Our first walk down in Dorset had to be good and take us to several interesting features along the way. This one took us to Ballard Down via Old Harry Rocks and visited the Norman Church in Studland!
Date: 12th January 2015 Distance: 22.4km (13.91 Miles) Parking: Car Park opposite Martindale Church  
Start Location: Martindale Church Ascent (m/ft): 1103m (3619ft) Weather:

Mostly Cloudy, Some Sun, Some Hail

Time Started: 09:45 Highest Point: Loadpot Hill (672m/2205ft) Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 6 Hours 5 Minutes        
Route: Martindale Church - The Coombs - Steel End - Pikeawassa on Steel Knotts (432m/1417ft) - Brownthwaite Crag (444m/1457ft) - Gowk Hill (471m/1545ft) - Wether Hill (670m/2198ft) - Lowther House (Ruins) - Loadpot Hill (672m/2205ft) - Swarth Fell (545m/1788ft) - Bonscale Pike (524m/1719ft) - Swarth Beck - Arthurs Pike (533m/1749ft) - High Street Roman Road - Brown Rigg - Moor Divock - The Cockpit Stonecircle - Lock Bank - Howtown - Martindale Church

Martindale Church at the start of the walk. The fellside behind is Hallin Fell.

A look up the full length of Fusedale.

Ullswater from the climb up Steel Knotts north eastern ridge.


Hallin Fell.


A rainbow ober Ullswater and also the Sea King Helicoper off to a rescue on Helvellyn!

The path along the ridge to Pikeawassa.

The upper reaches of Fusedale.

Pikeawassa - The summit of Steel Knotts.
Lots of flooding down in Martindale.
The dark summit of Brownthwaite Crag.
Gowk Hill straight ahead.
First time I have ever seen the Deer around Martindale.
Snow up on St Sunday Crag and Helvellyn.
Bannerdale.
The summit of Gowk Hill.
Ruins at the head of Fusedale.
Wether Hill summit cairn looking to Red Crag and High Raise.
And in the other direction towards Loadpot Hill - the next peak.
A view back to Wether Hill.
The ruins of Lowther House - a Shooting Box.
Loadpot Hill summit cairn and trig column.
Loadpot Hill trig column.
The summit of Swarth Fell.
Fantastic skies over towards Helvellyn. Sunshine, blue sky and snow.
The summit cairn on Bonscale Pike looking down to Ullswater.
Fantastic view from the summit today.
The view towards Arthurs Pike from Bonscale Pike.
Bonscale Towers.
Utterly breathtaking.
Bonscale Towers with Helvellyn in the distance.
The summit cairn on Arthurs Pike looking along the route of High Street.
The Cockpit Stone Circle. I've been wanting to visit this stone circle for years now and I'm so happy to see it.
The crags on Arthurs Pike towering ahead.

Swarth Beck cascading down the fellside.
Clearing skies as the sun starts to set.