Saturday, 1 July 2000

Bonscale Pike

Bonscale Pike from the slopes of Arthur's Pike
Height: 524m (1,719ft)
Prominence: 1m (3ft)
Region: Far Eastern Fells
Classifications: Wainwright, Birkett
Summit feature: Cairn
Times climbed: 2
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Bonscale's modest cairn and extensive view over Ullswater
What Wainwright said:

"Rising steeply behind the little hamlet of Howtown is a broad buttress of the High Street range, Bonscale Pike, the turreted and castellated rim of which has the appearance, when seen from Ullswater below, of the ruined battlements of a castle wall. This escarpment, however, is a sham, for it defends nothing other than a dreary plateau of grass".

Bonscale Pike (also know as Swarth Fell) rises above Howtown near Ullswater. It is the northern end of a spur running north-west from Loadpot Hill on the main ridge of the Far Eastern Fells.

The ridge from Loadpot Hill crosses the intermediate top of Swarth Fell before reaching Bonscale Pike. Swarthbeck Gill on the east separates the fell from its neighbour, Arthur's Pike.

Two rectangular beacons (columnar cairns) are prominent in the views from the lake below, the lower being called Bonscale Tower. Both are placed on the rim of the crags. The actual summit is marked by a small cairn on a grassy mound, some metres behind.

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