Sun 18th December – A Seasonal Ramble In Grizedale Forest

Starting Point: Moor Top car park NY 343964

Description: Grizedale forest is situated in the
heart of the Lake District between the lakes of Coniston and Windermere.

Route: From the start point we head onto the west of the forest. Passing Juniper Tarn and continue until we reach the crossroads
where we will pick up the green and red walking trail to the Summit of Carron Crag. We will then follow the red trail down to the visitors centre where facilities can be used if needed. We will then cross the road and head into the east of the forest. We then take the green trail initially which then merges with the purple Moor Top cycle trail which will lead us back to our starting point. All of the walk will be on forestry track.

Grade: Leisurely

High Point: Carron Crag 314m – a Wainwright outlying fell and a Birkett

Distance: Approximately 5 miles

Meet time: 9:45



Start time: 10.00

Time: 3 and a half hours

Leader: Katie.

Please let Katie know by 6.00pm on Saturday if you plan on coming on this walk. Text 07709 318941.

Sun 11th December – Latrigg and Brundholme Wood from Keswick

This walk forms part of the “Weekend of Walking – the Summit Good Christmas Event in Keswick!” and links in with the day-time group walk and Christmas Meal on Saturday, 10th December in “The George” in Keswick.


Everybody is welcome – don’t forget your Santa hat!

Description: This is a very pleasant route which provides an alternative way up a fell which people often rush to the top of. From Moot Hall in Keswick, we’ll wander out of the town and follow tracks through Brundholme Wood until we reach the start of the gentle slope that leads to up Latrigg. Following this gentle slope, the summit is soon reached which provides an excellent vista over Keswick and Derwent Water. For those who are wanting a rest after such an “energetic” amble, there is a well-positioned bench nearby from which one can “take in the view”! We’ll return to Keswick via Mallen Dodd and a brief section of the Cumbria Way, before visiting a café for a hot chocolate and a natter!

Grade: Moderate (easy end of)

High Point: Latrigg summit (368 m)
Height gain: Approx. 360 m (1,200 ft)
Distance: Approx. 6 miles (10 km)

Meet Time: 10.15 am
Start Time: 10.30 am
Time: Approx. 4 hours

Start / Finish: Outside the main entrance of the Moot Hall, Market Place, Keswick, CA12 5JR. (This is the tourist information office.)

Car Parking: There are many places to park in and around Keswick, these include pay and display car parks as well as some on-street parking.

Public transport is available to Keswick. From Lancaster & Kendal it is the Stagecoach 555, from Carlisle the 73, and from Workington & Penrith the X4 & X5 buses.

Leader: Wayne

Please let Wayne know in advance by 6.00 pm on Saturday if you are coming on this walk (text 07753 121168)

If the conditions are bad I reserve the right to modify the route or cancel the walk. If insufficient interest is shown in the walk it may be cancelled.

Sat 10th and Sun 11th December – The Summitt Good Christmas Event in Keswick!

A Weekend of Walking – The Summit Good Christmas Event in Keswick!

This year, the Summit Good Ramblers will be holding a weekend-long Christmas event, on 10th and Sunday 11th December 2016.

Based in Keswick, we’ll be holding two walks on Saturday, an easier low-level option (leisurely / moderate) in lovely Borrowdale and a harder high-level option (strenuous) going up and over the grand Grisedale Pike. These will be followed by an evening meal in The George, in Keswick. On Sunday there will be a moderately-paced walk up Latrigg starting from Moot Hall in the town centre. People are welcome to come along to any bit of the weekend they want – be it all of it, just the meal, or either/both of the day walks.

Keswick has a wide selection of accommodation available to suit all tastes and budgets so people who want to stay over and enjoy a glass of mulled wine can do so without needing to sort out transport home – see http://www.keswick.org/. Buses are also available to and from Keswick from Lancaster & Kendal it is the Stagecoach 555, from Carlisle the 73, and from Workington & Penrith they are the X4 & X5.

Walk Details:

Saturday – Option A (Moderate) – Borrowdale
Saturday – Option B (Strenuous) – Grisedale Pike
Sunday – Latrigg Fell

Christmas Meal


A table has been provisionally booked at 7pm at The George in Keswick on Saturday the 10th December. Places will be available on a first come first served basis.

For people who are unfamiliar with The George it is renowned for it’s pies, especially the Cow Pie. Half portions are available but the challenge stands to see who can finish the full portion! They have meals suitable for vegetarians, gluten free meals are also available on request.

So dig out the diary and see if you are free to be part of the festive do or all festive dos! Festive games will be played and christmas jumpers and santa hats/antlers are optional!

Please email summittgoodrambling@gmail.com if you wish to reserve a place.

We’ll be publishing details of the walks closer to the time, but save the date – it should be a cracker of a weekend!

Sat 10th December – Option A (Moderate) – Borrowdale CANCELLED

Description: This is a circular,
lower-level walk that visits the southern tip of Derwent Water and the Lodore
Falls waterfall, walks through scenic woods along Watendlath Beck and ascends the
mighty Bowder Stone – a 2,000 tonne “pebble” with a staircase to its summit!
Route: From the start
point, we follow the road northwards to Grange before heading west until reaching
the Cumbria Way. At this point we follow the long distance path until arriving
at Derwent Water and then heading towards Lodore Falls.
Following paths up through the woodland, we visit the famous waterfall,
and wind our way to Watendlath Beck and the footpath that takes us to
Watendlath village itself.
As we begin to ascend again, we ramble alongside Bowdergate Gill until we
reach the top of Puddingstone Bank. From here we descend to Frith Wood and have
a pleasant wander along woodland paths and a brief section by the road before
heading towards the Bowder Stone.
After the obligatory “bagging” of the Bowder Stone, it’s just a short
walk back to the start point.
Grade: Moderate (easy end of)
High Point: At the top of
Puddingstone Bank (340 m)
Height gain: Approx.
400 m (1,300 ft)
Distance: Approx. 6.6 miles
(10.6 km)
Meet Time: 9.45 am
Start Time: 10.00 am
Time: Approx. 5.5 hours
Start / Finish: At the Bowder
Stone car park.
Car Parking: At the National
Trust’s Bowder Stone car park on the B5289. This is pay & display, but free
to National Trust members (post code CA12 5XA, grid reference NY 253 168).
Buses: The Stagecoach 78
bus service from Keswick goes along the B5289. (Public transport is available
to Keswick: from Lancaster & Kendal it is the Stagecoach 555, from Carlisle
the 73, and from Workington & Penrith the X4 & X5 buses.)
Leader: Wayne
Please let Wayne
know in advance by 6.00 pm on Friday if you are coming on this walk (text 07753
121168).
Note: As there is some
road walking involved (minor roads and alongside the B5289), please wear a
light coloured top, or wrap a “day-glow” cover over your rucksack, to assist
with visibility. Please also bring a torch with you in case we are delayed for
any reason.

If the
conditions are bad I reserve the right to modify the route or cancel the walk.

Sat 10th December – Option B (Strenuous) – Grisedale Pike

Car Parking:
Small car park just outside Braithwaite at the bottom of Whinlatter Pass
(B5292), grid reference NY227237. There is normally a bit of space on the side
of the road below the car park entrance if needed.

Start/Finish Point:
Small car park at the base of Whinlatter Pass, grid reference NY227237.

Meet Time: 9.00am

Start Time: 9.15am

Description: This
is a circular route up Grisedale Pike which will hopefully offer us great views
of the Derwent Fells, Whinlatter Forest and the Skiddaw massif (weather
dependent!)

Route: From the
car park we immediately begin the ascent of Grisedale Pike (791m), which is
initially arduous before becoming slightly easier going before the final climb
to the summit. This is the most strenuous part of the walk so we will go at a
steady pace. From the summit we will drop down to Coledale Hause and then
further into the Coledale valley. This is a well-worn mountainous path so will
be easy going underfoot. We will pass Force Crag Mine before following the road
along Coledale Beck along the base of the valley back the car park.

High Point: Grisedale
Pike – 791m.

Distance: Approx
4-5 miles

Time: Approx 3.5-4.5 hours

Grade: Strenuous

Leader: Tom M
As this is quite a mountainous route please bring
appropriate clothing and footwear, as well a packed lunch. I reserve the right
to modify the route or cancel the walk depending on our progress or the weather
conditions. Please bring a torch or head torch in case we are delayed in getting back.

Please let Tom know on 07760660113 before 6pm on Friday if
you plan on coming on this walk or have any questions.

Sun 4th December – Great and Little Langdale

Car Parking: Sticklebarn National Trust car park
Start / Finish: Sticklebarn Car Park NY294063
Meet Time:9.15am
Start Time:9.30am
Description: Exploring the beautiful valleys of Great and Little Langdale.
Route: Starting at the Sticklebarn National Trust car park in Great Langdale, framed by the high fells of Crinkle Crags, Bowfell and the Langdale Pikes. The route climbs steeply up a well made path to the picturesque Blea Tarn. After stopping to admire the view and taking photos of what is likely one of the most scenic spots in the Lake District, the path continues dropping down into the Little Langdale valley alongside a stream before crossing a rather boggy stretch to reach the foot of Wrynose Pass. Joining the road for a short distance the route then crosses a pack-horse bridge and follows a track along the base of the fell, with grand views on a clear day of Little Langdale, Wrynose Pass and Lingmoor Fell. At Little Langdale tarn we cross Slater Bridge (a beautiful old pack-horse bridge) and climb out of the valley via a small road and track back into Great Langdale.  Dropping back down enter into abandoned slate quarry territory and follow the quarry road through Baysbrown Wood to pass a farm and follow the track and bridleway signs along the southern slopes of Great Langdale down to the beck and path back to the car park.
Distance: 13km
Time: 5h
Grade: Moderate
Please let Mel know in advance by 5.00 pm on Saturday if you are coming on this walk – text 07584303975.

Sun 27th November – Wild Ennerdale

Car Parking: Forestry Commission car park, Bowness Knott, Ennerdale (grid reference NY 109 153, postcode CA23 3AU). This is a free car park with ample space.

Meet Time: 9.30 am at the car park

Walk Start: 9.45 am

Description: This walk follows a mixture of forestry tracks and footpaths. The tracks and paths are all good, although in wet weather they will be muddy in places. It is a circular route.

Route: This route takes us from the end of the public road eastwards into the Ennerdale valley. We follow the lakeside track for a couple of kilometres before turning right and heading over the River Liza. Once on the south side of the valley we continue our journey eastwards into the forest. After a short while in the Ling Mell plantation we leave the forestry track and follow the footpath to Moss Dub. From here, our route takes us deeper into the Ennerdale valley, past a homestead and over several little tributaries that feed the R. Liza, before we reach the main bridge over it. At this point we cross over the river, and amble back along the north side of the valley back to the cars. Throughout the walk we are rewarded with stunning views of well-known hills, such as Great Gable, Pillar and Red Pike from aspects not frequently seen.

Wild Ennerdale: Although a natural lake, for years Ennerdale has been used as an industrial asset, principally as a reservoir for drinking water but also as a source of quick growing wood from the conifer trees (used in the construction of aircraft in the Second World War). With this as a backdrop, the Wild Ennerdale project was set up in 2003 to allow the evolution of Ennerdale as a wild valley for the benefit of people, relying more on natural processes to shape its landscape and ecology. Using a strategy of “managed retreat”, the project is making great strides in reverting this area back into wild land, and is now home to red squirrels, deer and several semi-wild herds of cattle.

Distance: Approx. 8 miles

Highest Point: It’s a fairly flat route, no real height gain to speak of

Grade: Easy end of moderate

Time: Approx. 4 – 5 hours

Notes: If the conditions are bad the leader reserves the right to modify the route or cancel the walk. If insufficient interest is shown in the walk it may be cancelled.

Contact: Please let Katie know by 6 pm on Saturday if you are coming on this walk (mobile 07709 318 941)

Sun 20th November – Helm Crag and Easedale

Description: Helm Crag is an instantly recognisable fell in its prominent position overlooking Grasmere. This walk will take in this well known fell as well as two other Wainwrights that make up the northern side of Easedale Valley.

Route: From the starting point our route takes us out of Grasmere to the foot of Helm Crag (355m) where we begin our steep, although thankfully short, ascent. From the summit we carry on  north west along the ridge to Gibson Knott (375m) and then finally to Calf Crag (537m). We then  begin the descent back to Grasmere via Far Easedale Gill, following the route of the Coat to Coast.

Grade: Strenuous (although to experienced walkers this will definitely seem more of a moderate walk)

High Point: Calf Crag summit (537m)

Height Gain: Approx. 560m (1835ft)

Distance: Approx 7.8 miles (12.5km)

Meet Time: 9.15am

Start Time: 9.30am

Time: Approx 5-6 hours

Start Finish: The village car park on Stock Lane in Grasmere (grid reference NY339 072, postcode LA22 9SJ).

Car Parking: There is a variety of parking in and around Grasmere. There are various pay and display car parks in the village as well as some free roadside parking on the A591 south of the Travellers Rest Inn.

Buses: Public transport is available from Keswick and Ambleside and also from Lancaster and Kendal to Ambleside. Both directions use the Stagecoach 555.

Please Note: By mid-November the number of hours of daylight with be reduced with sunset being around 4pm. Although I plan for us to be back in daylight please bring with you a good torch along with spare batteries, warm clothes and food. As we’ll be well into autumn, an orange ‘bivvy bag’ or similar should be in your rucksack just in case (they only cost a few quid and take up minimal space, but can provide essential shelter if necessary).

