Hallin Fell is one of the easier and small climbs in the Lake District, at 388 metres (1,273 ft), but the views all around at the top are spectacular.
Situated half way along the side of Ullswater it is a perfect short walk and climb for the whole family or for those seeking to escape upwards to pause and reflect in beauty.
From the top, the summits of great peaks can be seen as well as one of the most expansive views of Ullswater itself down below you.
In a previous post I showed the Ullswater lakeside walk done from Howton, a tiny little place half way down Ullswater’s eastern side.
Howtown is only reached by a quite narrow road from Pooley Bridge. Or via the Steamer from Glenridding.
Hallin fell, a peak of commanding views rises from Howtown too, standing on its own before you by the lake.
Walking Path Options
There are many paths and trails meandering up the fern covered slopes but for those wishing an even easier stroll or for those with small children etc you can park at St Peters Church. Postcode CA10 2NF.
From that car park it is just about half an hour of grassy upwards to the top! Just head up the grass covered path from across the road from the church. Before long you will have those massive views.
I would suggest taking your time though of course! Why rush? It is not just the view at the top, where the large column cairn stands, look around and the valleys and mountains come into view in all directions.
If you wish an extend walk and to make a day of it, relax on the steamer from Glenridding or Pooley Bridge to Howtown. Turn right off the pier and head up the lane that leads to St Peter’s Church and then turn right to the top.
View From The Top
At the top, well it is hard to know which way to look for the best view.
The whole of it is great! Looking straight ahead you look across the middle of Ullswater to other great little viewpoint summits of Little Mell Fell and Great Mell Fell, also Blencathra peeping up behind.
Looking down the lake and left you have Helvellyn standing high in the distance for starters with Gowbarrow Fell on the other side of the water.
Looking directly up the lake and beyond the top of it at Pooley Bridge you can see across the beautiful Eden Valley to the Pennines making the horizon. Cross Fell et al.
We should not forget looking behind. Minus the lake but impressive, very impressive.
High Street, Beda Fell, The Nab, just some of the unique and recognisable peaks in this direction. The green valleys and rocky tops on a sunny day are an incredible sight.
Worthy Of Your Time
Again, as I have said many a time, it is not just about getting to the highest summits for the best views here in Cumbria. Some of the smaller fell tops have the best views and this is one of them.
A small climb, not one just for the ardent expert at all, go up and enjoy.
For info, if you carry on along the lane from St Peter’s Church and down into Martindale, you will come upon another place that is surely worth looking at. Old St Martin’s Church. A little historic treasure, nestled in a beautiful valley.