2nd November 2011

Pooley Bridge to Askham and Helton


Walk Overview
Time 09.10 to 12.10
Duration 3 hr
Distance 8.7 mile
Ascent 1200 ft
Walking with On my own
Pooley Bridge - Poe Head - Heughscar Hill - Riggingleys Top - Askham - Helton - Moor Divock - Roe Head - Pooley Bridge
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Pooley Bridge

This is just one of a couple of large car parks found in Pooley Bridge, and for those simply wanting to look around the village, it couldn't be more convenient. For those wanting a much longer walk onto the Heughscar Hill / Arthur's Pike area it may not be quite as convenient, but it still offers a very pleasant walk from the village to the fells.

Needless to say there is a charge for the privilege of using this car park.


Route Map

The sun shining on The Sun in Pooley Bridge.

I wasn't sure just how sunny it was in the other areas of the Lakes, but the impression I got from here was that I was definitely in the best place today.


Just past Roehead and looking across Ullswater to Gowbarrow Fell and Little Mell Fell on the opposite side of the lake.

Looking across to Arthur's Pike.

This is one of the few places I see bracken bailed up like this. I suppose if offers a cheap form of winter bedding for the animals so why not take advantage.

There might not be much height gained on this walk but the view you get from Heughscar Hill is just as good as many a higher fell. To state the obvious, there's nowt in the way of the view.

Penrith seen from Heugh Scar.
This was taken from the scar itself, not the top of the fell. Although there isn't much difference in altitude between the two places.

And again, this time from one of the cairns around the highest spot on the fell.

The way to Askham.
I always think it's a shame there isn't another row of trees along here. It would make a lovely avenue.

Turning around to look back up the path.

Off the fell now and a short distance after passing by these farms you're in the centre of Askham.

Askham, , , dare I say unspoilt.
Thankfully the village is far enough away from the tourist hotspots for it to have been 'left alone'.

Looking back into the village as I begin the walk along the road to Helton.

Helton, , , part of it anyway.

We've got some paint left over from recent work at home. I wonder if these lot would like it.

This is the fell road above Heltondale. It runs from Helton and stops just short of Scalegate Farm.

The Cop Stone.

Moor Divock; not really too far from humanity but far enough to give you that feeling of isolation. This is my kind of place.

Arthur's Pike.

On the track leading back to Roehead.
The fells in the distance on the left are Great Dodd and Clough Head and across to the right is Blencathra. The one on the right is Carrock Fell.

Roe Head Farm.
Time to go home now where two car loads of rubbish need taken to the tip. There's always something to do.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks