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Sunday, 29 November 2015

Sun 29 Nov - Kentmere Horseshoe

CANCELLED due to lack of interest and poor weather. I will put it on again in the New Year.

Meet time: 08:30 – 08:45
Walk start: 09:00
Start point: Kentmere Church (grid ref NY 456 041) **

Distance: Approx. 12.5 miles
Time: Approx. 6.5 hours
Grade: Strenuous
High point: 828m @ High St.

Leader: Alastair (07584 300306)


A classic Lakes horseshoe - briefly the walk will take in: Buck Crag - Yoke - Ill Bell – Froswick – Thornthwaite Crag - High St - Mardale Ill Bell - Nan Bield Pass - Harter Fell - Kentmere Pike - Rough Crags - Wray Crag

If the weather should deny us this option, the alternative is to walk up to Kentmere reservoir along the valley, up to Nan Bield Pass, onto Harter Fell & down into Longsleddale at Gatesgarth pass before returning to Kentmere via Sadgill.

Please bring a headtorch as well as normal packed lunch, warm layers, waterproofs etc. Although we should be down before the light goes, and the forecast is currently not too bad, it's best to be prepared!

Please let me know before Saturday if you are attending & let me know if you need or can offer a lift (& if so, where from).

**Depending on who/how many are attending I may arrange to meet just Staveley and drive up to the start in as few cars as possible, due to limited parking in Kentmere.

In this case it would be 08:30 at the parking just past Barley Bridge (approx. SD 469 987) or in the Mill Yard. I will arrange this directly with those attending if necessary

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Sun 22 Nov - Castle Crag

Start Time: 10.00 am
Start Point: The National Trust Car Park in Rosthwaite CA12 5XB (Grid Reference NY 257 148)
Car Parking: There are three options for parking in Rosthwaite (all are within a short distance of one another):
-There is a large car park next to the Scafell Hotel (which is on the main road as you go through the village) where you can park for £3/day (payable at the hotel reception).
-The National Trust Car Park, just off the main road (signposted to the right if approaching from Keswick)
-The village hall (right next to the NT car park) has an honesty box requesting £3 and has a small area for parking.
Description: This circular route follows well maintained footpaths and bridleways exclusively with no walking on roads. A short section along the riverbank is quite rocky and on the final ascent towards the summit of Castle Crag the path briefly winds steeply through slate scree.
Route: A chance to explore Wainwright’s ‘loveliest square mile in Lakeland’. From Rosthwaite we walk south eastwards through quiet farmland past Borrowdale YHA and then follow the River Derwent as it meanders through mixed woodland towards Seatoller. Gaining altitude as we emerge from the canopy and onto the open fell, we are greeted by classic Lakeland views across the Borrowdale valley and to the high fells beyond. We continue to climb gradually as we skirt around Seatoller and up onto the gently undulating path which traverses the fell side towards Castle Crag. Upon seeing the rugged, angular crag ahead it is easy to see why an ancient hill fort is believed to have existed upon the summit. Beginning the final ascent up the wooded hillside, we then wind our way up through slate scree and into a fascinating landscape littered with slate sculptures erected by previous visitors. Not far above is the summit bringing spectacular views through the jaws of Borrowdale, across Derwentwater and Keswick to Skiddaw looming beyond. Descending back to the main path we are then soon back into woodland where we find Millican Dalton’s cave, a previous summer home to the self styled ‘Professor of Adventure’ during the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s. A gentle amble alongside the river takes us back to Rosthwaite where we’ll find the Flock In tearoom.
Distance: Approx 9.5 km (6 miles)
Highest Point: Castle Crag summit (290 m)
Grade: Leisurely/Moderate.
Time: Approx. 4.5 hrs
Leader: David

If you would like to go on the walk please text 07767416090 by 6pm on Saturday.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Sun 15 Nov - Wild Ennerdale and Moss Dub Tarn

Walk Cancelled due to Predicted Weather Conditions

Friday, 13 November 2015

Friday 13 November: AGM and Walk Planning Meeting

On Friday 13 November we are holding the Summitt Good AGM and Planning meeting at the Hare and Hounds in Levens from 18.30. The meeting will be followed by a meal for those who are interested.

