Loadpot Hill is a fell in the English Lake District
located between Haweswater and Ullswater.
Although of moderate
height, Loadpot Hill and its descending ridges cover an area of around
12 square miles (31 square km).
Standing to the north of Wether
Hill, Loadpot Hill is the last principal height on the main ridge of the
Far Eastern Fells before the land falls away to Penrith and the River
The western slopes of the fell drop swiftly to Fusedale
over a few outcrops of rock, Fusedale Beck flowing due north to
North north west and north from Loadpot Hill, two
short spurs fan out to the twin tops of Bonscale Pike and Arthur's Pike.
These two fells, both with craggy faces overlooking Ullswater, are
separated by Swarthbeck Gill.
North east from Loadpot Hill, the
main ridge becomes broad and indistinct, falling gently in stages
between the rivers Eamont and Lowther. These empty into Ullswater and
Haweswater respectively and converge 8 miles(13 km) from the summit,
just south of Penrith.
In fellwalking terms the practical
northern boundary of Loadpot Hill is the road from Pooley Bridge to
Askham. This encloses broad slopes of heather and fell grass, with a
wide depression at Moor Divock (1,060 ft) and then a steeper rise to the
independent top of Heughscar Hill (1,240 ft). Continuing from here to
the road, plantations and other forms of cultivation gradually increase.
Moor Divock is a site of historic interest, complete with tumuli,
standing stones, boundary markers and stone circles. There are also sink
holes and old quarries.
The north east ridge has Heltondale Beck
to the south, a feeder of the Lowther.
Beyond this an east ridge
descends from Loadpot Hill between Heltondale and Cawdale, both of which
are deeply cut. This ridge has a subsidiary top, The Pen, which bears a
beacon (columnar cairn).
The Lowther valley and the
Askham-Bampton road form the eastern boundary of the fell
of Loadpot Hill a short ridge connects to Wether Hill, crossing a
succession of peat bogs.
The broad top of Loadpot Hill has a trig
point marking its highest point. A little to the south of the summit
stood Lowther House, an old shooting lodge, but nothing now remains but
a pile of stone from the chimney.
The roman road (the High
Street) which runs along the main ridge, makes a detour to the west
around the summit of the fell before continuing north east via Moor
Divock to Penrith.
An extensive Lakeland view can be seen to the
west with the Pennines more distant to the east. Ullswater can be
brought into sight by moving a little to the west.
ascents of Loadpot Hill are from Bampton or Helton via the east ridge,
Pooley Bridge or Askham via the north east ridge, or Howtown via
Ascents via Arthur's Pike are also popular. A good path
runs north and south, using the roman road periodically and fainter
paths also follow the branching ridges.
routes near Loadpot Hill