23.5.2009 A day rest on the Ullswater Steamer

After 4 days of walking I longed for a day without any strength. Accomodated in Glenridding, I decided to take in a day on the Ullswater steamer. I bought a "freedom of the lakes" ticket that allowed me to go everywhere and step onboard or off wherever I want.

The morning was rainy with clouds down, so I delayed my start a bit, doing some shopping and strolling around in Glenridding. I went onboard of the "Lady of the Lake" at 11:15.

The weather still was dull, but the forecast for tomorrow excellent.

Leaving Glenridding ...



There are several boats ensuring the service.

I left the boat at Howtown for a short walk. Hawthorn (Crategus)

My boat is leaving for Pooley Bridge.

Clematis at one of the houses of Mellguards; Bonscale Pike in behind.

The Howtown Hotel


Flower Meadows at Howtown

Still clouds over Ullswater, but dry yet.

I have re- entered one of the boats for a trip to Pooley Bridge. Howtown at growing distance.

Quite windy today, good conditions for the sailers.

Ullswater and blooming gorse on the slopes to Arthur´s Pike.

The Pooley Bridge jetty and Dunmallard Hill.

Looking up Ullswater

A short gentle stroll through the village and a little bit outside - the view goes up to the Helvellyn range in the distance.

The river Eamont from the Pooley bridge. A few sunny spells now.

Looking up to the outflow of Ullswater

Back at the jetty. The weather now seems dramatic at times.

Leaving Pooley bridge with the steamer

More dramatic sky, and it is brightening up now.

Arthur´s Pike now in sunshine.

Once more approaching Howtown. The sun now shining, and lots of time, I decide to leave the boat to once more have a look of Howtown.


The steamer at the Howtown jetty

Cuckoo Flower (Lady´s Smock, Cardamine pratensis)

Near a house lots of bluebells - tall ones, so I suppose they are representing the Hispanic variant

a pink variant

Bluebells ...

 ... and in a close up.

Some kind of cress I cannot identify - do I get some help?

Wild garlic (Ramsons Allium ursinum)

King cup (Caltha palustris) on the lake shore near the jetty, partially growing in the water.


Young leaves ...



A gentle stroll along the lake along Hallin Fell, till Geordie´s crag.

The weather is much brighter now as compared to the morning.

Panoramic picture of the Howtown cove, with Arthur´s Pike and Bonscale Pike in behind. Select here or on the picture to see a larger version.

Looking down the lake


Travelling back now to Glenriddging on a bright late afternoon.

Ullswater with the Helvellyn range behind

Sandwick and Beda Fell to the right, High raise in the background

Reflections on Ullswater

Glenridding Dodd and Sheffield Pike, I suppose

Silver Point

Silver Point

Tomorrow´s final objectives: St. Sunday crag, Birks and Arnison crag (from right to left, to be walked on in this order)