This is a view of Martindale taken from Hallin Fell and looking slightly South East. To the right of the image is Sleet Fell leading to Place Fell. To the centre of the image is Martindale Common with Steel Knotts to the left. In the distance, with cloud just beginning to enshroud it, is High Street.
This lovely valley lies on the east side of Ullswater, the second largest and perhaps most beautiful of the English lakes. It is a completely unspoilt place, reached by a mountain pass that ascends from Howtown, and preserved from through traffic, since there is no road on to Patterdale. Martindale wildlife includes red squirrels, badgers, hares, woodpeckers, herons, owls, falcons, and many kinds of smaller bird. One of the finest local walks, along the High Street ridge, may reward you with a sighting of red deer or even a golden eagle. The local herdwick sheep, a rare farm breed, are to be seen everywhere in the fields or on the open fell.