Beda Fell - Route One

 
 

Start - St. Martins Church NY 434 184 Distance - 1.5 miles Ascent - 1,120 feet Time - 1 hour : 10 minutes


 

 

St. Martin's Church at the start of the walk
There is room to park on the wide verge beside the church
Beda Fell from St. Martin's Church with Winter Crag Farm on the right across Christy Bridge
Christy Bridge over Howegrain Beck
On passing Winter Crag Farm a bridleway path to Sandwick turns off the road
The bridleway path is only followed for a few yards before leaving it for the footpath which crosses over the north ridge of Beda Fell into Boredale
Looking over towards Hallin Fell from the path to Boredale
Looking back to the valley of  Howe Grain
The path leading up to the north ridge of Beda Fell
Looking over towards Martindale Hause
The path reaches the ridgeline at an old iron bench which is a good viewpoint
Place Fell across Boredale
Gowbarrow Fell across Sandwick Bay on Ullswater
Hallin Fell above the end of Beda Fell's north ridge
Martindale Hause flanked by Hallin Fell and Bonscale Pike
The path leading up to Winter Crag from the bench
The head of Boredale from the path to Winter Crag
Approaching the top of Winter Crag
Looking back to Hallin Fell
The foot of Boredale with Gowbarrow Fell and Little Mell Fell across Ullswater
As height is gained the foot of Ullswater comes into view over Martindale Hause
High Dodd on Place Fell across Boredale
The top of Winter Crag
Place Fell from the top of Winter Crag
Gowbarrow Fell and Little Mell Fell from the top of Winter Crag
Hallin Fell from the top of Winter Crag
Ullswater over Martindale Hause from the top of Winter Crag
Bonscale Pike and Loadpot Hill over the ridge of Steel Knotts.  St Martin's Church can be seen in the valley
Wether Hill, Red Crag, High Raise and Rampsgill Head form the skyline above the Howe Grain valley
The continuing path along the north ridge from Winter Crag, the summit of Beda Fell (Beda Head) can be seen just left of centre
The head of Boredale from the top of Winter Crag
The path passes below a series of rock outcrops before meeting the steepest part of the north ridge
Looking back to Winter Crag
Looking over to Loadpot Hill above Pikeawassa on Steel Knotts
The steepest part of the north ridge is defended by belts of low crags, the path climbs directly up the lowest crag
The higher crags, although not difficult, are by-passed on the left before the path switches back to the crest of the ridge above them
Looking over to the summit ridge of Place Fell
Blencathra appears over the Sleet How ridge as height is gained
Looking back to Hallin Fell above Winter Crag
Dove Crag, Hart Crag, Fairfield and St. Sunday Crag appear over Boredale Hause on reaching the top of the north ridge
Gowbarrow Fell, Great Mell Fell and Little Mell Fell beyond Ullswater
Bonscale Fell and Loadpot Hill above the Steel Knotts ridge
The foot of Ullswater from the top of the north ridge
From the top of the north ridge the path climbs easily towards a prominent cairn set on a rocky outcrop along the summit ridge.  Beda Head, the summit of Beda Fell can be seen to the left beyond the cairn
The summit of Beda Fell  from the prominent cairn
A few yards to the west of the cairn there is a well constructed wind shelter built into a rock outcrop
Looking down to the head of Boredale from the wind shelter
Skiddaw and Blencathra appear over the summit of High Dodd on Place Fell
Dove Crag, Hart Crag, Fairfield, St. Sunday Crag and Dollywaggon Pike over Boredale Hause from the wind shelter
Continuing on towards the summit of Beda Fell
Looking back to the prominent cairn
Approaching the summit of Beda Fell
Bonscale Pike and Loadpot Hill over the Steel Knotts ridge from the summit of Beda Fell
Looking south from the summit, High Raise, Rampsgill Head, The Knott, Rest Dodd, Gray Crag and Caudale Moor on the horizon with The Nab in the foreground
The connecting ridge leading over Bedafell Knott to Angletarn Pikes
Dove Crag, Hart Crag, Fairfield, St. Sunday Crag, Dollywaggon Pike, Nethermost Pike and Round How on Place Fell form the skyline
Place Fell across Boredale
Great Dodd, Clough Head, Skiddaw, Blencathra, Bannerdale Crags, Bowscale Fell, Carrock Fell, and Great Mell Fell on the horizon
Looking back along the route of ascent
Ullswater from the summit of Beda Fell

 

 

 

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