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

Arthur’s Pike and Bonscale Pike – Sunday 8th July

Start time 10:00

(Estimated finish time 16:00)

Easy/Moderate 11.2 miles / 18.0 km

Meet time 09:45am

Start time 10:00am

Start point: Askham Open Air Swimming Pool Car Park CA10 2PN NY512237

Car parking:Askham Open Air Swimming Pool Small Donation of £1 to help with the upkeep of the car park

Description: After leaving the car park we begin our gentle ascent out of Askham heading for Askham Fell. Once reaching the top we peel of left to start the steady ascent of Arthur’s Pike. The path leads almost to the summit but a quick divert to the right will bring us to the Cairn. After leaving we then make the way back to the path which then leads to the second summit of Bonscale Pike which gives fantastic views of the Ullswater valley. From here we then continue for a short distance before beginning our steep descent down to the Ullswater Way path which we then follow back to Askham Fell and finally onto the car park.

Distance: Approx 11.2 miles / 18.0 km

Ascent: Approx 651 m

Time: 6 hours

Please contact Phil on 07766410564 by 6pm on Saturday if you are coming on this walk. This walk is suitable for dogs, however there are many sheep & lambs roaming on Askham Fell so 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.

Wansfell from Ambleside – Sunday 15th July


Walk Title: Wansfell from Ambleside

Meeting Point: Outside Ambleside Tourist Information Centre opposite Market Cross

Meeting Time: 09:45

Start Time: 10:00

Finish Time: 14:30 approx

Car Parking/Public Transport: Plenty of pay and display options in the town centre. Bus Service: Ambleside is served by the 599 (every 20 mins) between Grasmere and Bowness and 555 services (every hour) between Keswick and Kendal for those able to take advantage of it.

Rating: Leisurely (with only gradual climb, but a steep descent)

Ascent: 1600 ft approx

Miles: 7.5 miles

Terrain: Easy, on a combination of rocky/grassy paths, and country roads, with a section of pathless tussocky quite wet grassy terrain on approach to summit.

Route Description:

A circular trip taking in the gentle Wansfell overlooking Windermere and Troutbeck Valley and the green and wooded low countryside inbetween.

Walking through Ambleside we make our way along Old Lake Road and follow a pleasant path climbing through Skelghyll Woods past Jenkin Crag and emerge at High Skelghyll with views back to Lake Windermere. Maintaining a high traverse we continue along Robin Lane and then descend into the historic village of Troutbeck. A long linear village comprised of no less than 6 settlements, we walk along the ‘village road’ passing the old Post Office – now a cafe and village shop. Before reaching High Green we meet Nanny Lane, and make our way up it (often wet), and climb gradually towards Wansfell Pike the true summit of ‘Wansfell’. Once we reach the summit, we traverse the mile ridge to the better viewpoint of ‘Wansfell’ – which only than on the worse days has excellent views to Lake Windermere, and west into the central fells – with Ambleside in perfect picture view. On a clear summers day its a place to slumber..and enjoy lunch.  Its then a steep but easy descent down to Ambleside, via the waterfalls of Stockghyll Force – though not in there autumn splendour – whatever the time of year are always impressive. We can then take advantage of the many places that offer refreshments in Ambleside.

Preparation: Though a relatively easy walk and classed as leisurely (given the nature of the walk and the time of year), Wansfell is an exposed peak, and can be windswept by the vagaries of any wind and rain – so always come prepared! Raincoats and factor 50 both at the ready!

Please contact Damian on 07796554031 by 6pm Saturday 14 July.

