Hallin Fell and Ullswater

Hallin Fell and Ullswater, from near Scalehow Force

Height: 1271 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 2 (The Far Eastern Fells)

Date climbed: 18th February 2011 (walk 32).

Bagged as number: 103 out of 330. [ << Place Fell (102)   (104) Catbells >> ]

Route of ascent and descent:  Ascended from, and returned to, Martindale church, though not by exactly the same route: a round trip is possible by bearing right at the start of the climb, past a concrete water tank set into the fellside.

Hallin Fell summit

Hallin Fell summit.

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 1 of his chapter): “Hallin Fell, beautifully situated overlooking a curve of Ullswater and commanding unrivalled views of the lovely secluded hinterland of Martindale, may be regarded as the motorists’ fell, for the sandals and slippers and polished shoes of the numerous car-owners who park their properties on the crest of the road above the Howtown zigzags on Sunday afternoons have smoothed to its summit a wide track that is seldom violated by the hobnails of fellwalkers. In choosing Hallin Fell as their weekend picnic-place and playground the Penrith and Carlisle motorists show commendable discrimination, for the rich rewards its summit offers are out of all proportion to the slight effort of ascent.”

Hallin Fell from Beda Fell

The tall cairn (and two walkers) on Hallin Fell, seen on descent from Beda Fell

What I say: On the map Hallin Fell’s status is obvious; it is a fell in miniature, not just height but extent; barely half a square mile. But the views are excellent, not just of Ullswater but of the junction of Martindale and Boredale and the fells around. The paths are grassy and smooth and – except for their occasional slipperiness – entirely safe, and this is a climb anyone from age 4 to 74 could probably enjoy.

Incidentally, the obelisk on the summit has clearly lost its top; compare the drawing on page Hallin Fell 3 with the photograph here.

Hallin Fell from Bonscale Pike

Hallin Fell from Bonscale Pike. Howtown Pier below.

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