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Monday, 20 March 2113

New updates …. Upcoming walks and socials



Sun 12 Mar - Caudale Moor
Sat 18/Sun 19 Mar - Brothers Water Walking Weekend

Sun 26 Mar - Grasmoor
Sun 2 Apr - Gunnerside Gill
Sat 8 Apr - Easedale Tarn
Sun 9 Apr - Great Gable from Seathwaite






Photos from 2016

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If you would like your walk updated on the Blog, have a post relevant to the group or photos from walks or socials you would like posted, please email Tom at tommiddleton12@gmail.com.

Any mistakes or amendments required, please let us know! Thanks.

See posts below for walk details.



Sunday, 11 June 2017

Sun 11th June - Fairfield Horseshoe

Description: This is another iconic Lakeland round, taking in 8 Wainwright fells. It would be ideal for those working their way to doing all 214 fells or anyone needing a bit of practice for the 10 in 10 event which takes place on the 24th of June.

Car Parking: There is various parking in Ambleside including pay & display and on street parking.

Start/Finish Point: Outside the Ambleside tourist information office, NY 377 045, LA22 9BS

Meet Time: 9.00am

Start Time: 9.15am

Route: We head out of Ambleside, walking on the pavement alongside the A591 before turning right into the grounds of Rydal Hall. The path takes us to the start of our main ascent up to the top of Nab Scar. From here it is simply a case of following a path up hill to Heron Pike, Great Rigg and finally Fairfield where we will stop in the shelter for lunch. Suitably refreshed we walk east toward the top of Hart Crag and then Dove Crag. From here the path descends to High Pike and finally Low Pike before taking us back to Ambleside.

High Point: Fairfield (873m)

Distance: Approx 12/13 miles

Time: Approx 7-8 hours (depending on pace)

Grade: Strenuous

Leader: Tom

As this is quite a mountainous route please bring appropriate clothing and footwear, as well a packed lunch. I reserve the right to modify the route or cancel the walk depending on our progress or the weather conditions. Please bring a torch or head torch in case we are delayed in getting back.

Please let Tom know on 07760 660113 before 6pm on Saturday if you plan on coming on this walk or have any questions.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Sun 14th May - Coledale Horseshoe

Car Parking: Small car park just outside Braithwaite at the bottom of Whinlatter Pass (B5292), grid reference NY227237. There is normally a bit of space on the side of the road below the car park entrance if needed.

Start/Finish Point: Small car park at the base of Whinlatter Pass, grid reference NY227237. 

Meet Time: 9.15am

Start Time: 9.30am

Description: This is a circular route encompassing some classic Lakeland Fells near to Keswick.

Route: From the car park we immediately begin the ascent of Grisedale Pike, which is initially arduous before becoming slightly easier going before the final climb to the top. From the summit we head along the ridge to Hopegill Head before walking down Sand Hill toward Coledale Hause. After a moment of respite we will continue upwards to the peak of Crag Hill (Eel Crag). This is the highest point of the walk and we descend from here to Sail Fell and then Causey Pike before following the path back to Braithwaite. 

High Point: Crag Hill – 839m.

Distance: Approx 10 miles

Time: Approx 6-6.5 hours 

Grade: Strenuous

Leader: Tom

As this is quite a mountainous route please bring appropriate clothing and footwear, as well a packed lunch. I reserve the right to modify the route or cancel the walk depending on our progress or the weather conditions. Please bring a torch or head torch in case we are delayed in getting back.

Please let Tom know on 07760 660113 before 6pm on Saturday if you plan on coming on this walk or have any questions.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Sun 2nd April - Gunnerside Gill & Swinner Gill

Description: A circular walk from Gunnerside in the Yorkshire Dales. From Gunnerside we initially follow the path through a small woodland before a fairly steep ascent up the Gill where we shall see some  remains of the lead mining industry. We shall cross the beck over a small bridge and follow the obvious path which leads to part of the Coast to Coast path surrounded by open heather moorland. From here we head to Swinner Gill and back to Gunnerside.

Grade:  Moderate (some rugged terrain and steep climbs)

Distance: Approx. 9 miles

Meet Time: 09.15 am
Start Time: 9:30 am
Time: Approx. 4- 5 hours

Start / Finish: Gunnerside  - Postcode DL11 6LE

Car Parking: There is parking in the village although limited by the bridge. If these spaces are full further parking is on the road leading out of Gunnerside in the direction of Low Row.

Camping – if you wish to come the night before there is a campsite at Tan Hill, the highest pub in England. Approximately a 15 minute drive to the start of the walk. Camping is £5 and is described as ‘Wild Camping’. There is also rooms or mixed dorms.


Alternatively there is further camping in Reeth or Muker.

Reeth

Muker


Leader: Hannah

Please let Hannah know in advance by 6.00 pm on Saturday if you are coming on this walk (text 07815 604527)


If the conditions are bad I reserve the right to modify the route or cancel the walk. If insufficient interest is shown in the walk it may be cancelled.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Sat 25th/Sun 26th March - Kirkstile Inn Social & Grasmoor Walk

A full description will be added soon but as it stands the plan is to get dinner at the famous Kirkstile Inn near Loweswater on Saturday evening. This will be followed by a walk up Grasmoor on the Sunday. People are more than welcome to come to both or just one, although people are responsible for finding their own accommodation in the area on Saturday night should they require it. I will be booking a table for 10 in January, once these spaces have been claimed I cannot guarantee it will be possible to add to this booking.

Starting Point: Buttermere (exact location TBA)

Car Parking: There are plenty of car parking options in Buttermere - National trust, pay & display and off road laybys.

Description: Grasmoor is an imposing fell that dominates the landscape of the North Western fells, where it is the tallest of the group.

Route: Starting in Buttermere we head out of the village to join the path that takes us up to Whiteless Pike. The ridge climbs past this Wainwright up to the higher peak of Wandope. Having paused to enjoy the fantastic view from the summit the path takes us toward the back of Grasmoor. It is a short ascent up to the plateau on top. Our descent is initially steep but easily navigable and soon the gradient flattens as we drop down toward Crummock water. The final part of our journey takes us along the small valley down the side of Rannerdale Knotts back to Buttermere.

Grade: Strenuous

High Point: Grasmoor summit (852m)

Distance: TBC

Meet time: 9.15

Start time: 9.30

Time: Approx 5-6 hours

Leader: Tom

For the social on Saturday please let Tom know as soon as possible, for the walk please notify him by 6.00pm on Friday 24th March. 07760 660 113

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Sat 18th/Sun 19th March - Brother's Water Trek

Saturday 18th March
Dove Crag - Little Hart Crag - High Hartsop Dodd
Start point - Cow Bridge Carpark
Meet at 9.30 to start at 9.45
Approx 7.5 miles

After walking along the shores of Brotherswater, we walk up through Dovedale heading towards Dove Crag, calling by the Priest Hole on the way. We will then head towards Little Hart Crag before making our final steep descent down High Hartsop Dodd back to Brotherswater.

Approx time: 5 hours
Grade: Strenuous end of moderate

Sunday 19th March
Angletarn Pikes - Brock Crags
Start point - Hartsop village car park (honesty box)
Meet at 9.30 to start at 9.45
Approx 7 miles

From the village we head towards Patterdale on the footpath before heading right onto the bridleway up to Boredale Hause. From here we will gradually climb up to Angletarn Pikes before dropping down to Angle Tarn itself. A final climb up to Brock Crags, the final summit of the day and then head down to Hayeswater Gill and Hartsop.

Approx time - 4 hours
Grade - Moderate

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Sun 12th March - Hartsop Dodd/Caudale Moor

Start time: 9:15

(Estimated finish time: 14:30)
Moderate 6.5 miles / 10.5 km
Group Summit Good
This is an unreccied route.
Starting from Cow Bridge car park walk along the A592 and branch off to Low Hartsop.  Bear right on a track following the wall that rises steeply to the ridge of Hartsop Dodd then head left towards the summit.  Continue to follow the line of the wall to Caudale Moor (also known as Stoney Cove Pike), the highest point of the walk at 764m.  Here again follow the wall leading west to Mark Atkinson's Monument before branching right to head down the north west ridge above Caudale Beck and quarry.  A short walk along the main road leads to a track heading to the main path back along Brotherswater and back to the cars.
Hopefully there should be some grand views of Ullswater and Windemere if it's a clear day.
Some of this route may be on lesser walked and unmarked paths.
9.15am meet time for 9.30am start
Car parking at at Cow Bridge (free) or alternatively up the road at Low Hartsop (also free).
Please let Mel know in advance by 10pm Friday if you are coming on this walk - text 07584303975. (I will be out of signal area on Saturday so won't receive any late texts).  I reserve the right to modify the route or cancel the walk dependent on weather conditions

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Sun 5th March - Scafell Pike from Seathwaite

Leader: Mel

Car Parking: Seathwaite NY236123 (free parking on lane)

Start / Finish: End of the lane at Seathwaite, at the farm entrance.

Meet Time: 8.45am

Start Time: 9.00am

Route:  A circular walk up the highest peak in England starting from Seathwaite.
From the start follow the path up the valley to Stockley Bridge then continue alongside Grains Gill then up the steepening path beside the ravine of Ruddy Gill.  Joining the main path connecting Langdale and Wasdale head left to Esk Hause then curve round Calf Cove.  With a small detour up to Great End (for those who are ticking Wainwrights), retrace the route back to the main path continuing ever upwards towards Broad Crag before dropping steeply to a col and then up to the summit of Scafell Pike itself.  Hopefully it will be a clear day and the panoramic views of the highest peak can be appreciated.  Descending to Lingmell Col take the Corridor Route to Styhead Tarn then follow Styhead Gill back down to Stockley Bridge and retrace the path to the cars.

It may well still be wintry conditions up top at the start of March so please bring appropriate kit, including a headtorch (though the plan is to be down before dark).

Distance: 9.5miles

Time: 7 - 8 hours depending on breaks

Grade: Strenuous

Please let Mel know in advance by 5.00 pm on Saturday if you are coming on this walk - text 07584303975.
I reserve the right to modify the route or cancel the walk dependent on weather conditions.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Sun 26th February - Malham Cove & Tarn and Gordale Scar

Description: A circular walk from Malham in the Yorkshire Dales. The walk initially passes by the picturesque Janet's Foss before reaching Gordale Scar. If waters permit we shall scramble up Gordale Scar and head on to Malham Tarn (if we are not able to scramble up Gordale Scar there is an alternative route to the Tarn). From here we shall walk down the valley to reach the limestone top of Malham Cove, before dropping back down into Malham.

Route: Exact route TBC

Grade:  Easy end of moderate (some rugged terrain and steep climbs)

Distance: Approx. 7.5 miles (12 km)

Meet Time: 09.15 am
Start Time: 9:30 am
Time: Approx. 3-4 hours

Start / Finish: National Trust Car Park

Car Parking: National Trust Car Park (approx. grid reference SD 900 626, postcode BD23 4DG)
I shall try and find an alternative (free/cheap) car parking on recce.

Leader: Hannah

Please let Hannah know in advance by 6.00 pm on Saturday if you are coming on this walk (text 07815 604527)


If the conditions are bad I reserve the right to modify the route or cancel the walk. If insufficient interest is shown in the walk it may be cancelled.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Sun 19th Feb - High Stile Ridge

Car Parking: National Trust (NY173172) or Lake District National Park (NY172169) car parks in Buttermere
Start / Finish: Fish Hotel , Buttermere (NY172169)
Meet Time: 9.15am
Start Time: 9.30am
Route: Starting from the Fish Hotel in Buttermere, head along the track past the hotel bearing left towards Buttermere lake.  Following the well made path along the lakeside to the southern end start to ascend up the path towards Scarth Gap.  At the Gap bear right to the first summit of the day, High Crag, hopefully enjoying the views on the way.  Continue along the ridge to the highest peak High Stile at 806m before descending to the last summit, Red Pike.  Avoiding the main path down to Buttermere as this is very steep and loose, head north east descending to Scale Beck.  Taking in Scale Force, the highest waterfall in the Lake Districst, follow either of the paths down the side of the beck and falls to reach Crummock Water (the path can be pretty boggy on the approach to the lake).  Follow the main route back to Buttermere village.
The ascent to the top of the ridge has sections which are steep and loose.

Distance: 9 miles
Ascent: ~700m
Time: 5-6 hours
Grade: Strenuous

Please let Mel know in advance by 5.00 pm on Saturday if you are coming on this walk - text 07584303975.
I reserve the right to modify the route or cancel the walk dependent on weather conditions.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Sun 12th Feb - Black Crag & Holme Fell


A leisurely walk of two low level Wainwrights with views of two lakes, two tarns, Cumbria's deepest hole and some overgrown mine workings. 

Distance: 6.5 miles

Time: 4.5 hours with time for plenty of stops

High Point: 322m (Black Crag)

Meet Time: 9.45am

Start Time: 10.00 am

Start Point: National Trust pay and display car park (SD321999) marked by lower red arrow, if you haven't got national trust membership there's limited free car parking in lay-by, marked upper red arrow, at Yew Tree Tarn. This is found about 10 minutes walk from the main car park. There is a narrow path linking the two together.

Grade: Easy end of Moderate 

Leader: Matt

Please contact Matt by text on 07878 352150 by 6.00pm Saturday to let him know if you're coming on this walk.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Sun 5th February - High Street

Description: From Hartsop we'll head up towards Hayeswater and then The Knott. Remaining at altitude we continue on to High Street, Thornthwaite Beacon and then Gray Crag before dropping down steeply to make our way back to Hartsop. This route gives the opportunity to stay at altitude (above 700m) for a large portion of the walk. On a clear day there are some great views.

Grade: Strenuous

High Point: High Street summit (828m)
Distance: Approx. 6.5 miles

Meet Time: 9.15 am
Start Time: 9.30 am
Time: Approx. 4 to 5 hours (We should be down well before dark but please bring a torch in case we are delayed for any reason)

Start / Finish and Car Parking: Hartsop village car park NY410130 (go up through the village and the car park is right at the top).

