WESTERN MARTINDALE FELLS
A PHOTOGRAPHIC WALKING WEBSITE by NEIL HASLEWOOD
Western Martindale Fells - 17th February 2009
WALK STATISTICS
Date 17th February 2009 Description Western Martindale Fells
Start Point St Peters Church Peaks Climbed Steel Knotts 432m
Total Time 7hrs 00min   Beda Fell 509m
Walking Time 5hrs 45min   Angletarn Pikes 567m
Stopped Time 1hrs 15min   Brock Crags 561m
Distance 12.00 miles   Place Fell 657m
Moving Average 2.1 mph Start Grid Ref NY 43571 19163
Elevation at Start 228 metres Temperature 7°C - 9°C
Total Ascent 1,160 metres Weather Cloudy and Dull
Max Elevation 657 metres Walking With Mark
WALK NOTES

St Peters Church Martindale - Steele Knotts - Pikeawassa - Christy Bridge - Beda Fell - Beda Head - Angletarn Pikes - Angle Tarn - Brock Crags - Boredale Hause - Place Fell - Hart Crag - Place Fell Tarn - Low Moss - Garth Heads - St Peters Church Martindale

This was my third walk in the Lakes in 2009 but this time it was with Mark. The last time we walked in the Lakes it was 10 months ago when we completed the Eastern Martindale Fells. For today’s walk we decided to complete the rest of the fells in the local area by walking the Western Martindale Fells.

Starting from the car park at St Peters Church we headed steeply out of Martindale passing through the crags of Birkie Knott to gain the ridge of Steel Knotts. Then it was a short walk along the ridge – ascending and descending the grassy hummocks – to the rocky outcrop of Pikeawassa (432 metres). It was a cloudy day today and quite dull at times but we still had fairly good views. From the summit there were good views to Ullswater and Hallin Fell. However the fells to the east around Loadpot Hill were shrouded in cloud. We were lucky that we did not have to walk in cloud today! The descent back to Martindale was extremely steep to start with as it followed a wall for a short distance. However once we joined the main path the going improved.

We then walked along the road – crossed Christy Bridge – and started the ascent of Beda Fell. The ascent was slow to start off with but seemed to get better as we gained height along the ridge path. The ridge passes Low Brock Crags and Allen Crag before arriving at Beda Head (509 metres). Again there were good views back to Ullswater. As we continued along the long ridge of Beda Fell we negotiated many small grassy hills. The path passes Bedafell Knott and Heckbeck Head before arriving at Angletarn Pikes (567 metres). There are two peaks at Angletarn Pikes both with good views. After a short stop we descended down to Angle Tarn and then followed a path around the tarn to Brock Crags (561 metres) – this being our fourth Wainwright of the day.

From Brock Crags we descended to Cat Crag and then followed a path to Angletarn Beck. We then passed Dubhow Brow and Rake Crag on a good path to Boredale Hause. At this point we paused to have some lunch and contemplated the ascent of Place Fell which we could see in front of us.

The ascent of Place Fell was slow but was on very well worn paths!! It did not take us long before we were at the cairn on Round How. From here the path is an easy one to the summit of Place Fell (657 metres) – our fifth and final Wainwright of the day. The summit is quite rocky one and it also has a triangulation pillar. The views again were good in most directions. The descent from Place Fell was via Hart Crag, Place Fell Tarn, Low Moss, and the path below High Dodd to Garth Heads. We then joined to road back to St Peters Church.

It was a good day’s walk with five new Wainwright’s to tick off the list. Unfortunately due to the low cloud and dark conditions the photographs were not at their best!

PROFILE
REFERENCE

Reference Books Used

None
Maps Used
OL5 Explorer - The English Lakes (North East Area)
PHOTOGRAPHS
St Peters Church - Martindale
Ullswater from ascent of Steel Knotts
Steel Knotts Summit (Pikeawassa)
MAP - OVERVIEW
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PHOTOGRAPHS
Hallin Fell from ascent of Steel Knotts
Approaching Pikeawassa on Steel Knotts
Ullswater from Steel Knotts
Steel Knotts Summit (Pikeawassa)
Path back to Martindale from Steel Knotts
Beda Fell from descent of Steel Knotts
Christy Bridge over Howe Grain Beck
St Martins Church - Martindale
Ullswater & Hallin Fell from ascent of Beda Fell
Ullswater & Hallin Fell from Beda Head
Ullswater & Hallin Fell from Beda Head
Ullswater & Hallin Fell from Beda Head (The summit of Beda Fell)
Looking back to Beda Head
Beda Head from Bedafell Knott
Beda Head from Bedafell Knott
Beda Head from Bedafell Knott
Angletarn Pikes from Bedafell Knott
Brothers Water from Angletarn Pikes North Summit
Place Fell from Angletarn Pikes North Summit
Ullswater and Helvellyn from Angletarn Pikes North Sumiit
Angle Tarn from Angletarn Pikes Summit
Angle Tarn from Angletarn Pikes Summit
Angle Tarn from Angletarn Pikes Summit
Brothers Water from Angletarn Pikes Summit
Tarn near Brock Crags
Angle Tarn
Gray Crag and Brothers Water from Brock Crags Summit
Gray Crag and High Street ridge from Brock Crags Summit
Angletarn Pikes and Place Fell from Brock Crags Summit
Brothers Water and Dovedale from Brock Crags Summit
MAP - DETAILED 1
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PHOTOGRAPHS
Angletarn Pikes and Place Fell from Brock Crags Summit
Angle Tarn from near Brock Crags
Deer near Brock Crags
Brothers Water from path to Boredale Hause
Place Fell from Boredale Hause
Walkers on the summit of Round How
Approaching Place Fell Summit from Round How
Place Fell Summit Triangulation Pillar (S5957)
Patterdale from Place Fell Summit
Me at Place Fell Summit Triangulation Pillar
Place Fell Summit Triangulation Pillar
Place Fell Summit Triangulation Pillar
Place Fell Tarn
MAP - DETAILED 2
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PHOTOGRAPHS
Place Fell Tarn
Path back to Garth Heads
Old bridge over Boredale Beck

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