Whinfell and Borrowdale (Howgills) – Sunday, 13 August 201

“Unclaimed by either Lakes or Dales national parks, Borrowdale is one of the area’s ignored treasures, with splendid walking through the solitute of the dale along the undulating hills that bound it” – Cicerone guide

This is an unreccied walk – description is taken from the Cicerone walking guide.

Description:  Starting from the A6 head south along the road and turn a sharp left at the right hand bend to follow a track.  Immediately through the gate we head steeply up the side of Ashstead Fell and then follow the trod along the ridge top past various rocky outcrops and through small conifer plantations – branching left slightly to top Castle Fell for a good vantage point – to Whinfell Beacon.  The views from the ridge on a clear day should be great of the valley and surrounding hills, and supposedly on a perfect day you can see Blackpool Tower!  From the Beacon, descend north east to the radio masts until joining a tarmac track coming up from Patton Bridge.  Leave the track, bearing left as it swings right and follow the indistinct trods to the sparse woodland, upon reaching a wall follow it down to the main track in the valley bottom.  Follow the right hand bank of the river back to the start, enjoying the last views as the path crosses the shoulder of the hill.

Meet time: 9.15am
Start time: 9.30am
Time: approx 6 hours
(Estimated finish time: 15:30)
Distance: 9 miles / 14.5 km
Grade: Leisurely end of moderate

Start point: Layby with phonebox on north side of A6 (Hucks Bridge) NY 552038

Parking:  Room for about 8? cars at the layby (can probably double park as well if the first arrivals park with the nearside on the verge).  Or there is another layby about 300m north on the A6 on the righthand side

Please text Mel on 075854303975 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

Black Combe – Sunday, 6 August 2017

Black Combe is one of Wainwright’s outlying fells and is often overlooked due to it being quite out of the way in the south west of Cumbria. It is famously 30ft short of being a true mountain. This walk will be a circular route.

Route: From the church, we follow the road a little way before moving onto a proper footpath through the bracken. We follow this path south and then up the side of Townend Knotts. We then join a bridleway that will take us to the summit. Black Combe is one of the few places it is possible to see all four countries of the UK at the same time (on a clear day). Rejoining the bridleway we start our descent toward down to the field boundary near the base of the fell. Once we reach the fence we follow the path south past Fell Cottage, crossing Monkfoss Beck toward Whitbeck Mill. At this point, we join a lane which takes us back to the start point.

Starting point: Whitbeck Church SD:118,839 nearest postcode LA19 5UR.
Car Parking: There is a lay-by outside the church on the A595. This another lay-by on the opposite side of the road approx 150m south of the church.

Meet time: 9.30am
Start time: 9:45
(Estimated finish time: 14:45)
Distance: 7.5 miles / 12.1 km
Grade: Leasurly

Please contact Nicole by 6pm on Saturday if you are coming along on this walk.

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

Blencathra via Bannerdale Crags

Blencathra via Bannerdale Crags

Sunday, 30 July 2017
Start time: 9:15
(Estimated finish time: 15:30)
Moderate 7.5 miles / 12 km
Group Summit Good
Start: Mungrisdale, phone box in the village NY362303

Parking: honesty box parking at the village hall and at the phone box, further verge side parking along the river

Meet time: 9.15am

Start time: 9.30am

Description: From Mungrisdale we head up across the common and along the side of Bowscale Fell. At the top of Bannerdale Crags we descend to the col before continuing up to the summit of Blencathra. Now we descend via the main path towards Scales but branch off and follow the path leading to Souther Fell before descending back to Mungrisdale

Distance: 12km

Time: approx 6 hours

Please contact Tom on 07760660113 before 9pm on Saturday

Nine Standards Rigg – Sunday, 23 July 2017

Nine Standards Rigg

To get us out of the Lake District since the school holidays have started I’m going to explore some of the neighbouring hill ranges, and Nine Standards Rigg looks like a very interesting start point! This route is unreccied and I’ve taken the walk description from the Walking Britain website.

