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7th May 2017

Coach Trip to Pooley Bridge

Pooley Bridge is a village in the Edan Disrict in Cumbria within the Lake District National Park.  The village takes its name from the old bridge that crossed the River Eamont at the Northern end of Ulswater. 

A Walk – Leader Chris Thornley                  15 miles                       Strenuous.

We alight on the A6 about a mile north of Shap and pick up a byway at Sweetholme. Onto the village of Rosgill. Then field paths to Rawhead, Park Bridge and Thornthwait Force. We then follow the north shore of Hawswater Reservoir. Hawswater was constructed in the 1930's by Manchester Corporation to supply the city with water. Controversially the farming villages of Mardale Green and Measand were flooded when Hawswater was created. The residents were relocated and the valley of Mardalewas altered drastically forever. We then strike north west from Hawswater and take a path over Bampton Common to Wether Hill. We then join High Street Roman Road and follow it north to Loadpot Hill, then onto Barton Fell and The Cockpit. Then descend to Roehead, How Hill and into Pooley Bridge. Some very fine views of the Helvellyn range and other lakeland mountains weather permitting.

B Walk  Leader Michael Counter, 9 miles Moderate

We alight the coach at Shapbeck Bridge on the A6, north of Shap Village. A bridleway is now followed passing the Out Scar quarry and onto Knipe Scar.  This limestone ridge is now traversed, eventually dropping down to High Knipe and then onto Hill Plantation.  Another bridleway is followed to Whale Farm and to the hamlet of Helton.  The way now heads up onto Askham Fell 1100ft and crosses the old Roman road at Ketley Gate, before dropping down into Polley Bridge. Great views of the northern Lakeland Fells as we descend (once my wish will come true and the weather kind and you will believe me)

C Walk    Leader Hannah Rose         8 miles        Moderate

Alight at Lowther Village and take the lane through to Lowther New Town passing the almshouses and on into the park at Lowther Castle. Pay a visit to the church with it’s tombs and mausoleum to the Lowther family.  Cross the river and into the pretty village of Askham before a steepish climb to Askham Fell.  From here there are, hopefully, fabulous views of Ullswater.  We cross the fell to the ancient Barton church and then follow the path and river Eamont into Pooley Bridge.

D Walk         Leader Roger Haythornthwaite       6 miles       Moderate

From Pooley Bridge, cross by the new road bridge and walk north alongside the River Eamont to DALEMAIN, a stately home associated with marmalade!  Proceed along field paths now to DACRE CASTLE and DACRE VILLAGE.  Walk through the village then on lanes south to LOW BRIDGE and SOULAND GATE.  Follow field paths to the River Eamont again, and retrace our steps to Pooley Bridge.

 

Morning (Outward) Pick-Up Points

  Blackburn Coach

08:00     Darwen : Boots Duckworth St

08:05     Darwen : Lynwood Avenue

08:05     Ewood : Empire Theatre

08:10     Blackburn : Penny Street

08:20     Oswaldtwistle : Black Dog

08:25     Oswaldtwistle : The Civic Theatre

08:35     Accrington : Whalley Rd, opposite Music Box 

08:40     Accrington : Victoria Hospital

08:50     Clayton : Hare and Hounds

08:55     Harwood : Nightingales Garage

09:00     Whalley : King Street

09:05     Clitheroe : York Street

Burnley Coach

08:15     Nelson : Walton lane, Leeds Road

08:20     Colne : Colne Bus Station

08:20     Colne : Library

08:25     Colne : Alkincoates

08:30     Barrowford : Heritage Centre

08:40     Nelson : Bus Station

08:45     Brierfield : Town Hall

08:50     Burnley : Brennard Street

08:55     Burnley : Bus Station

08:55     Burnley : Tim Bobbin

09:00     Padiham : Whitegates

09:05     Padiham : Town Hall

09:10     Clayton : Hare and Hounds