Place Fell is a hill in the English Lake District and stands at the
corner of the upper and middle reaches of Ullswater. Its steep western
flanks overlook the villages of Glenridding and Patterdale.
A ten mile long horseshoe of high ground
surrounds the Martindale catchment, a system of valleys draining
northward into Ullswater. Place Fell is at the western terminus of this
To the south is Angletarn Pikes whilst on all other sides
Place Fell stands independent and is bordered by deep valleys.
The fell is bounded on the north and west by Ullswater.
most part these flanks fall steeply to the shore with several areas of
woodland on the lower slopes. The exception is Silver Point, the
promontory separating the upper and middle reaches of the lake. This is
formed by Silver Crag (890 ft), an outlier standing apart from the mass
of the fell.
The lakeshore path from Sandwick in the north to
Patterdale in the south was described by Wainwright as the most
beautiful and rewarding walk in Lakeland.
South of the lake,
Place Fell's steep slopes continue above Patterdale village to Boredale
Hause above the valley of Goldrill Beck.
Place Fell's eastern boundary is Boredale, one of the
Martindale valleys. This face is also steep with many outcrops of crag.
Travelling up Boredale, the valley turns gradually to the south
west, making as though to intercept Patterdale and cut the fell off from
its neighbours altogether.
The thin strip of high ground at
Boredale Hause (1,300 ft) is all that joins Place Fell to the main body
of the Far Eastern Fells. A tiny ruin at the top of the pass is named on
OS maps as the 'Chapel in the Hause', one of the more unlikely sites for
From the hause the ridge can be followed south along a
good path to Angletarn Pikes, first climbing the subsidiary top of Stony
Rigg (1,610 ft).
Other paths from this walkers crossroads lead to
Patterdale, Boredale, Bannerdale via Beda Fell, Hartsop and Patterdale,
in addition to the route up Steel Edge to the summit of Place Fell.
The top of Place Fell is a wide plateau with the summit at the south
western corner. From here the rocky ridge of Hart Crag runs for a short
distance north east across the plateau, decorated with a number of small
tarns. Continuing in this direction, the ground gradually narrows as it
descends to Low Moss, beyond which are the subsidiary tops of High Dodd
(1,645 ft) and Sleet Fell (1,240 ft).
A second descending ridge
runs north from the summit area beginning at The Knight (1,800 ft). This
rock outcrop assumes an impressive peaked appearance when viewed from
the north, although from behind it could easily be missed.
here the ridge descends over Bleaberry Knott (1,675 ft) and Low Birk
Fell, curving east above the middle reach of Ullswater. Low Birk Fell
sports a fine beacon (columnar cairn), easily seen from Sandwick.
Between the Bleaberry Fell and High Dodd ridges is the valley of
Scalehow Beck, providing much of Place Fell's northern drainage.
The summit of Place Fell has an OS triangulation column and cairn placed
about ten yards apart on two competing high-points. The cairn sits above
Ullswater and provides superb views up the facing valleys from Glencoyne
round to Kirkstone, the rough eastern faces of the Helvellyn range being
Place Fell can be climbed from Patterdale,
either via Boredale Hause or more directly by aiming up the face between
Bleaberry Knott and The Knight.
Ascents can also be made from
Sandwick up either of the north eastern ridges, or from Boredale via the