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

Stickle Pike and Caw – Sunday 1st July

Title: Stickle Pike and Caw

Arrival: 09:30

Set off: 09:45

Location – Meet Point: Broughton Mills Community Hall Car Park SD222905, LA20 6AX

Distance: 7.4 miles

Ascent: 2800 ft – lots of ups and downs even though highest point of the day is only 1750ft

Finish Time: 16:00

Rating: Moderate – on rocky and varied terrain, with stiff ascents at times

Route Description:

A trip to two lowly though deceptively rugged outlying fells full of character in the quiet and wonderful Duddon Valley

Setting off from the car park, we cross the River Lickle, and head up towards Great Stickle passing Green Bank on the way. After a short stiff pull onto the rocky summit of Great Stickle, we then take an undulating traverse past numerous rocky outcrops to the ‘Matterhorn of the Duddon Valley’ – Stickle Pike our first main summit of the day. It’s then a short trod down to the Ulpha-Broughton-Mills road, where we then take a bridleway for a mile or so, and make a beeline for the main summit of the day Caw, over pathless territory. A rugged fell in the middle of the Duddon Valley, it has great views to the north towards the Scafells. A steep descent takes us back down to the bridleway of earlier and we then follow another up and down very rocky ridge that runs parallel to the Great Stickle – Stickle Pike ridge. Traversing the summits of Brown Haw, Ravens Crag and The Knott, we will hopefully have good views towards Morecambe Bay to our south. Its then a short steep decent followed by a pleasant walk on quiet country roads back to the car park. The Blacksmiths Arms is an excellent hidden away pub just a stones throw away from the car park.

Alternative: If weather is poor, we may miss out Caw and instead just do Stickle Pike and the ridge running parallel to it.

Please contact 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

Coledale Round – Sunday 24th June

Coledale Round

Start time 09:30

(Estimated finish time 17:00)

Strenuous 10.5 miles / 16.8 km

Group Summit Good

Meet time 09:15am

Start time 09:30

Start point: car park at the bottom of the Grisedale Pike footpath just outside Braithwaite, NY227238, CA12 5TL

Car parking: free car park at the bottom of the Grisedale Pike footpath just outside Braithwaite. If that is full, there is parking around Braithwaite.

Description: we take the steps going steeply up signposted Grisedale Pike. After a short climb the path rises more gently. We cross the fence at the step stile and bear right, the path continuing to climb. From Kinn we continue onto Sleet How to reach the summit of Grisedale Pike. We then follow the path along the edge of Hobcarton Crag to Hopegill Head. Then we head to Sand Hill Cairn, Crag Hill, then Sail, then Causey Pike, we take the little path down to Outerside, and finish off with Stile End and Barrow. This walk requires a little scrambling at times.

Distance: Approx 10.5 miles / 16.8 km

Ascent: Approx 4100 feet / 1250 m

Time: 7 ½ hours

Please contact Nathalie on 07518479409 by 6pm on Saturday if you are coming on this walk. This walk is suitable for dogs, there is only one stile with a dog gate. 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.

Scafell and Slight Side from Eskdale (Take 2) – Sunday 12th August

Scafell and Slight Side from Eskdale – Take 2

After a bit of a wash out in June, let’s try this one again.

Start point: Dalegarth Station pay and display car park, Boot, Eskdale,

CA19 1TG, NY173007

Meet time: 9.00am
Start time: 9.15am
Duration: 8 hours dependent on breaks

Strenuous: 12 miles

Ascent: ~1100m

Description is taken from Trekking World website.

Please be aware there are some steep and loose ascents and descents on this walk!

Eskdale is one of the Lake District’s quieter valleys due to its location in the west on the other side of both the Wrynose and Hard Knott road passes. It is well hidden away from the honey pots of Langdale and Windermere. The valley is not only absolutely beautiful but also hides away some fascinating gems like the Ravenglass and Eskdale steam railway, the Hardknott Roman Fort and its many picturesque villages with warm and friendly pubs.

Follow the main road signposted to the picturesque village of Boot. Once you have passed the Boot Inn pub on your left and then the houses to your right you will find yourself crossing the Whillan Beck on a 17th century packhorse bridge by the Eskdale Mill. The mill is open to the public some days and is well worth a look in, it dates back to 1978.
Once over the bridge the track turns right behind the mill and then left before reaching a gate on the right that is signposted to Burnmoor Tarn via Coffin Route. Take this path as it steadily rises passing a wood on the right as the views then open up to the east looking over the Whillan Beck valley towards Little and Great Barrow. After half a mile you will pass through a gate and the path snakes through open moorland with views to the East of Eskdale Fell over Whillan Beck.

