A short circular walk over an interesting summit in a beautiful area. Starting relatively high at St Peter's Church, Martindale on the east side of Ullswater, the walk starts with a gentle traversal along the side of the valley before gaining the ridge and heading for the craggy summit.
To get back to the start point you could descend along the ridge bearing right to Steel End and taking the bridleway back to the church. Or bear left instead and drop through Birkie Knott. The latter seemed more interesting on a clear if less frequented path with very steep grass slopes and crags to negotiate. Great in descent but rather brutal in ascent and certainly not recommended in poor visibility.
If you need accommodation we have details of 34 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 parking area opposite St Peter's Church, Martindale, cross the road and head between the church on your left and the wall on the right. Follow this wall passing Lanty Tarn, a rather shallow muddy puddle, to your left and continue alongside the wall. There is a path of sorts here, avoid straying far from the wall and do not ascend the hillside. In approximately 700m (770 yards) the wall drops down to the old church in Martindale, leave the wall and continue straight ahead to meet the path rising from the old church.
The path continues a rising traverse, the slope is never steep, just a little muddy in places.
Reaching the wall, either turn left and follow the rudimentary steps cut into the very steep turf. Otherwise it is easier to go through the gate until you reach the ridge path, or can gain the ridge line, to turn left almost back on yourself. This way although not as steep means negotiating a small stone wall and stile which some canine friends might find more difficult than following the wall up to the ridge.
The summit now lies on the path between you and the car park! It's not as imposing as it looks, the path zigzags its way up without any difficulties. Continue over the summit area and down the other side for little more than 200m (220 yards). A narrow path then bears away left from the main ridge heading initially for a knoll, take it. It then swings left again heading in the general direction of the church. From above, in descent, it clearly marks the way down the right hand side of Birkie Knott. Some minor scrambling is required here on steep mainly grassy slopes with occasional steps. There should be no technical down climbing at all.
If you like this walk then why not try one of our other nearby walks:
|Hallin Fell||same start point|
|A Fusedale Round: Steel Knotts, Loadpot Hill, Arthur's Pike, Bonscale Pike||30m (33 yards) away|
|Beda Fell from Martindale||30m (33 yards) away|
|Aira Force and Gowbarrow Fell||3.6km (2.2 miles) away|
|A short walk to Hart Side from Park Brow||4.1km (2.5 miles) away|
|Little Mell Fell||4.5km (2.8 miles) away|
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