And so our irregular walking of the Ullswater Way comes to an end, as we explore the bit between Pooley Bridge and Swarthbeck Gill. Or rather sections in the plural, for two alternatives are given. A high level and a low level route. So, to make a circular walk, we decided to walk both – taking the high ground at the start and returning closer to the lake.
Ullswater from Howe Hill (c) John Bainbridge 2017
The first section follows the lane out of Pooley Bridge up Howe Hill and out on to open fell between Heughscar Hill and Moor Divock. I’ve blogged before about the important archaeology of this area. Not just the Roman road of High Street, but the stone circle known as The Cockpit and a huge number of other antiquities which probably all relate to each other. What we’d have called a sanctuary in my Dartmoor days.
At The Cockpit, the Way gently winds below Arthur’s Pike, offering wonderful views not only over Ullswater, but along what is one of the most impressive hillsides in Lakeland.
The Cockpit (c) John Bainbridge 2017
To mark the Ullswater Way, a grand sitting stone has been placed here to commemorate the life and work of the incomparable A.Wainwright, at a point where he sketched one of his views across the lake.
We made very good use of it!
At Swarthbeck, beloved of Gill scramblers outside nesting times, we turned down past Swarthbeck Farm and wandered through mountain meadows to the beautifully-named Crook-a-dyke and Seat Farm. Then down to the lane for a brief while before following the lakeshore from Waterside House.
Much of this part of the Way is full of camping sites, and it was good to see so many people enjoying the fine day. Good too to look up at the neighbouring hillside with its dramatic crags, which we’d wondered through only an hour or two before.
The Ullswater Way follows the lakeshore and then the banks of the River Eamont back to Pooley Bridge.
Our Ullswater Way explorations at an end.
But if you are looking for a reasonably easy expedition in the Lake District then I commend to you the Ullswater Way. And by supporting local businesses, be they shops, bed and breakfast accommodation or whatever, you are directly helping communities like Pooley Bridge and Glenridding and the others that are still recovering from the devastation caused by Storm Desmond nearly two years ago.
Swarthbeck Gill (c) John Bainbridge 2017
Do google Ullswater Way and download the free guide leaflet.
And if you’ve missed any of the blogged walks just type Ullswater Way on to the search over to the right on the page here.