I ventured up to the Lake District earlier this week for a few days to do a little walking and more importantly to get out with my camera to photograph this area of outstanding beauty. For those of you familiar with the lake District you will know that the weather can be very changeable and as someone once commented “its one of the few places you can get four seasons in one day.”
Tuesday morning was grey and overcast but we set out to drive along Ullswater to a place called Howtown on the east side of the lake. We parked the car and set out to ascend Hallin Fell, passing some workmen on the way who were still repairing a bridge damaged in the 2015 floods. The air was breathless and the water on the lake perfectly calm, the view from the steamer jetty, even with low clouds, was stunningly beautiful.
Hallin Fell is very popular with walkers and before setting out I had a quick look on Wikipedia and this is what it said “The climb from Howtown to the obelisk at the summit is short and easy, there are also multiple paths up from St Peters Church at The Hause and from Howtown hamlet.” Well, short it may be, but easy it is not, unless I selected one of the more difficult routes, and the fact that I am not as fit as I used to be (could be something to do with age).
We started the ascent but regularly had to stop and take in the inspiring view looking back along Martindale, the fell tops were caressed by low clouds slowly drifting over them creating a somewhat eerie atmosphere.
Onwards to the top with my legs and knees beginning to feel the strain and I was lulled into a false sense of achievement when I reached a ridge which I thought was the summit, only to have my hopes dashed when I realised there was still some distance to go. Eventually we reached the top and the famous “obelisk” that marks the summit.
During the next bit of the climb we came across the carcass of a dead sheep, I can only assume that it either died of natural causes or had been savaged by some other animal, the state it was in I would think the latter.
I have to say that the exertions of the climb were a small price to pay for the spectacular views along the lake, both north and south. Looking to the south of the lake I spotted a small object moving slowly, and gradually the Ullswater steamer came into view. Moving very sedately it created wonderful patterns in its wake and it was just possible to make out all the passengers on board enjoying the trip.
We spent a good half hour at the summit enjoying the panorama, and in some ways reluctant to take the trail down and give up the wonderful views. But eventually we started our descent and some time later, with creaking knees we arrived at the base of the fell and then made our way back to the car……….at a very genteel pace (and with aching knee joints).
If you are visiting the Lake District I recommend you put Hallin Fell on your itinerary, the effort of reaching the top is more than worthwhile………………..
Photographs (c) Kindadukish 2017