Askham Fell & The Lowther Valley

  • From Pooley Bridge to the Lowther Valley
  • Great views over Ullswater
  • Visit Lowther Castle and Askham village

I was walking with Debbie and Andy as part of their wonderful Coast to Coast crossing on the initial section of this walk. This took us over Askham Fell on an excellent bridleway before dropping into the Lowther Valley. Debbie was crossing in her Terrain Hopper (an impressive battery powered wheelchair which was able to get Debbie in to lands that she could never normally have done) with the aim of crossing the country in 2 weeks, I had helped her over the Lake District section by planning a route which took her off road as much as was possible (quite a lot in fact).

I waved farewell to them when we met the road near Helton and returned via Lowther Castle, Askham and Winder Hall to Pooley Bridge. The weather conspired to produce perfect Spring day, blue sky, quiet lanes and footpaths, lambs, daffodils all combining to  produce a perfect Lake District walking day. I had never ventured to the North Eastern ridge of High Street (for whatever reason it had not appealed to me) but it is a lovely part of the area. The views on the return over Askham Fell reveal Ullswater in all its glory, I used to assume the best Ullswater views were from Gowbarrow, now I am not so sure.

Recommend: Give yourself time to loiter in Askham certainly  and Lowther Castle if you are so inclined, it is a walk to spend a full day in leisurely pleasure

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL5 The English Lakes North East Buy Map
Start Point: NY 470244. There is a car park just to the west of the village. From here cross the river, walk through the centre of Pooley Bridge, where the road forks go right and after 200 metres cross directly the road that keeps to the Ullswater shoreline. The lane you are on soon turns in to a bridleway.
Height to Climb: 380 ms (1,250 feet)
Terrain: Easy walking on excellent bridleways and quiet roads
Eating & Drinking: The Sun Inn and the Crown In Pooley Bridge are great places to end the walk but also a mid walk break at the Queens Head or Punchbowl in Askham may well be an inspired and welcome choice!
Similar Walks Nearby: Airy Martindale Round from Howtown
Dacre & Dalemain House
Loadpot Hill on the High Street Ridge
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