UW04 : Howtown to Pooley Bridge
Sunday 2nd July 2017
awoke feeling rather fragile. Nothing to do with
last night’s jolly evening of course. Just a bad
cars went to Pooley Bridge where Ian found an extremely
good value car park. Team reunited in one car,
we headed off to our personal parking space at
Howtown Wyke which just happened to be directly opposite
the footpath that we were to follow for the next three
a contrast to yesterday’s track. This one was
a very gentle, progressive rise, offering potentially
great views up and down the lake. Unfortunately the
“up the lake” views were not as bright as they might
have been due to a heavy cloud cover. Down
the lake” interest was enhanced by dozens of yachts
preparing to set off racing. Cynthia later discovered
that it was the 55th Lord Birkett Memorial Trophy weekend.
the gun fired and they set off, again the steamer had
up the track was a large stone that seemed out of place.
It turned out to be a memorial to Alfred Wainwright.
Carved into the rock is a depiction of the lake and
loveliest of lakes Ullswater curving gracefully into
the far distance
made a good seat for a team picture!
we left the lake and reached the Roman Road High Street
and The Cockpit, about which the Lake District National
Park website says:
above Ullswater, the windswept upland known as Moor
Divock is scattered with prehistoric monuments. The
Cockpit is one of the most impressive. It's a circular
stone bank, 27 metres (90 feet) across, with larger
stones set into its inner face. Like all stone circles,
its original purpose is a mystery. It may have been
for rituals and gatherings, or a sign of land ownership.
on the picture above for a full 360 degree view of the
was the turning point although the official sign was
highly misleading and it took a bit of helpful graffiti
to identify the correct direction. It was a broad
track down to Pooley Bridge and Granny
where it had all kicked off back in April. The purpose
of the Scampi & Chips was not a mystery. It
was a sort of ritual gathering celebratory feast!
another “Way” completed. Although short in comparison
with some that we have done, the Ullswater Way is unsurpassed
in terms of scenery.
we do it again one day, perhaps the other way round?
UW03 is the problem- it’s a long stretch and involves
a lot of steep, rocky up and down paths. But
we could cheat and do that section by boat!
maybe the whole lot?
Sunday 2nd July 2017
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