Parking: plenty of on street parking in Kirkby Stephen as well as a free car park off Silver Street CA17 4HA, NY772088

Meet point: Market Square in Kirkby Stephen CA17 4QT, NY775087

Meet Time: 9.15am for 9.30am start

Distance:9.5 miles

Grade: Moderate

Time: 5-6 hours (dependent on breaks)


Starting from the pleasant town of Kirkby Stephen this walk explores the rolling country lying to the east of the town before taking a section of the Coast to Coast path to the summit of Nine Standards Rigg. The route includes riverside walking, a section of woodland, wild moorland and views across the Vale of Eden. The return leg into Kirkby Stephen is along a quiet country lane offering a grandstand view of Kirkby Stephen.

There is plenty of parking in Kirkby Stephen including a car park to the west of the main road (grid ref. NY772088). Wherever you park locate the entrance to the parish church in the Market Square. With your back to the church turn left and walk down the narrow road next to the newsagents. Follow the sign for River Eden and Frank’s Bridge down an alley, Stone Shot. At the bottom turn left and cross Frank’s Bridge. Turn right along a path following the River Eden which is on your right.

The path joins a walled lane. Shortly after the first bend in the River Eden turn left on a signed footpath (grid ref. NY779080). This leads across a field to a bridge over a disused railway (grid ref. NY780077). Continue on the path through two fields to reach a junction of paths (grid ref. NY782074). Bear left here through woodland to follow Ladthwaite Beck upstream. The path climbs away from the beck before contouring across the northern slopes of Birkett Hill to reach Ladthwaite Farm.

Bear left here and follow the signed path initially alongside a wall on your left. The path then leaves this wall and climbs more steeply up to a tarmac lane (grid ref. NY799075). East from here there are grand views across Hartley Fell whilst directly ahead lies another Birkett Hill!

From the tarmac lane turn right, go through a metal gate and walk along a track signed Coast to Coast path initially in a south-easterly direction. The track undulates for a while generally following a wall on your right. Reaching a path junction at grid ref. NY810067 bear left leaving the track to follow a clear path across the moor. Initially Faraday Gill is to your left but as height is gained the stream is crossed.

Nine Standards disappear from sight on this section and feel further away than they really are. Nowhere is the climbing steep but the path is somewhat tedious across the moor. Eventually the Nine Standards come into sight and your objective is close at hand. The large cairns offer a fine viewpoint and it’s a perfect place to rest. If you wish to reach the true summit then this is marked by a trig point some 500 metres to the south. However the view is not so good.

After enjoying the views return to grid ref. NY799075 and continue west down the tarmac lane. This descends quite sharply in places with the vast expanse of Hartley Quarry to your left. Continue on the lane until it starts to level out before Hartley village. Cross the first small bridge on the left (grid ref. NY782085) and turn left to locate a footpath on your right. This leads across a meadow back to Frank’s Bridge from where you retrace your steps back into Kirkby Stephen.

Please text Mel on 07584303975 by 6pm on Saturday if you are coming along. The walk leader reserves the right to modify the route or cancel the walk dependent on weather conditions

Langdale Camping Sat 8th July

Some of us will be camping in Langdale at the National trust campsite or wild camping if there’s no room. We plan to eat either at the Stickle Barn or the Old Dungeon Gyhll depending on numbers

txt or msg Matthew on 07878352150 if you’re coming along that night I will also be standing outside the National trust lansdale campsite reception from 6 till 6:15pm  on Saturday evening if you want to find me.

It’s a bit of a rushed social the next one will be in September when the Lake District calms down after summer madness.


Herdus, Great Borne, Starling Dodd and Red Pike. – Sunday 2 June

Note: This starts in the wilds of Ennerdale, we realise it will be a drive for a lot of our members but we have not explored these mountains for a couple years and who know’s when we will be back.

