Five years since we were last up Place Fell and how the world has changed? It seemed time to a revisit, particularly as I’m trying to get hill-fit. As it happened I was better going up than I expected. We did a short walk from Sedbergh last week, just a few miles on footpaths and I felt whacked afterwards. But I felt much better up on Place Fell and fine up on the summit.
I often find footpath walking much harder going than being out on mountain and moorland. Whether it’s because you can see further and it’s all psychological, I don’t know.
It was just so pleasant to be back in the Lake District – although we live nearby, we stuck strictly to home in the lockdown and just touched its fringes when the rules were first eased.
I always think Place Fell looks stunning from Patterdale. It is the hill’s best side, for it slopes away into a long moorland slope on the other side. Lovely hill in all its variety.
We went up the easy way via Wool and Boardale Hause, and were fortunate to be up before most of the Sunday crowds. A stunning day, warm with the gentlest of breezes on the top. And clear views north to the Pennines, across to Helvellyn, still with a few patches of snow, and Red Screes and Dove Crag looking magnificent.
A rather wonderful day.
Text and pictures (c) John Bainbridge 2021