Etterick camping weekend

For the bank holiday weekend, Mel will be leading two walks on Saturday the 26th and Sunday the 27th up in the Scottish Borders in the Ettrick Valley near Selkirk.

Here’s her description of the weekend plans:

So the August bank holiday weekend (26th and 27th of August), I’m heading up to the Scottish Borders to explore some of the walking around there. I have put both the walks I’m planning to walk 1 & walk 2. I’m going to be camping up there at the Honey Cottage campsite from the Friday night so anyone who is wanting a trip away feel free to join me. They’re pretty easygoing about campers so people can come along and stay any of the nights or not as they wish. If you’re wanting to camp please book directly with the campsite themselves (or at least let them know you’re coming – they don’t take payment at time of booking) and just pop me a message to say you’ll be there and I’ll choose a camping area with enough room. There’s a pub a mile walk from the site for food (stop serving at 8pm) or another one 8 miles up the road which serves until later in the evening.

If you are coming along on either of the walks could you please text me by the Friday night at 6pm since once I leave work and head to Ettrick Valley I’ll be unlikely to have any signal.


Mobile: 07584303975

Campsite details: HONEY COTTAGE CARAVAN PARK, Hope House, Ettrick Valley, Selkirk, TD7 5HU

Tel: 01750 62246 or 015395 31291

Great Rundale Tarn & High Cup Nick – Sunday, 3 September 2017

Meet time: 9.15am
Start time: 9.30am
Start point: Dufton car park, NY 690250

This is a moderate 11 mile circular walk up to Great Rundale Tarn then onto High Cup Nick.

Starting from Dufton we will head for the foot of Dufton Pike, following the track to the east side of the Pike we climb up to Threlkeld Side Mine which was operational from 1821 to 1980. Heading past the mine the track climbs steadily to the shooting hut over looking Great Rundale Tarn. From the Tarn we will follow the beck towards High Cup Nick, this section of the walk is across moorland so can be boggy and will most likely involve grouse scarpering from the moorland. Once we get to the bridge crossing the beck we will then make our way to High Cup Nick and join the Pennine way back to Dufton.

Distance: 11 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
Time: approx 5 hours

Please text Ross on 07900876197 by 6pm on Saturday 2nd Sept if you are coming on this walk.

The walk leader reserves the right to cancel the walk or modify the route dependent on weather conditions.

Loch Skeen and the Grey Mare’s Tail – Sunday, 27 August 2017

Part 2 of a weekend of walking in the border country! Dependent on weather conditions this walk may be swapped with the Etterick Horseshoe walk on the Saturday so as to make the most of any clear weather. Any changes will be advertised on the Friday.

This is an unreccied walk, the description is taken from the Cicerone guide.
“It is easy to see how Grey Mare’s Tail got its name as you gaze at the tall, thin line of white frothing water. The waterfall plunges 60m down into the Moffat Water Valley, a landscape created by glacial erosion over millions of years. Grey Mare’s Tail is a superb example of a hanging valley and is important for its rare upland plants and wildlife.” – National Trust for Scotland

Start point: Grey Mare’s Tail car park on the A708, DG10 9LH, NT186144
Meet time: 9.45am
Start time: 10am

Route: From the car park climb the steep steps up the flank of Bran Law, north of the Grey Mare’s Tail. Above the falls the path winds northwest alongside Tail Burn to the foot of Loch Skeen. Before the loch a faint trail through the heather leads to the right over a glacial mound and on to Lochcraig Head via a steep ascent. From this point the elevated circuit of Loch Skeen begins, heading west to Firthybrig Head and then south before leaving the guiding fence and heading across open fell to the Mid Craig ridge. Follow the ridge as it descends sharply down to Tail Burn and back onto the Grey Mare’s Tail path.
The steps can be slippy if wet so please bear it in mind.

Distance: 7 miles
Ascent: 600m
Time: 5 – 6 hours dependent on breaks

Please text Mel on 07584303975 by 5pm on the Friday if you are coming on this walk as will be out of signal once camping for the weekend

The Etterick Horseshoe – Saturday, 26 August 2017

Meet time: 9.45am (Please be there early as not sure of parking)
Start time 9:45
Distance: 10 miles / 16.1 km
Ascent: 690m
Time: 6-7 hours dependent on breaks
Grade Strenuous
Start Point: Potburn, Ettrick Valley, Selkirkshire NT186087
Car parking: At the road end by the turning circle

Part 1 of a weekend of walking in the border country! Dependent on weather conditions this walk may be swapped with the Loch Skeen walk on the Sunday so as to make the most of any clear weather. Any changes will be advertised on the Friday.

This is an unreccied walk, the description is taken from the Cicerone guide.

