Coniston – Sunday 11th February 2018

Start time: 9:00
(Estimated finish time: 14:00)

Strenuous 7 miles / 11.3 km

Meet time – 9am

Start time – 9.15am

Start/finish point – Coniston Tourist Information, Grid reference – SD303975, Nearest postcode – LA21 8EL

Grade – Moderate/Strenuous

Distance – Around 7 miles

From the start point we walk up out of the village, past the Sun Inn, and towards the coppermines. We then head up past the YHA towards Levers Water, and continue to we get to the saddle between Swirl How and Whetherlam. We climb up the side of Swirl How, where there may be a little bit of scrambling needed, up to the cairn. We then follow the path along to Brim Fell and then to Coniston Old Man. It is a relatively short decent from the summit back down towards the coppermines valley and back into Coniston village.

Please text Nicole on 07719941349 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.

Steel Knotts – Sunday 28th January 2018

Start time: 9:45
(Estimated finish time: 14:00)

Moderate 5 miles / 8.1 km

Steel Knotts walk description

Start and parking at St Peter’s church, Martindale NY436193 CA10 2NF

Meet time: 9.45am

Start time: 10am

Approximate distance 5 miles

Approximate time 4 hours

From the church we will head round the north round Steel End and walk up through the Fusedale Valley. Once at the head of the valley we will begin walking towards Steel Knotts summit after a brief stop to see if wee can see any Red Deer roaming on nearby fells. After the summit and a bite to eat we will head back down via Steel End and then follow the path back to the start.

Grade: Easy end of moderate

Please let walk leader Katie know if you would like to attend by text on 07709318941.

Walk leader reserves the right to modify or cancel the walk due to conditions.

Loughrigg Fell – Sunday 18th February 2018

Loughrigg Fell

Meet time: 9.45am

Start time: 10am

Start point: Tourist Information Centre in Ambleside, LA22 9BS, NY376045

Car parking: There is a variety of parking in and around Ambleside.  Free parking can be found as you enter Ambleside from the south, go through the traffic lights at Waterhead and there is a free parking bay 200m further along on the right hand side.  Free parking can also be found on Under Loughrigg Road (LA22 9LJ).  Alternatively there are several pay and display car parks through Ambleside centre.

Description:  From the Tourist Information Centre we walk down to the church and through Rothay Park crossing the river onto Under Loughrigg Rd.  We have an easy first km walking north along the road.  We turn left before the bridge crosses the river following the riad, which turns into a track and then a footpath at Rydal Water.  A short steep section takes us up to Rydal Caves from where we follow Loughrigg Terrace.  With Grasmere lake on our right we turn left to follow a steep stepped footpath to the top of Loughrigg (335m)*.

From the top we head in a southerly direction across the fell.  We will cross the main footpath to continue across the fell to Lily Tarn and the amazing views down across the northern end of Windermere.  From here we will turn left taking a short, sometimes steep, footpath down to a lane which joins Under Loughrigg Road, and then back across the river to Rothay Park and on to Ambleside.

*if the weather is bad our route may change at this point!  The alternative route continues along Loughrigg Terrace to Red Bank where we will turn left and follow the road for a few hundred metres before turning left onto a farmers track to Loughrigg Tarn.  From here we cross a stile, through a field and turn left onto the main footpath that crosses the lower part of Loughrigg Fell.

Distance: Approx 12km/7.4 miles

Ascent: Approx 335m

Time: 4 – 5 hours

Grade: Leisurely

Please contact Julie on 07923078612 by 6pm on Saturday if you are coming on this walk.  It is advisable to carry a headtorch and plenty of warm clothing at this time of year.