Leader: Dave

Please let Dave know in advance by 6.00 pm on Saturday if you are coming on this walk (text 07767 416090).

Notes: If conditions are wintry please be mindful of what you may need to stay safe/comfortable and come prepared. The descent from Gray Crag is steep in places and will be slippery if wet or icy so Microspikes or similar would be useful.

The leader reserves the right to modify or cancel the walk

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Sat 28th/Sun 29th January - Winter Walking Weekend

Summitt Good will be hosting a weekend of walking in the Derwent Fells near Keswick. Following a walk up Hindscarth and Robinson on Saturday we will will be staying overnight at the Gordon Walker chalet in Newlands Valley. On Sunday there will be a walk up the nearby Barrow and Outerside Fells. People are welcome to attend any part of the weekend, whether it be just one day or both.


Saturday 28th - Robinson and Hindscarth

Leader: Mel
Car Parking: Chapel Bridge small car park with honesty box (alternative parking vergeside at Newlands Church)
Start / Finish:  Chapel Bridge car park
Meet Time: 9.15am
Start Time: 9.30am
Route:  From the starting point follow the lane past Newlands Chapel and continue on this lane until a few hundred metres past High Snab. Here you turn sharp right after the wall and follow the path as it heads steeply upwards over grass to gain the top of High Snab Bank.

Having gained the ridge the onward route is obvious and around Blea Crags some easy scrambling is necessary on three or four rock steps. The scenery in this area is particularly rugged. Apart from these small obstacles the route is straightforward and easy to follow all the way the domed summit of Robinson. There are numerous cairns and although the summit itself is not very noteworthy the view is superb.

Continue off the summit following the path in a southerly direction descending to reach a fence line that follows Littledale Edge. Turn left to follow the fence towards Hindscarth. The route involves a descent and re-ascent to gain the latter's summit. However the view down to Gatescarth makes up for the toil.

Leave Hindscarth on the main path descending north. The route is clear and you soon find yourself on the wonderful ridge that terminates in Scope End. This path is delightful, twisting a turning through heather, providing a perfect end to the walk. Descend Scope End and walk through Low Snab Farm to reach your transport.
(currently the route is unreccied, this walk description has been taken from Walk the Lakes)

Distance: 6.5 miles
Time: 5-6 hours
Grade: Hard end of moderate (some easy scrambling required in places, rocks can be slippy when wet) Please let Mel know in advance by 5.00 pm on Friday if you are coming on this walk - text 07584303975 (likely no signal on the Saturday) I reserve the right to modify the route or cancel the walk dependent on weather conditions.


Sunday 29th - Barrow and Outerside

Leader: Mel
Car Parking: Either from Gordon Walker Chalet (for those already staying) or from roadside parking on the minor road above Uzzicar Farm (NY233217) – Please let me know which parking you will be at
Start/Finish: Roadside above Uzzicar Farm (NY233217)
Meet Time: 9.45am
Start Time: 10.00am
Route:  From the meet point, follow the road north and branch off on a path rising gradually up to the right behind a tree plantation.  Look for the first main path to the left which ascends steeply in places to a false summit then on to the top of Barrow.  On a good day there are fabulous views over to Ullock Pike and Skiddaw to the north and the Cat Bells range in the east.

Dropping down traversing an intricate path network to find the deep trodden path through the heather leading to the top of Outerside surrounded by the higher peaks of Causey Pike, Eel Crag and Grisedale Pike.

From here the walk can be extended if the group wants to and time allows to include Causey Pike itself.  Or we will drop down and turn left to pick up the obvious track leading down alongside Stonycroft Gill back to the start.

Distance: 5 miles (6.5 miles with Causey Pike)
Time: 3.5 – 4 hours (5 hours with Causey Pike)
Grade: Moderate

Please let Mel know in advance by 5.00 pm on Friday if you are coming on this walk - text 07584303975 (likely no signal on the Saturday)
I reserve the right to modify the route or cancel the walk dependent on weather conditions

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Sun 22nd January - Walla Crag and Bleaberry Fell

Description: This route takes us up from the Great Wood to the summit of Walla Crag via the steep path along Cat Gill. This will be a bit of an arduous slog but it doesn't last long and we won't be in any hurry. Upon reaching the summit we will (hopefully) be treated to views of Grisedale Pike, Bassenthwaite and Skiddaw. From here we head south to the summit of Bleaberry Fell. We then double back north but rather than heading back to Walla Crag we divert down toward Falcon Crag and descend back to the base of the fell and follow the path back to the car park.

Grade: Moderate

High Point: Bleaberry Fell summit (590m)
Distance: Approx. 6 miles (10 km)

Meet Time: 9.30 am
Start Time: 9.45 am
Time: Approx. 4.5-5 hours

Start / Finish and Car Parking: Great Wood National Trust car park (NY271214), nearest postcode CA12 5UP.

Public transport is available to Keswick. From Lancaster & Kendal it is the Stagecoach 555, from Carlisle the 73, and from Workington & Penrith the X4 & X5 buses.

Leader: Tom

Please let Tom know in advance by 6.00 pm on Saturday if you are coming on this walk (text 07760 660113)



If the conditions are bad I reserve the right to modify the route or cancel the walk. If insufficient interest is shown in the walk it may be cancelled.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Sun 15th January - Thirlmere


This walk forms part of our 'Head for the Hills' January program. This is a series of easy/moderate walks aimed at both new and existing walkers who haven't been out with us before to come and see the fells with us. The walks will be in easily accessible areas with reasonable local facilities and in some of the more scenic and picturesque areas of the Lake District.

Car Parking: At Swirls Car Park NY316 139

Meet Time: 9.30am

Walk Start: 9.45am

Description: This walk follows a mixture of forestry tracks, footpaths and some road walking. The tracks and paths are all good, although in wet weather they will be muddy in places. It is a circular route.

Route: From the carpark we will use the subway under the A591 to take us to the eastern side of Thirlmere. We will then head north picking up the Blue Walking Trail. Once we reach the northern tip of the lake we will then walk on the minor road heading east, taking us over the dam. Once we reach the western side of the lake we shall head south along the shores. If the shore path is closed due to storm damage in 2015, we will walk along the minor road to Dobgill where we can re-join the shore side path. Once at the southern tip of the lake we will re-join the minor road leading us to the A591 where we will cross over and continue following the route along forestry tracks passing Wythburn Church and Straining Well as we go leading us back to where we started.

Thirlmere is a reservoir providing water to the Manchester area and was formed by the construction of the dam in the 1890's. Prior to this, Leathes Water and Wythburn Water were located here. The water is carried to Manchester via a 96 mile long aqueduct which relies on gravity rather than pumping stations.

Leader: Katie

Distance: Approximately 10 miles

Highest Point: It’s a fairly flat route, no real height gain to speak of

Grade: Easy end of moderate

Time: Approximately 5 hours

Notes: If the conditions are bad the leader reserves the right to modify the route or cancel the walk. If insufficient interest is shown in the walk, it may be cancelled.

