23rd April 2006

A springtime walk from Askham – Two pikes, two hills, a stone circle and a Roman road.


Walk Overview
Time 09.05 to 13.50
Duration 4 hr 45 min
Distance 12.5 mile
Ascent 2205 ft
Walking with On my own
Askham - Heughscar Hill - The Cockpit - Arthur's Pike - Bonscale Pike - Loadpot Hill - Wartches - The Cockpit - Askham
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Askham Village

Askham village has more than enough roadside parking, but this is one of the prettiest villages in the Lake District, so the decent thing to do is make use of the well hidden car park. It is free, it's out of site and it is a shame not to use it.


Route Map



The centre of Askham village. The route I took out of the village went straight ahead, past the red car and between the buildings.

Just outside the village, looking along the track I followed towards Heughscar Hill.

Looking towards Loadpot Hill (the highest point on the skyline). Taken just below Heughscar Hill.

Ullswater from Heughscar Hill.

And zooming in.

Ullswater with the Northern fells in the distance (and Clough Head on the left).

The Pooley Bridge end of Ullswater from Arthur's Pike.

The remains of this superb sheepfold are found midway between Arthur's Pike and Bonscale Pike next to Swarth Beck.

The view from Bonscale Pike.

Bonscale Pike on the left and Arthur's Pike on the right. Taken from the path below Loadpot Hill summit.

Loadpot Hill summit.

This is my favourite type of terrain and the sort of place I enjoy walking in the most. So I took a long off path route from Loadpot Hill back to the main path, just to get the feeling of isolation I enjoy so much.

The Helvellyn fells, the Dodds and Clough Head from somewhere in the middle of the previous photo.

Back on the path now and looking ahead to Heughscar Hill.

The Cockpit stone circle.

From the track which leads down to Pooley Bridge the Northern fells can be seen in the far distance behind Little Mell Fell. From this angle it actually looks higher than Blancathra.

Looking down the path to Askham and time for another sit down to enjoy the sunshine, OK and to finish the fruit cake I had with me.

Some of the cottages in Askham.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks