Beda Fell

I had had my eye on walking up Beda Fell ever since glimpsing it from Hallin Fell early last year (see first photo), due to the appearance of its shapely profile rising up between Martindale and Boredale, and the promise of views across and down into both from its extensive summit ridge. As the other photos hopefully show, I was not disappointed when finally making it up!

Ascent was from St Martin's Church and along Martindale to Dalehead farm, and then up from there by a path that slants diagonally up across the flank of the fell until Bedafell Knott is reached, with great views into the 'bowl' of Martindale all the while. From here a sharp turn north was taken, along the summit ridge, until the summit proper was reached about half way along. Up to this point there were grand views towards Place Fell and further off, St Sunday Crag and parts of the Helvellyn massif, as well as, increasingly, down into Boredale.

After the summit, the weather began to deteriorate somewhat, but there were still some fine views to be had north towards Ullswater, Hallin Fell and Steel Knotts. All in all, a grand round in return for a relatively unstrenuous expenditure of effort!

Highest point (Beda Fell): 1670 ft/ 509 m. Distance: 5.15 miles/ 8.4 km. Ascent: 1551 ft./ 473 m.

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