Mark Walks LEJOG Day 36 – Haweswater to Pooley Bridge

Hullo. How are you? I hope you are having a good day. I’m Mark and I’m walking from Land’s End to John O’Groats…

With just a short 10 mile walk ahead, I had a lazy breakfast at the Haweswater Hotel and then spent some time reading and relaxing.

It was a misty start to the day as set off along the edge of the reservoir, which I needed to round in order to climb up and over the hills on the other side.

Walking along lanes and tracks towards the hills was an easy and pleasant way to start and gave me time to digest the large breakfast and to listen to some podcasts.

Ascending onto the moorland meant a gentle climb up a long but forgiving hill. As I ascended, the wind and rain both increased to the point of gales and downpours, which made plateau an exciting and fun battle with the weather.

Walking the length of the empty plateau saw the rain start to ease and the sun beginning to make an appearance, just in time to reveal views across Ullswater to the majestic Helvellyn, rising into the clouds. Helvellyn is one of my favourite UK mountains, which I have spent many happy days climbing.

The track then began to descend to the banks of the magnificent Ullswater, where Wordsworth spent his leisure time and was inspired by the daffodils at the edge of the lake to write his most famous poem.

Arriving into Pooley Bridge, I spend some time wandering around and visiting spots I have spent time in the past.

The village is named for the handsome 18th century bridge, which once stood at the centre of the village but was washed away during Storm Desmond in 2015.

It was refreshing to see the replacement bridge is also handsome – although entirely different with its stainless steel body.

I then headed for the very good 1863 Restaurant, where I had booked a room for the night and was looking forward to supper.


The Day 36 Vlog


Fundraising for MacMillan Cancer Support

As I walk from Land’s End to John O’Groats, I am hoping to raise £10,000 for MacMillan Cancer Support, who do such a wonderful job of supporting families through the most difficult times. If you are able to spare any amount and would like to donate to MacMillan, please do so through my Just Giving Page.


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