Sunday, 31st August

             

        

 

Walk: Pooley Bridge - Arthur's Pike, Loadpot Hill , Wether Hill and Fusedale
Start Point: Pooley bridge car park Grid Reference: NY 471 244
Distance: 13.5 miles Ascent: 2,060 feet
Time: 7.25 hours    
Weather: Dull but dry to start, turning wet with a lot of persistent drizzle
Comments: Although it was dull, our party of nine set off in the dry and made it to The Cockpit. It started to rain as we as we headed towards Arthurís Pike but had eased off by the time we got there for a coffee stop. Then we set off to join the High street and Loadpot Hill as the rain came on, the pattern for the day. Whilst we stopped at Loadpot Hill the mist rolled in, cleared by the Chimney, but was back at Wether Hill. Not a good day for any views, but a good excuse to return on a better day! The wall below Red Crag was a good place to stop for lunch, before we headed down towards Fusedale. We left the mist behind but not the on and off rain. At the finger post just before Howtown, it was agreed by all that we would carry on walking back to Pooley Bridge rather than wait for the ferry. A longer walk than perhaps expected, but we all enjoyed the day and agreed that the area was worthy of further exploration, another time, hopefully on a brighter occasion.

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The group at The Cockpit

 

Here comes the rain

 

Coffee break at Arthur's Pike

 

We arrive at Loadpot Hill . . .

 

and the mist rolls in

 

No mist at The Chimney . . .

 

but the rain returns at Wether Hill

 

Lunch stop

 

Descent to Fusedale, Gowk Hill, Brownthwaite Crag and Steel Knotts

 

It's a fungus - but any idea what sort?

 

Groove Gill

 

Anybody at home?

 

We head for Howtown and still the mist swirls over the fells

 

Still smiling in the rain!

 

Isolated Cote Farm

 

Looking back up Fusedale

 

I'm the 'King of the Castle' around here . . .

 

further on we wondered if we were in the Andes

 

Nearly back at Pooley Bridge and it's still, shall we say, atmospheric

 

Pooley Bridge, boats and steamer pontoon

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