Regular readers will know that we’ve been walking the Ullswater Way, completely out of sequence and often incorporating other footpaths to make a circular walk. Well worth doing if you favour easy rambles between higher fell walks. So do type in Ullswater Way into the search if you want to see the other walks.
This was the shortest of our Ullswater Way walks, the bit that circles Hallin Fell, close to the shores of the lake, on very pretty wooded paths. To make it a tad longer, we followed the way around the watered fringes of Howtown, up on to the fellside of Hewthwaite and nearly to Swarthbeck Gill.
As we started our circuit from Martindale new church, you might as well nip up to the top of Hallin Fell before you finish what is, after all, only a pleasant morning’s walk.
I like the walk down to Bridge End and Sandwick from Martindale. Gorgeous paths with sensational views back up Martindale to The Nab, then up Boredale with the great mass of Place Fell – one of my favourite Lakeland fells – dominating all.
A lovely unspoiled landscape, with some glorious old local buildings. The Way, as I’ve said is very near the lakeshore, as it winds through the beautifully-named Hallinhag Wood to Geordie’s Crag (who was this Geordie?) where we stopped for a break.
Then down to Howtown, where we watched the steamer come in and out to the pier.
The Way leaves the immediate shores of Ullswater at this point and climbs the fell to Hewthwaite, giving wider views of the lake – the planners of the Ullswater Way were wise to give their path sections that see the lake from different distances. Better than keeping it to the immediate shoreline all the way.
From Swarthbeck we returned a little the same way before taking a footpath to Mellguards and then back to Howtown, before cutting through the twisting zig-zag roads back to Martindale new church.
A short section of the Way, though our circular walk added a little distance. But with some particularly fine views along the journey.
Do look at the Ullswater Way website at http://www.ullswater.com/the-ullswater-way/ The whole route would be a splendid expedition for a weekend, or even a day if you are feeling fit.