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Saturday, 27 September 2014

Sat 27 - Sun 28 Sep - Skiddaw House weekend

As the highest hostel in England, Skiddaw House holds an iconic place in the hearts of many walkers and travellers. Only accessible by foot or by mountain bike and without mains gas or electricity, it has to be visited to be experienced!

Meet at 4pm in the carpark at Latrigg (OS Grid Ref : NY280253), it will take around an hour and a half to reach the hostel. On the Sunday, there will a group walk leaving the hostel at 10am ascending Skiddaw Little Man, Skiddaw and Bakestyle and returning to the cars in the afternoon. You are welcome just come for the overnight stay and leave the group on the Sunday morning, or join the group at the hostel at 10 am and just do the Skiddaw walk if you wish.

The walk from the car park to the hostel is around 3.5 miles and is leisurely. The walk up Skiddaw and back to the cars is around 10 miles and is a moderate to strenuous grade. You will need to carry whatever you bring on the walk and there are no facilities to leave bags at the hostel. We will likely return to the cars late afternoon on the Sunday.

Cost is £18 pppn in a shared single sex dormitory at the hostel. A hot shower is available! There is a £3 discount available to YHA members. Skiddaw House offer a make your own simple breakfast and packed lunch that are £3.50 per person per meal. You may bring your own breakfast and packed lunch (if doing the Skiddaw walk) if you prefer. I’m quite willing to coordinate a shared pasta and sauce type evening meal for which the cost will be split between those eating; again if you prefer to bring your own, that is fine. The hostel has a simple shop that sells the basics.

More information can be found about Skiddaw House YHA on their website

Please let me know asap if you would like to come on this trip, particularly if you would like to join us at the hostel as it can get booked up. You will also need to pay when the booking is finalised - I am hoping to do this before the end of May.

Email Sarah on if you would like to know more or to book a place.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Sun 21 Sep - Leader needed

Please contact Tom if you are able to lead a walk on this date.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Sun 14 Sep - Coniston/Black Fell

Start Point: Coniston's main Pay & Display car park, next to the Tourist Information Centre. (G.R. - SD 303 975) @ 10.00. Free parking is available close by: take the road off the A593 that runs alongside the beer garden at the side of the Black Bull pub. Drive for a short distance and there is parking on the left.

Description: We take the road up past the Black Bull pub and turn right onto the path which runs along the foot of the Yew Dale Fells. At Yew Tree Farm we cross the A593 and walk up past the Tom Gill waterfalls to Tarn Hows. Leaving the path half way around Tarn Hows, we walk through the Iron Keld and Arnside Plantations to Black Crag which has spectacular views over Windermere and the Coniston fells. On the return we retrace our footsteps to Tarn Hows and continue to the car park. The path next to the car park takes us back to Coniston and a welcome pub/cafe stop.

Grade: 2/3
Distance: 9.5 miles.
Highest Point: 322 metres
Leader: Suzanne Tel: 07887 942038 (weekends and evenings) or email

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Sun 7 Sep - Crinkle Crags

You MUST let Dan know that you are coming by the proceeding evening (Sat.), at the latest.
If no-one has contacted Dan on the Saturday evening the walk will be cancelled.

Start Point: Three Shire Stone (on the top of Wrynose Pass) (G.R. - NY 277 027) @ 10.00
Description: Three Shire Stone / Red Tarn / Great Knott / Crincle Crags / Bowfell / Three Tarns / Cold Pike

This walk starts from The Three Shire Stone (which is already at 393m) and heads in a NNW direction, before passing Red Tarn and then Great Knott. While easily climbing we should look back for cracking views of Pint of Bisto, Coniston Old Man & (eventually) Windermere. We then carry on to the Crincles (where, from the '2nd one', there are great views N to Skiddaw, Blencathra & Helvellyn) and then carry on to Bowfell (for yet more watery views of Windermere, Esthwaite Water & Devoke Water!). From Bowfell we'll retrace our steps back to Three Tarns and then bear to the right of the Crincles to reach the top of Cold Pike (after a couple of miles). It's then only about a mile straight back to the Three Shire Stone or (if it's boggy) we can cut back to the path we started on, to return to the cars.

Distance: 7 miles (11.3 km)
Total Ascent: 610 metres (2000 ft.)
High Point: Bowfell - 902 metres (2960 ft.)
Time: 5.5 - 6 hours
Grade: 3
Leader: Dan (on 01229 832840 [eves.] or 07919 831237)