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Hallin Fell Walk from Pooley Bridge

view of ullswater from Hall Fell

Parking: Dunmallard Car Park, Pooley Bridge

Distance:  Approx. 12 miles

Hallin Fell Height: 388 metres

Grade: Moderate

Time: 4 – 5 hours

Pooley Bridge to Hallin Fell

One of the most picturesque walks Ullswater has on offer is a refreshing jaunt that takes in just a portion of the Ullswater lake walking route before continuing on the Hallin Fell walk. You’ll enjoy a relatively easy walk along Ullswater before embarking on a more energetic hike up Hallin Fell. Although a tad more exertion is required to clamber up to the peak, you’ll be rewarded with sensational views above the Ullswater Way, across Martindale Common, and Helvellyn. This is also one of the walks in Ullswater that includes views of one of the most northerly fells in the Lake District, the beautiful Blencathra. And because of Hallin Fell’s modest height, this makes a great winter walk in the Lake District.

view of martindale from hall fell walk
View of Martindale

Not only will you be rewarded with astounding views during this Ullswater lake walk to Hallin Fell, but you could be in for some other treats along the way! This Ullswater lakeside walk is particularly popular with those who enjoy the prospect of pausing for a spot of afternoon tea during their travels.

Hallin Fell Ullswater walk

  1. From the car park at Pooley Bridge, follow the Ullswater Way via the path to Gale Bay and Thwaitehill Bay.

2. The next section steers you away from the Ullswater lake walk part of the route as you head towards Auterstone Wood and down to Sharrow Bay.

3. Complete the first portion of your Hallin Fell walk by following the road that guides you into Howtown, finishing at the pier.

hallin fell from howtown
Hallin Fell

Howtown Pier to Hallin Fell

4. You may be tempted to hop on a steamer back to Pooley Bridge at this point, but the rewards awaiting you at Hallin Fell are just within reach! Instead, wave goodbye to the ferry at the southern side of the lake and continue your Hallin Fell walk westwards.

5. Keeping shoreside, head towards Waternook before adjusting your direction south west.

6. Follow the clear paths to begin your ascent up Hallin Fell. Although the ascent is somewhat steep, it is also only a short path which shouldn’t be too difficult to climb and there are plenty of photo opportunities where you can stop and catch your breath.

7. When you reach the stone obelisk on the summit of Hallin Fell, take a moment to soak up the views of Ullswater and the surrounding fells. This is also the ideal opportunity to get some snaps of Helvellyn, Blencathra, High Street, and Martindale Common.

hallin fell summit
Hallin Fell summit

8. When you’ve had your fill of the incredible panoramic views, follow the path back down to Howtown and head back the way you came to return to Pooley Bridge. Should you prefer a more leisurely return to Pooley Bridge, now’s your chance to step aboard the ferry at Howtown Pier and sail your way back at a more relaxing pace.

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