Fusedale and Steel Knotts from Martindale and then Beda Fell, before returning via Boredale.
A pleasant walk in dry and sunny conditions but with a bitterly cold wind.
3D outline of route
Twice in one week to the lakes, things are beginning to get back to normal !!
Heading down the pitched road towards the Howtown jetty area and the Howtown Hotel. Seems strange going downhill at the beginning of a days walk.
A right turn off the road, takes you alongside a babbling brook towards Fusedale.
The quiet valley of Fusedale - don't think I have ever seen anyone else here ? I normally stroll down this valley towards Howtown at the end of a walk. I decided today to walk 'up' it at the beginning of the day - Good call.
Ah...... a favourite coffee stop of mine coming up
Heading along the wide ridge of Steel Knotts and looking over towards The Nab.
Steel Knotts - A small fell with a lot of character
At the summit of Steel Knotts (Pikeawassa) - cold biting wind, but lovely sunny skies
Gently descending the side of Steel Knotts towards Winter Crag Farm
St Martins Church - Martindale
It is often referred to as the "Old Church" to avoid confusion with the nearby St Peter's Church which is situated half a mile down the valley - the place where I parked today.
On the climb up Winter Crag - You can just make out, on the other side of Martindale, the diagonal path that I came down from Steel Knotts
Looking Northwards towards Hallin fell and Ullswater from the ridge path on Beda fell
Beda Fell summit
A lunch stop and a view over to The Nab. The saddle between the Nab and Rest Dodd is usually very boggy with large peat bog tussocks to negotiate. I find it best to go mid-winter when its all frozen. You can probably just make out the problem area.
Arriving at Boredale Hause.
Patterdale and Glenridding come into view.
Place Fell - but not today
A myriad of paths descend upon the Hause - must be fun in poor visibility !!
Another gentle descent - Boredale as I head back towards Sandwick
Looking back up the Boredale valley
Glorious sunshine greets me as I wander towards Martindale and the end of my day. Just a 100 miles to contend with now - Never mind, football on the radio and some 'Nightwish' CD's to blast out - Will be home in no time !