Nine LDWA members including two from the East Yorkshire group and three guests met at Askham on a pleasant sunny morning to enjoy an amble over local fells with the added bonus of bagging a couple of Wainwrights.


Thanks to a recent spell of dry weather, and we benefited from this throughout the walk, we skipped up the dry grassy slope to Heughscar Hill where we got our first glimpse of Ullswater and extensive views over the Eden valley towards the Pennines. Our journey continued via the Cockpit and onwards to Loadpot Hill. By the time we approached the final pull to the summit, a cool wind had sprung up so we hunkered down for a coffee stop just short of the top. The first Wainwright, Loadpot Hill was easily reached and from there it was a short hop to our second Wainwright, Wether Hill.


A long downward stretch over High and Low Kop followed. Ullswater was left behind and the Haweswater reservoir emerged with extensive views of the High Street range.

Lunch was taken on a sunny bank overlooking Bampton and views of our final climb of the day up Knipe Scar. Once the scar was reached there was a final view of the reservoir and then it was all downhill to Askham. Along the way we were able to view much of the mornings outward route.


We were back at the cars by 16. 30 having walked 18.5 miles and ascended 3010ft.