Sunday 3rd February – Claife Heights, Latterbarrow and Hawkshead Village from Far Sawrey

Title: Claife Heights, Latterbarrow and Hawkshead Village from Far Sawrey
Meeting point: Braithwaite Village Hall Car Park, Far Sawrey
Postcode: LA22 OLQ
Grid Reference: NY378954.
Car Parking: Free at the Village Hall Car Park, though donations are welcomed
Public Transport: Unfortunately Far Sawrey is not served by public transport in the winter
Access: Far Sawrey is reached via the B5285 from Hawkshead. If travelling from the east (Windermere direction), you may wish to use the Windermere Car Ferry at a cost.
Meeting Time: 09:45
Walk starting time: 10:00
Finish Time: 15:00 – 16:00 approx (depending on length of stay in Hawkshead)
Miles: 10 approx (rough estimate)
Ascent: 450 metres (approx -not easy to tally!), highest point reached is only 250 metres – but the walk has a number of ups and downs.
Grading: Moderate on account of length and steep climbing at times, but technically this is a easy walk. This is a suitable beginners walk for anyone who is wishing to ‘break’ into fellwalking.
Terrain: Bridleways, footpaths and a bit of road walking in varied terrain – open fellside, dense woodland, rolling hill and village environment
Route Description:
Overview: An outing over the wooded Claife Heights which sits on the western shore of Lake Windermere, visiting the excellent viewpoint of Latterbarrow, and a trip into the lovely lakeland village of Hawkshead. This walk packs a variety of scenes, all the best of Lakeland in minature!
Detail:
Bearing NE, we follow the bridleway from Far Sawrey climbing for a short distance before dropping steeply down through mixed woodland to the lakeshore path along Lake Windermere. Walking northwards on the level we then climb steeply through woodland eventually making our way up to the open hillside of Latterbarrow, which has superb views of Lake Windermere and surrounding countryside around the head of the Lake and into the central fells. After visiting the summit its a short steep descent to Loanthwaite Lane followed by a short section of road walking, and paths into Hawkshead village. Depending on how people feel, we may stop for refreshments in the village, and will utilise toilet facilities should anyone need them. From Hawkshead we then follow the road to Colthouse and follow a bridleway which gradually rises on to the tops of Claife Heights. Bearing south we traverse the tops bypassing Moss Eccles Tarn and then gradually descend down to Far Sawrey, followed by refreshments at Cuckoo Brow Inn.
Equipment: Please bring appropriate clothing – waterproof jacket, boots, warm clothes, hat, gloves etc. Waterproof jackets will be handy if it is wet. The paths are likely to be very muddy, and in places choked with tree debris – gaiters can be handy in such conditions, and/or if paths are under snow. Whilst we are gaining some light by early February – please bring a head torch just in case!
Health and Safety/Weather: The walk leader will keep an eye on the weather forecast in the days leading up to the walk, and likely conditions underfoot (snow and ice) and may cancel the walk if conditions are forecast to be very poor – heavy rain/stormy or snowfall forecast (not least because access will be limited, roads may be impassable etc). This is a low level walk, and whilst exposure to the elements is limited, under snow and ice it will be treacherous in places – the leader will put out a notification forewarning of likely snow/ice conditions – so come prepared if this turns out to be the case!
Please contact Damian on 07796654031 by 6pm on Sat 2 February – if you wish to join. It is important contact is made, in order for the leader to prepare appropriately, and so they know who to look out for!

Sunday 13th – Green Gable and Great Gable

Last minute plan looks like we might just get away with the weather.
Ascend Green Gable via Sourmilk gill. Go across Windy Gap, up Great Gable, back down to the stretcher box and down across Stockley bridge back to the cars.
Parking is available on the grass alongside the road in Seathwaite Valley (There are 2 in Cumbria you want the one which turns off the road to Honister Pass
Meet time 9:30 am at Seathwaite (turn off from the Honister rd) meet by the gate where road ends.
Start – 9:45 am
Accent – 930m
Distance – 10km
Time – 5 ½  hours
Grade – Strenouse

Leader: Matt 07878352150

Sunday 10th February – Warton Cragg and Leighton Moss

Walk Title: Warton Cragg and Leighton Moss

Meeting Point: Car Park on right about half a mile along Crag Road

Nearest Postcode: LA5 9NE

Grid Reference: SD492723

Meeting Time: 10:30am

Finish Time: 15:30 (Approximate)

Miles: 9

Route Description:

This is a Hike on Lancashire walk, please visit https://www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking/find-a-walk-or-route/walk-detail.aspx?walkID=3997647 for information.

