Sunday, 13th September 2009

             

            

 

Walk: Cawdale Fells: Bampton Common; Wether Hill; Loadpot Hill; Bonscale Pike; Arthur's Pike; Helton Fell; Knotts
Start Point: Side of Fell road 1.2 miles from Helton Grid Reference: NY 494 213
Distance: 12.4 miles Ascent: 1,900 feet
Time: 5.75 hours    
Weather: Cloudy with a cool breeze in the morning and sunny in the afternoon
Comments: With the prospect of a dry and sunny day we set off in high spirits, but making our way across farmland some of the group began to wonder when we were going to start any serious climbing. In marked contrast to last week's walk, today's route would take us up a gradual ascent, on grassy paths, onto Bampton Common and on to the northern section of the Roman Road which runs from Ambleside to Pooley Bridge. From here there were great views over to Helvellyn and the surrounding fells. An undulating path then traversed to Wether Hill and Loadpot Hill. After the steep(ish) descent from Loadpot Hill we headed across to Bonscale Pike which afforded great views over Ullswater as we ate our lunch. An undulating path then took us to Arthur's Pike from where we headed south-east to pick up a path over Helton Fell. The last rocky outcrop, known as Knotts, was too inviting to walk past so another stop was made before descending to the cars. A very enjoyable day was had by all.

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Heading for Scales Farm we spot a very young calf . . .

 

and are these twins?

 

Time to do a bit of weeding??!!

 

A slab bridge takes us across Cawdale Beck

 

Elevenses over, it's time to leave Bampton Common . . .

 

and make our way to Wether Hill

 

The remains of the shooting hut chimney provides a point of interest . . .

 

en route to Loadpot Hill

 

The path to Bonscale Pike provides a good view of Place Fell . . .

 

and Hallin Fell . . .

 

and from the summit we look down on Oldchurch Bay with Leeming House Hotel in the trees just to the right

 

Sharrowhill Bay shelters the yachts that aren't out sailing today

 

Our lunch stop at Bonscale Pike . . .

 

provides great views over Ullswater . . .

 

and the nearby Bonscale Towers . . .

 

seem to teeter on the edge of the hillside

 

A brief stop at Arthur's Pike before we start on the return route . . .

 

and with such beautiful weather we can't resist a break at Knotts on our gradual descent

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