Red Screes – Sunday 30th September

This week starting from the post office in Ambleside we will head up Red Screes via the footpath that starts from the struggle. This does mean unfortunately the first ¾ mile is on road but after that it’s a nice steady climb up onto Red Scree’s. Once we get to the top and the cracking views we will stop for lunch before heading down to Scandale pass, where remembering to turn left we head back down the hanging valley following the beck to Scandale bridge and a photo opportunity before heading down the bridleway back to Ambleside.

Meet outside The Hub
(The post office/tourist information office)
Meet time 9:30
Start time 9:45
Time 4.5 to 6 hours depending on group pace and how many breaks we take.
Distance 12km (7.5 miles)
Height 800m (2600 feet)

Starting point

Ambleside Tourist Inforintmation

Grid reference: NY376045
Nearest postcode: LA22 9BS
The walk leader reserves the right to cancel the walk or modify the route dependent on conditions

Sunday 7th October – Dow Crag from Torver

Title: Dow Crag from Torver

Overview:

The imposing bastion that is Dow Crag provides one of the wildest most impressive rock scenes in the Lake District – a climbers delight. The ascent to the summit takes us from quiet wooded and lower lying river valley terrain to increasingly mountainous impressive surroundings, traversing an airy ridge before descending along the Walna Scar Path and back through the same country at the start of the ascent.

Meeting Point: Torver Church Village Hall Car Park – next to the village school A593. Grid reference: SD285943, LA21 8AZ

Parking:  free in the church village hall car park – honesty box donation welcome £3. There are also spaces next to the Wilsons Arms Inn on the A593 a little further to the south.

Meet Time: 09:45

Start Time: 10:00

Finish Time: 15:00 approx

Ascent: 2,250 ft

Miles: 8

Grade: Mostly Moderate – but a little strenuous in part (climb up to Goats Hause)

Terrain: Moderate predominantly on well marked rocky paths, no technical difficulties. Intermittent path along rocky ridge.

Route Description:

Crossing the main A593 we follow a bridleway close in parallel to Torver Beck, crossing it nearing a waterfall. We then continue along a slight ascent to reach the Walna Scar Road. At this point Dow Crag looms large ahead, as we enter the Cove enclosed by the Crag and the Old Man of Coniston. On an ever steeping climb we walk along the edge of Goat’s Water before a final stiff pull up to Goats Hause. The summit lies half a mile to our SE. This is one of the best mountain summits in Lakeland, with hopefully excellent views to the Irish Sea/Morecambe Bay and the low lying Duddon Valley countryside. A few paces to the east lie the dark deep depths of the gullies penetrating the eastern face of the crag. We then traverse a rocky edge and the two tops of Buck Pike and Brown Pike (non-Wainwrights). We then follow the Walna Scar Road down to the bridleway eventually reaching the same path we traversed at the beginning of the walk, finishing back in Torver with refreshments available at Wilsons Arms Inn.

Preparation:

Please bring appropriate clothing, waterproofs and sturdy boots, no jeans or trainers! Conditions on the high fells by October can often be wild with strong winds and heavy rain a common feature (hopefully not on this occasion!) making for marked windchill compared to the still often mild conditions in the valleys. Gloves and hat should also be at hand, and a change of clothing always handy should you get wet.

Please bring a packed lunch – hopefully the weather will play ball and we can have it on or near the summit, otherwise will seek a sheltered spot further down.

Please contact Damian on 07796654031 before 6pm on Saturday 6 October if you wish to attend. Depending on conditions we may decide to stop at Goats Water if it is particularly unpleasant (i.e. blowing a gale, heavy rain and poor visibility).

Sunday 16th September – Great (and Little) Cockup via Knott

Meeting Point: Car Park NE of Over Water NY255354, CA7 1HJ

Meeting Time: 08:45 Start Time: 09:00
Finish Time: 14:30 approx

Car Parking/Public Transport: Free public car park at Over Water

Rating: Moderate +

Ascent: 2600 ft approx

Miles: 11.25 miles approx

Terrain: A combination of rocky/grassy paths, fells without a path, bridleways and country roads.

