Heughscar Hill from Pooley Bridge.

Start. Pooley Bridge.

Route. Pooley Bridge - Roehead - The Cockpit - Ketley Gate - Heughscar Hill - Heugh Scar - Roehead - Pooley Bridge.

Notes. I'm still dragging a swollen ankle around, lets not dwell on the subject, so I'am on the hunt for lesser heights, Heughscar Hill rising between the valleys of the River Lowther and Eamont seems to fit the bill. The far northern arm of the High Street massif gifting the lucky rambler with stunning views over the vast expanse of the Eden Valley to the Pennines, and in the other direction, the length of Ullswater. But my route first took me onto Moor Divock, a vast expanse of peat bog crossed by ancient pathways linking long dead farming settlements, many cairns, burial mounds and standing stones decorate the moor, the largest being The Cockpit, a Bronze Age stone circle, for Bronze Age man once lived and farmed this tract of high moor, growing wheat and barley, breading livestock, living in round houses on the eastern edge of the moor. Somewhere around 3.000 years ago climate change brought colder, wetter weather, the peat encroached forcing man off the hill, leaving the symbols of his beliefs, superstitions and the cremated remains of his ancestors.

I left Pooley Bridge heading north, at the mini roundabout I turned into High Street, a short walk east saw me reach a cross-roads, straight across for me. Striding out over the tarmac surface of a narrow lane I soon passed Howe Hill before reaching Roehead, here the tarmac ends, a gate allows access to the fell. I passed through the fell gate to start the short easy ascent onto Moor Dovock. After visiting The Cockpit I turned east before swinging north to ascend the slopes of Heughscar Hill, two cairns adorn the summit one in particular looks considerably older than the other, I continued on to the northern end of the plateau before turning southwest. On good paths I descended to Roehead from where I re-traced my steps back to Pooley Bridge.

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Seen from the approach to Roehead, Dunmallard Hill above Pooley Bridge.

Above the intake wall with views over Ullswater to a cloud capped Lakeland skyline.

Viewing Arthur's Pike from the ascent to Moor Divock.

Adventures for another Day, the sylvan slopes of Dunmallard Hill and beyond.

The Cockpit looking to Heughscar Hill.

This Bronze Age stone circle consists of around 75 stones ranging between 1 to 3 feet tall, some standing some fallen, at around 90ft in diameter it is easily the largest monument on Moor Divock.

Heughscar Hill seen from the boggy eastern edge of The Cockpit.

One of several large sink holes passed en route, a typical feature of limestone country.

Seen from the ascent of Heughscar Hill the blue/grey hills of the Pennines, The Backbone of England.

From this limestone plateau a stunning view the length of Ullswater.

In the distance across the vast plane of the Eden Valley the ridges of the Pennines.

One of two cairns on Heughscar Hill.

From the other cairn views the length of Ullswater.

Wonderful views over the gentle rolling landscape of the Eden Valley, with Penrith backed by the wooded mound of Beacon Hill.

Looking back to a limestone lesser summit that I will certainly visit again.

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