Heughscar Hill

Heughscar Hill

Route: Heughscar Hill

Area: Eastern Lake District

Date of walk: 2nd July 2021

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 7.0 miles

Ascent: 800 feet

Weather: Mixed cloud and sun, very hazy

Heughscar Hill is not one of Alfred Wainwright’s 214 Lakeland Fells, but does feature in his ‘Outlying Fells of Lakeland’ and is described as ‘a gem for aged fellwalkers’. This walk doesn’t visit the highest point of the fell, although this is easily attained by a short deviation from the route described. The reason for including the fell in today’s itinerary was to enjoy the lovely views of Ullswater from its western flanks. We decided to walk the route in a clockwise direction so as to preserve this treat until the end

We parked in the Eusemere car park in the town of Pooley Bridge and, after walking along the main street for a few yards, turned left at the Sun Inn to join a path through the fields with the River Eamont on our left. There were lovely views across the rolling countryside as we went along. After walking through Barton Church Farm we visited the grounds of historic St Michael’s Church Barton, a 12th century Norman church. This marked the most northerly section of the walk, and from here we followed various paths through fields, passing by Winder Hall

Just beyond the hall we began the very gentle ascent up Heughscar Hill. There are numerous paths criss-crossing the fell, giving opportunities to shorten or extend the walk. Ullswater soon came into view, with the Helvellyn range providing a background. Unfortunately much of the detail was lost in the rather hazy conditions. Despite the haze, the views were superb and were ever present as we contoured around the fellside

On reaching a cairn at a prominent crossroads of paths we turned right and descended gently back into Pooley Bridge to end an excellent walk

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