Contact: Please let Katie know by 6 pm on Saturday if you are coming on this walk (mobile 07709 318 941)

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Sat 14th January - High Rigg

This walk forms part of our 'Head for the Hills' January program. This is a series of easy/moderate walks aimed at both new and existing walkers who haven't been out with us before to come and see the fells with us. The walks will be in easily accessible areas with reasonable local facilities and in some of the more scenic and picturesque areas of the Lake District.

Starting Point: Legburthwaite Car Park

Car Parking: Legburthwaite Car Park, NY318194

Description: High Rigg sits in the shadow of the Helvellyn ridge and is often overlooked as a spot to ascend. This walk will be a circular route taking us to the summit of the fell before looping through Smaithwaite woods.

Route: TBC

Grade: Moderate

High Point: High Rigg summit (357m)

Distance: Approximately 6 miles

Meet time: 9.45

Start time: 10.00

Time: Approx 3.5/4 hours

Leader: Tom

Please let Tom know by 6.00pm on Friday if you plan on coming on this walk. Text 07760 660113

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Sun 8th January - Loughrigg Fell From Ambleside


This walk forms part of our 'Head for the Hills' January program. This is a series of easy/moderate walks aimed at both new and existing walkers who haven't been out with us before to come and see the fells with us. The walks will be in easily accessible areas with reasonable local facilities and in some of the more scenic and picturesque areas of the Lake District.

Starting Point: Ambleside (final location within the town TBC)

Description: This will be Summitt Good's first walk of 2017 and as such will be a good chance to blow away the cobwebs after the Christmas festivities. This will be a easy going circular loop of Loughrigg going at a steady pace. There will be no rush and when we get back to Ambleside we will go in search of tea and cake!

Route: TBC

Grade: Moderate

High Point: Loughrigg Fell summit (355m)

Distance: Approximately 6.5 miles

Meet time: 9.45

Start time: 10.00

Time: Approx 3-3.5 hours

Leader: Tom

Please let Tom know by 6.00pm on Saturday if you plan on coming on this walk. Text 07760 660113



Sun 8th January - Loughrigg Fell


This walk forms part of our 'Head for the Hills' January program. This is a series of easy/moderate walks aimed at both new and existing walkers who haven't been out with us before to come and see the fells with us. The walks will be in easily accessible areas with reasonable local facilities and in some of the more scenic and picturesque areas of the Lake District.

Starting Point: Outside the tourist information centre in Ambleside LA22 9BS, NY376045.

Description: This will be Summitt Good's first walk of 2017 and as such will be a good chance to blow away the cobwebs after the Christmas festivities. This will be a easy going circular loop of Loughrigg going at a steady pace. There will be no rush and when we get back to Ambleside we will go in search of tea and cake!

Route: From the start point we make our way from the centre of town toward Under Loughrigg. We follow a private road for our first ascent of the day before transferring to a well made footpath that will take us along the side of the fell toward Loughrigg tarn. Once on the western side of the fell we begin our short ascent to the summit. After admiring the view we take another path north west from the summit that drops us down to the path at the foot of the fell. We follow this past Rydal water before heading up to Rydal caves. We will double back along the path before following it back toward Peltor bridge and rejoining the Under Loughrigg road that will take us back to Ambleside.

Grade: Moderate (easy end)

High Point: Loughrigg Fell summit (355m)

Distance: Approximately 6.5 miles

Meet time: 9.45

Start time: 10.00

Time: Approx 4-4.5 hours

Leader: Tom

Please let Tom know by 6.00pm on Saturday if you plan on coming on this walk. Text 07760 660113


Sunday, 18 December 2016

Sun 18th December - A Seasonal Ramble In Grizedale Forest

Starting Point: Moor Top car park NY 343964

Description: Grizedale forest is situated in the heart of the Lake District between the lakes of Coniston and Windermere.

Route: From the start point we head onto the west of the forest. Passing Juniper Tarn and continue until we reach the crossroads where we will pick up the green and red walking trail to the Summit of Carron Crag. We will then follow the red trail down to the visitors centre where facilities can be used if needed. We will then cross the road and head into the east of the forest. We then take the green trail initially which then merges with the purple Moor Top cycle trail which will lead us back to our starting point. All of the walk will be on forestry track.

Grade: Leisurely

High Point: Carron Crag 314m - a Wainwright outlying fell and a Birkett

Distance: Approximately 5 miles

Meet time: 9:45

Start time: 10.00

Time: 3 and a half hours

Leader: Katie.

Please let Katie know by 6.00pm on Saturday if you plan on coming on this walk. Text 07709 318941.


Sunday, 11 December 2016

Sun 11th December - Latrigg and Brundholme Wood from Keswick

This walk forms part of the “Weekend of Walking – the Summit Good Christmas Event in Keswick!” and links in with the day-time group walk and Christmas Meal on Saturday, 10th December in “The George” in Keswick.

Everybody is welcome – don’t forget your Santa hat!

Description: 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!

Grade: Moderate (easy end of)

High Point: Latrigg summit (368 m)
Height gain: Approx. 360 m (1,200 ft)
Distance: Approx. 6 miles (10 km)

Meet Time: 10.15 am
Start Time: 10.30 am
Time: Approx. 4 hours

Start / Finish: Outside the main entrance of the Moot Hall, Market Place, Keswick, CA12 5JR. (This is the tourist information office.)

Car Parking: There are many places to park in and around Keswick, these include pay and display car parks as well as some on-street parking.

Public transport is available to Keswick. From Lancaster & Kendal it is the Stagecoach 555, from Carlisle the 73, and from Workington & Penrith the X4 & X5 buses.

Leader: Wayne

Please let Wayne know in advance by 6.00 pm on Saturday if you are coming on this walk (text 07753 121168)

If the conditions are bad I reserve the right to modify the route or cancel the walk. If insufficient interest is shown in the walk it may be cancelled.

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Sat 10th and Sun 11th December - The Summitt Good Christmas Event in Keswick!

A Weekend of Walking – The Summit Good Christmas Event in Keswick!

This year, the Summit Good Ramblers will be holding a weekend-long Christmas event, on 10th and Sunday 11th December 2016.

Based in Keswick, we’ll be holding two walks on Saturday, an easier low-level option (leisurely / moderate) in lovely Borrowdale and a harder high-level option (strenuous) going up and over the grand Grisedale Pike. These will be followed by an evening meal in The George, in Keswick. On Sunday there will be a moderately-paced walk up Latrigg starting from Moot Hall in the town centre. People are welcome to come along to any bit of the weekend they want – be it all of it, just the meal, or either/both of the day walks.

Keswick has a wide selection of accommodation available to suit all tastes and budgets so people who want to stay over and enjoy a glass of mulled wine can do so without needing to sort out transport home - see http://www.keswick.org/. Buses are also available to and from Keswick from Lancaster & Kendal it is the Stagecoach 555, from Carlisle the 73, and from Workington & Penrith they are the X4 & X5.

Walk Details:

Saturday - Option A (Moderate) - Borrowdale
Saturday - Option B (Strenuous) - Grisedale Pike
Sunday - Latrigg Fell


Christmas Meal

A table has been provisionally booked at 7pm at The George in Keswick on Saturday the 10th December. Places will be available on a first come first served basis.

