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.

  • Mike says:

    Hi its Mountain Mike from Stockton On Tees back on W2W,today 5/5/21 Im attempting Place Fell will be my Wainwright 101.Overnight snow leaves the mountain looking superb,the start is an easy find from Patterdale,passing the village of Rookin,sign post for Boredale Hause through the gate and right turn,the views already are stunning.The track treks steady to Boredale Hause,from there its a left turn and I see a false summit and loads of the white stuff,ahead I see a couple making there way to the top.I stop and speak to them a lovely couple who actually live only 5 miles away from me near Stockton.I leave them to head upto a 150 ft scramble great little climb and the views are superb on reaching the top some great pictures taken.I carry on and shortly I am approaching the top first person to summit .As I near another little scarmble I notice deer tracks fresh as the snow,a little climb and Im holding on as its freezing on here,plenty of pictures taken superb mountain time taken from the car park one hour and twenty eight minutes smashing.As I sit having some lunch the couple who I had spoken to approach the top.Introductions done and Dave tells me its his and Christines 214 Wainwright and has taken them 10 years to complete them all what a day to bag them all and in the snow,Champagne flowing and some great photographs taken by yours truly.Well its time for me to return back downhill I say my good byes and head off back down,taking a slightly different route to avoid the scramble on the approach,great to back on W2W.CO.UK.

  • 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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