19.5.2009 The Journey and Pooley Bridge to Hallin Fell

The plane has a lift off at 7:55 from Vienna International Airport. It is a bright day, and sitting at the window on the left side enables me good views to the country beneath. Himberg is the first village to be seen.

Achau and Laxenburgs castle with the park and the big pond to the right behind.

Wiener Neudorf and Mödling (from left) on the bottom, Traiskirchen and Baden in the centre of the picture, the famous wine village Gumpoldskirchen in between

Baden in the centre of the picture, far left bottom Gumpoldskirchen

More of a lift now. Spot Schneeberg in the dust of the centre of the picture. An unusual view, indeed.

Somewhere above Germany; one of the rivers has attracted some ground fog.

The difference is more than striking: this only can be England! - on the approach to landing at London Heathrow

More showers over England´s capital

with only a few glimpses down

Diving through the clouds with some heavy turbulences

Shortly before landing.

The direct train from Manchester airport to Penrith was cancelled - taking the next one of course meant that I missed the Patterdale bus at 4 p.m. The taxi driver, however, brought me directly to the start of my walk at the end of the asphalted road near the farm at Roehead.

Ullswater and Dunmallard Hill with Pooley bridge to its right.

Panoramic view of the foot of Ullswater with Arthur´s Pike far left and Pooley Bridge far right. Click here or into the picture for a larger version.

Zooming to the foot of the lake, Dunmallard Hill and Pooley Bridge

Watermillock and Little Meldrum, I suppose

Cotton grass along the slopes of Barton Fell

More of the cotton grass

Blencathra in the distance with Foul Crag and Sharp Edge to its right.


Good visibility - the distant Pennines

More clouds behind Hughscar Hill





Pooley Bridge

The Pennines in the backdrop

Sunlight on Blencathra

Ullswater from Arthur´s Pike

Loadpot Hill is inviting me, but I choose to save it for tomorrow.

More Ullswater backlight


Hallin Fell and the first glimpse to the Howtown Cove from Bonscale Pike.

Rampsgill Head and Rest Dodd in the distance - tomorrow´s goals.

 and once more, this time with sunlight on Steel knotts in the foreground.

Ullswater with Gowbarrow behind, once more Blencathra in the distance.

Sunlight on the Howtown Cove.

Slopes of Hallin Fell and Gowbarrow behind Ullswater


Groove Gill on the slopes to Loadpot Hill, I suppose

Nearly down to Howtown now.

Sunlight on the very green grass at Howtown

Steel Knotts

Cuckoo Flower (Lady´s Smock, Cardamine pratensis)

Boats on Ullswater

Sunlit Steel Knotts

Now I climb up a steep ravine to Hallin Fell. Last sunlight on Howtown ...

 ...  and a last zoom to Pooley Bridge, this time with Penrith in behind. I placed my tent on a dry place on the footpath to Hallin fell, about 10 minutes down the summit.