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Sunday, 26 July 2009

Sunday 26th July - Buttermere Horseshoe

Leader: Niall
(07816 921156)

This is a fairly strenuous walk covering 14 miles, six fells and 5800 feet of ascent. Though long, this walk has little technical difficulty and those with good fitness and stamina should enjoy this challenge. It is also a good warm up for anyone mad enough to be considering Paul’s Ennerdale Horseshoe in August. I estimate that it will take around 8-9 hours depending on weather and group size. If weather conditions are poor I will reduce the length of the walk.

We start from Buttermere by walking through Burntness Wood and up to Bleaberry Tarn before climbing the path to The Saddle and ascending Red Pike. We continue along the ridge taking in High Stile and High Crag before descending the steep slopes of Gamlin End to Scarth Gap. We then ascend to the twin summits of Haystacks. Leaving Haystacks our route then follows the path to Honister Hause and Honister Slate Mine where we cross the road before starting the long slog up to the summit of Dale Head. From Dale Head we now embark on the eastern leg of our circuit following the ridge path along Hindscarth Edge and the left hand path along Littledale Edge before veering right to the summit of Robinson - our final peak. Finally we traverse the rough open moorland of High Snockrigg before starting the steep descent to the Newlands Road above the church.

Shorter Walk Option: There is an option to come down just before Haystacks along a clearly defined path leading back to Buttermere. Those wishing to do this will have left the official walk (7 miles, 2800 feet ascent).

Start/finish: Car Park adjacent to St James Church / Newlands Pass. Grid NY 176170 @ 09:30.

Grade: 4-5
Time: 8-9 hours
Length/Ascent: 14 miles, 5,800 feet

Saturday, 25 July 2009

Holiday week from 25 July - Wales

A varied and different week of walking in the lesser known hills of wales

Plan to travel down evening of friday 24th july after work or sat 25th july.
Depending when we travel sat 25th will be a walk in the shropshire hills led by Emma
Approx grade 2. Travelling to llyn y celyn YHA with stop for fish and chips and supermarket after where we will stay for 3 nights
Sun 26th july - Brecon Beacon horseshoe incl Pen Y Fan (grade 4)
Mon 27th july - The Black Mountain - high point 802m (grade 3)
Tues 28th july - Day of transfer between the Brecon Beacons and South Snowdonia. camping for 4 nights at a local farm.
Wed 29th july - The Aran Ridge - quiet rarely walked beautiful hidden area with good views of Snowdon and high point of 880m. This is a demanding walk (grade 4/5)
Thur 30th july - The Arenigs - grade 2/3
Fri 31st july - Summit of Cader Idris (2923ft) grade 3/4
Sat 1st august - Rhinogs Fach and Fawr - v.scrambley route (grade 3/4)

Anyone is welcome to join us for half of the week.
We will have plenty of opportunities for food restocking.
Please let us know by end of may if you would like to come.

Contact Emma 07773202845 or Claire D 07511259791 for further details

Update from Claire on 4 June 2009

Can anyone who would like to go to wales please let emma or claire know asap. There are several options for a few days in southern snowdonia to the full week. Another option is the full week in snowdonia - mostly around the southern quiet areas. We will work out travel details later. If people are not fans of camping we will look into a campsite with a bunkhouse. Options to cook or eat in pubs depending how much people want to spend. When have an idea of numbers will confirm price but hoping accomadation will not be more then £50 for the whole week.

Thursday, 23 July 2009

Thursday 23rd July - Theatre in Lancaster

There is currently a group of seven going to the performance on 23rd July, 7:15pm. Others are very welcome to join us. Please contact the box office on 01524 598500 for tickets (£15.50), or book online at Bring a picnic!