We will be planning walks and socials from January onwards. If you have not led a walk before but would like to give it a try please feel free to come along and find out some more. Leading walks is a fun and rewarding way of sharing your knowledge and experience of the countryside with others. Whether you like easy ambles or more strenuous walks across the higher fells, Summitt Good would be pleased to discuss what’s involved in leading walks and help you on your way. We are keen to get walk leaders from all over Cumbria and over all grades of walks.

Please could you let Suzanne know in advance if you plan to go along so we have an idea of numbers. Email: or text 07887 942038

You can find directions to the Hare and Hounds on their website:

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Sun 8 Nov - FRCC Remembrance Day service on Great Gable

Start: Seathwaite, Borrowdale. NY 235 121 (nr the phone box/public toilets)
Meet: 07.45 for an 08.00 start.
Distance: 10km+, 5-7 hrs
Grade: Strenuous

This is an opportunity to join 100s of like-minded souls for what should be a moving Remembrance Day service, in honour of those who have given their lives so that we may enjoy all that we do today. Whilst many of us may normally seek solitude on the fells, this coming together with common purpose should be a powerful reminder of those lost, what they sacrificed and also why we should strive to avoid future conflict, and to end it where it exists today.

So, with that said - the practical side of the day - apologies for the early start, but the service is at 11am, the walk in takes over two hours and it is going to be busy so will be slow going - and I really don't want to arrive during or after the service.

It will be busy parking so please allow plenty of time for getting there, getting parked & finding each other. It will be busy enough that if anyone is left behind, there should be a steady trail of people heading up to follow (though of course should anyone end up taking this option I would recommend having a map & compass and know how to use them).

Please also try to arrange car-sharing where possible. I will facilitate this if you indicate when you contact me that you are able to give a lift, or need a lift, and provide an approximate location/route along which you might need/give a lift.

To this end, please do let me know before Saturday if you are coming. I am likely to be out most of Saturday & possibly unable to either receive messages at all or at least reply in a timely fashion - it is hard to try and help make plans when I only find out at 9pm the night before if someone is coming!

There will be a period of time on the top when we are relatively immobile so please bring plenty of warm clothing, perhaps a layer or two more than you normally would.

With the shorter days upon us, please do also pack a headtorch, preferably with spare batteries (or even a spare torch), just in case. I always endeavour to get back down before dusk but there's no excuse not to be prepared.

Once the service has completed, I would like to consider the option of the Corridor Route onto Scafell Pike, before descending back to Seathwaite via Esk Hause and Grains Gill (total about 16km, and >2000m of ascent). This however, will be decided on the day depending on the conditions and the wishes of the group. The alternative is likely a direct descent back down to Seathwaite.

Any questions, please contact me. My mobile is 07584300306. Thanks for reading & if I don't see you Sunday, I hope you have the chance to mark it in some way wherever you are.

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Sun 1 Nov - Hutton Roof Crags and Farleton Fell

Description: As you travel up the M6 to the Lake District, you may have noticed the
hill to the right just before turning off at J36. Not many people stop here, but it's worth
a look. It's predominantly Limestone pavement, and not too steep, so the walking should be fairly easy.
Start point: Plain Quarry car park near Burton in Kendal, SD552761
Directions to the car park: From M6 J36 head towards Skipton on the A65. Almost immediately you will come to a roundabout. Turn right, marked Holme, Burton A6070. Follow this road for a few miles to Burton in Kendal village. Immediately on leaving the village turn left in to Dalton Lane (signposted Hutton Roof, Kirkby Lonsdale), and follow this road for about 1.5 miles. The car park is on the left (not signposted, but fairly obvious). Nearest postcode LA6 1NL (please note this isn't exactly where the car park is, but should get you onto the right road out of Burton in Kendal).
Level: Moderate
Distance: 10 miles
Start time: 10.00
Leader: Tom 07884493081