2nd September 2012

Pooley Bridge, Helton and Askham


Walk Overview
Time 09.15 to 14.50
Duration 5 hr 35 min
Distance 10.5 mile
Ascent 1400 ft
Walking with Jennifer
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

I did an almost identical walk to this on my own in March this year, and at the time I promised Jennifer I'd bring her along to do the walk on a nice sunny day. By no stretch of the imagination could you call this a walk up on the fells, but the countryside and the villages on the route make it a lovely lower level route. And the walk over Moor Divock is just fantastic.

On the opposite side of Ullswater, Little Mell Fell is lit up by the sunshine.

As height is gained the views open up and as this area is on the edge of the Lake District the views just go on and on. The dark fells over in the distance are the fells around Mungrisdale and Blencathra still under cloud.

A view back along the higher section of the route between Pooley Bridge and Helton. It may be an easy route this one, but no less enjoyable for it.

Up there is Heughscar Hill. We'll be walking back over there at the end of the walk.

Cop Stone; just one of the many ancient stones, cairns and circles found in the area.

Considering how quite Moor Divock always tends to be, I'm always surprised at the number of cars parked both here and at Roehead.

We've reached Helton now and from here we head across to Whale; the little hamlet over there on the right.

Into the jungle we go.
"That's right you go first just in case there are any lions and tigers and bears"

The bridge over the River Lowther.


Looking back across to Helton from the minor road just outside Whale.

Passing through Whale.


A peaceful spot next to the River Lowther, just right for something to eat.

I'm not sure how long these have been here but the air still had that lovely small of cut wood.



Askham church.

Walking through Askham. I think the pictures say it all.


Askham village stores. It's nice to see a village that has managed to hold onto its shop.



A close up of Lowther Castle or what's left of it anyway.
I can remember going to Lowther Park when we were kids, although we always called it Lowther Wildlife Park, , , because of all the animals.

We're high above Askham now and looking back we had a nice clear view of the distant Pennines.

We're not the only ones admiring the view from the top of Heughscar Hill.


A big view from a small hill.

Heugh Scar.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks