Place Fell and a stroll alongside Ullswater

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.