Heughscar Hill

Heughscar Hill, from Moor Divock

Summit: Heughscar Hill is 1231’ above sea level.

Date bagged: 28th June 2014 (walk 84).

Bagged as number: 261 of the 330. [ << Brant Fell (260)  (262) Dunmallet >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: Ascended from Moor Divock, having come ultimately (by way of three other summits) from Howtown. Descended to Pooley Bridge.

Ullswater from Heughscar Hill

The very good view of Ullswater from Heughscar Hill

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 216 of volume 8): “Heughscar Hill is the gentlest of eminences…. and commands a fine prospect, including a lovely view of Ullswater with the lofty Helvellyn range forming a majestic background. It is clothed in patches of bracken and a velvet turf on which carpet slippers would be more appropriate than boots, but its greatest joy is the spine of limestone outcropping in rocky pavements along the top.”

What I say: AW gives this place a good writeup considering that it is, really, just a slight green hill, but he’s certainly right about the view.  Ullswater is the most beautiful of all the lakes — I would say there is very little doubt about this — and apart from the view from the Brown Hills (see walk 48), this may be the best view of it I’ve seen. The relatively low altitude affects the perspective so it appears as a narrow hook-shaped slash, curving towards the high Helvellyn range in the distance. Excellent architecture, and a pleasant grassy platform to view it from. Worth a visit; you could be up there in 40 minutes from Pooley Bridge town centre, easily.

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One Response to “Heughscar Hill”

  1. […] walk took me to two of the remaining Outlying Fells, Heughscar Hill and Dunmallet, but also to three of the summits in Wainwright’s volume 2, namely Bonscale […]

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