3rd April 2016

A walk from Pooley Bridge's new Bridge

Time 11am to 2:15pm
Duration 3.hr 15 min
Distance 8.1 mile
Ascent 1600 ft or somewhere around that figure
Walking with Jennifer
Pooley Bridge - Roehead - Heughscar Hill - The Cockpit Stone Circle - Barton Fell - Arthur's Pike - Barton Fell - Elder Beck - Roehead - 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


One of the reasons for coming here today was to see / use / take advantage of the bridge linking Pooley Bridge with the rest of the world. I'm sure everyone already knows the other bridge was washed away in the storms last December and this one has been installed as a temporary solution.

"why did the chewing gum cross the road"
"I don't know but I'm sure you're about to tell us"
"because it was stuck to the chickens foot"

Here's a close up of Ullswater and Little Mell Fell.


Heughscar Hill summit cairn in front of Ullswater and Arthur's Pike.


There were lots of teenagers in the Cockpit Stone Circle as I passed. This must have been their chosen regrouping point because there was a steady line of new arrivals all heading in this direction. Some of them had backpacks big enough to tell me they'd spent the night out on the fells somewhere. If that was the case I pity them if they were walking all day yesterday in that rain.
As for me; I never left the house at all yesterday. I don't mind admitting I've reached an age where I no longer feel the need to set off for a full day of walking in the pouring rain.

Looking back to Heughscar Hill.


Arthur's Pike summit.

Just across from the summit you reach a couple of cairns that offer fantastic views down to the lake and the fells beyond. The view is much better on a clearer day but still very good.

At the other cairn I look down to the southern end of Ullswater.


The reason for doing the walk this way around was so we could head back with this view ahead of us.

A long distance view to Heughscar Hill. It looks an awful long way from here but walking is easy on this terrain and even when there's no rush, distance is covered quickly.

Back in Pooley Bridge and even though it was well into the afternoon it was still very quiet. I kept asking for one of those brightly collared fishing nets over there but was told "if you don't behave and stop pestering you won't come again. And, you can forget about getting an ice cream from the shop"


Here I take a picture of the, err, , , , , temporary bridge. I've no idea what the plans are for the permanent replacement for the original bridge but if it's going here, doesn't it mean the village will be cut off again while the building work takes place. I assume that's something no one wants to happen. I hope I loose but I'll bet a cheese filled baked potato in the cafe over there that this bridge is still here in 20 years time.

Talking about bridges, what I'd to do now is throw the person over the bridge that drove off after scratching the back corner of Jennifer's car.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks