Place Fell is in the Far Eastern Fells and is bounded to the north and west by Ullswater Lake. It stands at an elevation of 657 m (2,156 ft) above sea level and has a prominence of around 262 m (860 ft). It is listed as a Marilyn, a Hewitt, a Wainwright and a Nuttall, and its parent peak is High Street.
The summit is marked by an Ordnance Survey triangulation column with a cairn standing about 10 yards away. It is not clear which of the two is the highest point. Views are perhaps better from the cairn though, particularly of the Helvellyn range Ullswater. The villages of Glenridding and Patterdale are also visible from the summit area.
The ascent of Place Fell from Patterdale was especially favoured by Wainwright, who said that the views en route made it ‘the most beautiful and rewarding walk in Lakeland’. From this village there is a pathway either via Boredale Hause to the south or more directly up the fell’s face between Bleaberry Knott, a minor summit on Birk Fell and the rock named The Knight.
Patterdale is also a favoured starting point for many circular walks in the area, taking in a number of Wainwright fells. A good route which is not too strenuous for a day’s walking includes the summits of Place Fell, Angletarn Pikes and Beda Fell.