Bonscale Pike, from Steel Knotts

Bonscale Pike, from Steel Knotts

Height: 1718 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 2 (The Far Eastern Fells)

Date climbed: First visit:18th August 2011 (walk 42). Second visit: 28th June 2014 (walk 84).

Bagged as number: First round: 130 of 330. Two hundred to go! [ << Arthur’s Pike (129)  (131) Loadpot Hill >> ].

Second round: 6 of 330. [ << Orrest Head (5)  (7) Loadpot Hill >>]

Route of ascent and descentFirst visit: Approached from Arthur’s Pike. Left on the ridge south to Loadpot Hill.

Bonscale Pike summit cairn

Bonscale Pike summit cairn. Helvellyn behind.

Second visit: Left the same way, but this time, ascended it direct from Howtown — a short but unremittingly steep climb.

What Mr Wainwright says (on page 2 of his chapter): “Rising steeply behind the little hamlet of Howtown is a broad buttress of the High Street range, Swarth Fell, the turreted and castellated rim of which has the appearance, when seen from Ullswater far below, of the ruined battlements of a castle wall: this aspect is sufficiently arresting to earn for the rocky facade and the summit above it the separate and distinctive name of Bonscale Pike.”

What I say: On my first visit I didn’t really see any of this ‘turreted and castellated rim’, approaching and leaving the summit from the back. On my second visit I made more of an effort, climbing it direct, but even that way I didn’t really feel like I saw crags, though the climb was a good (if steep) one anyway.

Bonscale Tower and Ullswater

Bonscale Tower and its view of the foot of Ullswater.

However, I will definitely give Bonscale Pike credit for having a very good view. The two stone pillars built on the very rim of the crag (one of which has clearly moved significantly since Wainwright’s day – the old pillar looking as if it has fallen down, and a new one built nearer the survivor) give the already-excellent view of most of Ullswater a distinctive drama.  The Helvellyn range looks magnificent, and a wide sweep of the Pennines is also visible. A very impressive viewpoint.

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2 Responses to “Bonscale Pike”

  1. […] 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 […]

  2. […] as well as these 47 I have also done 9 for the second time, viz, Orrest Head; Binsey; Bonscale Pike; Loadpot Hill; Arthur’s Pike; Kentmere Pike; Shipman Knotts; and, today, Tottlebank Height […]

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