Sunday, 16th August 2009

             

            

 

Walk: Boredale Hause, Place Fell, Sleet Fell, Hallin Fell, Sandwick, Silver Crag, Side Farm
Start Point: Patterdale main car park Grid Reference: NY 595 159
Distance: 11 miles Ascent: 3,500 feet
Time: 6 hours    
Weather: Intermittent showers for much of the day but constant rain for the last hour or so, very strong winds on the summit
Comments: With a slightly damp start to the walk we made our way up to Boredale Hause, but the rest of the climb to Place Fell was met with some very strong gusts of wind. The final rocky climb to the trig point was made very difficult by the force of the wind. After seeking shelter in the lee of the summit we continued on to find another sheltered spot for our morning coffee break. With a gentler wind now behind us we made good time across Sleet Fell to descend almost into Sandwick. After contouring round the base of Hallin Fell to just above St Peter's Church we joined the throngs of people heading up or down the main route to the summit obelisk. A nearby depression provided good shelter for lunch before we made our way down to Hallinhag Wood and into Sandwick (now only metres from the path we were on 1 hours earlier!). To provide some relief from the undulating, rocky lakeside path we heading up behind Silver Crag where we found a grassy path - after making the ascent up rocky steps and over boulders!! Unfortunately at this point we were faced, literally, with constant rain until we were almost back at the car park.

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Ullswater from the climb up to Boredale Hause . . .

 

and the group gathers on the Hause . . .

 

which has its own little cairn

 

Heading up past Steel Edge on the way to the summit . . .

 

where it is extremely windy . . .

 

seeking refuge in the shelter of the rocks, Lesley explains the benefits of a GPS to Andy

 

Sufficiently refreshed we prepare to leave our sheltered morning coffee spot

 

Hallin Fell from the end of Sleet Fell . . .

 

with Ullswater, and a steep descent, to the left

 

A new bridge spans Sandwick Beck at Bridge End

 

We meet the wind again on Hallin Fell . . .

 

before heading back down to cross Sandwick Beck again, at a lower point

 

Scalehow Force, on the lakeside path . . .

 

We only saw a couple of boats on Ullswater today

 

Signs of mining activity after crossing the gap behind Silver Crag . . .

 

and our final descent down to Side Farm

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