Walk 84 round the foot of Ullswater

June 29, 2014

Bonscale Tower and Ullswater

Bonscale Tower and its view of the foot of Ullswater.

In my opinion Ullswater is the most beautiful of the District’s lakes, and on walk 84 I spent a few hours in its vicinity, taking the boat to Howtown and then walking back to Pooley Bridge at the lake’s outflow.

This walk took me to two of the remaining Outlying Fells, Heughscar Hill and Dunmallet, but also to three of the summits in Wainwright’s volume 2, namely Bonscale Pike, Loadpot Hill and Arthur’s Pike. I am now keeping a proper tab on all those summits I have reached twice, because I might as well start thinking about a second round of the full 330. So on those fell pages you can now see proper records of when each fell has been done more than once. So far there have been 8 of this second round of 330.

Ullswater and Catstycam

View from the Ullswater boat. Catstycam is unmistakeable in the background.

However, the first round is still going on — and will be for at least another 18 months I reckon, as despite all my efforts over the last 13 months I’m still not yet halfway through volume 8. As of today I have bagged 262 of the 330 Wainwrights, thus have 68 to go. My next walk will be on 19th July, pretty much rain or shine, as that will be the exact 5th anniversary of my first walk. And no, I still haven’t used a car.

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