Route Description:

This walk is a ‘peak bagger’ and will include 6 Wainwrights, although will include eleven peaks in total. On a good day the hike also has great view of Skiddaw and Dead Crag, views across the Solway Firth and Blencathra. In order, the hike will bag, Longhands Fell (483m), Lowthwaite Fell (509m), Brae Fell (585m), Little Sca Fell (633m), Great Sca Fell (651m), Knott (710m), Burn Tod (595m), Meal Fell (550m), Great Cockup (526m), Little Cockup (399m) and Outhwaite Bank (348m).

In addition, group willingness depending, I can also offer a brief (45-60mins) side trip to Little (642m) and Great (690m) Calva, which are a little off to the south, for 7 Wainwrights and thirteen peaks in total!

Preparation: Please check weather and bring appropriate gear and hiking shoes, also including plenty of water if the weather is good.

Please contact David on 07599 749450 by 9pm Saturday 15th September.

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

Saturday 25th August – Calf Top and Middleton Fell

Calf Top and Middleton Fell – Saturday 25th August

Start time: 9:30am

(Estimated finish: 15:00)

Start point – Barbon Village Hall, New Road, LA6 2LL. Grid ref:sd 627824

Time: Meet at 9:15

Set off: 9:30

Miles: approx. 13 miles

Classification: Moderate

Walk description:

This walk is unreccied and route taken from Cicerone guide book. Panoramic views (on a nice day!) across Yorkshire, Cumbria and Lancashire.

We leave the village by the Barbon Inn and past the church and head up a steepening grassy slope reaching a cairn on Eskholme Pike. The climb continues gradually up to Castle Knott and Calf Top (610m) atop of which there are views across Yorkshire, Cumbria and Lancashire and looking over to the Howgills to the north. We continue along the ridge with an undulating descent to Barkin Top and round along the side of the fell.

At the bottom of the fell we follow a track through some woodland and fields along the River Lune, heading past Middleton Hall towards Barbon.

Please contact Meg on 07503913200 by 7pm on Friday 24th August if you are coming on this walk.

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

Sunday 2nd September – Kentmere Pike and Harter Fell

Start time 10:00am

(Estimated finish time 15:00)

Leisurely  8 miles /  12.8 km

Group Summit Good

Meet time 09:45am

Start time 10:00am

Start point: Sadgill in the Longsleddale valley NY483056, LA8 9BE

Car parking: on road side by the bridge over the river Sprint at Sadgill. Parking is limited so please car share.

Description: Longsleddale is almost a forgotten valley, it offers a quiet access to Kentmere Pike and Harter Fell. There are lovely views over Windermere, Morecambe Bay, Cross Fell and Haweswater. We start by crossing the bridge over the river Sprint at Sadgill and turn left to follow the signpost “Stile End”. Then we follow the signpost “Kentmere”. After going through the 3rd gate, we leave the main path and turn right straight away to follow the track up to Kentmere Pike. Following the track, we keep the wall on our right. Then we go through the gate next to a ladder, walking up to Kentmere Pike, keeping the wooden pole fence on our right. Then it is straight ahead to Harter Fell where we will stop for lunch. Then we keep following the fence line heading to Gatescarth Pass and join a very clear stony track. At the junction turn right. We follow this track all the way back to Sadgill.

Distance: Approx  8 miles /  12.8 km

Ascent: Approx 635m

Time: 5 hours

Please contact Nathalie on 07518479409 by 6pm on Saturday if you are coming on this walk. This walk is suitable for dogs, there are no stiles. But please make sure you keep your dog under control.