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

Haystacks – Sunday 14th January

Haystacks – Sunday 14th January

Meet: Fish Inn, Buttermere, CA13 9UZ, NY174169

Meet time: 9.15am

Start time: 9.30am

 

Description: This is a circular walk up Wainwright’s favourite Fell in the Lake District. From the Fish Inn we will head along the west side of lake Buttermere before bearing right to ascend up Scarth Gap Pass. Reaching the top of the pass we will head left and ascend up the last stretch to reach the summit of Haystacks which provides amazing views over Buttermere and Crummock Water. From the summit we will head for Innominate Tarn following the path towards Dubs quarry then heading down the path between Haystacks and Fleetwith Pike then returning to Buttermere via the lake shore path.

Distance: ~9 miles

Grade: Moderate

Time: 5 hours

Please text 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 change the walk dependent  on conditions.

CANCELLED!! Cautley Spout – Sunday 21st January 2018

Walk:Cautley Spout

Date:21 January 2018

Car Parking:  Free roadside parking at Cross Keys pub

Start / Finish:            Cross Keys pub, LA10 5NE, SD698969

Meet Time:    9.30

Start Time:    9.45

Description:   A circular walk initially walking up beside England’s highest cascade above ground waterfall.

Route:            From the roadside parking follow the sign for Cautley Spout and drop down and cross the wooden footbridge over the River Rothay and follow the path round to the left.  This track initially runs in the direction of Pickering Gill and Cautley Holme Beck before swing around to the right around Ben End as it starts to slowly rise and makes it way up the valley floor.  You will now see Cautley Spout.

Keep following the path until you get to the base of the waterfall.  The steep ascent starts off with a grassy slope then climbs into man made steps.  Throughout the ascent you will always be approximately 10 to 20 metres away from the waterfall.

At the top we follow the path to cross Swerve Gill and continue slowly climbing following Red Gill Beck and then Force Gill Beck until you get to a stony path from where Bram Rigg Top and the Calf is met.  Turn right and follow the path up to the trig point on the Calf.  From here (and if it’s a clear day) you will get great panoramic views of the Lakeland Fells and the North Howgills.  Head back down to the col and continue onto Bram Rigg Top and then onto Calders.

From here follow the path left and cross the wide expanse of the Great Dummacks until we pick up the path that encircles the top of Cautley Crags.  Follow the path around to the end of the Crags before dropping down steeply to Pickering Gill until passing through a gate and crossing a wooden footbridge which enters back onto the outbound path.  Follow the path back to the wooden footbridge and back to the start

Ascent:           615m

Distance:     6 miles   

Time:              4.5 hours

Grade:            Moderate

Leader:           Laura

Please let Laura know by 6.00pm on Saturday if you are coming on this walk.

Text 07760666084

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

A Walk Up Whernside – Monday 1st January 2018

A Walk up Whernside

Monday 1st January

Car Parking: On the roadside around the Station Inn or the large lay-bys just up the road (free)

Start / Finish: Outside the Station Inn, Ribblehead (grid ref SD 764 792, postcode LA6 3AS)

Meet time: 10 am for 10.15 start

Description: This is a circular walk that takes in Whernside, one of the famous Yorkshire Three Peaks. The terrain covered is on public footpaths and bridleways and is a straightforward ascent to the top with return down the opposite side.

Route: We meet at the Station Inn, Ribblehead, and set off along the footpath crossing Batty Moss that takes us parallel to Ribblehead Viaduct. Limestone scars are in sight as well as remains of the old shanty towns that housed hundreds of navvies when constructing the viaduct in the 1870s. The viaduct itself is 400 metres long and made up of 24 arches.

The footpath begins to rise as we continue parallel to the railway and pass Blea Moor signal box, one of the most isolated ’boxes in the UK. Continuing along the path towards Blea Moor tunnel, we branch left to cross the railway, walking alongside the unique aqueduct that carries Force Gill as it runs off the slopes of Whernside, where we are now heading.

For a short time we walk on the Dales High Way that continues towards Dentdale, soon branching left onto the path that takes us on a direct ascent up the slopes of Whernside. Views of Dentdale valley begin to open up as we continue climbing, and the final steeper section takes us to the top of the hill, demarcated by a trig point at 736 metres, and, on a clear day, views towards the Howgills, the other two Yorkshire peaks Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent, and the west coast.

