The Lake District has long been renowned for it's natural beauty though for a real sense of it's splendour this normally means an arduous walk to the higher peaks such as Great Gable with it's panoramic views of Wasdale, Ennerdale, Buttermere and through to The Langdale Valley. Occasionally you can get a sense of that Splendour from some smaller fells, Hallin Fell being one of the finer examples and to drive down the eastern side of the lake, past the famous Sharrow Bay Hotel and up the hause to St Peter's Church, Martindale where you can park your vehicle, or on the roadside under the fell.
|St Peter's Church, Martindale|
|The bottom fell route in the Howtown direction.|
|Looking across Ullswater to the right of Gallowbarrow Bay|
|The steamer plying it's trade, heading from Glenridding to Howtown|
|The converted HMS Glorious|
HMS Glorious assisted in the evacuation of Norway taking on board 46 Squadron Hurricanes and with permission, on 8 June sailed independently for Scapa Flow escorted by HMS Acasta and HMS Ardent. This is not meant to be an analysis of the naval battle that followed, it is enough to say that the ships were located by the battleships Gneisenau and Sharnhorst and after a battle at sea and despite the the heroic efforts of the two escorts who sacrificed themselves for Glorious, the three ships were sunk with a loss of over 1,500 lives, only 45 survived three days in lifeboats.
This is the Youtube link to the German footage of the sinking:
At the bottom of the fell the walk begins from St Peter's Church. This was built in 1880 to replace the old church of St. Martin which is beyond the hause, in Martindale. St Peter's was built through the generosity of the Parkin family, Anthony Parkin of Sharrow Bay, and W.H. Parkin of Ravencragg, both on the road up to the church. On board HMS Glorious was Lieutenant Commander W.H. Parkin who lost his life as one of the crew.
In 1970's the majority of the windows were replaced and the designs were by the artist Jane Grey. One of the windows is an airman's view of HMS Glorious