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Lake District Walks

Steel Knotts & Hallin Fell

Steel Knotts from Brownthwaite Crag

Date: 28th July 2007
Distance: 3.8 miles
Ascent: 1514 feet
Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
With: On my own
Start Grid Ref: NY436192

Walk Summary:
Steel Knotts and Hallin Fell were the only summits visited on another walk cut short by a knee injury.

Route Summary: Martindale Hause - Birkie Knott - Steel Knotts - Brownthwaite Crag - Martindale Old Church - Martindale Hause - Hallin Fell - Martindale Hause.


1. Beda Fell

Beda Fell

2. High Dodd

High Dodd

3. Hallin Fell

Hallin Fell

4. The top of Steel Knotts

The top of Steel Knotts

5. Brownthwaite Crag and Wether Hill

Brownthwaite Crag and Wether Hill

6. Martindale and The Nab

Martindale and The Nab

7. Looking back at Steel Knotts

Looking back at Steel Knotts

8. The Nab

The Nab

9. The top of Hallin Fell

The top of Hallin Fell

10. Ullswater from Hallin Fell

Ullswater from Hallin Fell

11. Boredale


Walk Detail: This was my first hill walk in seven eventful weeks which had included the birth of my daughter Rhiannon. It was a beautiful day, perfect for walking and photography and, despite having to stop for some sheep on the hairpin bends of Martindale Hause, the drive there was uneventful.

Unfortunately my left knee, initially injured whilst climbing Scafell Pike in May played up again just as I reached the top of Steel Knotts and when the walk was about to get interesting. To top it off I lost yet another walking guide, this time to the bracken on the way up.

I stubbornly continued on to Brownthwaite Crag as I desperately wanted to get up on to the higher fells. It was not to be though and I ended up descending a very muddy path in the bracken back into Martindale which did my knee little favours. Back on Martindale Hause I stubbornly (and perhaps foolishly) decided to go up on to Hallin Fell and eat my lunch as I was determind to manage at least two Wainwrights.

What should have been the easiest climb in Lakeland was done with gritted teeth and a great deal of pain though there was some reward with some outstanding views from the summit, particularly of Ullswater. I found Martindale truly delightful but all in all it was a disappointing day. I'd had to cut short the walk and much of what I did do was done in great pain. It would be nearly three months before I returned to the Lake District.

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