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Sunday, 25 March 2012

Sun 25 Mar - Blencathra

Start: Car park in Threlkeld, NY318256 From the centre of Threlkeld village, head along Blease Road. The car park is on the right just before the road bends to the left - see map below.
Start Time: 1030 - Don't forget that British Summer Time starts today.
Leader: Tom 07884493081
Route: We will ascend Hall's Fell ridge to the summit, then drop down to Scales Tarn for lunch. Return to the summit will be via Sharp Edge (Sharp Edge is an exposed Grade 1 scramble. This is optional - alternative route back to summit is available for anyone who doesn't want to do Sharp Edge). Once back to the summit, the return route is via Blease Fell. Please note that the ascent of Sharp Edge is entirely dependent on the weather and will be missed out in bad weather.
Distance: 6 miles
Ascent: 950 m
Grade: 3/4 depending on whether Sharp Edge is included

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Sun 18 Mar - Aye Gill Pike

This is a great walk starting from the little village of Dent in the Yorkshire Dales. Starting from the main car park in Dent we go through the cobbled street and make the main and only real accent of the day up the slopes of the great mound of Aye Gill Pike. A steepish climb but done in our own time and pace up fields which are a little wet and boggy in places. The climb is well worth the views from the top (fingers crossed for a clear day!) of the surrounding valleys,the Howgills and the Lake district fells. We follow the ridge line back down and around to the valley bottom below then walk on the path along the river Dee and back to the cars.

Start: 10.30am Main pay and display Car Park in the centre of Dent. £4.50 for the whole day. Grid reference SD704870. OS map:OL 2 Yorkshire Dales Southern and Western Area.
Grade: 2-3
Distance: approx 7 miles (11 km)
Time: 4-5 hours
Height Gained: 1825 feet (556m)
Leader: Peter. 07884408269

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Sat 17 Mar - Pudding and Planning meeting

Pudding and planning meeting Sat March 17th, 7.30 pm
Richard and Charlotte's house (07580722866)

Meeting to plan the group's winter programme-All members (including new members) are welcome
Please bring puddings to eat and beverages to drink

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Sun 11 Mar - Nine Standards Rigg

The Nine Cairns of Nine Standards Rigg are a famous icon that many of us have seen pictures of but few of us actually visited. Infact this is a relatively easy walk. It will remind some people of Cross Fell and although the hill itself does not have the steepness and landscape of the Lake District the views will delight every walker.

The walk starts by following a farm road that eventually becomes a track that leads a long but gentle ascent towards Nine Standards. The cairns can be seen in the distance as specks on the horizon within 5 minutes of us leaving the cars and grow in size and stature as we approach. The summit 662m offers views of the lake district from a different angle, the skyline dominated by Wild Boar Fell, the Howgills, Mallerstang and Great Shunner Fell to the other side. We will visit the Trigpoint approx 200m from the Standards and there is a map showing us the nearby hills.

To avoid peat areas we then must descend down a little way before following a grassy track round to Nateby Common 547m and an easy return to the cars.

Start 10am Carpark opposite viaduct. Hartley village NY784084. Drive to Kirby Stephen. On the north end near the church there is a very small road signposted Hartley. Right turn if coming from Kendal. Go over bridge. You will reach T-Junction. Turn Right, through village. Road makes a sharp left near the end of the village and goes uphill. Carpark just after this.Est 45 min drive from Kendal.

Leader Claire D - 07511259791

Monday, 5 March 2012

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Mar 4 - Silver How

We start with a reasonably steady walk up to Easedale tarn (910ft) passing the spectacular Sour Milk Gill. We then follow the ridge route on to Silver How (1730) and back to Grasmere. If visibility is good there are excellent views of the fells surrounding Grasmere. The walk is steep in places and the ground can be a little boggy at times, but there are no majorly difficult sections.

An alternative route may be taken if the weather is poor.

Distance: 6 miles
Time: 4.5 hours
Total ascent: 1730ft
Grade: 2.5 (some steep sections)
Start: 10.30 am at Grasmere school Grid ref: NY335074
(cheap parking available- however if full park in nearby public car parks)
Leader (and contact re: car share): Richard (07948339413)

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Sat 3 Mar - Winter Wild camp

Wild camp at Easedale Tarn .
Suitable for beginners !
I have got 2 group 2 man tents if you need to borrow one.
Parking in Grasmere.
Meet at the phone box in Grasmere at 4.30 pm on Saturday, a direct walk to Easedale tarn should be there for 5.30pm just before night fall. (option to have pub meal and drinks then walk up in the dark, been done before & ok)
Bring a good head torch and sleeping bag, food for the evening and breakfast. You can join the group walk on Sunday morning as they are passing or just go home in the morning.
Please phone if you are interested in going, if no one goes I won't go myself.
Leader: Rob 0777 398 6512