Contact Ruth L (mob 07950 085 070)

Sunday, 19 July 2009

Sunday 19th July - Mosedale Horseshoe

Mosedale Horseshoe Walk
Leader: Anne (07729903852)



Start: Overbeck Bridge
Start time: 09.30
Car sharing: 08.00 from Morrisons car park, Kendal (just off the A6 heading towards Shap)
Start (OS ref): NY168068
Map (1:25,000): OL4 English Lakes North West, OL6 English Lakes South West

Parking: Car Park at Overbeck Bridge
Distance: 10.2 miles (16.3 km)
Time: 6 - 8 hours
Difficulty: Very Hard with fairly strenuous ascents and descents - some short easy scrambles
Climbing: 1,371 metres
Hazards: Care needed particularly on climb from Pillar Rock to Pillar and the scramble onto Yewbarrow

The Mosedale Horseshoe is considered one of the most exciting day long walks in the Lake District. This circular walk begins and ends on the northern banks of Wast Water. From this lowest point the walk climbs steadily through Wasdale into Mosedale and then follows Black Sail Pass onto the Pillar ridge at Looking Stead.

Here, depending on the weather, we have various options...either to follow the ridge onto Pillar, or to drop onto the High Level Route to Robinson's Cairn and Pillar Rock before climbing steeply to the summit.

After Pillar, the walk involves a ridge crossing to Scoat Fell and then on to Red Pike before descending to Dore Head and the edge of Yewbarrow.

If feeling good, we can climb and scramble Stirrup Crag onto Yewbarrow. If a little fatigued, then we can simply follow the contour path alongside Over Beck before making a final short steep descent back to the car park.

Sunday, 12 July 2009

Sunday 12th July - Ingleborough & Whernside

Ingleborough and Whernside

Start: Free parking (lots) around Ribblehead Viaduct. Map OL2 764791
Take A65 to Ingleton then second left turn in the village sign posted Hawes B6255.
Continue for about 6 miles. Carparking starts about 100m after the pub - station inn. Viaduct is easy to see on approach.

A chance to visit some famous hills outside the lake district after the wainwright weekend. The walk starts with a short walk down the road to a track towards Park Fell 563m. We ascend following the wall (this is the steepest bit) passing the national nature reserve. Then follow the ridgeline over Simon Fell 650m to Ingleborough 724m. We take the path built of stone steps down to Chapel-Le-Dale (option for quick refreshment here - half way beer in the pub), cross the road and ascend Whernside 736m. Here, we walk along the top flank of Whernside gently ascending to the summit and an easy descent brings us out right by the cars.

Parts of route may be boggy - this is the Yorkshire Dales! Route involves 2 main ascents.
Approx 400m to Ingleborough and 450m to Whernside

Distance: Approx 12 miles (its Pen y Ghent that makes the Yorkshire 3 peaks a long walk)
Time 5-6 hours
Grade 3

Start time: 10am

Leader: Claire D (Mobile: 07511 259791)

Saturday, 11 July 2009

Saturday 11th July - Post Wainwright Social

Social at Infusion in Kendal to (hopefully) celebrate the successful completion of The Wainwright Weekend.


Restaurant details on the website below.

All food must be chosen before hand, please do so from the following website:

Please let Vicky know your food choices by the 5th July if you are going to come(07835 416262 or

Saturday, 4 July 2009

4th/5th Jul - Wainwright Challenge

Hi all you walkers

We did it - hope you agree it was an fanastic achievement with lots of fun along the way. Thanks to everyone involved. Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday night to celebrate. We will put together a photo gallery on the blog of your favourite pics from the weekend. Please send them to Linda as usual (although it might take some time to get them all uploaded).

After you have collected in all your sponsor money please make out a cheque to LDSAMRA and send it to Linda Jackson, 75 Watermans Walk, Carlisle, CA1 3TJ by latest 31 July 2009. We will invite a representative of LDSAMRA to the next Pudding and Planning Meeting to let us know how the money has been used.

Well done.

Linda & Vicky

PS We have been asked by the Ramblers to note that this activity is not covered by the Ramblers Civil Liability Insurance that usually protects walk leaders from claims by third parties. Consequently this is done at your own risk!