A scenic walk with contrasts which sees us take in Warton Crag, before descending for lunch at Leighton Moss before returning to Warton Crag via the Lancashire coast.

Directions: Leave the M6 at J35. Join the A6 heading towards Milnthorpe, taking the first left into Warton, then left on to Main Street. Take a right turn on to Crag Road and you will find the car parkkon the right after about half a mile.

Ramblers members please remember your membership card otherwise a suggested donation of £1

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

Please contact : Dave Morris on 07596 145045

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

Sunday 6th January – Stone Arthur, Great Rigg and Fairfield

Title: Stone Arthur, Great Rigg and Fairfield from Grasmere

Meeting Point: Grasmere Village Green in centre of village

Meet time:09:30

Start Time: 09:45

Finish Time: 15:00 – 15:30 approx

Ascent: 2800 ft

Miles: 8 and half

Parking/Transport: Public parking available for free on A591 layby north of village centre, or pay and display in centre of village. The 555 bus service from Kendal arrives in Grasmere at 09:45, so will wait for anyone who wishes to use it.

Description:

A lofty outing over the eastern fells in the southern part of the Lake District to kickstart 2019! We start by climbing the steep ridgeline over Stone Arthur – no more than a rocky knoll on the flank of Great Rigg, and eventually rise to Great Rigg summit. Bearing north we traverse the ridge to Fairfield following part of the Fairfield Horseshoe. Hopefully we will have excellent extensive views… From the summit we descend steeply to Grisedale Tarn and then traverse the path alongside Tongue Gill, which leads back to the A591. We then follow the road for a mile back to the starting point.

Grading: Moderate – Strenuous. Moderate in terms of technical ability, but strenuous in terms of length and continuous steep climbing. Bear in mind a walk of this nature is a very different proposition in winter due to potential wintry conditions and lower shorter light levels (see health and safety information below)

Terrain: Grassy and gravel paths throughout. In places intermittent, and stony. Underfoot paths may be icy, or very wet and slippy.

Health and Safety: ESSENTIAL INFORMATION PLEASE READ AND TAKE INTO ACCOUNT

Equipment: Please bring adequate winter walking gear, boots and waterproof/windproof jacket are a must. Gloves, hats and warm clothes also essential along with hot drink and sufficient food supplies. Waterproof trousers and gaiters may be handy – especially if forecast wet or snow/ice underfoot. Conditions on Fairfield can be arctic in January with significant windchill, consequently, spikes can be useful if ground is frozen, indeed invest in them if you can as it makes winter walking much safer. Walking poles are also handy in winter conditions.  A headtorch is also necessary should light levels fall on the descent – we are in the depths of winter.

Weather and potential alternatives: The walk leader has the right to cancel the walk should the forecast be poor, i.e. heavy incessant rain, snow, gale force winds. The top of Fairfield can be very confusing in mist and fog, being featureless and particular care will be necessary if such conditions exist – the group must stay together! If conditions are particularly poor visibility wise, an alternative will be to head south from Great Rigg and onto Heron Pike, descending down to Grasmere via Alcock Tarn – the walk leader will assess conditions on reaching Great Rigg before making the decision whether to take the alternative. The leader will keep a close eye on the weather forecast and conditions in the days ahead. It is quite likely we will only attempt Fairfield if the weather is kind and conditions underfoot are not too hazardous.

Please contact Damian on 07796 654031 if wish to attend before 6pm on Saturday 5 January. Please make contact beforehand as it is important the leader knows who to expect, and do let the leader know if you have to cancel in good time.