For people who are unfamiliar with The George it is renowned for it's pies, especially the Cow Pie. Half portions are available but the challenge stands to see who can finish the full portion! They have meals suitable for vegetarians, gluten free meals are also available on request.

So dig out the diary and see if you are free to be part of the festive do or all festive dos! Festive games will be played and christmas jumpers and santa hats/antlers are optional!

Please email summittgoodrambling@gmail.com if you wish to reserve a place.

We’ll be publishing details of the walks closer to the time, but save the date – it should be a cracker of a weekend!

Sat 10th December - Option A (Moderate) - Borrowdale CANCELLED

Description: This is a circular, lower-level walk that visits the southern tip of Derwent Water and the Lodore Falls waterfall, walks through scenic woods along Watendlath Beck and ascends the mighty Bowder Stone – a 2,000 tonne “pebble” with a staircase to its summit!

Route: From the start point, we follow the road northwards to Grange before heading west until reaching the Cumbria Way. At this point we follow the long distance path until arriving at Derwent Water and then heading towards Lodore Falls.

Following paths up through the woodland, we visit the famous waterfall, and wind our way to Watendlath Beck and the footpath that takes us to Watendlath village itself.

As we begin to ascend again, we ramble alongside Bowdergate Gill until we reach the top of Puddingstone Bank. From here we descend to Frith Wood and have a pleasant wander along woodland paths and a brief section by the road before heading towards the Bowder Stone.

After the obligatory “bagging” of the Bowder Stone, it’s just a short walk back to the start point.

Grade: Moderate (easy end of)

High Point: At the top of Puddingstone Bank (340 m)
Height gain: Approx. 400 m (1,300 ft)
Distance: Approx. 6.6 miles (10.6 km)

Meet Time: 9.45 am
Start Time: 10.00 am
Time: Approx. 5.5 hours

Start / Finish: At the Bowder Stone car park.
Car Parking: At the National Trust’s Bowder Stone car park on the B5289. This is pay & display, but free to National Trust members (post code CA12 5XA, grid reference NY 253 168).
Buses: The Stagecoach 78 bus service from Keswick goes along the B5289. (Public transport is available to Keswick: from Lancaster & Kendal it is the Stagecoach 555, from Carlisle the 73, and from Workington & Penrith the X4 & X5 buses.)

Leader: Wayne

Please let Wayne know in advance by 6.00 pm on Friday if you are coming on this walk (text 07753 121168).

Note: As there is some road walking involved (minor roads and alongside the B5289), please wear a light coloured top, or wrap a “day-glow” cover over your rucksack, to assist with visibility. Please also bring a torch with you in case we are delayed for any reason.


If the conditions are bad I reserve the right to modify the route or cancel the walk.

Sat 10th December - Option B (Strenuous) - Grisedale Pike

Car Parking: Small car park just outside Braithwaite at the bottom of Whinlatter Pass (B5292), grid reference NY227237. There is normally a bit of space on the side of the road below the car park entrance if needed.

Start/Finish Point: Small car park at the base of Whinlatter Pass, grid reference NY227237.

Meet Time: 9.00am

Start Time: 9.15am

Description: This is a circular route up Grisedale Pike which will hopefully offer us great views of the Derwent Fells, Whinlatter Forest and the Skiddaw massif (weather dependent!)

Route: From the car park we immediately begin the ascent of Grisedale Pike (791m), which is initially arduous before becoming slightly easier going before the final climb to the summit. This is the most strenuous part of the walk so we will go at a steady pace. From the summit we will drop down to Coledale Hause and then further into the Coledale valley. This is a well-worn mountainous path so will be easy going underfoot. We will pass Force Crag Mine before following the road along Coledale Beck along the base of the valley back the car park.

High Point: Grisedale Pike – 791m.

Distance: Approx 4-5 miles

Time: Approx 3.5-4.5 hours

Grade: Strenuous

Leader: Tom M

As this is quite a mountainous route please bring appropriate clothing and footwear, as well a packed lunch. I reserve the right to modify the route or cancel the walk depending on our progress or the weather conditions. Please bring a torch or head torch in case we are delayed in getting back.

Please let Tom know on 07760660113 before 6pm on Friday if you plan on coming on this walk or have any questions.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Sun 4th December - Great and Little Langdale

Car Parking: Sticklebarn National Trust car park
Start / Finish: Sticklebarn Car Park NY294063
Meet Time:9.15am
Start Time:9.30am
Description: Exploring the beautiful valleys of Great and Little Langdale.
Route: Starting at the Sticklebarn National Trust car park in Great Langdale, framed by the high fells of Crinkle Crags, Bowfell and the Langdale Pikes. The route climbs steeply up a well made path to the picturesque Blea Tarn. After stopping to admire the view and taking photos of what is likely one of the most scenic spots in the Lake District, the path continues dropping down into the Little Langdale valley alongside a stream before crossing a rather boggy stretch to reach the foot of Wrynose Pass. Joining the road for a short distance the route then crosses a pack-horse bridge and follows a track along the base of the fell, with grand views on a clear day of Little Langdale, Wrynose Pass and Lingmoor Fell. At Little Langdale tarn we cross Slater Bridge (a beautiful old pack-horse bridge) and climb out of the valley via a small road and track back into Great Langdale.  Dropping back down enter into abandoned slate quarry territory and follow the quarry road through Baysbrown Wood to pass a farm and follow the track and bridleway signs along the southern slopes of Great Langdale down to the beck and path back to the car park.
Distance: 13km
Time: 5h
Grade: Moderate Please let Mel know in advance by 5.00 pm on Saturday if you are coming on this walk - text 07584303975.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Sun 27th November - Wild Ennerdale

Car Parking: Forestry Commission car park, Bowness Knott, Ennerdale (grid reference NY 109 153, postcode CA23 3AU). This is a free car park with ample space.

Meet Time: 9.30 am at the car park

Walk Start: 9.45 am

Description: This walk follows a mixture of forestry tracks and footpaths. The tracks and paths are all good, although in wet weather they will be muddy in places. It is a circular route.

Route: This route takes us from the end of the public road eastwards into the Ennerdale valley. We follow the lakeside track for a couple of kilometres before turning right and heading over the River Liza. Once on the south side of the valley we continue our journey eastwards into the forest. After a short while in the Ling Mell plantation we leave the forestry track and follow the footpath to Moss Dub. From here, our route takes us deeper into the Ennerdale valley, past a homestead and over several little tributaries that feed the R. Liza, before we reach the main bridge over it. At this point we cross over the river, and amble back along the north side of the valley back to the cars. Throughout the walk we are rewarded with stunning views of well-known hills, such as Great Gable, Pillar and Red Pike from aspects not frequently seen.

Wild Ennerdale: Although a natural lake, for years Ennerdale has been used as an industrial asset, principally as a reservoir for drinking water but also as a source of quick growing wood from the conifer trees (used in the construction of aircraft in the Second World War). With this as a backdrop, the Wild Ennerdale project was set up in 2003 to allow the evolution of Ennerdale as a wild valley for the benefit of people, relying more on natural processes to shape its landscape and ecology. Using a strategy of “managed retreat”, the project is making great strides in reverting this area back into wild land, and is now home to red squirrels, deer and several semi-wild herds of cattle.

