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Place Fell, from Patterdale, on Sunday 12th of June

posted 5 Jun 2011, 10:18 by jenny rookes
Although not one of the higher hills in the Lake District, Place Fell's situation at the head of Ullswater, means that it delivers a lot of reward for each foot climbed and it is blessed with beautiful views, across the Lake to Helvellyn, Fairfield and St Sunday Crag, and north towards Blencathra- ! On its north eastern slopes it declines gently into remote Boredale where a pleasant walk brings you back to Ullswater,either at Sandwick, or the steamer landing at Howtown
The suggested walk has a number of variations, depending on how far and how high people want to walk. There is a variation to suit all walkers (and non walkers).
After leaving Patterdale (pay and display parking at the car park opposite the Patterdale Hotel) at 10.30 as usual - the options are :
1.Climb the clear and well graded path up to Boredale Hause (approximately 600 feet of ascent) and then go down to Boredale and follow the Boredale Beck to Sandwick and along the lake side back to Patterdale - I don't know the exact length but about 6/7 miles in total. This is the lakeside walk that Wainwright described as "the loveliest in Lakeland".
2. As option 1 but, instead of returning to Patterdale on foot, choose to go from Boredale to Howtown and catch the steamer back to Glenridding and thence to Patterdale (cost of the ferry about £5.50 and a mile of walking along the lake shore from ferry landing to Patterdale.
3. Walk from Patterdale along the lakeshore to Howtown and back by steamer to Glenridding - approximately 5 miles with some "ups and downs" but nothing severe or long.
4. Climb Place Fell from Boredale Hause and then down to either Sandwick or Howtown with the same options for return as above.
If we time it right we should all be able to meet up for the return leg, whichever way we choose to do it - and, if not, we can certainly meet up for tea and ice creams in Patterdale.
OR - come along for the ride ,to Patterdale,  and do your own thing from there - and tell us all about it over tea!
If you think one of these options is for you then please phone or e mail me (on the group e mail ) so I can form an idea of numbers and organise cars.