Loadpot Hill over Ullswater

  • Peaceful, easy walking along the High Street ridge
  • Views over Ullswater are impressive
  • Carry on to Pooley Bridge if possible]

A quiet day in the midst of a wet winter found me and Mist determined to find some snow which was safe and fun. Loadpot Hill up an unusual route from Howtown via little known Fusedale provided the challenge, a walk I had never done on a ridge that I always enjoy for its easy walking and great views. There are few places in the Lakes I have not intimately explored but this was one. It was great, particularly Loadpot Hill and Wether Hill which had  covering of snow and set Mist off in to one of her mad frollicking fits. The day was good, Fusedale providing a gradual easy climb on to the ridge and the views were superb, walking in winter does have a number of benefits.

Recommend: I actually left the ridge after Arthurs Pike and there is a steep sheep track on the west side of Swarthbeck Gill, but it is better just to carry on along the Roman Road for a further mile and double back on the bridleway at Barton Park. Best of all is to carry on to Pooley Bridge if you can organize the car movement.

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Loadpot Hill


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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL 5 The English Lakes North East Buy Map
Start Point: NY 438193. Park either at the top or half way up the road passing under Hallin Fell then walk in to Howtown past the hotel. There is no parking in Howtown itself.
Height to Climb: 640 ms (2,100 feet)
Terrain: Easy walking on good paths (non rocky so easy on the feet) although the one up Fusedale is rarely used
Eating & Drinking: The Howtown Hotel is presently being refurbished (early 2014) so will hopefully provide a good base to relax after the walk as there is nowhere else this side of Pooley Bridge
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