 

Saturday 19th January 2019 – Kendal to Windermere

*Please note, this is a Hike on Lancashire walk, they’ve very kindly allowed us to join them. Details are listed on the Ramblers site here;

https://www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking/find-a-walk-or-route/walk-detail.aspx?walkID=3997654

 

Walk Title: Kendal to Windermere via the Dales Way

Meeting Point: Kendal Town Hall

Postcode: LA9 4DL

Grid Reference: SD515926 

Meeting Time: 9:45am for a 10am Start

Finish Time: 16:00 (Approximate)

Car Parking/Public Transport: Town Centre Car Parks

Miles: 10.5

Route Description:

To complement our programme of shorter walks which are taking place during the first six Sundays of 2019, this is a longer walk for those who desire from Kendal to Windermere, taking in the Dales Way.

It takes us from the market town of Kendal, joining the Dales Way at Burneside to Staveley then on to Windermere. At the end of the walk we will take train back from Windermere to Kendal.

Directions: Follow the M6 to J35 and then the A590 and A591 towards Kendal. Leave the A591 at the first roundabout (South Kendal) and join the A6 heading into Kendal Town Centre where there are a number of car parks. We meet outside Kendal Town Hall

Ramblers members please remember your membership card otherwise a suggested donation of £1

This is a linear walk.

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

Please contact : Dave Morris on 07596 145045

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

Saturday 22nd December – 3 Peaks of Windermere

Title: ‘3 Peaks of Windermere’
Overview: A leisurely walk to three low hills surrounding Windermere and Bowness, combining woodland and grassy open terrain with open views of Lake Windermere and surrounding countryside. This walk will have a social element to it, including a cafe/pub stop in Bowness.
Meet time: 10.00am
Finish – 14:00-15:00 approx (depending on how long may wish to spend in cafe/pub in Bowness)
Car Park: Broad Street pay and display in Windermere town centre (parking in Windermere town is limited, you may wish to find a spot on nearby residential streets if don’t want to pay the prices!).
Public Transport: Windermere is served by the 555 lakes line bus between Lancaster and Keswick runs hourly, and also Windermere Station – check times and services, given propensity for Northern to limit services on Saturdays currently!)
Gradient: Easy in the main, with three modest short climbs (no more than 250 m in total)
Terrain: Easy, on mostly grassy/gravel paths, but with a short pathless section at one point
Detail:
We start from Windermere, and walk up Orrest Head, through lovely woodland. Reaching the top we will hopefully have excellent views of Windermere Lake and the central Fells. This is a prized viewpoint. We descend through more woodland and cross the A591 heading towards the second ‘peak’ School Knott. Walking over pathless grassy terrain we cross the Windermere-Oxenholme branch railway line and ascend to the summit, which again has excellent views to Windermere and the central fells. Descending down to School Knott Tarn we then follow part of the ‘Dales Way’ and make our way through open grassy terrain, and make our way up to the third peak of the day ‘Brant Fell’. Hopefully again we will have great views of the fells, and Lake Windermere. From the summit its a short easy climb down into Bowness. We will then have a hot drink somewhere and a bite to it. People can if they make there way back to Windermere at there leisure if don’t wish to stop for drink/food taking the main road – its about a mile slight uphill  – there is a bus service as well. Otherwise for those who do wish to stay, we will take a more scenic route back to Windermere either on the western or eastern edge of the town – about a half hour walk back followed by a further drink in Windermere for those who want to linger a bit longer – perhaps do some last minute christmas shopping! – there are some great local craft/gift shops in Windermere and cafes/bars.
Whilst this is a low level walk, please bring appropriate footwear, and clothing – waterproofs if forecast is rain, and warm clothes. If it is icy/snowy – spikes for your boots will come in handy as even low level paths can be troublesome. The walk leader may cancel the walk if forecast is especially bad – i.e. heavy incessant wind/gales storm force winds, or heavy snow is forecast – in such weather roads often become blocked anyway.
Please contact Damian by 6pm Friday 21 December – 07796654031 if wish to come.

