Mardale Head Round – Sunday 22nd April 2018

Mardale Head Round

Start Point: Mardale Head Car Park, Haweswater, NY469107, CA10 2RP

Car Parking: Mardale Head Car Park and side of road (both free)

Meet Time: 9.00

Start Time: 9.15


From the car park we’ll walk around the head of Haweswater and then begin our ascent of Rigginsdale ridge which takes us above Blea Water to the summit of High Street. We then head south toward Thornthwaite Crag. From here we head east down to the Nan Bield pass before ascending the summit of Harter Fell. This is followed by a descent down to Gatesgarth Pass before climbing Selside Pike followed quickly by Branstree. We then descend to intercept the Old Corpse Road and follow it down to the road that runs alongside Haweswater which we follow back to the car park. This will be a reasonably well paced walk.

Distance: Approx 11 miles

Ascent: 3000ft (ish)

Time: Approx7-9 hours

Grade: Strenuous

Please text Tom on 07760 660113 before 6.00pm on Saturday if you plan on coming on this walk.

Steeple, Scoat Fell, Haycock and Caw Fell – SATURDAY 12th May 2018


Steeple, Scoat Fell, Haycock and Caw Fell – SATURDAY 12th May 2018

Start: Bowness Knott Car Park, Ennerdale CA23 3AU, NY109153

Meet time: 9.15am

Start time: 9.30am

Distance: 10.5miles

Ascent: 1050m

Grade: Moderate (but some long steep sections)

Estimated finish: 16:30


Starting from the car park it is a pleasant warm up along the track by the lake before crossing over Char Dub  at the eastern end of Ennerdale Water.  Following one of the few gaps up through the trees, we climb steeply up the should of Lingmell before contouring round towards Steeple.  Again a steep ascent with an odd easy scramble takes us to the summit of Steeple itself, from here the majority of the ascent is done.   We drop down before popping back up again onto Scoat Fell.  Following the line of the wall west southwest on an easy walk before hitting the summit of Haycock, the descent from here is a little bit trickier and relatively pathless to avoid the various small drops.  We then amble our way up to Caw Fell before dropping back down via Silver Cove back to Ennerdale Water.

On a good day the views are first class – no promises on the weather!

Please contact Mel by 6pm on Friday on 07584303975 if you are coming on this walk.

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

Illgill Head and Whin Rigg from Wasdale – Sunday 29th April 2018

Illgill Head and Whin Rigg from Wasdale – Sunday 29th April

Start time: 9:45

(Estimated finish time: 15:00)

Moderate – approx.10 miles

Start point – Wasdale Head National Trust Car Park, CA20 1EX. Grid Ref: NY182074

Parking Facilities: National Trust Car Park

Time: Meet at 09:30

Set off: 09:45

Miles: approx. 10

Classification: Moderate

Walk description:

The screes of Whin Rigg (535m) and Illgill Head (609m) are a dramatic feature of Wasdale, but a pleasant grassy ridge to walk along and includes these two Wainwrights.

From the car park we cross the bridge and walk up the bridleway heading to Eskdale, which involves crossing a few small fords. As the path steepens we bear right onto a footpath and ascend alongside a rubble wall, crossing through a stile nearer the top.

We follow the grassy path to the ridge and a small cairn marks the top of Illgill Head (609m). From there we head along the ridge to Whin Rigg. There are two paths along the ridge – one that follows the edge of the screes and the other through the grass. Wainwright notes two viewpoints along this ridge and hopefully the weather holds out to enjoy these.

After reaching the top of Whin Rigg (535m), we descend by the relatively steep footpath which zigzags alongside Greathall Gill. At the bottom of the gill, we cross the River Irt and follow a footpath through woodland area for a small section.

We will follow the road back to the car park, however there are lots of areas of grass along the shores of Wast Water to walk along the way.

This walk is partly reccied

Approx. finish 15:00

Please contact Megan on 07503913200 by 6pm on Saturday 28th April if you are coming on this walk. There are some stiles on the ascent which may be difficult for dogs.

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

Coniston (Take 2!) – Sunday15th April 2018

After an aborted attempt a couple of months back we’re going to have another crack at it!
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.

Smardale Gill Viaduct – Sunday 1st April 2018

Smardale Gill Viaduct

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Start time: 9:45
(Estimated finish time: 15:00)

Moderate 8.5 miles / 13.7 km

Smardale Gill Viaduct

Start time 10:00

(Estimated finish time 15:00)

Moderate 8.5 miles / 13.3 km

Group Summit Good

Meet time 09:45am

Start time 10:00

Start point: layby just by the Kings Head pub, Ravenstonedale CA17 4NH, NY720043

Car parking: layby just by the Kings Head Pub

Description: this walk is a chance to explore part the Westmorland Dales, latest addition to the Yorkshire Dales. We start at the northern edge of the village and take care crossing the busy A685. We will follow the FP sign marked ‘Smardale’. We head across fields to reach Scandal Beck and the Packhorse Bridge. This is where we get our first glimpse of the Grade II listed Smardale Viaduc. At the Packhorse bridge we join Wainwright’s famous Coast to Coast. We head up the bridle way signposted Kirkby Stephen. When we reach the top of the track we bear left and walk alongside the wall. Great views of the Howgills and the Pennine range. At the next fork, we head left towards Smardale. We pass under the Settle-Carlisle railway bridge and walk through the hamlet of Smardale. We will also pass the turrets of Smardale Hall fortified manor house (it dates from the 14th century and is Grade I listed). At the road junction we turn left, and then left again to reach the start of the Smardale Gill National Nature Reserve, a path along a disused railway. We then reach the award winning restored Smardale Viaduct. We cross the viaduct and follow the old railway line all the way to Newbiggin-on-Lune, where we take care crossing the busy A685. We walk through Newbiggin-on-Lune and take the second footpath on our right. Walking across fields, we take the path to Low Greenside and then join the quiet road back to Ravenstonedale.

