Hallin Fell, Ullswater

  • A shaggy dog hill of character
  • Beautiful views over Ullswater
  • Network of sheep tracks to explore

1271′. Hallin Fell joins the likes of Gowbarrow, Loughrigg Fell and Haystacks as minature Lakeland classics. Because of where it is hidden (around the backside of Ullswater)  the fell is climbed less than the others but this is no great shame as the paths are in even better condition. It had been a while since I had been up Hallin Fell and it was a quick up and down from the road side (an appalling example of ticking) but this time I was with the family and we took our time.

Hallin Fell is situated in the crook of Ullswater which basically means there are views directly up and down Ullswater in addition to the pretty, but very quiet, Martindale. Other families dotted the hillside as we slowly walked up the excellent track from the road’ passing small rocky outcrops nestled within the bracken. We picnicked in one of the many hollows that make up the summit area, not that the weather was bad, before heading down to the lakeside just to the Howtown side of the aptly named Geordies Crag. The path down was another gem, a little steep, but grassy and winding its way through the bracken before joining the lakeside path and returning back to the steamer at Howtown. It is a lovely walk but one which is tainted slightly by the thought it may well be the last hill Bracken my 14 year old border collie is able to make. It was. A worthy one though!

Recommend: A great day out for families; take the steamer from Glenridding or Pooley Bridge for maximum enjoyment

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL5 The English Lakes North East. Buy Map
Start Point: NY 443194. This is for drivers not those arriving by steamer. Walk up the track by the road for the best ascent of Hallin Fell.
Height to Climb: 257ms (843 feet)
Terrain: The paths on Hallin Fell are great, explore the sheep tracks near the summit.
Eating & Drinking: The Howtown Hotel serves during the day for all needs but a picnic on Hallin Fell or the lakeside is a better option unless it is raining.
Similar Walks Nearby: The beauty of Ullswater
Gowbarrow via Aira Force
Angletarn Pikes
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  1. PIA says:

    Really wonderfull walk! Our kids (7 and 10) and us two arrived on a steamer (no steam though), climbed Hallin Fell to enjoy picnic on top of it, climbed down and walked around. Perfect day.

  2. jp says:

    Warm sunshine, a blue-sky day: Granny and two tinies in tow (at that time 3 and 5), I wanted to provide them with an easy day but one that gave inspiration and an appreciation of what the Lakes has to offer. Hallin Fell is an example of all that is good in the area – with the added Dad benefit of a great thirst quenching lure in Howtown. Easy walk up from the Hause taking the west path option (there are plenty of choices). Kids enjoyed gambling about, the ascent did not tax them at all.
    Picnic near the top, perhaps 50m north east of the cairn. Lovely views overlooking the lake and back over MartinDale. We ambled down via Geordie’s Crag then took the Steamer along the length of Ullswater, finishing with some beach work and an ice-cream in Glenridding (Dad retrieved the car so missed out on the boat part – there is an easy made path from Waternook back to the Hause, just follow the red dotted trail on the above map).
    The 5 year old was inspired enough to demand that we climbed Blencathra, and a couple of days later we did exactly that (take plenty of fuel and stop often).

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