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Martindale Circuit: Place Fell to Loadpot Hill
by poppiesrara » Fri Aug 31, 2012 7:06 pm
Wainwrights included on this walk: Angletarn Pikes, High Raise (Far Eastern Fells), Kidsty Pike, Loadpot Hill, Place Fell, Rampsgill Head, Rest Dodd, The Knott, Wether Hill
Hewitts included on this walk: High Raise (Far Eastern Fells), Loadpot Hill, Place Fell, Rampsgill Head, Rest Dodd
Date walked: 26/08/2012
Time taken: 5.75
Distance: 21.75 km
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Much the best part of this route comes early – from the remote hamlet of Martindale (two churches, not an awful lot else!) the unfrequented northern approach to Place Fell is up a lovely zigzagging grass path above Boredale. Much of the summit ridge – and the hoped-for vistas of Ullswater – was lost in mist, but it’s still an interesting rocky approach across crags and up to the naked point of the summit. You skirt by High Dodd, too late, with a little bit of regret – I’m sure I won’t be the first or last to ponder on what made little nothing-bumps elsewhere ‘Wainwrights’ but leaves distinct peaks like this one pretty much unvisited…
The weekend crowds gathered on the very well-made path down to Boredale Hause and rising again towards Angle Tarn, views starting to open up to the several Dodds and Waters south, and the half-scrambles up to the twin Angletarn Pikes and down to the striking tarn itself are an interesting little challenge.
But this was very much one of those ‘walks of two halves’… Leaving the handsome bowl of Angle Tarn, the rain started to fall and rarely relented for long over the next three or four hours; skies closing in, underfoot conditions worsening, much of the rest of the day starting from the slog over Rest Dodd and steeply, marshily back up to the Knott turned into a dull, routemarch trudge. It’s usually easy to find plenty to enjoy in any walk, and in several previous visits to the Lakes there had been little but that…, but today, legs hurting and conditions not of August, it was getting harder to do so. Even Kidsty Pike, such a feature from other angles and with a fabulous clifftop situation, doesn’t have such a charm approached from this flat moorland side and with barely a view into Mardale.
Without views much beyond next-door Rest Dodd, it seemed a long 3-mile slog north along the very broad High Street ridge to Loadpot Hill, among those high moors that are flat enough to ‘hold water for a long time’ (one of the very many fellwalking euphemisms there for: ‘it’s a marsh’…). It’s always hard to feel like giving up, and there wasn’t really much of an easy way out from here anyway, but after a lot of boghopping and by the time of the descent (strike out following the compass N then NW from the summit to locate a pretty good but steep grass path down into Fusedale), I’d probably had enough. Several other peaks were within short striking distance, but by now even the little rise back up into Martindale – doubtless a lovely track on other occasions with its views to Ullswater and Hallin Fell – was plenty. Aging legs?, or just a bad day?, but this shouldn’t really have been such a test. I’ll perhaps love it another time...
by johnkaysleftleg » Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:37 pm
by SusieThePensioner » Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:39 pm
I hope you'll go back one day in better conditions and get more satisfaction
I enjoyed reading your report and some photos with great views
by ChrisW » Sat Sep 01, 2012 12:03 am
by garyhortop » Sat Sep 01, 2012 9:31 am
by poppiesrara » Mon Sep 03, 2012 9:28 pm
I feel a little bit churlish now for doing all that moaning... - of course it's still better than a day sitting at home, or in the office (perhaps not the pub!). Better things to come, but it wasn't that bad really...!
by nigheandonn » Tue Sep 04, 2012 9:10 pm
by malky_c » Tue Sep 04, 2012 9:24 pm
Was looking at precisely this route for a future walk, but it may not happen for some time. Cheers