Route:From the parking area follow the forest road leading west signposted ‘Bodesbeck Law, Etterick Horseshoe’ then fork left to Longhope Burn. Climb steadily to Bodesbeck Col (474m) then leave the track and follow the dyke as it zig zags to the top of White Shank (620m) and then traces the route right the way round to Etterick Pen (692m) with the wall converting to a fence at Smidehope Hill. Following this boundary the trail drops down to Etterick Head before rising again onto the second ridge at Wind Fell. Continue along the ridge northeast for nearly 2 miles to Etterick Pen then leave the guiding fence behind and take to the open fell to descend for half a mile to a tin shed before dropping to the bothy in the valley bottom. From here follow the Southern Upland Way across the woodenbridge and back to the cars.
On a good day this route should provide some fab views, especially over Eskdalemuir.

Please text Mel on 07584303975 by 5pm on the Friday if you are coming on this walk as will be out of signal once camping for the weekend

Lingmoor Fell from Elterwater – Sunday 20th August

A relatively small Wainwright (469m), but great views of surrounding Pike of Blisco, Langdale Pikes and Coniston Fells (subject to Lake District weather of course!).

Start: Elterwater – National Trust Car Park (There’s some free parking available just outside the village as well
OS Grid ref: NY 328047
Nearest Postcode: LA22 9HP

Meet 9.15am for a 9.30am start

Miles: Approx. 7 miles

Grade: Easy/Moderate – some small scrambly parts off Lingmoor Fell and Side Pike

Time: Approx. 4.5-5 hours

This is a circular walk. From the car park we head over the bridge towards Eltermere Hotel, following the road up through Sawrey’s Wood. We then follow the footpath through the disused quarries and onto the ridge which takes in Lingmoor Fell (469m). After reaching the summit, we follow path towards Side Pike but not before squeezing through Fat Man’s Agony.

From Side Pike, head downhill towards Great Langdale campsite and follow the Cumbria Way along Great Langdale Beck back to Elterwater.

Please let Megan know on 07503913200 by 6pm on Saturday 19th.

The walk leader reserves the right to alter or cancel the walk due to weather conditions.

Whinfell and Borrowdale (Howgills) – Sunday, 13 August 201

“Unclaimed by either Lakes or Dales national parks, Borrowdale is one of the area’s ignored treasures, with splendid walking through the solitute of the dale along the undulating hills that bound it” – Cicerone guide

This is an unreccied walk – description is taken from the Cicerone walking guide.

Description:  Starting from the A6 head south along the road and turn a sharp left at the right hand bend to follow a track.  Immediately through the gate we head steeply up the side of Ashstead Fell and then follow the trod along the ridge top past various rocky outcrops and through small conifer plantations – branching left slightly to top Castle Fell for a good vantage point – to Whinfell Beacon.  The views from the ridge on a clear day should be great of the valley and surrounding hills, and supposedly on a perfect day you can see Blackpool Tower!  From the Beacon, descend north east to the radio masts until joining a tarmac track coming up from Patton Bridge.  Leave the track, bearing left as it swings right and follow the indistinct trods to the sparse woodland, upon reaching a wall follow it down to the main track in the valley bottom.  Follow the right hand bank of the river back to the start, enjoying the last views as the path crosses the shoulder of the hill.

Meet time: 9.15am
Start time: 9.30am
Time: approx 6 hours
(Estimated finish time: 15:30)
Distance: 9 miles / 14.5 km
Grade: Leisurely end of moderate

Start point: Layby with phonebox on north side of A6 (Hucks Bridge) NY 552038

Parking:  Room for about 8? cars at the layby (can probably double park as well if the first arrivals park with the nearside on the verge).  Or there is another layby about 300m north on the A6 on the righthand side

Please text Mel on 075854303975 by 6pm on Saturday if you are coming on this walk.

The walk leader reserves the right to modify the route or cancel the walk dependent on conditions

Black Combe – Sunday, 6 August 2017

Black Combe is one of Wainwright’s outlying fells and is often overlooked due to it being quite out of the way in the south west of Cumbria. It is famously 30ft short of being a true mountain. This walk will be a circular route.

Route: From the church, we follow the road a little way before moving onto a proper footpath through the bracken. We follow this path south and then up the side of Townend Knotts. We then join a bridleway that will take us to the summit. Black Combe is one of the few places it is possible to see all four countries of the UK at the same time (on a clear day). Rejoining the bridleway we start our descent toward down to the field boundary near the base of the fell. Once we reach the fence we follow the path south past Fell Cottage, crossing Monkfoss Beck toward Whitbeck Mill. At this point, we join a lane which takes us back to the start point.

Starting point: Whitbeck Church SD:118,839 nearest postcode LA19 5UR.
Car Parking: There is a lay-by outside the church on the A595. This another lay-by on the opposite side of the road approx 150m south of the church.

Meet time: 9.30am
Start time: 9:45
(Estimated finish time: 14:45)
Distance: 7.5 miles / 12.1 km
Grade: Leasurly

Please contact Nicole by 6pm on Saturday if you are coming along on this walk.

