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Sunday, 29 March 2015

Sun 29 Mar - Yarlside and The Calf

A walk over hills and down dales in the Howgill fells, where the easternmost part of Cumbria borders the Yorkshire Dales. Starting from the historic Temperance Inn at Cross Keys, a steady ascent on grassy paths gradually steepens towards the top of Yarlside (639 m). The descent into Bowderdale leads to a stream crossing, before another climb to the summit of The Calf (at 676 m, this is the highest point in the Howgills). On a clear day, views of the Lake district fells and the three Yorkshire peaks can be seen from here. Descent via Bram rigg top and Calders leads back to the start point.

7 miles
Time: 5 hours
Total ascent: 800m
Grade: Strenuous
Start: 10 am at the layby next to The Cross Keys Inn, Postcode LA10 5NE, on the A683 between Sedbergh and Kirkby Stephen (Grid ref SD698969).
Just a reminder, the clocks move forward on Saturday night.

Please contact the walk leader if you are able to offer a car share or would like to know if there is a car share available. If you would like to go on the walk please contact the leader in advance.
Leader: Phil (07958 698905)

This walk is now cancelled due to poor weather conditions

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Sun 22 Mar - Levers Water from Coniston

Start Point: Blackbull Inn in Coniston (G.R. - SD 302 976) @ 11.00

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.

Starting from the Black Bull Inn we follow the road alongside the pub until we reach a track which runs alongside Church Beck up to Miners Bridge. We then head towards the Youth Hostel and up to Levers Water. Levers Water is a naturally occuring tarn, but was enlarged by a dam in 1717 to provide water and power to the coppermines below. It now supplies water to Coniston and the surrounding villages. After leaving Levers Water we descend back to Coniston via the Pudding Stone.

Grade: Moderate
Distance: 4 miles.
Duration: 3-4 hours
Highest Point: 438 metres
Leader: Suzanne

Please could you let Suzanne know by 9.00 on the day. If nobody contacts Suzanne the walk will be cancelled.

Tel: 07887 942038 (weekends and evenings) or email

Friday, 20 March 2015

Fri 20 March - Social in Kendal

Jan has offered to organise a meal at the Brewery in Kendal at 7.30 followed by seeing the Mustard Cutters at 10.30 at Bootleggers. You are welcome to just go for the meal or just to Bootleggers or both. Please could you text Jan in advance on 07941 101962. We may need to book a table depending on numbers.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Sun 15 Mar - Dollywagon Pike and Helvellyn from Dunmail Raise (2nd Attempt)

Start : Roadside parking at the top of Dunmail Raise
Start Time : 10am Grid Reference : NY 330 110
Description : I planned this route for December last year but we were effectively rained off. This is an easier route up Dollywagon Pike and Helvellyn with the promise of great views on a clear day. (Starting at the summit of Dumail Raise reduces the ascent by about 230m.)
Route: Dunmail Raise - Grisedale Tarn - Dollywagon Pike - Nethermost Pike - Helvellyn - Birkside - Comb Crags - Wythburn - Dunmail Raise
Distance : Roughly 6.5 Miles
Highest Point : 949 metres
Grade : Strenuous - I have given it this grading as it is a mountain walk although it is one of the easier ways up Helvellyn.
Time : 5 to 5.5 Hours
Leader: Malcolm Tel: 07918652802 Email:

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Sun 8 Mar - Scorton, Nicky Nook & Grizedale

A walk on the Western edge of the Trough of Bowland, East of Garstang, across farmland & through woods, with good views from our local hill, Nicky Nook, returning via Grizedale & Scorton village.
Grade: Moderate (at the Easy end of moderate!)
Distance: 8 miles (13 km)
Height gain: 1082 ft (330m)
Starting point: Meet at 11.00 hours at the Picnic site just north of Scorton village, near Cleveley Bridge.
Grid reference: SD504504.
Leader: Clair
Please could you text Clair  if you are planning to join the walk on 07855 961619
The walk should take us about 4 hours at a fairly leisurely pace. There is a pub & a tea shop in Scorton village about a mile from the end of the walk if we decide we are in need of cake or beer.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Sun 1 Mar - Hartsop, over High St to Haweswater & back

Grade - strenuous
Distance - ~11 miles
Meet 9.45am, walk to start at 10am. Should take about 6 hours, possibly longer depending on group size, conditions, etc.

Starting at the little car park at the end of the village of Hartsop (grid ref - NY 409 130), we will go up to Hayeswater, ascend the Knott to High Street, descend Kidsty Pike to the shores of Haweswater, and looping back up the ridge of Riggindale, back onto High Street, on to Thornthwaite Crag, and down alongside pasture beck, back to Hartsop. Refreshments afterwards at the Brotherswater Inn.

Please text me on 07584300306 if you are coming, or via facebook using IM/msg on the walk details post

NB - I may well change the route on the day if conditions dictate.
Leader - Alastair