Hallin Fell and your need to know guide on the Wainwright


Wainwright Number:

Far Eastern Lakes

OS Map:
Explorer map OL5

Hallin Fell is 388m high or 1273ft tall. 

This Wainwright is located in the far eastern Fells of the Lake District.

You can head up to Hallin Fell by parking at the church at Martindale. It is a short walk up the grassy banks of Hallin Fell to the top here. 

You will need Explorer map OL5.

Hallin Fell very much stands on its own in the Lake District. There are walks that you can combine to include other Wainwrights. But in terms of location and area, it is solitary.

At the top of Hallin Fell is a large trig point. It is quite remarkable on such a small Wainwright. But is gives for a great landmark when looking across from other Fells in the Lake District. 

Facts about Hallin Fell

Hallin Fell is in a rather unusual location, with three sides of the Wainwright surrounded by the lake of Ullswater. It is towards the southern end of the lake and only the south side of the fell doesn’t have water against its sides.

This Wainwright of Hallin Fell is in fact a continuation of the fell Steel Knotts. However, when you look at Hallin Fell from almost any angle you’ll see that it stands very much alone. And so this gives the impression that the fell belongs only to itself. But this is not the case. The parent peak to this small Wainwright is High Street which is located many miles south of the hill itself.

How high is Hallin Fell?

Hallin Fell is 388m high, or 1273ft tall. It is not the tallest of the Wainwrights by any means and this makes it a great starter fell to climb. It is suitable for all ages, and fitness levels as long as you know your limits and take your time. There is little difficultly to walking this Wainwright but the views which it offers from the top make it well worthy of being called a Wainwright.

View from the top of Hallin Fell Wainwright in the Lake District, overlooking Ullswater
View from the top of Hallin Fell Wainwright in the Lake District, overlooking Ullswater

Where is the Wainwright located?

This Wainwright of Hallin Fell is located in the far eastern area of the Lake District. This is an area that doesn’t get visited as much as other regions in the Lake District so you might find it a little quieter on your walks here too.

Hallin Fell sits on the banks of Ullswater and it separates the upper and lower reaches of the water. The co-ordinates for the fell are 54°34’14” N,  2°52’35” W.

So how hard is this Fell to climb and which routes can you take?

The Wainwright of Hallin Fell is pretty simple to walk up. From the south the paths are clear and the hill itself is a smooth mound. A. Wainwright himself quoted about walking up from this southerly side the following:

“Ascended comfortably in bare feet.” Alfred Wainwright

So if you were in doubt of the difficulty then this really is a great starter fell. You can park pretty far up the Wainwright as the road leads you this way and passes alongside Hallin Fell. So you can park pretty close and it will take you no more than half an hour at a steady pace to make it to the summit.

Out of all the Wainwrights that we have climbed. Hallin Fell really is one that surprised us just how easy and quick it was to reach the top. In fact, the drive from Pooley Bridge could take you longer than the climb itself.

You can take a few different routes up to the top of Hallin Fell. The closest and easiest and on the south side of the Wainwright, where parking is located near to the church. From here the paths are clear the entire way to the top.

You can also climb via the east or the west side of the fell. These routes will take you a little longer as they start lower down the banks from where you can park. They make for more of a climb and slightly steeper sections too which is a nice contrast to this smaller fell.

In addition to this, you can also climb Hallin Fell from the north side which is closest to Ullswater shoreline. The walk up from here is a nice one, with a little scramble along the way too. It’s a popular choice for those who are walking the Ullswater Way.

How long does it take to climb Hallin Fell?

If you park at the southern side of Hallin Fell on the side of the road you’ll be looking at nowhere more than half an hour if that. The paths are easy to walk up and they aren’t too steep either. At a good pace, you can be there pretty swift to see the views across Ullswater and beyond.