After taking in the views and perhaps following a bite to eat, we begin the descent, this time down ‘A Pennine Journey’ long distance bridleway as it runs along the upper ridge and turns to descend next to Combe Scar. We are now on the relatively steep descent down the face of the hill which affords views towards the viaduct and, opposite, to Ingleborough and Park Fell. On reaching the valley floor we turn left, skirting the base of Whernside towards Ivescar and Winterscales Farm, and pass underneath the railway via an underpass or through the viaduct, returning to the Station Inn along the original footpath with opportunity for a rest and a welcome drink.

Distance: 8½ miles

Total ascent: 436 metres

Walk time: 4-5 hours

Grade: moderate

Leader: Mark tel 07967 193749 Please text by the night before to say you are coming.

Photos by Mark Fielding

 

Great Asby, Sunbiggin and Drybeck – Sunday 7th January 2018

Great Asby, Sunbiggin and Drybeck

Start time 09:15

(Estimated finish time 16:00)

Moderate 9.9 miles / 16 km

Group Summit Good

Meet time 09:15am

Start time 09:30am

Start point: Village playground in Great Asby (at the top of the village, nearest postcode CA16 6HB) NY678129

Car parking: Free roadside parking by the pub, by the church, by the well, by the beck side (Riverside View), by the playground or a little further out by the cemetery.

Description: this walk is a chance to discover the Westmorland Dales, latest addition to the Yorkshire Dales. From the playground we head along the road towards Great Kettle, then through Clockeld Farm. We then follow the footpath onto Great Asby Scar and towards Sunbiggin. When we drop down into Sunbiggin we follow the quiet road for a few minutes. At Acres we take the footpath to Knott Lane and make our way back up onto Great Asby Scar. We then make our way across Gaythorne Plain, pass by Gaythorne Cottages. We walk along the B6260 for a couple of minutes (careful this can be a busy road), then we turn right and follow the footpath sign to Drybeck. Into Maskriggs Wood, we go straight ahead until we join the road into the village of Drybeck. We walk along the road through Drybeck and take the quiet road to Great Asby. When we get to Scalebeck, we follow the footpath back to Great Asby.

Distance: Approx 9.9 miles / 16 km

Ascent: Approx 200m

Time: 7 hours

Please contact Nathalie on 07518479409 by 6pm on Saturday if you are coming on this walk. it is advisable to carry a headtorch and plenty of warm clothing at this time of year. Parts of this walk may be very muddy. Hopefully we will have some nice views of the Howgills, the Pennines and the Lakeland Fells. This walk is suitable for dogs, there are no stiles, only gates. 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.

CANCELLED!! Loughrigg Fell – Sunday 24th December 2017

Sunday 24th December 2017

Loughrigg Fell

Meet time: 9.45am

Start time: 10am

Start point: Tourist Information Centre in Ambleside, LA22 9BS, NY376045

Car parking: There is a variety of parking in and around Ambleside.  Free parking can be found as you enter Ambleside from the south, go through the traffic lights at Waterhead and there is a free parking bay 200m further along on the right hand side.  Free parking can also be found on Under Loughrigg Road (LA22 9LJ).  Alternatively there are several pay and display car parks through Ambleside centre.

Description:  From the Tourist Information Centre we walk down to the church and through Rothay Park crossing the river onto Under Loughrigg Rd.  We have an easy first km walking north along the road.  We turn left before the bridge crosses the river following the riad, which turns into a track and then a footpath at Rydal Water.  A short steep section takes us up to Rydal Caves from where we follow Loughrigg Terrace.  With Grasmere lake on our right we turn left to follow a steep stepped footpath to the top of Loughrigg (335m)*.

From the top we head in a southerly direction across the fell.  We will cross the main footpath to continue across the fell to Lily Tarn and the amazing views down across the northern end of Windermere.  From here we will turn left taking a short, sometimes steep, footpath down to a lane which joins Under Loughrigg Road, and then back across the river to Rothay Park and on to Ambleside.

