Where is this walk?

Martindale and Beda Fell

November 5, 2020

Martindale is a quiet valley back of Ullswater. Beda Fell is the broad, low ridge to the west. Climb it and then enjoy the undulating ridge before returning via the valley floor.

The Walk

The back of Ullswater and, in particular walking the valley and hills of Martindale, reveal the very best of the Lake District. The rolling ridge of Beda Fell stands isolated and graceful between Boredale and Martindale. Enjoy the views looking back over Hallin Fell and the interesting and unusual perspective of the bend of Ullswater.

There is no through road here so everyone visiting Martindale is there to appreciate the scenery (or make a delivery to one of the isolated farms). This engenders a pleasant feeling of remoteness, unusual but always very welcome in the Lake District. The ridge of Beda Fell is best joined right at the northern end with 1,100 foot of climbing to the small unobtrusive summit. To the south the ridge stretches on to Angletarn Crags with a major track doubling back towards Dale Head farm and the lovely valley of Martindale. Photographic opportunities abound in the valley. My personal favourite is near the 17th century church and the area near Coombe Heights.

Recommend

I have a separate walk for the full round of Martindale . It is a consistently interesting circuit with a dramatic final descent off the Nab. However if you have less time enjoy this more relaxed exploration of Beda Fell and the valley floor of Martindale.

Navigation Tips in Martindale

Do not be surprised how far the path carries on along Beda Fell. You will need to cut off down hill at some stage and return to the valley. A right of way cuts back towards Dale Head farm near a prominent cairn half a mile beyond Beda Fell Knott.

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