The walk leader reserves the right to cancel the walk or modify the route dependent on weather conditions

Blencathra via Bannerdale Crags

Blencathra via Bannerdale Crags

Sunday, 30 July 2017
Start time: 9:15
(Estimated finish time: 15:30)
Moderate 7.5 miles / 12 km
Group Summit Good
Start: Mungrisdale, phone box in the village NY362303

Parking: honesty box parking at the village hall and at the phone box, further verge side parking along the river

Meet time: 9.15am

Start time: 9.30am

Description: From Mungrisdale we head up across the common and along the side of Bowscale Fell. At the top of Bannerdale Crags we descend to the col before continuing up to the summit of Blencathra. Now we descend via the main path towards Scales but branch off and follow the path leading to Souther Fell before descending back to Mungrisdale

Distance: 12km

Time: approx 6 hours

Please contact Tom on 07760660113 before 9pm on Saturday

Nine Standards Rigg – Sunday, 23 July 2017

Nine Standards Rigg

To get us out of the Lake District since the school holidays have started I’m going to explore some of the neighbouring hill ranges, and Nine Standards Rigg looks like a very interesting start point! This route is unreccied and I’ve taken the walk description from the Walking Britain website.

Parking: plenty of on street parking in Kirkby Stephen as well as a free car park off Silver Street CA17 4HA, NY772088

Meet point: Market Square in Kirkby Stephen CA17 4QT, NY775087

Meet Time: 9.15am for 9.30am start

Distance:9.5 miles

Grade: Moderate

Time: 5-6 hours (dependent on breaks)


Starting from the pleasant town of Kirkby Stephen this walk explores the rolling country lying to the east of the town before taking a section of the Coast to Coast path to the summit of Nine Standards Rigg. The route includes riverside walking, a section of woodland, wild moorland and views across the Vale of Eden. The return leg into Kirkby Stephen is along a quiet country lane offering a grandstand view of Kirkby Stephen.

There is plenty of parking in Kirkby Stephen including a car park to the west of the main road (grid ref. NY772088). Wherever you park locate the entrance to the parish church in the Market Square. With your back to the church turn left and walk down the narrow road next to the newsagents. Follow the sign for River Eden and Frank’s Bridge down an alley, Stone Shot. At the bottom turn left and cross Frank’s Bridge. Turn right along a path following the River Eden which is on your right.

The path joins a walled lane. Shortly after the first bend in the River Eden turn left on a signed footpath (grid ref. NY779080). This leads across a field to a bridge over a disused railway (grid ref. NY780077). Continue on the path through two fields to reach a junction of paths (grid ref. NY782074). Bear left here through woodland to follow Ladthwaite Beck upstream. The path climbs away from the beck before contouring across the northern slopes of Birkett Hill to reach Ladthwaite Farm.

Bear left here and follow the signed path initially alongside a wall on your left. The path then leaves this wall and climbs more steeply up to a tarmac lane (grid ref. NY799075). East from here there are grand views across Hartley Fell whilst directly ahead lies another Birkett Hill!

From the tarmac lane turn right, go through a metal gate and walk along a track signed Coast to Coast path initially in a south-easterly direction. The track undulates for a while generally following a wall on your right. Reaching a path junction at grid ref. NY810067 bear left leaving the track to follow a clear path across the moor. Initially Faraday Gill is to your left but as height is gained the stream is crossed.

Nine Standards disappear from sight on this section and feel further away than they really are. Nowhere is the climbing steep but the path is somewhat tedious across the moor. Eventually the Nine Standards come into sight and your objective is close at hand. The large cairns offer a fine viewpoint and it’s a perfect place to rest. If you wish to reach the true summit then this is marked by a trig point some 500 metres to the south. However the view is not so good.

After enjoying the views return to grid ref. NY799075 and continue west down the tarmac lane. This descends quite sharply in places with the vast expanse of Hartley Quarry to your left. Continue on the lane until it starts to level out before Hartley village. Cross the first small bridge on the left (grid ref. NY782085) and turn left to locate a footpath on your right. This leads across a meadow back to Frank’s Bridge from where you retrace your steps back into Kirkby Stephen.

Please text Mel on 07584303975 by 6pm on Saturday if you are coming along. The walk leader reserves the right to modify the route or cancel the walk dependent on weather conditions

Langdale Camping Sat 8th July

Some of us will be camping in Langdale at the National trust campsite or wild camping if there’s no room. We plan to eat either at the Stickle Barn or the Old Dungeon Gyhll depending on numbers

txt or msg Matthew on 07878352150 if you’re coming along that night I will also be standing outside the National trust lansdale campsite reception from 6 till 6:15pm  on Saturday evening if you want to find me.

It’s a bit of a rushed social the next one will be in September when the Lake District calms down after summer madness.