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Place Fell and Beda Fell from Sandwick

30th July 2023

Route - Sandwick - High Knott- Low Moss - Hart Crag - Place Fell - Boredale Hause - Bedafell Knott - Beda Head on Beda Fell - Winter Crag - Garth Head - Sandwick. ( About 7 miles 2300ft ascent )


July has been a pretty awful month weatherwise with what seems like rain most days but this week we ( Emily, Robert and myself ) risked the showers and drove up to Sandwick for a walk over two fells that I'd not visited in a while, and apart from a couple of minutes of light wind borne drizzle we stayed dry but it was quite chilly in the wind at times.


The cottages at Sandwick with Gowbarrow Fell behind. The rain seemed mainly to be blowing along Ullswater so as we are quite near the lake we did have few spots as we booted up.

After following the lakeshore path for a few hundred yards we turn left and start climbing the path up the fell. The building below is the teashop which was closed today.

The infernal bracken is at it's peak but there is a clear path through it.

Looking back to Ullswater.


The path levels out slightly as you reach the old quarry. Birk Fell across the way.


It's not far from the quarry to Low Moss which is in the saddle between High Dodd ( seen here behind the sheepfold ) and Hart Crag. We turn right and start the climb over Hart Crag to the summit of Place Fell.


Looking down to Low Moss and High Dodd from Hart Crag. Pooley Bridge and the north Pennines are in the distance.


After climbing Hart Crag there is another small climb before the top is reached.

The unnamed tarn just below the summit. The long High Street Roman road ridge is in the background.

After climbing in fairly dull skies it was brilliant to see Patterdale and the fells to the east of Helvellyn basking in sunshine.

And there is a nice bit of sunshine on the top of Kirkstone Pass.

On the steep manufactured path down from Place Fell now and a last look along Grisedale. The very top of Helvellyn stayed in cloud all day.

When looking down from high on Place Fell it looks like there is hardly any ascent from Boredale Hause to the Beda Fell ridge but you soon find that there is and it's quite steep at times.

After reaching the ridge The Nab and Rest Dodd are seen across Bannerdale with Wether Hill and High Raise beyond that. The skies had darkened now and we thought we might be in for a shower.

But nothing came of it and from now on the afternoon became quite pleasant as we walk along the lovely roller coaster top of Beda Fell. Beda Head the highest point is ahead.

Looking to the northern end of Ullswater from Beda Head.

Looking the same way but with Hallin fell from the slightly lower cairned top.

And again from further along with Winter Crag the final bump on the ridge below.

Looking back from Winter Crag.

The obelisk on Hallin Fell is visible now.

The view back along Boredale from the seat below Winter Crag. We turn left here and follow the path to the valley.

Which brings us to the farm at Garth Head.

After a short road walk we are back at Sandwick which is looking a lot brighter than this morning.

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