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Saturday, 29 December 2012

Photo from Coniston

One photo from Dan's walk on 16 Dec:

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Sun 16 Dec - Sunny Bank - Coniston - Torver

Start Point: Parking area opposite the Landy (Land Rover) garage @ the top of Sunny Bank (nr. Torver) (G.R. SD 287 932) @ 11.00
Description: Torver Back Common / beside Coniston Water / Torver Common Wood / Torver (+ Church House Inn?) / Undercrag & Brocklebank Farms / Torver Tarn / past Anne Riggs / up the 2nd ½ of Sunny Bank (back to the start)
Distance: 6.5 miles (10.5 km)
Total Ascent: 195 metres (640 ft.)
High Point: by Torver Tarn - 140 metres (460 ft.)
Time: 4 hours
Grade: 2
Leader: Dan (on 01229 832840 [eves.] or 07919 831237

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Sun 9 Dec - Helm crag

A moderate sized hill with commanding views of Grasmere and the surrounding fells, Helm crag is famous for the distinctive rock formation on its summit known as the "Lion and the Lamb".

The walk starts from the A591 layby and continues into Grasmere village, through Butharlyp Howe woodland, and onto Easedale Road. The ascent of Helm crag is fairly steep, but on good rocky paths and does not take long. Walking along the ridge to Gibson Knott is undulating with a few boggy sections, but has wonderful views of Sour Milk Ghyll waterfalls on one side, and Steel Fell on the other. Descending into Greenburn bottom, and following a stream eventually takes us to Ghyll Foot and then past the Travellers Rest Inn back to to the start.

Distance: 6 miles
Time: 4 hours
Total ascent: 400m
Grade: 3 (Strenuous, fairly brisk pace)
Start: 10 am at the large layby on the A591 in Grasmere near the Travellers Rest Inn (Grid ref NY337086).

Leader: Phil (07958 698905)

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Sat 8 Dec - Christmas Meal

Note from Tom: - I've emailed this to everyone I have details for. If you want to be added to the group email list then please contact Tom (

This year the Christmas meal will take place at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal. Please can you confirm ASAP, along with your menu choices if you want to come so that the booking can be confirmed. Also, there is a £5 deposit payable per person, it would be most helpful if you can email me letting me know if you would like pay this to me by
cheque or through online banking and I will let you know the appropriate details.
Date - Sat 8th December at 7.30pm. Meet for drinks in the bar from 7pm.
Place - Kendal Brewery arts centre
Cost - 2 courses: £14.95; 3 courses: £18.95. £5 non-returnable deposit payable in advance, ideally by 7 November

Menu options
Roast Vine Tomato & Basil Soup
Classic Prawn Cocktail - Tomato mayonnaise brandy sauce served on as bed of lettuce
Chicken Liver Pate - fruit chutney and toasted artisan bread

Grilled Fillet of Salmon Gremolata, crushed potatoes with caramelised red onions,
Brussels sprouts and sweet carrots
Traditional Roast Turkey, chestnut stuffing, chipolata sausage, cranberry and turkey jus,
Brussels sprouts, sweet carrots and roast potatoes
Mushroom and Goats Cheese Tart, fresh spinach, mushrooms and walnuts in a cheese
sauce served with grilled cherry vine tomatoes and puy lentils

Traditional Christmas Pudding served with brandy sauce
Warm Orange & Chocolate Brownie served with chocolate sauce and thunder &
lightning dairy ice cream
Selection of Locally Made Ice Creams, Christmas Pudding , Banana Toffee & Walnut,
Strawberry ice cream

Contact Sarah for more info and to book your place, 07818 366665 or

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Photos from Long Meg

Phil's photos from today's walk:

Sun 2 Dec - Long Meg and her Daughters

In the shadow of the North Pennines within the pleasant Eden valley lies one of the largest stone circles in Britain. Dating from the early Bronze age it is surrounded by many myths and legends.

The walk begins alongside the River Eden and continues through fields before joining a country lane, which rises steadily uphill to Glassonby. Soon after, the route takes us onto a track and through the churchyard of St Michael's, the medieval church of the lost village of Addingham. Continuing through fields we eventually reach the stone circle, where we can pause to explore the stones and their megalithic artwork.
Following the track takes us into Little Salkeld and then alongside the Settle-Carlisle railway line, before descending into woodland and back towards the riverside path. After a mile or so, we reach the shelter of Lacy's caves, carved out of the sandstone by the eccentric Colonel Lacy in the 18th century, before rejoining the riverside path and finally arriving back at the car park.

Distance: 8 miles
Time: 4 hours
Total ascent: 150m
Grade: 2
Start: 10 am at the Eden bridge car park in Lazonby (Grid ref NY549402). Directions: From M6 Junction 41, turn onto the B5305 (signposted A6 Carlisle) and then follow the A6 to Plumpton. Turn right onto the B6413 and follow all the way to Lazonby (3 miles). Continue through the village and the road bends left alongside the river. After about 250m, and before reaching the bridge, there is a car park on the right.
Leader: Phil (07958 698905)