Arthurs Pike and Bonscale Pike
Fri 18th April 2014
The walk was due to start at 9.30am from Pooley Bridge Market Cross but everyone was in good time and in good spirits even though there was a slight amount of rain in the air. The Lakes were about to be ‘invaded’ from the North East contingent, all eleven of us (bar one) had travelled across from locations such as Hexham, Bellingham, Cramlington and Newcastle. Oh yes, Rothbury too!
The mini bus duly arrived and off we set for the inaugural Shepherds Walks in the Lake District. Down we went to Howtown, a charming hamlet filled with history due to its bobbin making past in the Industrial Revolution. Now a stopping off place for the Ullswater steamers.
After getting walking sticks adjusted, gear checked, off we went up the steep ascent to our first Wainwright target of the day, Bonscale Pike (1718 feet). This is no mean feat for our feet, quite an incline but everyone managed it admirably. We paused for a well deserved coffee break three quarters of the way up and took in the amazing views of the lake and surrounding mountains. The Helvellyn range was particularly stunning with snow glistening. The rain had stopped too and the strong wind was on our backs, seeming to push us along.
The elation was tangible as we ‘bagged’ our first Wainwright of the day. Jon captured it on his iphone and it was duly Tweeted. Lots of smiling, happy, pleased faces amongst us all. What a great way to spend a Sunday morning!
Then onwards to our next peak, Arthurs Pike (1747 feet), almost a ridge walk now. Time for more team photos as we achieved our aim of two Wainwrights in a day. We started to descend and found a perfect place for a well earned lunch by a stream. Suitably refreshed we then headed off to see an ancient stone Circle named locally as ‘the Cockpit’ and then on to see a Bronze Age burial site which looked quite small for a Chieftan but Jon explained such Chiefs were buried in a foetal position, they weren’t really pygmy’s!
Final hill of the day was Heughscar Hill (one of Wainwrights so called ‘Outlying Fells’) and then down back into Pooley Bridge.
A great day was had by all and pretty memorable as being Shepherds Walks first expedition to the marvellous Lake District.
Well done everyone!