14th March 2010

Roehead to Martindale New Church


Walk Overview
Time 09.20 to 14.05
Duration 4 hr 45 min
Distance 9 mile
Ascent 2050 ft
Walking with Jennifer and Andrew & Anne Leaney
Roehead - The Cockpit Stone Circle - Barton Fell - Arthur's Pike - Lambart Lad - Loadpot Hill - Wether Hill - Groove Gill - Fusedale - bottom of Steel End - Martindale New Church
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside, Roehead, Pooley Bridge

Roehead marks the end of the road and the beginning of the track running over the moors between Pooley Bridge and Askham / Helton. Parking here literally is along the roadside and there isn't really that much room to be honest.

Speaking for myself, the fells around here bring with them some of my favourite walking. This is somewhere you can still walk for hours and not see another soul; if you know where to go that is.


Route Map

Ullswater, seen from the track above Roehead.

The Cockpit Stone Circle in front of Heughscar Hill.

Jennifer and Anne head off as we mess about taking pictures of the stone circle.

Arthur's Pike summit cairn, blocking out Pooley Bridge, but it is there.

Heading across (actually it's up) to Loadpot Hill in the windiest conditions I've had in months. I'd just about forgot what it was like to walk in a strong wind, which just proves what a calm, although snowy and frosty, winter we've had.

Looking back down to Arthur's Pike.


Carefully does it on the soft slushy snow.

Loadpot Hill summit. The fell right above the trig point is Blencathra.

The ruin of Lowther House.

Wether Hill summit cairn.

Not long after leaving the main ridge, we came across this large area of semi frozen snow which must have been quite deep in the gill itself, but was safe enough to walk straight across. Shortly after this however, , , ,

, , , , we took a slight de-tour and walked above this area of snow which was far too steep and slippery to walk down.

This is more like it. Blue sky, sunshine and a bit less wind, and about time for something to eat.

And this ruin at above Fusedale of was just the spot for a sit down.

Heading into Fusedale with a glimpse of Ullswater in the distance.

At the bottom end of the valley now and you'd hardly think it was the same day as it was earlier on Loadpot Hill.

Waiting patiently at Fusedale Beck for the slowcoach (me) to catch up!

Cote Farm. Notice the landslide behind the leftmost building, caused by last November's floods .

Crossing Fusedale Beck for the second time.

To get back to the car we followed the track around the northern end of Steel Knotts; aptly named Steel End. On the gentle up hill section of track we were treated to warm sunshine and gorgeous views down to Ullswater.

Martindale New Church.

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Lake District Walks