Just returned from a week touring the lakes and this was on my to do list. We didn't really know what was the best way to tackle this after reading many reviews on here. We were going to start from the church at Martindale on the 30 min climb straight up but what we actually ended up doing was getting the Ullswater steamer from Pooley bridge ( where we were staying at a nearby campsite) and disembarking at Howton which then took you straight on the path up and around to the top of Hallin Fell. So glad we did, it was fantastic. The steamer was a joy across the lake and the climb wasn't too bad as we are not the fittest of folk!!!!. We took our time and the views were amazing. It takes longer to get to the top but so glad we done it this way as we could see half way up where the path from the church meets and yes its a lot quicker but if you are in no rush then start at Howtown, you wont be dissapointed.
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