After a family day yesterday, I really didn't know what I wanted to do today. I should really have done a long fell run but didn't really have a lot of energy. I had considered having a go at Wrynose and Hardknott passes on my bike. Eventually, I decided to head to Pooley Bridge for a walk.
Here is the route:
The walk started with a wander along the shore of Ullswater from Pooley Bridge. I set off quite late and the sun was already high. The water was really still which made for some beautiful reflection shots.
|looking west from the north end of Ullswater|
I really hadn't considered the route I was going to take. I wanted to head up towards Arthur's Pike so I climbed up through Park Foot Caravan/Camp Site until a path lead off along the right hand (west) side of Aik Beck.
|Looking back down Aik Beck. The path goes along the side of the wall in between the wall and the beck|
At the corner of the wall, the path splits. I headed south-west, not quite on the path of the Roman road, crossing Barton Fell to the multi-cairned summit of Arthur's Pike.
|corner of the wall|
|heading up to Barton Fell|
|the climb to Barton Fell with a view over Ullswater|
|Barton Fell summit|
From Barton Fell, the track continues to Arthur's Pike. There are three cairns on Arthur's Pike. The views over Ullswater were just getting better and better.
|Arthur's Pike cairn and Beacon|
|and the other cairn (I think this is the top)|
On to Bonscale Pike and the two towers.
|According to Wainwright, the bottom tower is "The work of a craftsman" and the higher one is "The effort of amateurs"|
|summit of Bonscale Pike (Hallin Fell behind)|
From Bonscale Pike, I did some planning and decided to head up to Load Pot Hill. The track crosses grassy land, going across the Roman road.
|up to Load Pot Hill|
|looking towards the Eastern Fells|
|trig column on Load Pot Hill|
|looking back to the summit. Directly in front is a boundary stone with an L on it, |
maybe it stood for Lowther after the Lowther Estate.
There are lots of ancient stones, stone circles, cairns etc around here. A bit further south from the picture above are the remains of Lowther House, an old hunting lodge. When Wainwright wrote book two in the late fifties, there was a complete chimney there (what a great place it would have been for a wild camp!) now it is little more than a pile of stones.
|remains of Lowther House|
Further along, across the muddy top, to the cairn of Wether Hill. I then took a path off the summit ridge west to head towards Steel Knotts.
|The ridge of Steel Knotts. My route goes more or less along the wall|
|heading to Steel Knotts|
|Ullswater along Fusedale valley|
|along to Steel Knotts|
|looking back from Steel Knotts|
|Steel Knotts summit|
|cairn at the north of Steel Knotts|
From here, there was a steep descent to St Peter's Church and then straight back up to Hallin Fell.
|Hallin Fell. St Peter's Church centre|
|climbing up Hallin Fell, looking back|
|summit of Hallin Fell|
Hallin Fell does occupy a pretty special place overlooking Ullswater. It seems like a popular thing to do was to park at the church and head straight up and down. There were plenty of people who were doing this.
I headed down from Hallin Fell, heading around the steep craggy parts. Soon enough I was in Howtown and looking at a long flat walk along the shore.
But then, as I was walking past the pick up point for the Ullswater Steamers, I had an idea...
|I got to the pick up point, just as one of the steamers were coming. I decided it was meant to be!|
Relaxing now on the steamer, I finished my drink and enjoyed the scenery, looking back at the route I had just taken.
|The Sharrow Bay Hotel, where Paul McCartney proposed to Heather Mills|