Saturday 15th December – Sallows and Sour Howes

Meeting point: Free car park along Green Gate in Troutbeck, Grid Ref: NY412026

Meeting time: 9:45am for 10:00am start

Finish Time: 13:00 (approx.)

Rating: Easy/Moderate – a small circular walk with a bit of a steep incline to begin with.

Miles: 5 miles approx.

Route Description:

From Sour Howes and Sallows, there are really good views back over Windermere lake and towards Wansfell Pike and Kentmere Horseshoe (on a nice day that is!).

From the car park we cross the bridge and briefly head back along the main road, then turn left up a track through some houses. The path then turns left and gradually inclines for a mile. We cross a stile and the path steeply inclines to Sour Howes (483m). From Sour Howes, the path is undulating towards Sallows (516m) and we cross another stile. The return path is down Garburn Pass and we head back to the car park.

Please contact Meg on 07503913200 by 6pm on Friday 14th December to confirm. I will be driving from Kendal so let me know if you would like a lift.

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

*Cancelled* – Saturday 17th November – Harter Fell, High Street and Kidsty Pike

Sorry, but I’ve had to cancel this walk due to a lack of interest.

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Walk Title: Harter Fell, High Street and Kidsty Pike

Meeting Point: Car Park at Mardale Head

Meeting Time: 08:45 for 09:00 Start

Finish Time: 14:00 (approx)

Car Parking/Public Transport: Car Park at Mardale Head, bottom end of Haweswater Reservoir

Rating: Strenuous

Ascent: 880m (approx)

Miles: 9 (approx)

Terrain: Mostly on rocky paths.

Route Description:

Out of the car park we’ll head up Gatescarth Pass and then up on to Harter Fell (778m) for some great views of Haweswater. Then down into Nan Bield Pass and up the other side on to High Street (828m) for more views in a westerly direction across to Hart Crag, Fairfield and the Helvellyn range. Our descent is via Kidsty Pike (780m) although a quick side trip to High Raise (802m) can be made should people wish. Once we’re back down to the reservoir it’s a short walk around and back to the car park.

At the time of writing, weather is good for Saturday. Although, it’s the Lake District, anything can happen! Please check weather and bring appropriate gear and hiking shoes, also including plenty of water if the weather is hot.

Please contact David on 07599 749450 by 6pm on Friday 16th November to confirm your attendance.

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

Sunday 27th January – Wetherlam and Swirl How

Walk Title: Wetherlam and Swirl How

Meeting Point: Horse Crag Car Park  – Yewdale Beck/Low Tilberthwaite

Grid Ref NY 30619 00980

Meeting Time: 09:00

Finish Time: 15:00 (approx)

Car Parking/Public Transport: Horse Crag Car Park  – Yewdale Beck/Low Tilberthwaite

Rating: Strenuous

Ascent: Wetherlam 763m and Swirl How 802m

Miles: TBC

Terrain: TBC

Route Description: Walking up out of the car park on to High Tilberthwaite Fells past the old mines. Once up on to Wetherlam we’ll take a short diversion to Black Sails before heading to Swirl How. The route down will be via Wet Side Edge, dropping down in to Greenburn Beck and back through Moss Rigg Wood and if time allows a quick look inside Cathedral Cavern.

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 74945 by 6pm Friday 30th November.

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

Thursday 15th November – Social – Reel Rock Film Tour

Social Event

International Reel Rock Film Tour is coming to the Rheged Centre near Penrith. It starts at 7:30pm, doors open an hour beforehand, there’s a bar and tickets are just under £15 (inc booking fee).

“The tour will premier four brand-new adventure films, starring the world’s top climbers as they attempt to achieve their lifelong ambitions in far-flung locations, from icy Antarctica to the Bedouin canyonlands of the Middle East. Expect jaw-dropping action, soulful journeys and rollicking humour coming at you through the big screen!”

If you’re interested, please contact Ginny on 07766 882121 to arrange.