GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Arthur's Pike and Bonscale Pike Walk

4 miles (6.3 km)

This walk climbs to Arthur's Pike And Bonscale Pike above Ullswater Lake in the Lake District. They are both excellent lakeland viewpoints with the photogenic Bonscale Tower a highlight of the walk.
You can start the walk from the Howtown Hotel just to the west of the hills. You could also start from the roadside parking at Howtown pier.
From here follow trails north east to Swarth Fell and Bonscale Pike. At the top of the 524m (1,719ft) hill there are two particularly fine beacons including the photogenic Bonscale Tower. There's great views towards Hallin Fell from here too. The fell lies just to the west and can also be climbed from Howton. There are fine views over the Martindale Valley from here.
From Bonscale you continue north east, crossing the Swarth Beck before coming to the Arthur's Pike summit which stands at 533m (1,749ft). There are excellent views back down to the lake and across to the surrounding fells from here.
To continue your walking in the area you can pick up the Howtown to Glenridding Walk or the Pooley Bridge to Howtown Walk. These popular trails run close to the lake with fine views across the water.


CA10 2LZ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Arthur's Pike OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Arthur's Pike Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


The start point for the walk is the excellent Howtown Hotel. There are some delightful tea rooms situated adjacent to the Hotel, offering a separate facility for walkers and visitors to enjoy a range of delicious home-made scones, cakes, light lunches and coffees throughout the day. There's also a pretty garden area to sit out in on warmer days. You can find the hotel next to the pier with a postcode of CA10 2ND for your sat navs.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Howtown Hotel - - 1822197

Howtown Hotel

Stone pillars at Bonscale Tower - - 4630884

Stone pillars at Bonscale Tower

Swarth Fell and Bonscale Pike - - 1835795

Swarth Fell and Bonscale Pike

On Swarth Fell - - 662742

On Swarth Fell

The upper reaches of Swarthbeck Gill - - 4631189

The upper reaches of Swarthbeck Gill

Summit Cairn, Arthur's Pike - - 662727

Summit Cairn, Arthur's Pike

Mellguards, lower Fusedale - - 3000558

Mellguards, lower Fusedale

Hallin Fell (7036240015)

Hallin Fell


GPS Files

GPX File

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