Place Fell

Place Fell can be thought of in many ways as being to Patterdale what Loughrigg Fell is to Langdale and Grasmere, Mellbreak to Crummock Water, Latrigg and Walla Crag to Derwentwater, and so on. In other words, it is one of those lower Lakeland peaks that, for relatively little effort, provides a superb ‘viewing gallery’ from which the glories of neighbouring fells, dales and lakes can be admired to best advantage.
Ascent was from Patterdale via Boardale Hause, and then back down via the Ullswater shoreline (which Wainwright refers to as ‘the most beautiful and rewarding walk in Lakeland’). Excellent autumnal views much of the way of Deepdale, Grisedale, Glenridding, Glencoyne and attendant fells, especially the Helvellyn range, as well as, on the descent of slope down from the summit to the shore, several groups of ‘traversing’ deer. Best of all, very convivial company in the shape of Jim Mercer, and, on his first proper fell-walk, our latest King Charles Cavalier, Sooty.
(Highest point:, 2,156ft/657m. Distance: 6.29 miles/10.1 km. Ascent: 2292 ft./699m.)

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