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Sunday, 29 July 2012

Sun 29 Jul - Catbells and High Spy

One of the most popular walks in the Lakes is the ascent of Catbells, so much so that Wainwright described it as "a family fell where grandmothers and infants can climb the heights together". We will, however, leave the grandmothers and infants far behind and continue to ascend the ridgeline to Maiden Moor and High Spy, which tops out at 653 m (2142 ft).

The return journey from Dalehead tarn passes waterfalls and into the quiet Newlands valley, flanked by craggy outcrops of the hills, and remnants of the silver mining industry that used to thrive here.

Distance: 8.5 miles
Time: 5 hours
Total ascent: 640m
Grade: 3

Start: 10 am at the main car park (layby) on the road between Hawse End and Skelgill. (Grid ref NY245211). There are also parking spaces available at the earlier junction from the Portinscale road and also along the road towards Grange.
Leader: Phil (07958 698905)

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Thu 26 Jul - Staveley

Meet at Wilfs Cafe, Staveley at 7.30pm. Then walk up Reston Hill, with views over to the Langdales. App. 2 miles.. Time 1 1/2 hours.
Leader: Anna 07837282200

Photos from Brotherswater/Dove Crag

Dan's photos from a couple of weeks ago:

Photos from Natland

Ruth's photos from her walk from a few weeks ago. Apologies for the delay in posting:

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Sun 22 Jul - Whitbarrow

Malcolm's Scafell walk has been postponed until September.

Tom is leading a walk around Whitbarrow Scar for the Cheshire Walkers. Summitt Good members are welcome to attend. Details here.

Friday, 20 July 2012

Fri 20 Jul - Sat 21 Jul - Black Sail

Stay at this remote & isolated shepherds bothy at the head of Ennerdale which is accessible only on foot. Now a 16 bed YHA.
Meet: 18:00hrs at small pay & display car park at Gatesgarth Cottages, Buttermere (NY 194149). There is also some roadside parking.
Ascend to Black Sail YHA via Scarth Gap Pass
Distance: 2.5 miles
Ascent: 300m
Time: 1.5 hrs
Cost: £21.40 per person per night
There are self catering facilities but the YHA can provide meals if required. However they need to be booked in advance (Breakfast - £4.95; Lunch - £5.75; Evening meal £7.50 - £11.95)

Sat 21st July 2012 - Pillar from Black Sail YHA

Ascent of Pillar (892m) from Black Sail YHA via the famous Pillar High Level Path. This route takes in spectacular crag scenery without having to resort to scrambling. It does however require a head for heights. And weather permitting fantastic views of Pillar Rock rising 150m out of Pillar Cove. Then a return to Gatesgarth Cottages via Scarth Gap Pass.
Meet: 10am Black Sail YHA
Contact: Babs (07843567097)

One male place is now available for Black Sail Youth Hostel. Please contact Barbara for details.

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Sun 15 Jul - Brotherswater/Dove Crag

Start Point: Cow Bridge - between Brothers Water & Patterdale (GR NY 403134) @ 09:00
Description: First we walk the nice flat, mile long path past Brothers Water along to the Brothers Water Inn. We then climb SSE, up The Tongue & Rough Edge, to the top of Caudale Moor & (maybe?) Stony Cove Pike (just to 'bag' another summit?) before heading SSW to drop down to the Kirkstone Pass (+ Inn?). Next it's straight up Red Screes and then follow the ridge past Scandale Tarn & Black Brow, before reaching Dove Crag. This time we descend down (below the Priest's Hole cave) to the bottom of Dovedale, before following it down to Hartsop Hall then repeating the initial mile, past Brothers Water, back to the cars.
Distance: 11.25 miles (18 km)
Total Ascent: 1400 metres (4593 ft.)
Time: 6.5 / 7.5 hours
Grade: 4
Leader: Dan (on 01229 832840 [eves.] or 07919 831237)

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Thu 12 Jul - Scout Scar

Scout Scar, near Kendal
Around 3 miles with one short sharp climb. The plan is to meet in the car park at the church (SD 4888889) near Brigsteer at 6.45pm. We will then walk to the bottom of Scout Scar, up onto the top and along the top of the ridge to the circular shelter and viewpoint then walk back to the cars along the same route.
Contact Sarah 07818 366665

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Sun 8 Jul - Longsleddale

Anyone planning to come on this walk needs to get in touch beforehand, email: or mobile 07773202845, so if, (the weather is good enough!) and anyone wants to wild camp I know who else is coming.

Start: Sadgill, Longsleddale, (parking where the road ends). GR: 483 058
Start time: 9am
Distance: 20km, grade 3 ? 4, as there are a few steep climbs
Route: Mosedale Cottage, Swindale Head, over the old coffin route to Haweswater resevoir. Up the road to Gatescarth and then back up and over Gatesgarth Pass to Sadgill
Suggest tea afterwards at Wilfs at Staveley, 15 minute drive from start

Contact: Emma 07773 202845
If the weather is really good may organise a wild camp Saturday night and ask someone not camping to lead group to Mosedale Cottage area.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Wed 4 Jul - Heversham Head

A short walk through fields and along quiet country lanes, culminating in a climb up to the fine viewpoint of Heversham Head.

Distance: 2.5 miles
Time: 1 - 1.5 hours
Total ascent: 120m
Grade: 1
Start: 7 pm - park on road near Dallam School, Princess Way, Heversham. (Grid ref SD497831)
Leader: Phil (07958 698905)

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Sun 1 Jul - Place Fell and Beda Fell

Start: Car park opposite White Lion in Patterdale by public toilets (£4.00 per day) NY 397 158
Start time: 10.00
Distance: 9 miles
Time: 6 hours
Ascent: 800m
Grade: 3

We walk from Patterdale along a minor road before climbing to Boredale Hause. From here we head north onto the summit of Place Fell. We descend past High Dodd and Sleet Fell to the lane at Garth Heads before climding again to the summit of Beda Fell. Our path continues to Boredale Hause before returning to Patterdale.

Leader: Vicky (07835 416262)