This pleasant stroll situated at the head of Ullswater is ideal for a short winter's afternoon when the higher fells are perhaps out of bounds. An embankment and ditch from an iron age fort are still just discernible at the top. In winter you may catch a glimpse of Ullswater through the trees but in summer the leaves obscure even that, and a thick undergrowth of nettles encroach the paths.
The locals and Wainwright call it Dunmallet, but is marked as Dunmallard Hill on the OS 1:25K map.
If you need accommodation we have details of 35 properties offering rooms near the start of this walk. Here are some examples:
Walk height profile
note that gradients are usually grossly exaggerated
Start at the entrance to the pay and display car park beside the bridge in Pooley Bridge. Go through the kissing gate signposted Permitted Path, Circular route and Dacre, and turn right. Follow the wide path which is initially quite steep and gently bears left. After only a few hundred yards there is another signpost very close to the ground, this is where the path to Dacre leaves the hill. Turn left here onto a path heading up the hill. It winds its way through the trees and over the ancient settlement remains to the top.
Continue over the summit area keeping to the main path where branches off left might suggest a quick drop down to the car park. The path follows the slight ridge line a short way and then zigzags to the right. It doesn't really matter exactly which way you go as you will soon meet the circular path and fence line. Turn left and follow it back to the gate and car park. You might catch a glimpse of Ullswater and the landing stage as you go.
If you like this walk then why not try one of our other nearby walks:
|Heughscar Hill from Roehead, Pooley Bridge||1.3km (0.8 miles) away|
|Little Mell Fell||4.6km (2.9 miles) away|
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