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Loadpot Hill and friends

Loadpot Hill and friends

Postby richardkchapman » Mon Oct 31, 2016 11:00 pm

Wainwrights included on this walk: Arthur's Pike, Bonscale Pike, Loadpot Hill

Hewitts included on this walk: Loadpot Hill

Date walked: 31/10/2016

Time taken: 6.3

Distance: 17.4 km

Ascent: 533m

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We were sufficiently encouraged by yesterday's outing and the lack of ill-effects, that we planned something longer today. The aim was to complete the northern end of the High Street ridge if possible, though we knew it would be a tall order to get as far as Wether Hill and back to the cottage before dark.

ImageDew on spider webs - misty morning

We set off early - still misty - across the moor that adjoins the cottage we are staying at.

ImageMisty moor

ImageDew on spider webs - misty morning

Lots of photogenic webs, though I don't really carry the right camera with me when walking for this kind of shot...

ImageMisty moor

There are so many paths across this part of the moor that it's hard to work out where you are going - the original plan was to head around Heughscar Hill on the way out, and come over it on the way back. But we ended up going over it on the way out...

ImageHay bales

Coming down from Heughscar Hill (a Wainwright outlying fell) we were a little surprised to find these hay bales - I don't recall ever seeing hay harvested this high up the Lakeland fells before.

ImageSpider's Web on rushes

Still after the arty shot of spider webs...

ImageThe Cockpit on Moor Divock

Not sure what the "cockpit"'s original purpose was - it's a little large to have been a genuine cock fighting venue. Lorraine decided it was some sort of magical venue and offered the dogs a "magic biscuit" which of course they gleefully accepted.

ImageThe ford

We carried on from the cockpit down a good path towards Arthur's Pike.


We were still in the mist at this point, but just starting to get hints of the view over Ullswater that we suspected should be there.

ImageAutumn grove

This ascent to Arthur's Pike has a lot of false summits along the way. But all have such lovely views that you don't mind. The view from this one was a lovely autumnal wood...

ImageThe Glory

Not the best example I've seen, but still interesting to observe this glory https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glory_(optical_phenomenon) where my shadow fell on the clouds below.

ImageUllswater from Arthur's Pike

As we proceeded towards Arthur's Pike the view kept improving, though the mist never really left the valleys.

ImageThe Beacon on Arthur's Pike

The beacon is very close to the summit of Arthur's Pike, and has a lovely view over Ullswater and Hallin Fell.

ImageUllswater from Arthur's Pike

The steamer on Ullswater made interesting wake patterns.

ImageArthur's Pike summit

The summit is a little way back from the edge of the fell, and doesn't have as good views as the beacon.

ImageArthur's Pike summit

ImageSheepfold on the road to Bonscale Pike

From Arthur's Pike the path to Bonscale Pike is an easy and fairly short stroll.

ImageHelvellyn skyline panorama

The views towards Helvellyn were spectacular - Catstycam and the ridges all showing beautifully.

ImageHelvellyn skyline panorama

ImageSwimming pool

From Bonscale Pike the path across the moor towards Loadpot Hill had a welcome tarn for the dogs to swim in.


Lovely views over the Martindale fells.

ImageFirst view of the Pennines

As we rounded the corner on the old Roman road at the back of Loadpot Hill, we got the day's first view of the Pennines.

ImageApproaching Loadpot Hill summit

We got tired of following the path round the back of Loadpot Hill, and struck out across country for the summit.

ImageLoadpot Hill summit

Not the sharpest of summits...

ImageLoadpot Hill summit

ImageLoadpot Hill summit

A glance at the GPS told us that we had about 3 hours remaining before sunset - and we were over 5 miles from home. Another mile in the wrong direction for Wether Hill was not going to work for us this time...

ImageThe long road home

The road back from Loadpot Hill was very direct and very easy walking - basically just follow the old Roman High Street all the way...

ImageBoundary post 1

The boundary posts every half-mile or so were intriguing. Not sure what the boundary they mark is...

ImageBoundary post 2

ImageGrouse moor

Ruby had been very well-behaved all walk not chasing sheep, but the grouse tested her obedience close to the limit...

ImageThe last bog

As we crossed back over the moor near Heughscar Hill, the mist descended, and the path got a little more erratic. Eventually we got fed up of trying to find paths to follow and just went for the beeline route via the GPS. Unfortunately this led us straight to this rather smelly pond, so the dogs arrived home stinking and wet...

A long but very enjoyable walk...
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Re: Loadpot Hill and friends

Postby ChrisW » Mon Oct 31, 2016 11:17 pm

This looks like one right off my playlist RC, exatly the kind of hike I loved when I was at home :thumbup: Your photos are beautiful throughout and that can take some doing on these wide open spaces, the atmosphere in the mist early on and the dew covered webs are cracking :wink:

I've never heard what you refer to as 'glory' called that for these situations before, generally in hiking circles it tends to be referred to as a 'broken spectre' https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brocken_spectre so thought I'd share, either way it's a fantastic and uncommon phenomenon.

Great report, one I would have enjoyed hiking myself :clap: :clap:
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