*if the weather is bad our route may change at this point!  The alternative route continues along Loughrigg Terrace to Red Bank where we will turn left and follow the road for a few hundred metres before turning left onto a farmers track to Loughrigg Tarn.  From here we cross a stile, through a field and turn left onto the main footpath that crosses the lower part of Loughrigg Fell.

Distance: Approx 12km/7.4 miles

Ascent: Approx 335m

Time: 4 – 5 hours

Grade: Leisurely

Please contact Julie on 07923078612 by 6pm on Saturday if you are coming on this walk.  It is advisable to carry a headtorch and plenty of warm clothing at this time of year.

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

Christmas Weekend Sunday Walk – Latrigg – 17th December 2017

Christmas Weekend Sunday Walk – Latrigg

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Start time: 10:15
(Estimated finish time: 14:30)

Leisurely 6 miles / 9.7 km

Distance: 6 miles

Time: ~4 hours

Meet time: 10.15am

Start time: 10.30am.

Start:  Moot Hall in Keswick

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!

Please contact Katie on 07709318941 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

Contact details

Katie

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Telephone: 07709 318941

Starting point

Moot Hall

Grid reference: NY266234
Nearest postcode: CA12 5JR
Start time: 10:15

Christmas Weekend Saturday Walk – Catbells, Maiden Moor and High Spy – 16th December 2017

Christmas Weekend Saturday Walk – Cat Bells, Maiden Moor and High Spy

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Start time: 9:15
(Estimated finish time: 15:30)

Strenuous 9.9 miles / 15.9 km

Distance: 9.9 miles

Ascent 750m

Time: ~ 6 hours

Meet time: 9.15am

Start time: Prompt 9.30am start due to short daylight hours – Please make sure you carry a headtorch just in case we are delayed on the fells.

Start: Gutherscale car park, NY246211

Description:  At the start of the small parking area near Hawse End follow the signpost to “Cat Bells 1 mile”. This narrow path climbs across the hillside round to the north ridge. Bear right onto steep zigzags heading straight up the nose of the ridge. The first scrambly bit comes as you reach the memorial stone.  Continue across the summit and down to the col. Climb the track ahead. There is another little scrambly bit as the path swings right, it then degenerates a bit into a wide eroded scar before the gradient eases towards the high expanse of Maiden Moor. For the best views of the surrounding valleys bear right on a narrow path towards the top of Bull crag. Maiden Moor’s summit is rather indistinct, just head over the highest ground.

Return, or continue on the track. The next prominent summit is High Spy North Top, just off to the left of the track – not to be mistaken with High Spy itself, whose cairn is unmistakable. Obsessive baggers might want to visit this top as well as it’s a Nuttall.

Just after High Spy North Top beside the track is another shallow and muddy tarn.  Following the main track will see you eventually at High Spy with its immense, remarkably well engineered cairn.

Continue over the summit. There is a cairned path of sorts down the rough rock strewn hillside heading, roughly south-west, for the col with Dale Head. Dalehead Tarn is the larger pool of water that can be seen a little above the stream.  Drop down on the narrow path beside the stream into, eventually, the Newlands Valley.

Meander along the path which is never far from the stream. The waterfalls along here are superb especially after a good downpour. Before the final major cascade the path splits, a higher path forks faintly ahead and our path, more clearly bears left and continues to follow the stream.

Below the cascades the ground levels out and in places becomes boggy. Bear right a little remaining on the path, which eventually becomes a track. This is later metalled and makes for hard, if easy walking. Follow the track as it skirts above the field enclosures. Past a climbing club hut, so be aware there may be vehicles about, and eventually you’ll find yourself above the car park at Little Town.

The track splits here, take the right fork onto a grass track. It climbs a little above the hamlet, follow as it contours alongside a wall and through the quarry. Eventually meeting the minor road at Skelgill bear right to the car park just 300m (330 yards) away.

Please contact Mel on 07584303975 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