Pooley Bridge and Heughscar Hill

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The walk briefly follows the River Eamont to Barton Church before climbing gently through meadows to the bridleways on Barton Fell. A short diversion is made to the limestone summit of Heughscar Hill for the first view of Ullswater backed by the Helvellyn range.

This view plus that of Blencathra and other, minor, hills makes the descent into Pooley Bridge a memorable one. Wainwright in his Outlying Fells says that 'Heughscar Hill is a gem for aged fellwalkers', although it is to be noted that he ascended from Askham, which is a much easier approach.

England - North England - Cumbria - Lake District - North East


Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Lake/Loch, Mountains, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, Tea Shop, Toilets

This walk is noted as starting from Pooley Bridge, however, parking there is free short-stay but around £4 for the time needed for this walk. If you're not going to take a cruise on Ullswater after the walk then a good alternative it to park near Barton Church (WP10) and put a donation in their collection box! Between WP7/8 and 12/13 I encountered dairy cattle and young bullocks in three different fields. Theoretically you should be OK and a bit of arm waving should see you safe and sound but cattle aren't much into theory so I walked through the adjacent fields to be on the safe side (physically and metaphorically). The views from Heughscar Hill down Ullswater are stunning particularly as the climb up from WP11 is gradual and almost effortless. A grand walk all round.

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