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

Sunday 9th September – Blencathra via Sharp Edge and Halls Fell Ridge

Meet time: 9.15
Start time: 9.30
Strenuous 6.5 miles with scrambling up Sharp Edge
Estimated time: ~5 hours depending on breaks
Start location: Car park at the end of the road at Scales up passed the White Horse Inn. NY 343269 CA12 4SY
Parking at the start, the White Horse Inn or the side of the road along the A66.
This walk we will be tackling the famous Sharp Edge if the weather permits. Starting from the small car park at the end of the road up from Scales we will take the gentle climb up to bottom of Scales Fell where we will decide on the ascent route. If the conditions are good we will carry along the low path that goes towards Scales Beck and then takes us up to Scales Tarn where we will then start the climb up Sharp Edge.
If the weather conditions are not good we will take the path up Scales Fell which is straight forward and the final section of the climb does ramp up the gradient to reach the summit.
Once at the summit hopefully we can enjoy the views of Clough Head, Derwent Water, Skiddaw and towards Ullswater. From the summit we will head straight of the front on to Hall’s Fell and make our way down the ridge. This is a nice easy ridge decent that has paths for the people that would rather not climb over rocks to get down.
Once at the bottom of Hall’s Fell we will walk down the path to the farm at Gategill then head on to the road up from Threlkeld, bearing left and heading along the road, through the gate then on to the path that takes up on to the path along side the A66 which will then take us a short walk back to the start of the walk.
This route is not recommended for dogs and will involve scrambling.
Please contact Ross on 07900876197  by 6pm on Saturday if you are coming along on this walk.
The walk leader reserves the right to modify the route or cancel the walk dependent on conditions

Saturday 18th August – The Grasmoor Six Wainwright Fells

Title: The Grasmoor Six Wainwright Fells

Arrival: 09:15

Set off: 09:30

Location – Meet Point:  NY158208 Car Park by Lanthwaite Green Farm, Crummock Water

Distance: approx 17km

Ascent: 1225m

Duration: 6-8 hours depending on breaks

Rating: Moderate-Hard ; this is an unreccied walk.

Route Description: The online walk description states – Mostly clearly defined grass paths, some clambering up rocky steps, and one section of loose scree; Potentially dangerous for a dog.  Steep crags close to the route. There is no water available from the slopes up to Grasmoor until dropping down into Rannerdale nearing the end of the walk.

From the parking area cross the road onto the common and follow the path bearing left across grass towards the foot of Whin Ben. A new footbridge over Liza Beck will appear in view only when you are almost on top of it. Cross the footbridge and bear left up the bank, at the top bear right and shortly after bear left to start the ascent of Whin Ben. Through heather, zigzag up the nose of the ridge. An occasional rocky step is there to provide a little interest though none of them require much effort to overcome.

Having taken a breather on the minor top of Whin Ben, continue down to the little col, and then up through more heather. As you climb higher the way becomes more rocky with some terraces to clamber up. Below to your right is the deep cleft of Gasgale Gill with Grasmoor beyond. Out to your left eventually the sea sparkling on a clear day.

From the summit of Whiteside bear right onto the ridge.

Now the ridge narrows and undulates but keeps a comfortable footing with crags on the right and more gentle grass slopes to your left. Sometimes the path drops to just below and left of the crest to avoid a precarious rocky step.

The ridge ends abruptly at the summit of Hopegill Head.

From the summit of Hopegill Head turn right to first drop down a little and then up over the rounded minor top of Sand Hill. On the far side follow the path through scree to the wide grassy col of Coledale Hause.

Continue across the Hause, keeping right, aiming roughly south for the pass between Eel Crag on the left and Grasmoor on the right. The path to the top of the pass is rough, but don’t go that far. In 400 to 500m (550 yards) from the edge of the hause cross the beck to your right, skirt left of the boggy patch if you’re a bit keen, and look for a faint path climbing the grassy slopes. You are more likely to see it once you have passed it. If you have just climb the slopes anyway to join the path along the top of the crags on the northern face of Grasmoor. Bear left.

From the summit of Grasmoor turn very sharp left, bearing slightly south of east on the wide path. Pass the exit of the Lad Hows ridge, keep to the wide path. Crag Hill comes into view across the col. The path follows the edge of the plateau with spectacular views down to Rannerdale, Crummock Water, and the High Stile range across Buttermere.

Continue up the other side initially eastwards, then bearing slightly left to the trig point of Crag Hill.