If you park lower down the slopes of Hallin Fell then a little longer will be needed for this. But overall you won’t be looking at more than an hour or so from most starting points. However, if you decided to add on more Wainwrights into your route then this will turn into much more of a day hike. So plan your trip first and then you can work out the timings of your routes from here.

Are the paths good climbing up?

The paths are good to walk up. From mostly the southerly side of the Hallin Fell, the paths are grassy and not too steep an incline either. They are clear to see and although I’d never recommended not having a map. With regards to this Wainwright, you don’t have to be a great map reader to find your way to the top of the fell.

This being said, in poor weather conditions, the outlook of any fell or hill in the Lake District can change rapidly. So check the weather conditions beforehand. And if you feel uncomfortable about walking in poor conditions then there is always another day to conquer any Wainwright. It’s about enjoying the journey in Cumbria and not putting yourself into any danger.

Best parking for Halling Fell

Some of the best and most popular parking for Hallin Fell is at the church just south of the Wainwright itself. This parking starts pretty high up the fell and so the walk to the top is shorter and easier. Making it great for beginners who are a little unsteady on their feet amongst the Wainwrights and mountains of the Lake District.

You can also park further into the little villages of Howtown and Martindale for hiking Hallin Fell which are great starting points for many far easterly fells. In addition to this, you can opt into getting the steamer across from Glenridding. You can get dropped off at one of the stop points and then make a full day of your walk to Hallin Fell and around the local area of Ullswater too.

What is at the summit of Hallin Fell?

The top of Hallin Fell is an obvious summit. So you won’t reach it wondering if you have quite made it and where the true top is. There is a trig at the summit too and so it marks the top perfectly when you reach this point. The whole of the top is a pretty grassy mound which gently slopes off in all angles from the summit down the sides of the Wainwright.

Hallin Fell huge trig point with Ullswater behind
Hallin Fell huge trig point with Ullswater behind

What are the views from the top of this Wainwright?

Although Hallin Fell is only a small Wainwright, the views from the top are huge. So this really does make up for it. Along with an easier walk to the summit itself, you’ll be happy to reach the top of the grass mound to see some of the following:

Looking towards the north you have incredible views over Ullswater and the surrounding fells. If you manage to reach the top either early morning or late evening, you might even see the lake with nothing on it at all. This is a pretty special moment because it is so busy throughout the day. Towards the north-west Blencathra will stand out and the further west you can see the pyramid structure of Catstye Cam which lies close to Helvellyn.

Towards the south and south-west the Wainwrights of Place Fell, Beda Fell, and High Raise come into view amongst many more. These are great walks in the Lake District too, and they look towering over the small Hallin Fell too. It truly makes you want to get out there and continue your adventure onto the mountains in the Lakes too.

Which OS map do you need to climb Hallin Fell?

The ordinance survey map that you will need to hike to the top of Hallin Fell is Explorer map OL5. This will cover the routes that will take you to the top of the fell although when you’re there, the paths themselves are very clear for you too. Especially in the summertime. This is because the ferns on the fell-side can reach up to your waist and so the paths clearly stand out almost like a hidden path amongst them.

From time to time to might hear the rustling in the ferns around you. But don’t fear, it will be the sheep grazing and moving around on the slopes of the Wainwright Hallin Fell.

You can also choose to look at the paths and guide from Alfred Wainwrights Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells. If you did want to check this out, then you’ll need book number two of the Wainwright books. This covers all of the far eastern fells. So if you wanted to go a little further afield whilst in the area then check some of the others out too.

Where to stay, Campsites, etc

The Wainwright of Hallin Fell is pretty isolated in the Lake District. There are a few little villages around such as Howtown and Martindale. But these will have little or no free accommodation depending on the time of year.

One of the best places therefore is around Pooley Bridge, where there are local shops for amenities too for your walks. Besides this, it would be worth noting out that Penrith isn’t all that far away either. There is plenty of varieties of accommodation in Penrith so there really is something for everyone. And then you get the easy access to the main roads heading through the Lake District too such as the A66.

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