Walk                       : A Fusedale Round

                          Date                       : 8th September 2012

                          Weather                 : Warm and at times overcast around 21° C  

                          Route Details          : St Peter’s Church Martindale, Hallin Fell, Steel Knotts (Pikeawassa), Brownthwaite Crag,

                                                                                       Wether Hill, Loadpot Hill, Arthurs Pike, Bonscale Pike, Howtown, St Peter’s Church

                          Distance                 : 8.8 miles

 

                               Click here to see which part of Lakeland this walk is situated ….

 

                         Overview

                         The Weather forecast indicated that this weekend would be largely dry and fine with little chance of rain, so Ste and I set off early up

                                      the M6 heading for Junction 40 and then the drop down to Martindale in the Far Eastern region to have a go at the Fusedale Round. We got

                                      to Junction 35 and it did not look at all promising as visibility was down to about 50 yards due to thick fog. Lo and behold we get past Shap

                                      and an unbelievable transformation, strong sunshine and blue skies – what a bonus. This moderate walk takes in some fine scenery around the

                                      elbow” part of Ullswater and would provide a gentle introduction to beginners of walking the Lakeland Fells.

 

                                                                       

The start point of the walk is at the old Church of St. Peters in Martindale, where there is plenty of free parking space

 

 

The start to the climb of the first fell of the day (Hallin Fell) could not be more obvious. Just over the road and up the wide grass path, which

in fact leads all the way to the summit, and takes no more than 15 to 20 minutes

 

 

 On the way up there are marvellous views to be had, here The Nab and Beda Fell

 

   

 

The summit cairn is a fine structure, an idea of its size and grandeur can be gained as Ste beats me to the top “yet again”

 

 

And boast absolutely stunning views up to the northern end of Ullswater and Pooley Bridge

 

            

 

And in the opposite direction towards the Helvellyn range under cloud cover. All calm down on the Lake as the Steamer heads north towards Pooley Bridge

 

 

The temptation was to linger – but onwards back down the path towards the Church and the next Fell of the day – Steel Knotts

 

   

 

One view – Two valleys, Boredale and Bannerdale

 

 

The climb to Steel Knotts starts from a path that runs up the side of St Peters Church and quickly gains height

 

 

And here from the other side of the Church you can see the grass path leading all the way up to the summit of Hallin Fell

 

 

Ooops !!

 

 

Ste stood on top of the true summit of Steel Knotts (Pikeawassa) – time for the butties

 

 

Looking across to Beda Fell from the summit and hopefully that is where the low cloud is staying

 

 

and north up Ullswater

 

 

Suitably fed and watered we set off due south firstly towards Brownthwaite Crag to pick up the old Roman Road running along the top of Wether Hill.

This was a good track and we made quite good time

 

 

Looking back to the summit of Steel Knotts

 

And far away to the left in the distance, the massive bulk of the Blencathra range

 

  

 

We made it to the old ruins at the head of Fusedale which marked the turning point upwards

to the ridge in the skyline. And here a view back when we reached the ridge At this point, the walk becomes very easy at a

consistently high level along an easy grassy track due north

 

 

It’s pretty debatable what is the highest point on Wether Hill, but someone seems to think it’s here

 

  

 

The path continues more or less in a straight line towards the next summit of Loadpot Hill

 

 

Carrying on – you have a choice … right to Arthur’s Pike and left towards Bonscale Pike

 

 

This guy whizzed past us on the way to Arthur’s Pike …. How do they get a bike up to over 2000 feet?

 

   

 

The three Amigos …. If only Jones was so well behaved !!

 

 

Ste on the summit of Arthur’s Pike.

 

 

 

The final fell of the day takes in Bonscale Pike with its distinctive cairn beacons …

 

 

The higher of the two pillars is what Wainwright described as “The effort of amateurs”, whilst it’s neighbour lower down “The work of a craftsman”

They are both pretty good really

 

 

As we descended back down Bonscale Pike towards Howtown and back to the car at St Peters Church we spotted the Steamer

making yet another pick up

 

    

 

Back at the car and the sun starts to cast it’s evening shadows, but even at this time there are people venturing

the short trip up Hallin Fell. We then set off back towards Pooley Bridge and some liquid

refreshment of the Coniston Brewery kind when we came upon …..

 

 

I know Richard Branson lost the West Coast Mainline franchise, and he must be down to his last billion or so .. but balloon rides ???

 

  

 

There were two places left in the basket and they asked if we fancied it … but we had a more pressing engagement !!!

 

 

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