Hallin Fell, Pooley Bridge

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Hallin Fell is a hill in the English Lake District surrounded on three sides by Ullswater.TopographyThe fell is a continuation of the ridge leading down from Steel Knotts, but the depression at The Hause is so profound that Hallin Fell appears totally independent in almost any view. This is born out by its status as a Marilyn, despite being diminutive amongst Lakeland fells.Hallin Fell stands like a plug in the outlet of the Martindale valley system. The outflows of Rampsgill, Bannerdale and Boredale are deflected west around the fell, eventually finding the shore of Ullswater at Sandwick. Fusedale and the little valley above Howtown drain around the east of the fell to meet the Lake at Howtown Wyke. The southern boundaries of the fell are therefore easily defined by these watercourses and the Howtown to Sandwick road with its ferocious hairpin climb to The Hause.The fell is circular in plan with smooth slopes to the south and west. Wainwright famously claimed that the southern side could be "ascended comfortably in bare feet". There is rougher ground on the other sides and Hallin Fell's northernmost extremity — Geordie's Crag — projects into the lake, separating Ullswater's middle and lower reaches.SummitThe top is grassy with a number of small knolls and some outcropping rock. The highest point has an imposing square sectioned columnar cairn, and there are many other small cairns at other vantage points. Like many shorter hills in mountainous areas, the views from the summit are excellent, and Hallin Fell commands views across Martindale Common, High Street, Helvellyn, Blencathra and Ullswater.
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  • well worth the walk for the spectacular views of ullswater. Park opposite St. Peter’s church in Martindale and walk straight up the hill. I wouldn’t advise the walk for very young children or people w...  more »
  • A walk that most people can manage, yet be rewarded with fantastic views. Steep but manageable from the church.  more »
  • Hallin Fell is steep but easy to climb and gives a great view of Ullswater and the eastern and far-eastern fells. With a car park at the closest point at Martindale (which was full on a sunny but cold...  more »
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  • Great first mountain scenery if you have a child or want to show your older parents some altitude. Steep but short lived. Great spot for wild camp just below the summit trig point.
  • A short climb with stunning views of Ulswater
  • My favourite walk my only wish dog users pick there dogs mess up. The view is amazing and well worth a visit ✅
  • Parked on the way up beside the church and hiked to the top. Amazing views over Ullswater.
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