|from Wether Hill looking Westwards. Hallin Fell popping up in the middle in front of Ullswater. The Blencathra range can be seen on the horizon.|
In training for the Cumbria Way, I'm following a plan which basically ups the mileage run, getting ones legs used to running when tired. It's an enjoyable challenge. I sat around on Saturday and eventually slogged out 16 road miles in the rain. On Sunday I had a really nice trail run of about 14 miles. Monday was a rest day and then I had 12 miles on the plan for today. The forecast was good and I had the day off from work so I thought I would head over to the far eastern fells. This is really nice running ground. The route I took didn't have massive climbs. The majority of the climbs were runnable but my plan was to have an easy day and get the miles in.
|just over 12 miles|
I parked at Pooley Bridge and followed the road from the church, crossing over and carrying on until I got onto the open fell. I took a bit of time to get going, walking up the road but eventually broke into a trot up to The Cockpit, a famous Bronze Age stone circle, which acts as a bit of a junction for the various bridleways that cross these hills. From here, I picked up the more direct path to Loadpot Hill, the first Wainwright of the day. Once up here, it is a nice run across to Wether Hill, my furthest point at around six miles in. Neither of these hills are impressive peaks but there is a trig column on Loadpot Hill and a cairn on Wether Hill and the views from both are impressive. I turned around at Wether Hill and ran back, skirting around Loadpot Hill this time. I had intended to visit Bonscale Pike but I was enjoying the track so much that I carried on to Arthur's Pike. Here I chatted to a couple who were enjoying a can of Fosters before carrying on over Brock Crag and back to the entry road.
|Loadpot Hill looking West. Place Fell is in the centre with Helvellyn directly above. St Sunday Crag is clear on the left.|
|from Wether Hill summit cairn looking back on the gentle slope back up to Loadpot Hill|
|at Brock Crag looking over a calm Ullswater|