23rd March 2008

Just when you think winter is over, the snow turns up. Heughscar Hill from Askham


Walk Overview
Time 10.15 to 14.30
Duration 4 hr 15 min
Distance 5.8 mile
Ascent 700 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Askham - Riggingleys Top - Heughscar Hill - The Cockpit Stone Circle - Moor Dovovk - Helton - Askham
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Askham Village

Askham village has more than enough roadside parking, but this is one of the prettiest villages in the Lake District, so the decent thing to do is make use of the well hidden car park. It is free, it's out of site and it is a shame not to use it.


Route Map

Leaving Askham Village.
Just when I thought winter was over I'm greeted by the best covering of snow we've had all season. Unfortunately it was on one of the very few days when I'd planned to do a specific walk in advance, and it didn't seem right to back out of the plans which I'd made in the first place.

The road out of Askham soon gives way to this broad track, which eventually joins up with the path running over Moor Divock to Pooley Bridge.

Looking back down the track to the snow covered Pennines.


Jennifer enjoying the snow.

Heading up the final section of path to Heughscar Hill.


Ullswater and a selection of the Eastern fells seen from Heughscar Hill.

From Heughscar Hill we headed down to the main path over the fell, seen here looking in the Pooley Bridge direction, then we picked up the path to the Cockpit Stone Circle.


Jennifer striding across the moorland.



The whole area around Moor Divock / Askham Fell is littered with evidence that this area has been inhabited by the man for thousands of years. This particular reminder is marked on the map as "cairn circle".

A little further along from the cairn circle you find this single, large, standing stone, known as the Cop Stone. This stone is thought to be part of a stone circle which has now sadly disappeared.


Walking into Helton.

As we reached Helton it was obvious that the snow was melting fast. All I could do was hope it would stay on the higher fells for at least one more day.


David Hall -
Lake District Walks