes.

Arnison Crag and St Sunday Crag seen from near Boredale Hause.

Seen across the lower slopes of Place Fell and the foot of Ullswater, Sheffield Pike and the lower Glenridding Dodd, with Hart Side under a light dusting of snow.

Chapel in the Hause, two packhorse routes meet here, folk law tells us St Patrick built the chapel sometime in the fifth century, dedicating it to St Martin of Tours.

As viewed from the upper slopes of Place Fell the dark forbidding Bordale face of Beda Fell, in contrast reaching across the skyline Wether Hill and the snow covered ridges leading to and from High Street.

An icing sugar day across the Helvellyn massif.

Brothers Water in the shadow of Hartsop Dodd and Caudale Moor with Red Screes dominating the scene.

Wonderful views from Round How, in shadow Grisedale with cloud tumbling over Striding Edge and Helvellyn.

Amazing views from the ridge between Round How and Place Fell summit, Arthur's Pike and Bonscale Fell with the vast expanse of the Eden Valley beyond.

The summit Place Fell.

A glimpse of Ullswater over Hallin Fell.

Seen from Place Fell Tarn carrying a little snow Loadpot Hill.

Place Fell Tarn with stunning views to High Street.

Hart Crag provides a fine view point, over Low Moss, High Dodd and Hallin Fell.

Rising above the sheepfold on Low Moss, High Dodd.

Viewing Gowbarrow Fell from above Scalehow Force.

There are wonderful views to be had from the Ullswater Shore Path.

Silver Point in sunlight and shade, with White Stones under snow closing the head of Glencoyne.

Norfolk Island and Lingy Holme break the surface of Ullswater, seen from under the cliffs of Silver Crag.

Over Ullswater sandwiched between Birkhouse Moor and Sheffield Pike the valley of Glenridding.

Hartsop Dodd supported by Caudale Moor, as seen from the lane leading to Side Farm.

Side Farm rests forever in the shadow of Place Fell.

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