Hallin Fell is a hill in the English Lake District
surrounded on three sides by Ullswater.
The fell is a
continuation of the ridge leading down from Steel Knotts but the
depression at The Coombs is so profound that Hallin Fell appears totally
independent in almost any view. This is born out by its status as a
Marilyn, despite being diminutive amongst Lakeland fells.
Fell stands like a plug in the outlet of the Martindale valley system.
The outflows of Rampsgill, Bannerdale and Boredale are deflected west
around the fell eventually finding the shore of Ullswater at Sandwick.
Fusedale and the little valley above Howtown drain around the east
of the fell to meet the Lake at Howtown Wyke. The southern boundaries of
the fell are therefore easily defined by these watercourses and the
Howtown to Sandwick road with its ferocious hairpin climb to The Coombs.
The fell is circular in plan with smooth slopes to the south and
west. There is rougher ground on the other sides and Hallin Fell's
northernmost extremity Geordie's Crag, projects into the lake separating
Ullswater's middle and lower reaches.
The top is grassy with a
number of small knolls and some outcropping rock. The highest point has
an imposing square sectioned columnar cairn and there are many other
small cairns at other vantage points.
Like many shorter hills in
mountainous areas, the views from the summit are excellent, and Hallin
Fell commands views across Martindale Common, High Street, Helvellyn,
Blencathra and Ullswater.
The climb from Howtown to the obelisk
at the summit is short and easy and there are also multiple paths up
from St Peter's church at the hause and from Howtown hamlet.
Around the northern side of the fell is part of the popular lakeside
walk from Howtown to Patterdale. This route, mainly in wooded
surroundings and with some gentle scrambling over outcrops, can be
combined with a trip on the Ullswater steamer to provide a fine
routes near Hallin Fell