The Place Fell Ridge.

Start. Deepdale Bridge.

Route. Deepdale Bridge - Boredale Hause - Round How - Place Fell - Hart Crag - Low Moss - High Dodd - Sleet Fell - Ullswater Shore Path - Scalehow Force - Silver Point - Side Farm - Rooking - Crookbeck - Backstones - Deepdale Bridge.

Notes. A real mixed bag of Lakeland weather welcomed me today, heavy rain confined me to the house until late morning, eventually the precipitations passed, I slung the walking gear into the car then headed to Patterdale. This was to be a walk I'd last attempted in December 2009, then weather conditions took their toll, deep snow, strong winds backed by a complete white-out forced me off the hill early, today I returned to be welcomed by sunshine and scudding cloud, a shroud of dark mist eclipsed the high fells, if it was happy to stay there everything would be perfect.

I parked at Deepdale Bridge, a bridleway carried me east between houses and converted barns before accessing muddy fields, once in the shadow of Dubhow Crag, on a much improved path the long ascent to Boredale Hause started, this is a real mountain of crossroads, paths radiate to all points of the compass, my compass pointed north up the steep relentless southern slopes of Place Fell. A fairly new path aided my progress, I soon found myself scrambling through a narrow scree gully to gain access to the summit of Round How. In the distance the rock crown of Place Fell reached upwards into an ice blue sky, a trig point adorned the summit. A good ridge path carried me to the top, then on to Place Fell Tarn, a short traverse of Hart Crag followed before the long descent to the sheep fold on Low Moss.

The route may be cut short here, the path on the left descends above the impressive water shoot of Scalehow Force to reach the Ullswater Shore Path at a small foot-bridge, my way was the higher. A faint path ascends High Dodd, this guided me into stunning views, with a litany of mountain tops and stunning ridges behind me, a wonderful panorama over Ullswater ahead, this little hill is a place to linger. I delayed my descent, soaked up the views before descending on a faint path to reach the main trod crossing Sleet Fell, a quick visit to the summit cairn followed before the path plunged towards Sandwick, here I joined the Ullswater Shore Path. A long walk back followed, tired legs carried me south through stunning woodland, on what is commonly recognized as the busiest path in the Lake District, just over four exquisite miles of lake shore and valley walking followed before re-tracing my steps through muddy fields back to Deepdale Bridge.

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On the long pull to Boredale Hause, looking to Hartsop above How across Patterdale.

Let my ascent path carry the eye to the shadowed slopes of Place Fell.

A wonderful play of light over Brothers Water.

Views to the head of Ullswater, taking centre stage in sunlight Sheffield Pike and Glenridding Dodd, in shadow the sylvan summit of Keldas.

Spectacular views from the slopes of Place Fell, rising above Brothers Water, Red Screes guards the head of Patterdale.

Soaking up the views over three Lakeland valleys, Boredale, Bannerdale and Martindale, across the skyline the long ridge leads to the dark mass of High Raise.

Angletarn Pikes seen from near the summit of Round How, with the long ridge of High Street under cloud.

There are wonderful views to be had from the wide ridge between Round How and Place Fell summit.

Taking in the views from the summit of Place Fell, my descent path can clearly be seen passing Place Fell Tarn before crossing the short ridge of Hart Crag.

The passing storm.

Next on the bill, High Dodd seen from Hart Crag.

One of Lakeland's delectable lesser heights, lit by a rainbow Great Mell Fell.

Looking to Little Mell Fell from the steep descent to Low Moss.

Gullies, ridges and crags seen from the ascent of High Dodd, on the skyline the precipitous cliffs and shattered rock of Rampsgill Head, under cloud the dark ridge of High Street carries the eye to Caudale Moor, the notch in the skyline being the Kirkstone Pass, in the middle distance seen over the long ridge of Beda Fell, far left The Nab plus a long stretch of boggy ground leading to the steep slopes of Rest Dodd.

On High Dodd looking west to the Helvellyn massif.

High wide and handsome views over Ullswater as far as Penrith in the north, seen from the summit of High Dodd.

Gowbarrow across Ullswater.

The stunning view from High Dodd.

Seen over Sleet Fell, in sunlight and shade Hallin Fell.

Looking over Howstead Brow to the long ridge linking Wether and Loadpot Hills.

Dappled light and fleeting shadows over Beda Head, Steel Knotts and Loadpot Hill.

Magical views over Ullswater seen from under the cliffs of Roscombe Rigg.

The Ullswater Shore Path, possibly the busiest path in the Lake District, most people catch the Ullswater Ferry from Glenridding to Howtown before walking the six miles back, at this time of day I have the path to myself.

In the shadow of Dubhow Crag looking to Hartsop Dodd.

Conquered earlier in the day, Place Fell rises above Patterdale, at over 2,000ft it's an enjoyable airy mountain walk, not to be underestimated.

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