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Hallin Fell, Ullswater, Patterdale, Boredale Hause, St Peter's Church, Martindale, Cumbria.
[17.7 km]  Thu 29 Jun 2017

OS Grid ref: NY 43395 18371
Lat/Long: 54.557394, 02.876776

The weather forecast was bad with rain all day so I decided to keep the walk relatively low level. I returned to Martindale on the east side of Ullswater but this time parked opposite St Peter's church. As I expected there were no other cars in the parking area as I set off in the rain just before 8 a.m. My first objective was the summit of Hallin fell which I started to climb along the wide green footpath.

West view from Hallin Fell

Ullswater from Hallin Fell
The rain made it quite slippery on the first stretch which is fairly steep. Eventually I got higher but thankfully got to the summit before I reach the cloud level. There is a square summit cairn which is one of the highest I seen in Cumbria. The map calls it an obelisk but there is no reason why it should be called that. I was last here six years ago and checking the photos saw that it was much lower then.
Obelisk on the summit of Hallin Fell

A water cistern on the hillside

Descending to Howtown
Its current height is probably 3 to 4 m so a lot of work has been done to build it up. I could see Ullswater below but couldn't take a decent photo due to strong winds and driving rain. I started my descent by heading north east down a defined path and then turning right to traverse round the east side of Hallin Fell.
A rainy path
Just before starting to descend to Howtown I came across a covered concrete cistern which looks like a water supply to the local area. The path then descended just above the steep road and its sharp switchbacks. I reached the properties at Waternook and took the path which runs above them. It continues around the north side of Hallin Fell a short distance above the Ullswater shore. At Sandwick Bay there were several school children in canoes which were lashed together.
School maneuvers
Two teachers were supervising from the shore. I continued in the rain to the properties at Sandwick then followed the stony track to the Lowther Barn Tea Room and Guest Accommodation which I passed on my last walk. There were people inside but it didn't open for teas until 11 a.m. so I continued.

Lowther Barn accommodation
The path was easy to follow heading above Ullswater and eventually descending into the trees. It climbed up and down for a while until I reached Silver Point where I had a good panoramic view of Ullswater.
The path continued south until it reached a track where I stopped to look at a monument to various writers which seemed relatively new. The inscription reads:
Three artists J.M.W.Turner, Ann Macbeth & John Glover were inspired by this landscape.

Three artist monument
Ann Macbeth, born in 1875 in Bolton, was a leading student in Fra and Jessie Newberry’s Glasgow School of Art and later Head of Embroidery there.
John Glover was born in 1767 in Leicestershire and later had great success as a landscape painter. He was very much influenced by the sixteenth century French artist Claude Lorrain, becoming known in Europe as “the English Claude”.
Joseph Mallord William Turner, born in 1775, is regarded as the greatest of English landscape painters because of his handling of light, colour and atmosphere.

Three artists
J.M.W.Turner, Ann Macbeth
& John Glover were inspired by this landscape.

J.M.W.Turner - Ullswater Cumberland c.1835
On the outskirts of Patterdale I reached the road where I turned left to take the steep climb up the west side of Place Fell to reach Boredale Hause. Just before the summit I came to some valve boxes on the line of the old 6in water main which runs from Hayeswater Reservoir towards Penrith. I believe it dates from around 1908 but the reservoir is no longer used. Over the top I soon started my descent into Boredale Valley. The first part was a steep descent through a cleft in the rocks and astonishingly it is also the route for the water pipe. There were even some more manhole covers.
Valve cover and markers on Boredale Hause

St Peter's Church

Memorial window to H.M.S. Glorious
 The track gradient eased and soon became a grass farmtrack and eventually a tarmac road at Boredale Head Farm. There was a large van there which had been doing some work on the road. As I walked along it past me on its way north. At the next group of houses workmen were cutting the tarmac to start an excavation in the road. It was an exploratory dig on the water main as they thought a water connection was leaking. I continued along the road and back to the car where a few more vehicles had turned up since I left. Before leaving I went into St Peter's Church across the road to have a look at the interior and stained glass windows.

The window is dedicated to St Nicholas, a 4th century Bishop of Smyrnia, who is the patron saint of sailors and children.
It is in memory of the officers and men of the Aircraft Carrier H.M.S. Glorious, sunk in Norwegian waters in 1940.

St Peter's Church

St Peter's Church