109/365 Atop Loadpot Hill


109/365 Atop Loadpot Hill

On Friday I walked up Loadpot Hill from Pooley Bridge Via Bonscale Pike and Arthur’s Pike. The weather and scenery were amazing. To me there is nothing much better than a good walk up scenic hills. I had a great veiw across to Helvellyn a mountain id like to climb in the near future.

Although of moderate height, Loadpot Hill and its descending ridges cover an area of around 12 square miles (31 km2). Standing to the north of Wether Hill, Loadpot Hill is the last principal height on the main ridge of the Far Eastern Fells, before the land falls away to Penrith and the River Eamont.

The western slopes of the fell drop swiftly to Fusedale over a few outcrops of rock, Fusedale Beck flowing due north to Ullswater. North north west and north from Loadpot Hill, two short spurs fan out to the twin tops of Bonscale Pike and Arthur’s Pike. These two fells, both with craggy faces overlooking Ullswater, are separated by Swarthbeck Gill.

North east from Loadpot Hill the main ridge becomes broad and indistinct, falling gently in stages between the rivers Eamont and Lowther. These empty Ullswater and Haweswater respectively and converge 8 miles(13 km) from the summit, just south of Penrith. In fellwalking terms the practical northern boundary of Loadpot Hill is the road from Pooley Bridge to Askham. This encloses broad slopes of heather and fell grass, with a wide depression at Moor Divock (1,060 ft) and then a steeper rise to the independent top of Heughscar Hill (1,240 ft). Continuing from here to the road, plantations and other forms of cultivation gradually increase.

Moor Divock is a site of historic interest, complete with tumuli, standing stones, boundary markers and stone circles. There are also sink holes and old quarries.

The north east ridge has Heltondale Beck to the south, a feeder of the Lowther. Beyond this an east ridge descends from Loadpot Hill between Heltondale and Cawdale, both of which are deeply cut. This ridge has a subsidiary top, The Pen, which bears a beacon (columnar cairn). The Lowther valley and the Askham-Bampton road form the eastern boundary of the fell.

South of Loadpot Hill a short ridge connects to Wether Hill, crossing a succession of peat hags.

Posted by Phil Orr Photography on 2013-04-23 12:28:47

Tagged: , Loadpot , Hill , Ullswater , Lake , District , Mountain , Helvellyn

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