After just over a miles walk through often wet and boggy moorland and passing an old stone building on the left you should reach the remote Burnmoor Tarn. One of the largest tarns in the Lake District, Burnmoor Tarn is extremely remote and it is therefore surprising to see an old settlement here known as Burnmoor Lodge which was once the home of a local game keeper then a shooting lodge and now as far as I know abandoned and disused. It sits silently on the shores of Burnmoor Tarn at least two miles away from the nearest road, looking like something out of an Alfred Hitchock movie.

The bridleway mostly used in the past as a pony route and a droveway for sheep that you have followed since Boot Village is better known locally as the Coffin Route. The route is given its spooky name as it was once the chosen route that the folk of the then remote village of Wasdale Head took to the St Catherine’s Church in Boot to bury there dead. So if you feel a chill on your neck don’t stop keep moving.

Pass the Burnmoor Lodge on your left and walk the length of Burnmoor Tarns eastern shoreline eventually reaching Bulatt Bridge as it crosses the tarn outflow that becomes Whillan Beck. On the other side of the bridge a faint path heads off in a north east direction hand railing Hardrigg Gill until it reaches a small ruined building at the end of the Hard Rigg ridge. When you reach this point carry on up the crest of the ridge taking not the path that goes right to the Hardrigg Gill valley but instead taking the path that heads directly up the crest of the ridge. The path is steep at first but then levels off on top of the ridge.

Follow the ridge in its north westerly direction for about half a mile until it reaches Green How and joins the steep path up to Scafell. This path is rough, loose and steep in places so care should be taken in bad weather. It is a slog of about 500 metres ascent but once completed gets you right to the summit of Scafell. Try to take your time and use the vast and awe inspiring views over the Wasdale and Eskdale Valleys as an excuse for many much needed rest breaks.

Once on the top the actual summit and highest point is just a small clamber over a few rocks to the right. On a clear day the panoramic views are truly amazing from Eskdale and the Coniston Fells to the south to Wasdale and the Western Fells to the west and of course the high Southern Fells adjoined. The adjoining fells include Scafell Pike, Broad Crag, Ill Crag, Great End, Bowfell and Crinkle Crags to the east. All these huge fells make up a horseshoe of some of the the Lakes highest mountains which shelter the Upper Eskdale Valley. This valley is absolute heaven, with no major paths and not a single bit of human life in sight on a quiet day, its an amphitheater of huge towering crags, luscious green valleys and cold snaking streams.

After taking in the views from the summit follow the ridge path south as it heads over Long Green then reaches the ridges end at Slight Sight, another great place to sit and admire the views of the Upper Eskdale Valley. Come south about 30 metres off the summit of Slight Side and you’ll find a path heads down towards Quagrigg Moss. Take this path to the floor of the valley and then head south for a mile across the marshy land until you eventually reach the small stream of Catcove Beck which leads you into Cat Crag.

At Cat Crag there is a bend in the river where it rounds a huge slanted boulder. Cross Catcove Beck here and follow the path on the other side through the crags and then follow this route known on some maps as the Terrace Route for about a mile until you come down towards the Eskdale Valley and the main road through the valley should be in view. If at Catcove Beck you take the wrong path and head down too soon just follow the wall right and you’ll eventually meet up with the Terrace Route. The Terrace Route takes you down to the road at the Wha House Farm.

From here we can either walk back directly along the road for a couple of miles or take the slightly longer route off road following the paths along the River Esk

Please contact 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.

Derwent Water – Sunday 3rd June

Starting from Great Wood car park we will be walking clockwise round the lake following a mixture of footpaths until we get to the bottom of the lake where after we cross the River Derwent and pick up the Cumbria Way footpath which will take us up to Portinscale and Keswick. From Keswick we will then head back down to Great Dodd wood.

Leisurely walk.

Walking time approx 4.5 hours with stops.

Distance 10 miles

Start point Great Wood Nationl Trust carpark

CA12 5UP (Grid ref: NY271222)

Meet time 9.45

Start time 10.00

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