28th January 2017

Walk two - Heughscar Hill and Cop Stone from Askham

Time 10:50am to 1:50pm
Duration 3 hr
Distance 7.1 mile
Ascent around 800 ft
Walking with Paul Sharkey
Askham - Haber Hill - Heughscar Hill - Heugh Scar - Cockpit Stone Circle - Moor Divock - Cop Stone - Askham Fell - just below Heughscar Hill - Haber Hill - Askham
Fells visited
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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


After a short drive around from Pooley Bridge we park up in Askham and set out on the second walk of the day.


Once past the last house above the village you begin to get that feeling of being a long way from civilization even though this simply isn't the case.

Nice easy walking around here, even the uphill bits look gentle.

Ah, so that's where the bloke that overtook us was going.

Heughscar Hill Summit.

A short walk from the summit is Heugh Scar.

Looking back up to Heugh Scar.

The rain eased off for a little while so I take a picture looking down to Ullswater. Even on a day with limited clarity and cloud topping the distance fells this is still a fantastic viewpoint.

With little in the way of success this farmer was slowly reversing and shaking the bale to scatter the feed for the sheep.

The Cockpit Stone Circle.

From the stone circle we head back to the main crossing between Pooley Bridge and Askham (or Helton). We turn right and continue as far as the Cop Stone.

Here we look across to Heughscar Hill from this sunken area of the fellside. It could be natural or because of all the ancient cairns, sink holes, stone circles and burial mounds this, could actually be man made. Personally, I think it's a bunker from a Neolithic golf course - others may disagree.

Cop Stone - now this is interesting. Archeologists, university graduates and other people with more degrees than a thermometer may have their theories on it's use but I think they're wrong. I strongly believe this where iron age policemen used to be sworn in or whatever they call it when a person take on the roll of an officer of the law.

And the historical sites just keep coming.

"What d'ya mean isn't the view nice, I haven't seen a thing for years"



We were going to sit here for a bite to eat but decided to head in to the trees for a bit of shelter from the rain.

And to finish, dinner with a view through the woods. We were still getting rained on a little bit but that didn't matter at all.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks