25th March 2012

Walking the Lakeland Passes - Walk 5 - Moor Divock


Walk Overview
Time 12.20 to 16.30
Duration 4 hr 10 min
Distance 10.2 mile
Ascent 1400 ft
Walking with On my own
Pooley Bridge - Moor Divock - Helton - Whale - Askham Church - Askham - Heughscar Hill - 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

Before I go any further, I should point out that most of these pictures seem a bit washed out (bright). I'd like to blame the hazy conditions but I suspect it's because I broke the camera lens yesterday. And it was because I broke the lens that I didn't set off until midday today. I foolishly thought that if I went to Jessops camera shop in Carlisle that they'd have a suitable new lens I could take away today. "Don't you have one in the shop" I asked. "I'll just have a look on the internet and see if I can get one delivered to you during the week". Luckily the camera still works, except the twisty bit you use to zoom in and out which, to get to the point, is knackered.

Apart from the simplest of items, why does buying things always have to be hard work and complicated. And why do they never have the one you want, despite the fact that they advertise it as an item they sell. I went into Tesco for a sandwich on the way back to the car and they had the same one on stock as they advertised in the shop window, I wasn't asked for my name and address, I wasn't asked when I would like it delivered and I wasn't asked if I'd like to purchase the three year extended warranty, , , , brilliant, why can't everything be as easy as this.

This picture was taken about ten minutes into the walk and I'd already unzipped the legs off my trousers and for the first time this year I was wearing shorts.

Gridlock on the road up to Roehead.

The route over Moor Divock seemed to be a popular route for cyclists today, many of which appeared to be doing a similar route to me as I saw some of them again further on in the walk.

Passing by the boundary stone.

Looking up to Heughscar Hill.
The route I took later on passes in front of the trees up there in the hillside.

Cop Stone in front of the distant Heughscar Hill.

You know something, standing here looking at that stone makes me glad to be alive in the 21st century, the modern age, the age of science, technology and progress. After centuries of flawed theories and inaccuracy we finally know the truth about these stones, and we owe it all to scientific progress. Gone are the dark ages when people thought they were left behind by a retreating ice sheet. As we now all know, this is totally far fetched and they did in fact fall out of an alien spaceship.

Irresponsible parenting, possibly. Couldn't care less, probably, or giving him the benefit of the doubt, perhaps he doesn't realise that climbing on and sitting on these dry stone walls weakens them and causes them to collapse.

Heltonhead farm.

And as soon as I sat on the stone, opened the bag and got the sandwiches out these ladies turned up to torment me. OK, I can take a hint, I packed up and moved on to somewhere I could eat in peace.

Looking over the houses in Helton to Whale; the tiny village over in the distance.

Between Helton and Whale.

The bridge over the River Lowther.

The wall near Whale.



If you need to go on a diet you may want to find a different route.

A view over to Helton on the opposite side of the valley.

This is the final section of a lovely woodland walk between Whale and Askham Bridge.


Askham is a beautiful village and a walk along its whole length on a day like this is an absolute delight. This is a far nicer place than many of the more popular villages in the Lake District, but it only gets a fraction of the visitors. Apart from the people sitting outside the pubs, I only passed about half a dozen people in the village.



Just outside Askham I passed by this group of ponies.

Looking back to Askham.

These eight feet must have been red hot wearing wellingtons on a day like this.



A hazy view of Ullswater and the eastern fells.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks