Beda Fell is a tongue of high ground just to the east of Place Fell separated by Boredale - the valley from which Boredale Hause is named. It can be included with a visit to Angletarn Pikes but this makes for quite an out and back on an already long walk. A further option is to climb it directly from the very pretty area of Martindale - which is what we do here. This is quite a popular little walk.
There are two small laybys at Martindale Hause, often just called The Hause, above the zigzags opposite the church of St Peters in Martindale. Parking by the 'old church' seems to be discouraged by farming implements these days. Alternatively rather than drive in along the narrow road along the back of Ullswater you can take the Steamer service to the pier at Howtown. From there it is a short walk up the steps to a terraced path on the side of Hallin Fell.
If you need accommodation we have details of 17 properties offering rooms near the start of this walk. Here are some examples:
Walk height profile
note that gradients are usually grossly exaggerated
From The Hause continue over into Martindale. At the road junction bear left. Pass Martindale 'old church' on your left and cross the bridge over Howgrain Beck.
Immediately over the bridge pass the farm on your right, before the road swings left look up half-right. A stone sign points the way to Sandwick - ignore it. Behind the stone a path rises a little and bears right above a small walled enclosure. Follow the path above the wall as it rises across the fellside to the ridge line.
On the ridge line sits a metal bench with fantastic views.
At the bench turn left to climb along the ridge. This quickly steepens over the rocky Winter Crag which is the first of many knolls of various sizes.
It is a simple matter of keeping to the clear ridgeline path, meandering over and around knolls and boggy depressions. Approaching one such rocky eminence the path clearly splits, tend right to clamber through rocky little gullies and steps. The left fork can be left for the descent.
A prominent cairn is reached, but this is not the summit you are looking for. Bear left across a boggy depression then right to continue climbing a short distance to the next cairn, which is the summit. The cairn is just a few stones sat on a rock at the edge of a small plateau.
Returning is a matter of retracing your steps. By keeping right when the opportunity arises on the descent you can follow faint paths alongside the edge above Allen Crag and Raven Crag. Be sure to remain close to the ridge and not try to descend through the crags.
Arriving back at the path split return back along the ridge. At the bench turn right to drop back to the road, then left to return along the road to The Hause.
Another variation is to bear left as you drop towards the road and follow a short section of bridleway. Reaching the road to Sandwick turn right. There isn't anything special about it, just exploring.
If you like this walk then why not try one of our other nearby walks:
|A Fusedale Round: Steel Knotts, Loadpot Hill, Arthur's Pike, Bonscale Pike||same start point|
|Steel Knotts - Pikeawassa||30m (33 yards) away|
|Hallin Fell||30m (33 yards) away|
|Aira Force and Gowbarrow Fell||3.6km (2.2 miles) away|
|A short walk to Hart Side from Park Brow||4.0km (2.5 miles) away|
|Little Mell Fell||4.5km (2.8 miles) away|
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