Sunday, 30th March 2008




Walk: Askham, Heughscar Hill, The Cockpit, Arthur's Pike, Bonscale Pike, Loadpot Hill, Roman Road (course of)
Start Point: Askham Village Hall car park Grid Reference: NY 512 236
Distance: 12.5 miles Ascent: 2,400 feet
Time: 6 hours    
Weather: A damp start with a cool breeze but sunny by the afternoon
Comments: Askham is a very pretty village that hasn't been changed by the influx of tourists. It was a drizzly start to the walk with a cool breeze. Taking a shortcut from Heughscar Hill to The Cockpit meant that we had to navigate some boggy ground. By the time we got to Bonscale Pike the skies were starting to brighten on the opposite side of Ullswater. The sun finally came out when we reached Loadpot Hill and the rest of the day was very pleasant - especially as it was nearly all downhill from Loadpot Hill.

Scroll down to see photos of the walk

Walking through Askham we pass a beautiful bank of daffodils


Our first summit of the day, Heughscar Hill, one of Wainwrights Outlying Fells


Where's the pilot? Debbie adjusts her bag at 'The Cockpit' stone circle.


No sheep around here - the sheepfold wouldn't keep them in anyway


Marie keeps the group amused on Bonscale Pike . . .


or perhaps they have just seen the sunshine on the opposite side of Ullswater


Hallin Fell


Looks rather cloudy over Place Fell . . .


but by the time we get to Loadpot Hill it is definitely brightening up


The sun catches the snow on St Sunday Crag . . .


then makes an appearance for a group shot on Loadpot Hil


Now that's the way to do it!


Phil decides to take the lead across to 'The Cockpit' . . .


where the sun shines for another group shot


The fell ponies look rather muddy in their  winter coats


Lowther Hall comes into view as we approach Askham . . .


where we pass a picturesque farmhouse with a perfectly shaped tree


Dropping down into the village . . .


the daffodils look resplendent in the sun


Askham is a really pretty village with central green areas . . .


and has not suffered from the influx of too many tourists

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