A dreary day greeted us as we made our way around Ullswater to Pooley Bridge and then along the east bank of the Lake to Howtown. The road alongside Ullswater was closed all night during March 2010 for reinstatement after part of it had subsided into the lake over the bitter winter period. No sooner had we passed through the traffic control we came across an accident. It was fortuitous that we had a police van following us at the time who immmediately pulled in. After negotiating the hairpins at Howtown we parked up at St Peter's Church Martindale NY476192 and took the route out of the back of it up to Steel Knotts LDW-195 or Pikeawassa as it is also known. The direct route was steep over rough ground across the top of Birkie Knott and is not recommended. AW didn't recommend it either... I should have studied the Far Eastern book in greater detail before the walk, rather than after it! So next time I will park at NY444194. The road is tarmac up to there and parking is plentiful. You could then take the ridge of Steel End to the intended target, as the late great man suggests.
G4WHA Geoff Penrith (All five summits)