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
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
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