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28th February 2013: A ride to Pooley Bridge

Ride Report by Alistair Whitaker


Three members out for todays ride including myself, I was pleased to see Keith and Norman at the car park at Shap.We left promptly at just after 10am, and rode out of the village  heading west passed through the hamlet of Keld. Once on the old waterworks road we headed north and followed the private road round to Burnbanks.

We made the short detour to the Haweswater dam, before returning to Burnbanks and continuing on the minor roads through Bampton.

Before Helton we  turned off to pass Wide Wath and take the bridleway which gave us access to Moor Divock and Askham fell. The views opened up once on the highpoint, Blencathra in particular very prominent.

At the high point we turned southwards and crossed to the stone circle known as the Cockpit.The bridleway continues and generally descends throughout its length all the way to Howtown. The views on here of Ullswater and fells beyond were superb.From the end of the track we crossed the foot of Fusedale. The bridleway opposite contours under Steel Knotts meeting tarmac next to the church on the hause. We had our lunch here looking down onto the zig-zags and Ullswater .

We made good progress on the quiet road on the east side of Ullswater. A short bridleway brought us right to the bridge at Pooley Bridge. Our objective had been reached!!

It was a warm climb back up onto Askam Fell, almost reaching where we'd been earlier . Before turning northwards skirting Heughscar Hill and enjoying the descent over short cropped turf down to Askam.

We stopped at the PostOffice/Shop/Cafe for coffee and cake.

Following the Lowther valley we turned up into Whale and riding the byway through the parkland. From Whalemoor be dropped on what appears to be a little used bridleway down to Knipe Moor. From here it was minor roads back to Shap and the cars.

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On the Waterworks road

Haweswater from near the dam

On to Moor Divock

Admiring the view to the west

The Cockpit

 High above Ullswater

Looking down to Ullswater from the bridleway.

Our Lunchspot view

 A tree (and Sheep) in a field

Pooley Bridge

Eccles Cake and Coffee at the Cafe/Post Office in Askam

 Riding through Lowther Park

On the track to High Knipe

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