Lake District Walks
Beda Fell & Place Fell
Date: 3rd August 2008
Distance: 8.6 miles
Ascent: 3042 feet
Time: 4 hours 50 minutes
With: On my own
Start Grid Ref: NY434184
A high level circuit of Boredale visiting Beda Fell, Angletarn Pikes, Place Fell and High Dodd.
Route Summary: Martindale Old Church - Winter Crag - Beda Fell - Bedafell Knott - Heck Crag - Angletarn Pikes - Boredale Hause - Place Fell - High Dodd - Garth Heads - Martindale Old Church.
1. Hallin Fell from Winter Crag
2. Looking across Boredale towards Place Fell
3. Beda Fell
4. High Dodd
5. The top of Beda Fell looking towards The Nab
6. Place Fell
7. Looking along the ridge towards Heck Crag and Angletarn Pikes
9. The Nab
10. Angletarn Pikes
11. Beda Fell and Bannerdale
12. Looking down to Angle Tarn
13. Place Fell from Angletarn Pikes
14. Brothers Water and the Hartsop valley
15. The summit of Place Fell
16. High Dodd
17. Looking back at Place Fell
18. Looking across Ullswater to Gowbarrow Fell
Walk Detail: After the utter disappointment of my previous walk, in the Coniston Fells, I decided to forsake my original plan to go into the North Pennines and instead go back to the Lakes. I arrived in Martindale with only a vague idea of my actual route which I pretty much made up as I went along. Ultimately I ended up doing a high level circuit of Boredale with slight detours to Heck Crag and Angletarn Pikes.
It was a showery day with patches of sunshine followed by light to heavy showers. Taking pictures was a bit of a trial as the lense frequently got wet. Still, despite the changeable conditions I really enjoyed myself. When the sun did peek out the views were fantastic.
The summit of Beda Fell was more interesting than expected, Angletarn Pikes I found slightly disappointing (though a proper visit to the tarn below would probably have made up for this) while Place Fell was everything I hoped it would be. In fact the latter summit was superb though my stay was cut short by a particularly heavy shower.
The sun did not come out properly until I was on High Dodd by which time I had walked the majority of the route. The views of Ullswater from High Dodd were excellent. I really do love Martindale and one day I'd really like to explore some more of Place Fell. It was easy to see why Wainwright rated it so highly.