Where is this walk?

Place Fell over Ullswater

August 25, 2018

The walk up Place Fell over Ullswater and returning via the lakeside path is excellent. The fell is full of interesting rocky knolls and dells with outstanding views. The lakeside section is a pleasant bonus.

The Walk

2154′. Place Fell occupies a dominant situation at the head of Ullswater with sensational views in all directions. From here the entire Helvellyn range stands out in perfect profile whilst the views both up the full length of Ullswater and over Hartsop to Kirkstone Pass are magnificent, particularly in dappled sunlight or in the late evening.

Even without the views Place Fell has substantial virtues. The summit area is a great area to explore, the rocky outcrops and grassy knolls typifying what is so unique about the geography of the Lake District fells. Throw in what Wainwright describes as the “most beautiful and rewarding walk” in Lakeland, which passes alongside the Ullswater shoreline, and the easy access from Patterdale and you have a top walk. If only the mountain itself had a more inspiring name!


Keep alert on Place Fell. On a recent visit I was nearly decapitated by a flying deer, part of the herd based in and around the hills of Martindale.

Place Fell over Ullswater is one of my 25 favourite walks in the Lake District

Navigation Tips on Place Fell

From the summit of Place Fell two tracks head north. Both have advantages. The direct path, slightly to the east of north follows the initially rocky ridge. The second starts off north and then circles east to meet after passing over Mortar Crags. I cannot separate them, you will just have to visit twice.

  • jp says:

    One of my favourites. Pretty lake, multiple differing viewpoints, steep sided but accessible hill, pubs, Angle Tarn, ice creams and boat rides/kayaking. What’s not to like?

  • David Maher says:

    Yesterday was my first ascent of Place Fell since November 1983. I’m a lot older, and struggled a bit in a couple of places, but all in all i feel a great sense of accomplishment having managed the circuit route that included Martindale, Howtown and then the Lakeside Path. Can’t wait for the next chance to revisit my past.

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