Distance: Approx. 8 miles

Highest Point: It’s a fairly flat route, no real height gain to speak of

Grade: Easy end of moderate

Time: Approx. 4 – 5 hours

Notes: If the conditions are bad the leader reserves the right to modify the route or cancel the walk. If insufficient interest is shown in the walk it may be cancelled.

Contact: Please let Katie know by 6 pm on Saturday if you are coming on this walk (mobile 07709 318 941)

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Sun 20th November - Helm Crag and Easedale

Description: Helm Crag is an instantly recognisable fell in its prominent position overlooking Grasmere. This walk will take in this well known fell as well as two other Wainwrights that make up the northern side of Easedale Valley.

Route: From the starting point our route takes us out of Grasmere to the foot of Helm Crag (355m) where we begin our steep, although thankfully short, ascent. From the summit we carry on  north west along the ridge to Gibson Knott (375m) and then finally to Calf Crag (537m). We then  begin the descent back to Grasmere via Far Easedale Gill, following the route of the Coat to Coast.

Grade: Strenuous (although to experienced walkers this will definitely seem more of a moderate walk)

High Point: Calf Crag summit (537m)

Height Gain: Approx. 560m (1835ft)

Distance: Approx 7.8 miles (12.5km)

Meet Time: 9.15am

Start Time: 9.30am

Time: Approx 5-6 hours

Start Finish: The village car park on Stock Lane in Grasmere (grid reference NY339 072, postcode LA22 9SJ).

Car Parking: There is a variety of parking in and around Grasmere. There are various pay and display car parks in the village as well as some free roadside parking on the A591 south of the Travellers Rest Inn.

Buses: Public transport is available from Keswick and Ambleside and also from Lancaster and Kendal to Ambleside. Both directions use the Stagecoach 555.

Please Note: By mid-November the number of hours of daylight with be reduced with sunset being around 4pm. Although I plan for us to be back in daylight please bring with you a good torch along with spare batteries, warm clothes and food. As we'll be well into autumn, an orange 'bivvy bag' or similar should be in your rucksack just in case (they only cost a few quid and take up minimal space, but can provide essential shelter if necessary).

Leader: Tom

Please let Tom know by 6.00pm on Saturday the 19th if you are coming on this walk - text 07760 660113. I will be in an area with no mobile signal Saturday night so there is no guarantee I will get any late messages.

If the conditions are bad I reserve the right to modify the route or cancel the walk.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Sun 13th November - Seat Sandal and Grasmere Social

Description: On the southern tip of the Helvellyn range, Seat Sandal stands alone from its nearest neighbours, separated from them by a deep col. This hill, though, is a fine vantage point from which to admire Grasmere, Greenburn and the Wythburn Fells

Route: From the start point, our route follows the direct route up the long, broad ridge that take you directly to Seat Sandal summit. Although every step is upwards until the summit is reached, it does mean that the views become increasingly impressive as you turn around to enjoy the scenery of the central lakes.

From the summit, we’ll wander to the north, descending to the col with Dollywagon Pike. We then contour around to Grisedale Hause, enjoying the close-up view of Grisedale Tarn as we go.

As we begin our descent we pass a waterfall, before following the path next to Tongue Gill. Soon we will pass Tonguegill Force and arrive back at the start, ready to find a café or pub for a drink and slice of cake.

Grade: Moderate

High Point: Seat Sandal summit (736 m)
Height gain: Approx. 675 m (2,250 ft)
Distance: Approx. 5.3 miles (8.6 km)

Meet Time: 9.45 am
Start Time: 10.00 am
Time: Approx. 4.5 hours
Start / Finish: Outside the Travellers Rest Inn on the A591, just to the north of Grasmere village (postcode LA22 9RR, grid reference NY 336 089).

Car Parking: There is a long layby on the side of the A591 just south of the Travellers Rest Inn, before the turning to Grasmere village. If this is full there are various pay and display car parks in Grasmere village itself (approx. 10 minute walk away)

Buses: Public transport is available from Keswick to Ambleside and also from Lancaster & Kendal to Ambleside. Both directions use the Stagecoach 555.

Late Afternoon Social & Evening Meal: Following the walk we will hold a meetup for us all to chill out, relax and enjoy each others' company after a day in the fells. We'll meet around 4 pm at a pub (TBA) in Grasmere, and then find somewhere for a meal about 5 pm-ish. It's a very informal get-together, so feel free to bring friends, relatives, pets and other random people you might think that will enjoy it!

Please Note: By mid-November the number of hours of daylight will be reduced with sunset being around 4 pm. Although I plan for us to be back to start in daylight, please bring with you a good torch (and spare batteries), spare warm clothes and food. As we’ll be well into autumn, an “orange bivvy bag” (or similar) should be in your rucksack, just in case (they only cost a few quid and take up minimal space, but can provide essential shelter if necessary).

Leader: Tom

Please let Tom know in advance by 6.00 pm on Saturday if you are coming on this walk (text 07760 660113)

If the conditions are bad I reserve the right to modify the route or cancel the walk.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Sun 6th November - Beda Fell and Place Fell

Description: A less trodden felltop round on the quiet side of Ullswater. Place Fell is a fine vantage point on a clear day of Ullswater and the Helvellyn range.

Car Parking: By the green at Martindale Old Church on the lane leading to Howe Grain (approached on a lane down the east side of Ullswater from Pooley Bridge, approx 5 miles), NY 434184.

Start / Finish: Martindale Old Church

Meet Time: 9.15am

Start Time: 9.30am

Route: From Martindale Old Church follow the lane over the bridge and head uphill on a grassy path at Winter Crag Farm to reach the skyline at Howsteadbrow. At the iron bench looking over Ullswater turn left to ascend the ridge on a grassy path with occasional rocky steps. Gaining height steadily to Beda Head (509m) and drop into the broad saddle, before climbing again to Beda Fell Knott. Just south of the knott, turn right on the bridlepath leading towards Patterdale and drop down to Boredale Hause. From here an engineered footpath leads to Place Fell (657m) with its rocky knoll topped by a trig point.  Descending NE from the summit to the knobble of Hart Crag, before continuing down (steeply at first) to an abandoned sheep fold at Low Moss.  Fork right on the path contouring the eastern shoulder of High Dodd before descending into Boredale and crossing the footbridge over the beck (the fields surrounding the bridge can be very wet!). Join the farm track and head straight across the lane over a stile to ascend to the iron bench before retracing outward route back to the cars.

Distance: 6.8miles

Time: 5.5 - 6 hours

Grade: Moderate

Please let Mel know in advance by 5.00pm on Saturday if you are coming on this walk - text 07584303975.

I reserve the right to modify the route or cancel the walk dependent on weather conditions.

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Sun 30th October - Coniston

Start/Finish: SD 302 978. Free parking is available on the road that runs alongside Church Beck. Turn onto this between the Black Bull pub and Co-op store in the village. Follow the road past the John Ruskin museum, bear left and there is parking on the left.