Start: Bowness Knott carpark at the start of the Ennerdale Valley and end of the road.
Free Car parking!
OS Grid ref: NY109153
Nearest Postcode: CA23 3AU

Start time: 9.30 for a 9.45 start

Miles: Approx 8 miles

Grade: Moderate

Time: Approx 5 hours

From the car park we head north to pick up the path up the short steep ascent up to Herdus. From here we will follow the ridge taking in Great Borne, Starling Dodd and Red Pike. We then drop down back onto the forestry track and walk alongside the lake until we reach the carpark.

Please let Katie know no later than 6pm on the Saturday on by calling/txt 07709318941 if you intend on joining the walk.

I reserve the right to alter the walk or cancel the walk due to weather. All attendees must wear suitable walking boots and clothing and have adequate water and appropriate clothing if the weather was to change.

Swirl How from Duddon Valley – Sun 18th June

Swirl How from Duddon Valley Sunday, 18 June 2017

Start/Finish: Birks Bridge Car Park
Car Parking: Birks Bridge Car Park, Duddon Valley.
Grid reference: SD235995
Nearest postcode: LA20 6EG

Meet time: 9:15
Start Time: 9.30am
Time: 7 hours
(Estimated finish time: 16:30)

Distance: 11.5 miles or 18.4km
Ascent: 900m
Grade: Strenuous

Route: From the car park head north east along the road and take the footpath on the right heading steadily uphill towards Seathwaite Tarn. At the dam, branch onto the indistinct footpath leading up the shoulder of Troutal Fell and onto the ridge up to the summit of Grey Friar which on a good day has cracking views of the surrounding mountains. From the cairns continue along the path to the junction and head straight on up the hill to the second summit of the day, Great Carrs. From here it is an easy walk along the edge to Swirl How and the route then descends to skirt round Brim Fell and on to Dow Crag. Following the ridge line along above the screes and Blind Tarn take the obvious downwards track of Walna Scar Road heading west back into the Duddon Valley. Upon reaching the tarmac veer away north west along the right of way leading past Long House and Tongue House and eventually alongside Tarn Beck. Cross the beck and rejoin the original outward route and retrace steps the last mile back to the car park

Please text Mel know by 6.00 pm on Saturday if you are coming on this walk – 07584303975

10 in 10

Update in case it wasn’t clear this not a Summittgood group activity, its a private thing we’re doing just putting it on here, to explain why there are no walks on this weekend. If you want to volunteer we always need more walk leaders. Ask us about volunteering, its not that scary!

Saturday the 17th June most of the club walk leaders are taking part in a charity event to raise money for MS a subject close to one of our friends hearts.

The challenge is 10 mountains in 10 Hours. As such the next day we will all be too knackered to lead any walks so they won’t be any put on.


Langdale Weekend Friday 7th to Sunday 9th July

Another unorganised trip from the directors of Summit Good

We are all planning on staying on at Great Langdale Campsite on Friday and Saturday nights. Saturdays walk will be Pike O’Blisco and Crinkle Crags

Sundays walk will be Langdale Pikes

Reason for camping on Friday is we have picked a busy time of year and if we wait till to Saturday the campsite will be full.

Meals will be finding a table at a pub or if no tables hunched in our tents singeing eyebrows and  boiling pasta.

As it completely unorganised you turn up for just for either walking, eating, sleeping or all three.


Angletarn Pikes, Brock Crags and Rest Dodd – Sunday 16 June

We walk along the past calf close towards Chapel in the Hause, then we go up side of Rake Crag to the top of Angletarn Pikes. then we go round Angle Tarn nip up Brock Crags before heading to our final peak Rest Dodd. Head down to Hayeswater and then back down the access track to the cars.

Meet time: 9:15
Start time: 9:30
Car park: Hartsop village Grid Reference NY 410:130 (end of lane and its a donation box)

Distance: 10.5 km (6.5 miles)
Total Accent: 695 metres (2,300 ft)
Time: 5 – 6 hours

Grade: Moderate

Leader Matthew contact on 07878352150 to let me know you’re coming by 6pm please