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Sunday, 31 October 2010

Sun 31 Oct - Pendle Hill

This walk takes in the Pendle circular route passing through woodlands, alongside streams and over fields. First we ascend Spence Moor, and circle round passing over Black Hill to reach the trig point at Pendle Hill. Easy, slighlty steep descent back to Barley with sweeping views of the surrounding area.

Cafe in car park at end. Don't forget your witches brew.

Start: 1030am Barley Green car park (cost £1), GR SD823403. Don't forget that the clocks go back on Saturday night, so you get an extra hour in bed. No excuses for being late!

Estimated journey time from Kendal 1h10. Take A65 to Long Preston, when road divides, turn right towards Nelson, pass through Gisburn, continue on road to outskirts of Blacko, taking very small right turn signposted Roughlee (Blacko Bar Road - this is found immediately after a right turn to Downham, blind corner). Continue along road for approx 4 miles to Barley. Car park is on your right.

Distance: 8 miles

Grade: 2

Leader: Claire D 07511259791

Please contact me to arrange car sharing

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Sat 30 Oct - Bike ride

Bike ride - Staveley / Longsleddale / Stile End / Kentmere
24 miles, (22.2m on road, 1.8m off road - can be walked for anyone with road bikes)
Start GR: 470 987 (Parking Barley Bridge at start of the Kentmere Road)
Ride will be weather dependent

Contact Dan for further details and start time: 07919831237

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Photos from Pike of Blisco

Some photos from Sunday's walk.
Alister's photos:

Phil's photos:

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Sun 24 Oct - Pike of Blisco

Langdales - Pike of Blisco

Parking Bottom of Blea Tarn Road, side of road south of Wall End. Grid Ref: 284 053
Start 130m, steep, slightly rocky ascent to summit of Pike of Blisco, 705m
Drop down to the Three Shires Stone, 393m and then a steep ascent onto Wet Side Edge, 579m.
Easy descent down the spur past High End and Rough Crags to track and Fell Foot Bridge, 109m
Up road, past Castle Howe, then take the footpath across Blea Moss, past Blea Tarn and back to the cars.
Grade 3.

Start time: 0930

Distance 12km.

Time: 6 hours

Pub at end
Contact: Emma 07773 202845

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Sun 17 Oct 2010 - Wansfell / Troutbeck Valley / Robin Lane

Start Point: Roadside parking beside the River Rothay / Rothay Park, Ambleside (G.R. NY 371 044) @ 10.00

Description: Ambleside (food re-supply possible?) / Stock Ghyll / Wansfell Pike / Nanny Lane / Troutbeck village / valley / Ing Lane / Ing & Hagg Bridges / above Limefitt Caravan Park / Troutbeck Church / Troutbeck village / Robin Lane / past Jenkin Crag / back

After walking through the park & Ambleside centre (food re-supply possible?) we head East, up parallel to Stock Ghyll, past the school / college. Then we'll head SE up Wansfell Pike (good views from the top), before descending down Nanny Lane (track) to Troutbeck village. Next it's an almost completely level section along the bottom of the Troutbeck valley on Ing Lane (path), crossing Ing Bridge & Hagg Bridge(!?), before coming back down the valley on t'other side. After passing above Limefitt Caravan Park, we'll head down to Troutbeck Church, then back up to Troutbeck village again. Then we head back to Ambleside, via Robin Lane & past Jenkin Crag (again!).

Distance: 11.5 miles (18.5 km)

Total Ascent: 692 metres (2270 ft.)

High Point: Wansfell Pike - 482 metres (1581 ft.)

Time: 6 hours

Grade: 2

Car Share: Meet at the Low Wood Hotel at 09.30

Leader: Dan (on 01229 832840 [eves.] or 07919 831237)

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Sat 16th Oct - Curry Social in Penrith

I have booked a table for 12 people at 7.30pm at Cagney's Tandoori on King Street in Penrith. It came highly recommended by a colleague.

Hope you can come. Please let me know asap (latest Tues 12th Oct) if you would like to come. They haven't asked for food choices upfront.

Organiser: Linda (07717 313073)

Monday, 11 October 2010

Photos from Scafell

A couple more photos from before the walk - taken at 10:10 on 10/10/10

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Sun 10th Oct - Scafell (not Pike)

Scafell is a mountain that we rarely ascend. This walk offers the opportunity to tackle this interesting mountain. I have chosen the easiest route to make it ok for those with a fear of heights. Ascent via the grassy slopes on the west side of the mountain and descent via Foxes Tarn, and down from the Mickledore Ridge. Back to Wasdale Head. If weather permits and we are feeling energetic, there is the possibility of ascending Scafell Pike also which would add about an hour to the walk. The route is not particularly difficult for a person of reasonable fitness.

Start time 10.05 am
Parking at Wasdale Head Green (free) NY 187085
Distance 6.25 miles - 7 miles (depending on whether we ascend Scafell Pike also)
Low wood suggested meeting time 9.05am (I will not be there)
Time 4.5 - 6 hours (depending on whether we ascend Scafell Pike also)
Ascent 1050m - 1200m (depending on whether we ascend Scafell Pike also)
Grade 4

Leader Malcolm 07826 486155

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Sun 3rd Oct - The Howk & Hesket Newmarket

Description: Starting from the car park in Caldbeck we head past the village pond, known as claydubs. From there it’s a short walk to the Howk, the name given to the deep limestone gorge with the ruins of a bobbin mill. From here a short climb up steps leads onto a gentle climb through fields with good views down the valley and across to the Northern edge of the fells. We return from Beckstones almost back to the mill on the riverside past some waterfalls, and cross the bridge to Todcroft. From there we walk on a quiet road through Upton to Townhead. Here we pick up the farm drive to Matthew Rudding. We head South across a field to the quiet backroad to the village of Hesket Newmarket. In the middle of the village we pick up the path that follows the course of the river Caldew to the peninsula where it joins the Cald Beck at “Watersmeet”. After crossing a narrow bridge there is a climb up through woodland to the route of the Cumbria Way. We follow the bridleway back to Caldbeck through the woodland of Parson’s Park (quite boggy).

Distance: 6-7 miles
Grade : 2
Start time: 11:00am
Start point: Free Car park in Caldbeck Grid ref. 324399.

Leader: Neil (07733 194102)