Parking: Car park opposite St. Peter's Church
Start Point: St. Peter's Church
Region: Far Eastern Fells
Route length: 5.3 miles (8.5 km)
Time taken: 02:16
Average speed: 2.3 mph
Wainwrights on this walk:
Hallin Fell (388m), Steel Knotts (Pikeawassa) (432m)
Additional summits: Brownthwaite Crag (444m)
Route: St. Peter's Church, Hallin Fell, The Coombs, Birkie Knott, Steel Knotts, Pikeawassa, Brownthwaite Crag, Groove Gill, Fusedale, Howtown, The Coombs, St. Peter's Church
A somewhat questionable day weather-wise greeted us as we arrived in Martindale. We had intended to do a walk from Buttermere, conquering Grasmoor and some of its satellites but it was obvious in the approaching days that the weather wasn't going to be on our side this time. So it was that we set our sights for the some lowlier fells in the far eastern fells, namely Hallin Fell and Steel Knotts.
We'd arrived nice and earlier to greet the very best of the weather i.e. it wasn't actually raining when we arrived. The plan, remaining flexible for the day, was the climb Hallin Fell and Steel Knotts and then make a weather based decision on Beda Fell and Place Fell, the fells confining Boredale.
After lashing some kit together, we set off up Hallin Fell, a small fell that holds similar status to Rannerdale Knotts or Latrigg; great views for tremendously little effort. In fact, thanks to it's height and location next to a large parking area, a number of well-used paths lead to the summit, the difficulty lying in actually choosing which one to take. In the end, we decided to take the wide, obvious one that leads straight up to the top.
|The path leading up Hallin Fell, Steel Knotts is the fell in the middle ground|
|A rain lashed Beda Fell|
|The view up Martindale to The Nab|
|The fells of Martindale|
|Great Meldrum, one of the Birkett fells|
|The view along Ullswater towards Pooley Bridge|
|Heading down off Hallin Fell|
|St. Peter's Church|
|Birkie Knott behind St, Peter's Church|
|View between Hallin Fell and Swarth Fell|
|View along the ridge to Hallin Fell|
|Heading along the top of Steel Knotts|
|Pikeawassa - the summit|
|Proof we made it all the way to the top (even the last little bit)|
|The result of my misdemeanours|
|Steel Knotts from Brownthwaite Crag|
|Steel Knotts above Fusedale|
We had to round Steel End, the northern footing of Steel Knotts, before a slow climb up The Coobs to the car park at the church. The church here, St. Peter's, is the newer of two churches in Martindale, having been built as recently as 1880. The old church, St martin's, is thought to date from 1220.
|Following the path around Steel End towards The Coombs|
A fun day out then, despite the weather and falling off a wall. As is fairly customary around these parts, we saw very few people out and about. I guess that's for two reasons. Firstly, this isn't a very popular area of the National Park for some reason, even though it is stunning. Secondly (and probably the key reason), it rained all day and those that are wise probably stayed at home instead of throwing themselves off walls. But where's the fun in that?