From the trig point on Crag Hill retrace your steps back towards the cross roads, but before reaching it bear left to pick up a narrow path along the top of Addacombe heading round to Wandope.

From the cairn on Wandope turn right, slightly south of west, onto a path across the grass above the head of Third Gill to the cairn at the top of Whiteless Edge.

At the cairn bear left onto the very obvious path down Whiteless Edge to Saddle Gate – as its name suggests it is a saddle or col, and climb up the other side to Whiteless Pike.

Continue over the summit of Whiteless Pike. The path bears left, south, to meander gently and drop down to the head of Rannerdale and Squat Beck.

Reaching Squat Beck, with the long ridge of Rannerdale Knotts ahead and to the right, turn right to continue descending now gently into the pretty and relatively hidden valley of Rannerdale. Follow the path as it crosses the beck, and later alongside the wall.

Approaching the footbridge go through the gate in the wall and cross the bridge over Squat Beck once again.

Follow the wide terraced path, continue above the pastures of Rannerdale Farm until eventually the road is reached. Turn right and walk along the roadside back to the car park.

Please contact Julie on 07923078612 by 6pm on Friday if you are coming on this walk.

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

 

Saturday 28th July – Stybarrow Dodd, Watson Dodd, Great Dodd and Clough Head

Title: Stybarrow Dodd, Watson Dodd, Great Dodd and Clough Head

Arrival: 09:15

Set off: 09:30

Location – Meet Point:  Station Coppice Car Park, Thirlmere Nearest postcode: CA12 4TN.  NY 315170

Distance: approx 17km

Ascent: Steep ascent onto Sticks Pass and then undulating along the ridge

Finish Time: 18.00

Rating: Moderate-Hard ; this is an unreccied walk I assume there will be rocky and varied terrain, with stiff ascents at times!

Route Description: From the carpark we head south to Stybeck Fall turning left at the falls heading up a very steep section of path next to the fall.  We reach a crossroads of paths at Sticks Pass where we turn left to Stybarrow (843), we then drop down to Watson’s Dodd (789) before ascending again to Great Dodd (857) and then dropping to Clough Head (726).  From Clough Head we set off in a north easterly direction to reach the track at Hausewell Brow, on reaching it we turn left and head down the hill to Hill Top Farm.  Crossing the road at the farm we head to Bridge House to cross the water and then turn left to follow the footpaths through fields alongside St Johns Beck back to our start point.

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT I HAVE NOT DONE THIS ROUTE BEFORE AND SO DISTANCE, TIME AND DIFFICULTY RATINGS ARE GUESTIMATES BASED ON LOOKING AT THE MAP

Please text Julie on 07923078612 by 6pm on Saturday if you are coming along on this walk

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

Sunday 22nd July – Wet Sleddale, Swindale and Mosedale

Walk Title: Wet Sleddale, Swindale and Mosedale
Meeting Point: Wet Sleddale Reservoir Car Park NY555114, C

Meeting Time: 08:45 Start Time: 09:00
Finish Time: 15:30 approx

Car Parking/Public Transport: Free public car park at Wet Sleddale Reservoir

Rating: Moderate

Ascent: 1600 ft approx

Miles: 12 miles approx

Terrain: A combination of rocky/grassy paths, bridleways and country roads.

Route Description:

This is a circular walk beginning at the reservoir car park. We’ll start by heading north, skirting around the fell with views over Shap and its Abbey. We’ll then swing back around and head south west in to Swindale. Walking the entire length of the dale, we’ll reach the end and head uphill past waterfalls towards Mosedale.  If everyone agrees, this section could involve a minor scramble past the main fall.  Past the falls we continue up in to Mosedale and head towards the cottage, although we don’t go as far and head over a bridge back along a track towards the reservoir. If people agree and time allows, there’s a chance to bag Scam Matthew and Seat Robert as they’re not too far off the track back to the car park.

Preparation: Please check weather and bring appropriate gear and hiking shoes, also including plenty of water if the weather is good.

Please contact David on 07599 749450 by 6pm Saturday 21st July.

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