Distance: Approx 8.5 miles / 13.3 km

Ascent: Approx 450m

Time: 5 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. This walk is suitable for dogs, there is only one easy to step over stile and 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.

High Rigg – Sunday 25th March 2018

High Rigg

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Start time: 9:45
(Estimated finish time: 13:00)

Leisurely 5 miles / 8.1 km

Start/meet point: Legburthwaite Car Park, NY318195, CA12 4TQ

Car parking:  Pay and display car park, also some free parking at Stanah and off the A591 by the river.

Meet time: 9.45am

Start time: 10am

Distance: 5 miles

Grade: Leisurely

Time: Approx 3 hours

Description: From the car park head left along the old track to the A591 bridge, cross over and take the stile on the right hand side.  Follow the path and bear left inclining steeply up through a stand of Scots pine trees onto Wren Crag, normally a lovely view from here down Thirlmere and across to Castle Rock.  Descend into the dip then following the undulating and often boggy terrain  the top of High Rigg.  Follow the obvious grassy path down to the north to meet the road that runs past St John’s Church.  Past the church take the gate on the right onto a track that leads along the foot of the fell.  This track has some erosion and storm damage from the past few winters.  Follow this track along the back of Sosgill and Low Bridge End above St John’s Beck and back round to the stile at the start.

Please text Mel on 07584303975 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.

High Raise and Sergeant Man from Grasmere – Sunday 8th April 2018

Start time: 9:15
(Estimated finish time: 16:00)

Moderate to Strenuous 10 miles / 16.1 km

Start point – On the village green in the centre of the village next to main bus stop and opposite Easedale Road end Grid ref: 337076

Parking Facilities: Various Pay and Display in the village, free parking available on A591 laybys north edge of village.

Time: Meet at 09:15

Set off: 09:30

Estimated time finish: 15:30 – 16:00, at a fairly leisurely pace.

Miles: 10

Classification: Moderate-Strenuous

Ascent climb: 2400 ft

Walk description:

A walk to High Raise the quiet way via wild deeply enclosed Far Easedale, returning via Easedale Tarn.

We start off along Easedale Road, following the road to Kitty Crag, before entering the quiet and wild Far Easedale valley, with Helm Crag looming to our north. A gradual climb up the valley takes us past a number of waterfalls and dark Deer Bield Crag. We eventually reach Greenup Edge and climb to High Raise which on a clear day has great panoramic 360 degree view of most of the main fells in the Lakes, being very central. We then traverse across to the rocky summit of Sergeant Man. From here, we climb down past Belles Knott steeply to Easedale Tarn. Thereafter it is a pleasant descent back to Grasmere via Sour Milk Gill back to the square.

Conditions underfoot: The route along Far Easedale Valley is wet, and also by Easedale Tarn, with plenty of water about thanks to the streams and watercourses which criss cross the path.

Terrain: The walk follows intermittent paths at times, and open featureless terrain on High Raise. Generally it is mostly easy going, but there is a tricky rocky descent by Belles Knott as we approach Easedale Tarn which can be very wet and slippy and also there is a tricky slab near a waterfall on the way up, shortlived – so come prepared!

Variation if poor visibility: If clouds are low visibility will be poor on High Raise and we may then vary the walk before we reach Greenup Edge and instead take the Calf Crag- Helm Crag ridge back to Grasmere.

Early April can still be very wintry on the high fells with snow and ice a hazard, so come prepared for potential wintry conditions still! Hopefully it will be a cracking Spring day and we will be reaching for the sunglasses..

Please text Damian on 07796654031 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

Rosset Pike, Esk Pike and Bow Fell – Sunday 18th February 2018

Rosset Pike, Esk Pike and Bow Fell

Start Point: Old Dungeon Ghyll Car Park, Great Langdale, LA22 9JY, NY285060

Meet Time: 9.15am

Start Time: 9.30am

Distance: 10.5 miles

Time: 7 hours

Ascent: 1050m

Grade: Strenuous

Walk behind put to get onto a track to walk along mickleden beck. We then walk up the zigzags next to Stake gill and walk round to mansey pike then our first wainwright rosset pike a short descent to angle tarn before we continue up to esk pike our second wainwright with views of Sca fell and the sea. We walk along the ridge to our final summit of bow fell and then walk down the down the climbers band and back to the cars at the pub.

Old dungeon gill carpark is split between the pub and national trust if you are non trust member it’s cheaper to park on the pub side  currently cost £3 for all day.

Please contact Matt on 07878352150 by 6pm on Saturday if you are coming along on the walk.

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

Lacys Caves/Long Meg Stone Circle – Sunday 11th March 2018

Lacys Caves/Long Meg Stone Circle

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Start time: 10:00
(Estimated finish time: 13:00)

Easy 5 miles / 8.1 km

Meet time: 10am

Start time: 10:15am

Start location: Triangle junction in Little Salkeld, CA10 1NN

From the start we walk down the road and pick up the farm track that runs along the Settle to Carlisle railway line which takes us to the electrical sub station. From the sub station the path heads into the trees and follows along the River Eden to Lacy’s Caves. After exploring the caves we will carry on along the River Eden picking up the road just above Daleraven Bridge, then we take the short walk up the road and pick up the path to St Michael church. From the church we take the path to Longmeg and her Daughters Stone Circle and then from here make te short walk back to Little Salkeld.

This is a Easy walk roughly 5 miles in length

Please contact Ross on 07900876197 by 6pm on Saturday if you are coming along on the walk.

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