Martindale & Beda Head

  • Remote road end walking
  • Undulating ridge with great views
  • Look out for the herds of red deer

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 with views looking back over Hallin Fell and enjoys a fantastic 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 with my favourite spot near the 17th century church and the area near Coombe Heights.


I have included a full round of Martindale as a Classic Circuit with a final descent off the Nab but I enjoy the valley so much that a more relaxed exploration of Beda Fella and Martindale can be made.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL5 The English Lakes North East. Buy Map
Start Point: NY 435192. Park on the brow of the road under Hallin Fell next to the church then head down in to Martindale and join the start of the Beda Fell road.
Height to Climb: 356ms (1,168 feet)
Terrain: The path sticks to the ridge all the way along until it meets the bridleway just before the col with Angletarn Crags.
Eating & Drinking: The Howtown Hotel is the only option for miles . It is quite a formal hotel but there is a small bar around the back which is welcome.
Similar Walks Nearby: Loadpot Hill from Howtown
Place Fell from Patterdale
Gowbarrow via Aira Force
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