The Patterdale and Place Fell walk in the Lake District

East from Patterdale to Boredale Hause followed by a climb in a northerly direction to the summit of Place Fell. North-east across the fell to Low Moss then downhill to Bield before turning north and heading towards Sandwick. The return is by way of the Ullswater Way, a popular footpath which skirts the shores of Ullswater beneath the steep western slopes of Place Fell. A 9-mile walk in the Lake District.


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Looking over to Place Fell from the start of the walk in Patterdale.


The view across the valley floor at Patterdale towards the hills of Glenamara Park.


Hartsop above How in the centre of the picture with Brothers Water peeping out on the left.


Looking back towards Glenridding and the southern tip of Ullswater during the climb to Boredale Hause.


A quick look behind us as we walk up the track from Boredale Hause to Round How.


The view down to Patterdale and the Grisedale valley from Round How.


Brothers Water surrounded by the fells of Hartsop above How, High Hartsop Dodd and Hartsop Dodd.


Triangulation pillar on Place Fell summit, height 657 metres (2156 feet).


Superb views from Place Fell down to Glenridding and Ullswater.

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Low Moss Sheepfold

The Low Moss Sheepfold was restored by Dalemain Estates in conjunction with West Martindale Commoners Group and Natural England.

Shepherds used this enclosure to manage their sheep while their flocks were out on the high fells. The Lake District, which includes Martindale, is a World Heritage site. This was awarded partly because of the pastoral heritage of farming practices which helped to shape the surrounding landscape. The Martindale Fells are still used today to graze heafed flocks.


Outstanding views of Ullswater and the surrounding landscape as we cross the fell top to reach High Dodd.


Looking north-east from High Dodd towards Hallin Fell.


Hallin Fell.


The narrow path between Bield and Sandwick. In summer the overgrown bracken makes sections of the route uncomfortable to walk on.


Lowther Barn by the side of the Ullswater Way bridleway.


Views of Ullswater and the mountains on the south-west side of the lake.

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The village of Glenridding nestled beneath the tree-covered flanks of Glenridding Dodd.


Ullswater, Glenridding and a misty Birkhouse Moor in the background.


Farmland and the village of Patterdale backed by Arnison Crag (left) and Birks (right).


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