Place Fell overlooks the villages of Patterdale and Glenridding alongside Ullswater, presenting an intimidating jumble of crags and steep rocky scree. Bracken, juniper, and heather cling where they can. On top is an expanse of gently rolling high moorland boggy in places, and dotted with rocky outcrops.
The walk ascends Place Fell via Boredale Hause, over which the old pipeline from Hayswater to Haweswater runs. A wide path climbs much of the southern ridge ending with an easy gully scramble onto the viewpoint of Round How from where you can see over Angletarn Pikes all the way around to the Helvellyn range. Behind you is the trig point at the summit of Place Fell. Across the top of Place Fell the ground is often wet, but a clear path meanders over Hart Crag and heads north east for a while before swinging north and descending through increasingly thick summer bracken towards Ullswater. Still high above the shore line joining a track marks the turning point of the walk. A cafe (summer opening) is just 100m (110 yards) to the right, whilst the walk continues to the left. Soon becoming a rough path Ullswater can be seen through the trees. Staying above the shore this path can take you all the way back to Side Farm. However to add a little more interest it's worth taking a shortcut along the upper path through the pass beside Silver Crag as the views are superb. Finally to return to Side Farm pick any of the paths down to the lower track.
Parking is severely limited in Patterdale and fills quickly at weekends and holiday times. It is largely limited to the overflow car park of the Patterdale Hotel where a charge is made and a very small parking area in front of the George Starkey Hut.
This walk takes you to the top of the following hills: Round How, Place Fell, Low Birk Fell, and High Dodd; and includes 1 Wainwright, 3 Birketts, 1 Marilyn, 1 Hewitt, 1 Nuttall, 1 Dodd, 1 HuMP, and 1 Dewey.
If you need accommodation we have details of 10 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 Patterdale Hotel overflow car park return to the road and turn right. Turn right into the lane beside the George Starkey Hut following it to Side Farm. Whilst walking along the gravel roadway note the paths above Rooking climbing steadily to the right across the fellside to a pass. This is Boredale Hause.
Reaching Side Farm go through the yard and turn right, through a gate onto a track where at the end in Rooking is another gate. Immediately through the gate turn left to yet another gate, this is the last one for quite a while. Now out on the fellside, take the track going left for only a few metres then take the path on the right. This is the upper of the two paths seen earlier. Follow it to Boredale Hause, noting the drain covers and pipeline markers - under your feet there's an aqueduct from what was Hayeswater reservoir.
Boredale Hause is a complicated junction of paths going off in all directions. It is important to select the correct path or you can end up significantly lost. On the hause keep left, leave it by a set of easily dismissed steps beside an iron manhole cover. Keep left to swing north and enter a series of zigzags on a gravelled path.
Nearing the top a short gully scramble provides a little entertainment bringing you out onto the excellent viewpoint of Round How. The view is of High Street, Angletarn Pikes, the Helvellyn Range, and many others.
Continue along the path as it first bears left (with respect to the direction of approach) and then swings right to the trig point at the summit of Place Fell.
Continue over the summit area, dropping down slightly to the left and then swing right on a clear path to head north east on the short ridge of Hart Crag. Glimpses of Ullswater can be seen ahead. Pass the sheepfold on Low Moss and at the boggy junction of paths turn left onto a narrower path. This descends steeply in places between Low Moss Gill and High Dodd. Low Moss Gill soon joins up with Scalehow Beck, tumbles over a number of cascades. Lower down is Scalehow Force.
A small disused quarry working and building remains are soon reached. 200m (220 yards) beyond the quarry the path splits, take the left fork.
Continue descending to join the track above the intake wall. About 100m (110 yards) to your right is Beckside Farm's cafe - summer opening only.
Reaching the track, which forms part of the Ullswater Way, turn left. Heading roughly south west, this now meanders and undulates all the way back to Side Farm.
Nearing Silver Crag bear left up a stone pitched path climbing quite steeply. On a still, warm day you can smell the juniper bushes which inhabit the fell side. It doesn't climb for long, and then you get fantastic views over Ullswater to Glenridding and Patterdale.
Continue over the pass and down the other side. As you make your way towards Side Farm pick one of the grass paths on your right down to the track below you. The nearer the farm you get, the steeper the paths become and the more hidden they become once the summer bracken is over a foot or so tall.
If you pass above the farm and get as far as the quarry, turn sharply right and descend to the farm alongside the wall. Return back to the main road along the farm driveway.
If you like this walk then why not try one of our other nearby walks:
|Birks and Arnison Crag||184m (202 yards) away|
|St Sunday Crag and Grisedale Tarn||220m (242 yards) away|
|A visit to Place Fell overlooking Ullswater||222m (244 yards) away|
|Glenridding Dodd||1.1km (0.7 miles) away|
|Lanty's Tarn, Keldas, and Patterdale Circular||1.1km (0.7 miles) away|
|Lanty's Tarn, Birkhouse Moor, Red Tarn, Catstycam||1.2km (0.7 miles) away|
|Helvellyn, The Classic Ridges of Striding and Swirral Edge||1.2km (0.7 miles) away|
|White Side and Raise, from Glenridding||1.2km (0.8 miles) away|
|Glenridding Dodd, Heron Pike and Sheffield Pike||1.2km (0.8 miles) away|
|Greenside Mine and Glenridding Beck Circular Stroll||1.2km (0.8 miles) away|
|The Dovedale Round: Hartsop above How, Hart Crag, High Hartsop Dodd||2.8km (1.8 miles) away|
|Around Hayeswater Reservoir||3.5km (2.1 miles) away|
|Rest Dodd and The Nab||3.5km (2.1 miles) away|
|Brock Crags and Angletarn Pikes circular walk from Hartsop||3.5km (2.1 miles) away|
|Pasture Beck Round, from Hartsop||3.5km (2.1 miles) away|
|Aira Force and Gowbarrow Fell||4.1km (2.5 miles) away|
|A short walk to Hart Side from Park Brow||4.5km (2.8 miles) away|
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