Meet Time: 9.15am

Start Time: 9.30am

Description: A circular route to the summit of the highest of the Furness Fells Coniston Old Man. Avoiding the main tourist track from Walna Scar road, we will ascend via the copper mines valley. This is an interesting route with very varied surroundings and terrain including becks, waterfalls, two tarns, old mine workings and weather permitting some fantastic views.

Route in Brief: Start point - Church Beck - Miners Bridge - Youth Hostel - Levers Water Falls - Levers Water - Levers Hawse - Old Man Summit - Low Water - East to Miners Bridge - Church Beck - Finish Point

High Point: 803m

Ascent: 743m

Distance: 9.5km

Walk Time: Approx 5 hours

Grade: Strenuous

Leader: Andy

Note: The grade has been set at strenuous as this is a high level mountainous walk. For those used to fell walks it will feel more moderate. The start time allows ample time before darks to the pace doesn't need to be too fast. As always please ensure you have suitable warm and waterproof clothing for this time of year.

Please let Andy know in Advance by 6.00pm on Saturday if you are ocming on this walk (text 07746 523780).

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Sat 22nd and Sun 23rd October - The Ullswater Way 2 Day Trek


Description: The Ullswater Way is a 20-mile loop of one of England’s finest lakes.

On this trek we will split the route into two days of moderate walking, each around 10 miles in length. Starting at Pooley Bridge on Saturday morning, we will walk southwards along the western side of the lake until we arrive at YHA Patterdale where we will spend the night. On Sunday we will walk back to Pooley Bridge along the lake’s more undulating eastern side.

This event is a great introduction to trekking for people who are used to individual days in the fells, and want to try a multi-day route to see how enjoyable it is and experience the social aspects of trekking.

The Route: Information on the Ullswater Way can be found at http://www.ullswater.com/the-ullswater-way/

A “dinky map” of the route is published by Dorrigo (www.dorrigo.co.uk). This uses 1:25k OS mapping and is printed on waterproof paper.

Grade: Two consecutive days of “moderate” walking.

If people wish to come for just the Saturday or Sunday, rather than the whole weekend, that is fine and they are welcome. However, they will be responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety after leaving the group as they will have left the Ramblers event.

For those people joining on Sunday morning, please be ready to leave YHA Patterdale at 9.30 am.

Accommodation: Accommodation will be at YHA Patterdale (http://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/patterdale). The hostel offers the choice of single-beds in same-sex dormitories, private rooms or camping in its grounds.

Dogs are welcome with those people who camp, but the animals are not permitted inside any buildings.

People coming on this trek are responsible for reserving and paying for their own accommodation at
the hostel.

Food and Drink: The YHA can provide an evening meal, breakfast and lunch for guests. These can be booked and paid for when reserving accommodation. People may wish to bring a few chocolate bars and treats etc. to supplement what the YHA provide. The hostel also has a kitchen, so if people wish to carry their own food they can cook it there.

Cost: Other than accommodation, food & drink and (possibly) car parking it’s not envisaged there will be other costs associated with this trip.
Local Information
Public transport: Penrith to Patterdale, bus service 508 (www.stagecoachbus.com or www.traveline.info)

Ullswater Steamers: Phone 017684 82229; www.ullswater-steamers.co.uk

Meeting Place: Outside the Sun Inn, in Pooley Bridge village (this is also the finish point on Sunday)
Meeting Time: 9.15 am (Saturday, 22nd October)
Walk Start: 9.30 am

Car Parking: There are a couple of pay and display car parks around Pooley Bridge, as well as some on-street car parking. There is “honesty box” car parking in the grounds of “Sunnyside Barn” which is a residential cottage in Pooley Bridge opposite St. Paul’s church (this is on the B5320 heading towards Penrith, grid reference NY 472 285) and is £3/day.

Where ever you decide to park, please remember that all cars are left at the owner’s risk. As ever, don’t leave anything valuable in your car, and do not leave anything that opportunistic thieves would be interested in stealing.

Miscellaneous: If attendees would like to make a small voluntary donation to the society, say £3 per person, this would be very gratefully received. Any donations received will be used to further the delivery of the Ramblers charitable objectives. This is a purely voluntary contribution and is not in any way a “charge” for attendance.

Joining This Trek: People wishing to come on this trip should text the organiser (Wayne: mobile 07753 121 168) or email the group account (summittgoodrambling@gmail.com) to let him know. A printable version of this post is available from Tom (tommiddleton12@gmail.com).

Disclaimer: If the weather conditions are bad the route may be modified, or in exceptional cases cancelled on safety grounds



Saturday, 15 October 2016

Sat 15th October - Heughscar Hill from Askham

Please note this walk will run on a Saturday as opposed to a Sunday and will involve a ferry fare (£6.60).

Description: A circular low level walk from Askham taking in Howtown, Pooley Bridge and Heughscar Hill. 

This is walk in memory of Anne Keys who passed away last year. We will be visiting Heughscar Hill, where Anne visited frequently, in one of the most scenic spots in the Lake Destrict and a place she loved.

Everyone is welcome even if you didn't know Anne. We will walk from Askham to Howtown, 4.8 miles and take a scenic 1/2 hour boat trip to Pooley Bridge. We can stop here for some lunch before climbing out of Pooley Bridge onto Heughscar Hill where we will spend some time before heading back down to Askham.

Start Point: Askham Village Hall car park, NY513 237.

Start Time: Meet 9.15 for a 9.30 start to allow plenty of time to catch the 12.00 ferry from Howtown to Pooley Bridge (£6.60).

Length: 8 miles

Leader: 07773 202845

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Sun 9 Oct - Crinkle Crags and Bowfell

Leader: Matt

Walk up Whorneyside Force a little used path and a bit of a gem,  at the pass we will nip up Bowfell then go back to the pass and from there walk along the ridge line of the crinkle crags with great views of the sea and the Scafell Massif. There is bit of a scramble down the bad step or you can take the grassy path round the back of it (and continue up the step instead if you want round we go I digress).

Meeting point: Old dungeon gyhl car park next to pub. (National Trust or cheap pub car park depending which side of fence.
Meeting time: 9:15 setting off walking 9:30

Walk distance 14km 8.5 miles approx
Height climbed. 900m 3000 feet approx

As always msg or call to say you're coming msg is best as I live in a bad signal area
Leader Matt phone 07878352150

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Sun 2 Oct - Alcock Tarn and Nab Scar

Nab Scar and Alcock Tarn

Car Parking: There are many places to park in and around Grasmere. Pay and display options include the large village car park on Stock Lane (this has toilets – 20 p needed) and the playground at the primary school. There is roadside parking on the A591 (free) opposite the pubs on the way to Dunmail Raise.

Public Transport is available to Grasmere from both thsouth and north, using Stagecoach service 555.

