Yesterday we took our first steps into the Lake District since before Lockdown, walking from Askham to Pooley Bridge – across Askham Fell and Moor Divock, a favourite walking area of ours.
It’s a while since we’ve walked across to Pooley Bridge from Askham, the last time was just before Storm Desmond, where we sat in the tea garden by the lovely old Pooley Bridge. Not long afterwards, that historic structure was swept away. I’d known the old bridge for some years. I was shocked to see it go.
The replacement bridge is now in place, but not open. It’s made of stainless steel and has no resemblance to the original. But I have to admit that I went expecting to loathe the replacement, being a hater of most things modern.
But you know, I rather liked the stainless steel bridge. It has fine lines and a rather elegant simplicity. I would, of course, swap it for the old bridge. But given we can’t have it back this isn’t a bad replacement. My pictures don’t do it justice. Do have a look at the website – address on the first picture above.
Being a Monday, Pooley Bridge was deserted when we got there, though I know it’s been busy at weekends.
The walk across the fells from Askham was a delight as always. There were a lot of swallows about on the village greens and it was sheer joy to hear the skylarks on the higher ground. As we climbed back on the return journey we heard our first cuckoo in the distance.
Some of the paths we used are now part of the Ullswater Way. We were doing our second circuit of this lovely route when Britain went in Lockdown. We look forward to resuming this adventure in the near future.
We talked to a villager in Askham. She said that the village car park had been heaving with people over the weekend, few bothering to social distance. It we get a second wave of this wretched thing I wouldn’t be surprised.
And yes – I think I’m a convert in admiration of the new Pooley Bridge.
Please enjoy your walks but stay safe.