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Sunday, 28 November 2010

Sun 28 Nov - Mosedale & Swindale from Haweswater

Description: A walk through two of the more remote dales of the eastern Lakes. Starting at Mardale Head, the path ascends steeply to Gatesgarth Pass and the head of Longsleddale. From here, our path leads through Mosedale and past Mosedale Cottage. Descending near Forces Falls to Swindale (dubbed ‘a shy and beautiful little valley’ by Wainwright), the route returns to Haweswater via the Old Corpse Road path.

Start: Mardale Head car park, Haweswater, grid reference NY 470 108 @ 10am

Distance: 8 miles

Total Ascent: 530 metres

Time: about 5 hours

Grade: 3

Terrain: two ascents (320m and 210m) on tracks, some boggy areas in Mosedale but no technical difficulties

Car Share: Kendal Morrisons @ 9am

Leader: Jeremy 07899 923019

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Sun 21 Nov - Winster and Lyth Valley

Start Point: lay-by to East of the Post Office & shop @ Bowland Bridge (G.R. SD 418 897 @ 11.00)

Nutrition Options: There is a choice of 3 means of sustenance:-

1) (slight detour [500yds/457m] to) Punch Bowl Inn (good but eye-wateringly expensive food - see current menu below)

2) Hare & Hounds Inn (at the end of the walk - but they stop serving lunch @ 4p.m.)

3) as normal 'pack-ups'

Description: Bowland Bridge / Woodside Road (cross) / High Birks / Hubbersty Head / Mirk Hill / Dodds Howe / Crosthwaite / (slight detour to) Punch Bowl Inn (poss. bought lunch stop) / Mill Lane / Esp Ford / A5074 / Fell Side / Durham Bridge Wood / around N. end of Whitbarrow Scar / Fell Edge / Broad Oak & back.

Distance: 7.5 miles (12.1 km) (or 8 mi/12.9 km with Punch Bowl detour)

Total Ascent: 245 metres (804 ft.) (or 265m/870ft with Punch Bowl detour)

High Point: N. end of Whitbarrow Scar - 110 metres (361 ft.)

Time: 4 hours

Grade: 2

Car Share: Meet at the Low Wood Hotel @ 10.30 (without leader!)

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

Punch Bowl Inn Menu


Lancashire cheese soufflé, tomato chutney £6.50

Tai chicken & noodle soup £4.95

Serrano ham, tomato & olive salad £6.25

Bury black pudding, shallot & braeburn apple £6.50

Teriyaki glazed salmon & tiger prawn, pickled shitake mushrooms £6.75

Roasted wood pigeon, puy lentils, white balsamic, bacon & goat's cheese £6.50

Whitby crab, brown crab bruchetta, fennel & candied lemon £7.20

Queen scallops, Gruyere & truffle gratin £9.20

Tempura king prawns, salt & pepper squid £8.95

Vegetarian Meals (can be ordered as a starter or main course)

Baby vine tomatoes, red pepper & mozzarella salad £4.25 / £8.50

Macaroni cheese baked in a truffle cream £4.95 / £9.95

Roasted potato gnocchi sautéed with mushrooms £4.95 / £9.95


Roasted skate wing, brown butter capers & shrimps £13.95

Sirloin steak, smoked shallots, Bearnaise/pepper sauce £18.95

Roast chicken breast, peas & bacon £14.50

"Savin Hill" pork tenderloin, chorizo, lemon & olive risotto £15.50

Pan fried halibut, shellfish nage £17.00

Roast cod fillet, porchetta, parmesan spinach & cep pomme puree £15.50

Blanquette of veal, summer vegetables £14.50

Roasted sea bass 'Provencal' £16.50

Rump of lamb, broad beans & cockles £16.95

Side Orders

Creamed potato £2.95 Broccoli & almonds £2.50

Cauliflower gratin £2.95 Twice cooked chips £2.50

Buttered new potatoes £2.50 Herb glazed carrots £2.95

Garden salad £1.75


Rasberry soufflé, chocolate sauce £6.95

Glazed summer fruits, warm pistachio & pink peppercorn sponge £6.50
Roasted peach & almond ice cream £5.95
"Eton mess" £5.95
Praline parfait & passion fruit sorbet £6.50
Lemon chiboust & poached cherries £6.20

Truffle brie, apple & celery salad £6.95

Selection of English & French cheeses served at the table £8.50

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Sat 20 Nov - Social - Kendal

Hi all, the plan for the social is to go to something at the mountain film festival late afternoon / early evening then go for a meal and a couple of drinks. Having looked at the website I found the following links which are things on at 4:30pm on Saturday.These things can be booked separately, however, if you want to see any of the films you need to buy a day pass. Think I will see the Ski Paddle Norway. You need to book your own tickets for one of these if you fancy.

After the talk / presentation we can meet for a drink in the brewery before going to the Joshua Tree for a meal at 7:30pm. I have provisionally booked a table for 10. Please let me know by next Friday the 5th November if you want to come to the meal. There is no set menu and prices for main course range from £9 - £12. Pudding £4 - 5. The food has been good there in the past so presume it is still the same. Hope lots of you can make it, should be good fun in Kendal that weekend!

Contact Clare A (07729021534) to book your place.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Sun 14 Nov - Langdales

Start Point: Car park in New Dungeon Ghyll Field (£4.00 for day) G.R. NY 296 064, 9:30 am

Description: Walk along side Stickle Ghyll to the tarn and then take the path around the side of Pavey Ark to the summit. From here walk along the tops to Harrison Stickle, Thunacar Knott, Pike of Stickle and Loft Crag before descending back to the car park.

Distance: 5 miles (8 km)

Total Ascent: 750 metres

High Point: Harrison Stickle (736m)

Time: Approx. 4.5 – 5 hours

Grade: 3

Leader: Vicky (07835 416262)

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Sat 13 Nov - Bike ride

Grizedale / Esthwaite / Dale Park ~ 9.5m
(Or 10m if fire road ascent is take to Moor Top)
Start GR: SD 344 912. (Parking in Force Mills CP at South end of Grizedale)
Weather dependent.
Contact Dan for further details and start time
Mobile: 07919831237
Home: 01229 832840

Monday, 8 November 2010

Photos from Coniston

Phil's photos from yesterday's walk:

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Sun 7 Nov - Coniston Old Man

A high level walk on easy paths with dramatic panoramic views. A long climb through old copper mines to Low water then becomes steeper towards the summit of Coniston Old Man. This is followed by a gentler ridge walk to Brim Fell and on to Swirl How. From here there is a steep descent to Wetherlam down the Prison Band, and then a easier path down Lad Stones ridge to the end.
As this is a high level route, it is subject to change if the weather is bad, in which case an alternative low level walk will take place.
Distance: 7.8 miles
Total ascent: 700m
Time: 5.5 hrs
Grade: 3
Start: 10 am. Parking by the side of the road rising to Coppermines valley track (SD 300979). From the main road in Coniston, take the turning with the Black Bull Inn on the corner, and continue straight on past a junction on the left, to tree-lined walls where there is space to park on the roadside.
Leader: Phil (07958 698905)

Friday, 5 November 2010

Friday 5th November - Fireworks

Kendal castle fireworks are on again this year starting at 7.30. We are going to stand either on the castle estate to see the Catherine Wheels or up the castle for those who want to ascend the mud. Meal after - decide on the day.
Meet 6.30pm at Claire D's (text for address for those who dont know) and plenty of parking available or 7.10 at the castle stores on the castle estate.
Claire No 07511259791