Start / Finish: The large village car park on Stock Lane (grid reference NY 339 072, postcode LA22 9SJ).
Meet Time: 10.15 am
Start Time: 10.30 am
Description: This is a circular route. It uses a mixture of undulating low-level paths, steep pitched paths and a little bit of higher-level fell walking thrown in for good measure.
Route: From Grasmere village we will head eastwards along “the coffin route” towards Rydal Mount. This path is a nice undulating walk, and gives lovely views of hidden streams, a good-sized waterfall and a small tarn in the woodlands above White Moss. At Rydal Mount, we turn northwards and the path steepens. As we gain height the view opens up and Windermere, Rydal Water and Grasmere come into view, and if we are lucky on a clear day the view extends over Morecambe Bay. Soon we will be at Nab Scar summit, and Loughrigg Fell, Silver How and Helm Crag create a great panorama. It is now a short fell walk down to Alcock Tarn and then downwards alongside Greenhead Gill. As we lose height we pass the pipeline which supplies Manchester with its drinking water from Thirlmere; also visible are scars on the side of Stone Arthur fell indicating where landslips occurred during the storms in winter 2015. We then cross the river, and after a short walk we’ll be back in Grasmere village for a cup of tea and slice of cake.

High Point: Nab Scar summit (450 m) (approx. 385 m height gain)
Distance: Approx. 5 miles (8 km)
Time: Approx. 4 to 5 hours
Grade: Moderate
Note: This would be an ideal route for walkers who would like to come out with Summitt Good Ramblers but haven’t done so yet – come along and say hi!
Leader: Suzanne

Please let Suzanne know in advance by 6.00 pm on Saturday if you are coming on this walk (text 07887 942038).

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Sun 25 Sep - A Lap of the Dodds

Leader: Mel
Car Parking: Free parking at High Row
Start / Finish: Car park at High Row (NY380219)
Meet Time: 9.15am
Start Time: 9.30am

Route: From the car park head out over Matterdale Common on the Old Coach Road. At the footbridge over Groove Beck, turn left along the right side of the beck and follow the path to the west leading up to the first summit of Great Dodd (858m). From here, head along the ridge to Watson's Dodd (789m) and continuing to Stybarrow Dodd (846m). Leaving the main path, we head east from the summit of Stybarrow Dodd to White Stones and following a smaller path to the top of Hart Side (758m) and the final summit of the day. Dropping down (no path marked on the map at this point) join a path that leads to Dowthwaitehead; this path could be quite boggy in places if there has been a lot of rain. Finally follow the small road back to High Row and the cars.

The Dodds are often neglected by other walkers who tend towards the heights of Blencathra and Helvellyn so the fells may be relatively quiet. Views en route should be grand on a clear day with Skiddaw, Blencathra, Helvellyn, Scafell Pike and Great Gable featuring aswell as the valleys of St Johns in the Vale and Thirlmere.

This is an unreccied walk.

Distance: ~8.5miles
Total Ascent: ~500m
Time: ~6 hours
Grade: Strenuous

Please let Mel know in advance by 5.00 pm on Saturday if you are coming on this walk - text 07584303975.
I reserve the right to modify the route or cancel the walk dependent on weather conditions.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

General Information on Walks

Easy Access - walks for everyone, including people with conventional wheelchairs and pushchairs, using easy access paths. Comfortable shoes or trainers can be worn. Assistance may be needed to push wheelchairs on some sections, please contact the group running the walk for details. 
More Specifically, Easy - walks for anyone who does not have a mobility difficulty, a specific health problem or is seriously unfit. Suitable for pushchairs if they can be lifted over occasional obstructions. Comfortable shoes or trainers can be worn. 
Leisurely - walks for reasonably fit people with at least a little country walking experience. May include unsurfaced rural paths. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are recommended. 
Moderate - walks for people with country walking experience and a good level of fitness. May include some steep paths and open country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are essential.  
Strenuous - walks for experienced country walkers with an above average fitness level. May include hills and rough country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are essential. People in doubt about their fitness should contact the organiser or leader in advance. 
Technical - walks for experienced and very fit walkers that may require scrambling. You must contact the organiser or leader in advance for further details.
If you have any queries about a planned walk regarding technicality or route please contact the walk leader beforehand. Leaders may refuse participants who in their opinion are inadequately equipped or unfit.

Some Photos From 2016 So Far


Sunday, 18 September 2016

Sun 18 Sep - Eagle Crag, Sergeant’s Crag and the Langstrath Valley

Description: This walk takes us into some “classic Lakeland” countryside that includes following streams past idyllic waterfalls, ascents up memorable fells with views along fantastic Borrowdale and rough walking through the wonderfully secluded Langstrath valley.

Route: From the start point, we cross Stonethwaite Beck and head south-easterly using the well-defined track. After a few minutes walking, Eagle Crag appears in full, and we will walk by its eastern side, following Greenup Gill.

Shortly after a waterfall we ascend steeply, behind Pounsey Crag, and make our way to the first summit of the day, Eagle Crag (526 m). The view from here is lovely and we’ll linger a while to appreciate the views.

Following a brief walk southwards we reach our highest point of the walk, Sergeant’s Crag. From here, we begin a gradual descent over rough ground into the Langstrath valley. Using the route of the Cumbria Way, we’ll amble our way back to Stonethwaite, taking in the atmosphere of this lonesome valley and enjoying places such as Tray Dub and Black Moss Pot.

Once back at the start, we’ll find a suitable café or pub for a hot chocolate and slice of cake!

Grade:
Moderate

High Point:
Sergeant’s Crag (571 m)
Height gain: Approx. 560 m (1,850 ft)
Distance: Approx. 7 miles (11 km)

Meet Time: 09.45 am
Start Time: 10.00 am
Time: Approx. 6 hours

Start / Finish: Outside the front of the Langstrath Country Inn, Stonethwaite, CA12 5XG (grid reference NY 262137).

Car Parking: Either in Stonethwaite villages (approx. grid reference NY 262137, postcode CA12 5XG), or the layby just before it. If there is insufficient room to park courteously in Stonethwaite, there are a couple of car parks in Rossthwaite (including a National Trust one) about a mile away.
Buses: The Stagecoach 78 bus service from Keswick passes Rossthwaite General Store, which is just less than a mile from the walk start point. (Public transport is available to Keswick: from Lancaster & Kendal it is the Stagecoach 555, from Carlisle the 73, and from Workington & Penrith the X4 & X5 buses.)

Leader: Wayne

Please let Wayne know in advance by 6.00 pm on Saturday if you are coming on this walk (text 07753 121168)

If the conditions are bad I reserve the right to modify the route or cancel the walk. If insufficient interest is shown in the walk it may be cancelled.

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Sat 10 Sep - Annual General Meeting

Venue: The Queens Hotel, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9BU
Start time: 5.30 pm

AGENDA

1.Apologies for absence

2. Election of officers
Chair (*)
Secretary (*)
Membership secretary (*)
Treasurer (*)
Walks co-ordinator
“Without portfolio” officers
(*) = mandatory positions

3. Treasurer’s report
Accounts up to 31st August 2016
Anticipated funds for next year
Use of funds

4. Membership update
Number of paid-up members

5.Attendance at walks
Walks update
Summary of activities since last AGM
Walk leaders and availability
Programme for next year

6. Discussion of events & socials

7. Date of AGM 2017

8. Any other business
 
Please email summittgoodrambling@gmail.com if you would like to discuss anything further.

I hope to see you there

Suzanne Gates

Club Secretary