The parish of Martindale is a gem. It lies at the end of the road that winds along the southern shore of Ullswater, with fewer than 50 residents but many visitors who come for the walking and sailing. The ‘new’ church of St Peter, built in the 1880’s, stands at the top of Martindale Hause, where many park for the short walk up Hallin Fell, with its magnificent views of the lake. The church boasts some fine modern glass, including a memorial to the officers and men of HMS Glorious, sunk off the Norwegian coast in 1940.
Martindale ‘Old’ Church, dedicated to St Martin of Tours, lies another half mile up the valley. The site has an old yew tree that is about 1,300 years old. Whether that reflects the age of the site as a place of Christian worship is unknown, the first reference to a church being in 1220.
The present building dates from the 16th century and was restored in 1882 after the roof fell in. St Martin’s is used occasionally during the summer months for Evensong (there is no artificial light!), and also for weddings.