Arthur's and Bonscale Pikes

Running high above the north-easternmost section of Ullswater, this walk provides very fine views for very little effort.  Right from the start, it yields spectacular panoramas of the fells to the south-east (e.g., Hallin  Fell, Steel Knotts, Place Fell and Beda Fell), and further on, albeit more distantly, of many on the south-western side also.  In addition, there are fine views to be had towards the north-eastern end of the lake as well.  Above all, the marvellous long blue ribbon of Ullwater intersects with all these sights, making them all the finer.

The walk began at Howtown, going firstly along the gradually upwards-slanting northwards path parallel to the Ullswater shoreline, then doubling back to ascend the gently-sloping ridge that leads to the summit of Arthur's Pike.  From here across the top of Swarthbeck Gill to the summit of Bonscale Pike (a great lunch spot!), and then back down again to Howtown about half a mile further on, via the flanks of Loadpot Hill.

As the photos below hopefully indicate, this was another day of the best that Lakeland has to offer!

(Highest point (Arthur's Pike): 1749 ft/ 533 m. Distance: 5.8 miles/ 9.3 km. Ascent: 1559 ft./ 475 m.)

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