Leader: Tom

Please let Tom know by 6.00pm on Saturday the 19th if you are coming on this walk – text 07760 660113. I will be in an area with no mobile signal Saturday night so there is no guarantee I will get any late messages.

If the conditions are bad I reserve the right to modify the route or cancel the walk.

Sun 13th November – Seat Sandal and Grasmere Social

Description: On the southern tip of the Helvellyn range, Seat Sandal stands alone from its nearest neighbours, separated from them by a deep col. This hill, though, is a fine vantage point from which to admire Grasmere, Greenburn and the Wythburn Fells

Route: From the start point, our route follows the direct route up the long, broad ridge that take you directly to Seat Sandal summit. Although every step is upwards until the summit is reached, it does mean that the views become increasingly impressive as you turn around to enjoy the scenery of the central lakes.

From the summit, we’ll wander to the north, descending to the col with Dollywagon Pike. We then contour around to Grisedale Hause, enjoying the close-up view of Grisedale Tarn as we go.

As we begin our descent we pass a waterfall, before following the path next to Tongue Gill. Soon we will pass Tonguegill Force and arrive back at the start, ready to find a café or pub for a drink and slice of cake.

Grade: Moderate

High Point: Seat Sandal summit (736 m)
Height gain: Approx. 675 m (2,250 ft)
Distance: Approx. 5.3 miles (8.6 km)

Meet Time: 9.45 am
Start Time: 10.00 am
Time: Approx. 4.5 hours
Start / Finish: Outside the Travellers Rest Inn on the A591, just to the north of Grasmere village (postcode LA22 9RR, grid reference NY 336 089).

Car Parking: There is a long layby on the side of the A591 just south of the Travellers Rest Inn, before the turning to Grasmere village. If this is full there are various pay and display car parks in Grasmere village itself (approx. 10 minute walk away)

Buses: Public transport is available from Keswick to Ambleside and also from Lancaster & Kendal to Ambleside. Both directions use the Stagecoach 555.

Late Afternoon Social & Evening Meal: Following the walk we will hold a meetup for us all to chill out, relax and enjoy each others’ company after a day in the fells. We’ll meet around 4 pm at a pub (TBA) in Grasmere, and then find somewhere for a meal about 5 pm-ish. It’s a very informal get-together, so feel free to bring friends, relatives, pets and other random people you might think that will enjoy it!

Please Note: By mid-November the number of hours of daylight will be reduced with sunset being around 4 pm. Although I plan for us to be back to start in daylight, please bring with you a good torch (and spare batteries), spare warm clothes and food. As we’ll be well into autumn, an “orange bivvy bag” (or similar) should be in your rucksack, just in case (they only cost a few quid and take up minimal space, but can provide essential shelter if necessary).

Leader: Tom

Please let Tom know in advance by 6.00 pm on Saturday if you are coming on this walk (text 07760 660113)

If the conditions are bad I reserve the right to modify the route or cancel the walk.

Sun 6th November – Beda Fell and Place Fell

Description: A less trodden felltop round on the quiet side of Ullswater. Place Fell is a fine vantage point on a clear day of Ullswater and the Helvellyn range.

Car Parking: By the green at Martindale Old Church on the lane leading to Howe Grain (approached on a lane down the east side of Ullswater from Pooley Bridge, approx 5 miles), NY 434184.

Start / Finish: Martindale Old Church

Meet Time: 9.15am

Start Time: 9.30am

Route: From Martindale Old Church follow the lane over the bridge and head uphill on a grassy path at Winter Crag Farm to reach the skyline at Howsteadbrow. At the iron bench looking over Ullswater turn left to ascend the ridge on a grassy path with occasional rocky steps. Gaining height steadily to Beda Head (509m) and drop into the broad saddle, before climbing again to Beda Fell Knott. Just south of the knott, turn right on the bridlepath leading towards Patterdale and drop down to Boredale Hause. From here an engineered footpath leads to Place Fell (657m) with its rocky knoll topped by a trig point.  Descending NE from the summit to the knobble of Hart Crag, before continuing down (steeply at first) to an abandoned sheep fold at Low Moss.  Fork right on the path contouring the eastern shoulder of High Dodd before descending into Boredale and crossing the footbridge over the beck (the fields surrounding the bridge can be very wet!). Join the farm track and head straight across the lane over a stile to ascend to the iron bench before retracing outward route back to the cars.

Distance: 6.8miles

Time: 5.5 – 6 hours

Grade: Moderate

Please let Mel know in advance by 5.00pm on Saturday if you are coming on this walk – text 07584303975.

I reserve the right to modify the route or cancel the walk dependent on weather conditions.