Sunday, 17th July 2016

Walk: Heughscar Hill, White Knott, Arthur's Pike, Loadpot Hill, Heltondale, Askham Fells & Askham
Start Point: Askham Grid Reference: NY 513 238
Distance: 14.5 miles Ascent: 2,400 feet
Time: 6.25 hours
Weather: Warm with a nice breeze on the tops
Comments:

Initially we headed north west before ascending to Heughscar Hll.
Heading to Loadpot Hill we kept to the right of the ridge to access White Knotts and Arthur’s Pike. This gave us good views over Ullswater and dozens of tops beyond.
Our route from Loadpot Hill was east towards Heltondale. This is a long grassy ridge with very little in the way of footpaths, hence our route involved open grass walking, with a little bit of guesswork thrown in for good measure.
From Heltondale, to avoid a road walk back to Askham, we climbed farmers tracks to access Askham Fell and finally the picturesque village of Askham.
Six people in all, included our long lost but not forgotten, former chairman, Garry Alderson.

Ready for the off. You may notice the blue of the outdoor heated swimming pool. It was a pity I didnít take any suitable gear for a swim. (This pool is one of four outdoor heated pools in the Lake District which are open to the public during summer.)

Heughscar Hill with Ullswater as a backdrop.

Heading for White Knott with Heughscar Hill in the distance

Blencathra takes centre stage as we have our mid-morning break

Ullswater

Arthur's Pike

Loadpot Hill

Heltondale and, posing beautifully, one of a group of wild ponies
encountered on our descent from Loadpot Hill

Heading down to Askham with Lowther Castle standing proud in the distance

Askham village . . .

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