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Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Wed 25 May 2016 - Evening Walk - Hoad Hill, Ulverston

With panoramic views over the Lake District fells and the bay, Hoad Hill is worth every step!

Meet time: 18.00 hrs
Walk start: 18.15 hrs
Distance: 3 miles
Walk meet: Outside “The Original Factory Shop”, The Gill, Ulverston, LA12 7BN. Approx. grid ref SD 284 784. This is next to a pay & display car park.
Grade: Leisurely

Please text Suzanne (07887 942038) by 9 pm the day before to let her know you are coming.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Sun 22 May 2016 - Mellbreak and Lanthwaite Woods

Car Parking: Lanthwaite Woods National Trust car park, Loweswater. Grid reference NY 149 215
Start Point:    At Lanthwaite Woods car park

Meet Time:     09.45 am
Start Time:     10.00 am

Description:   This walk is a mixture of mountain trails, moorland walking and forest paths. It is a circular route.

Route:            Viewed from Loweswater village, Mellbreak rises up steeply and appears as an imposing sentinel, standing guard over Crummock Water. In this walk, we will ascend Mellbreak directly, following the path up its steep northern edge before making a complete traverse of its ridge-like form.

Starting from Lanthwaite Woods, we walk for about a kilometre on country roads (care required) until we reach Kirkhead. From here we take the path that leads to the base of the northern nose of Mellbreak. The path steepens as we continue, and it becomes rocky. However, this section will not be rushed, and people will be free to progress at whatever pace is comfortable for them. Soon – after stopping occasionally to “take in the view” – we will be past the steepest of the ascent and ambling over to the northern (lower) summit of Mellbreak (508 m). Our route continues southwards, firstly into a shallow col and then gradually up to the highest point of our day, and Mellbreak’s southern (higher) summit (512 m).

The views are fantastic from Mellbreak’s skyline, with the imposing bulk of Grasmoor to our east and the entirety of the Crummock & Buttermere valley stretching to the south.

We continue southwards and begin to lose height. Soon we will reach the shore of Crummock Water. The walk back northwards is lovely, and having a splash and a paddle in the lake is hard to resist!

As we reach the north end of Crummock Water, we cross the source of the River Cocker and head back into Lanthwaite Woods. At this time of year, the blue bells will hopefully be putting on a show for us, covering the forest with a carpet of delicate purple flowers. From here it’s just a short wander back to the cars.

High Point:     Mellbreak summit (512 m) (approx. 540 m height gain)
Distance:        Approx. 6.5 miles (10.5 km)
Time:              Approx. 6 hours

Grade:            Moderate, although the ascent directly up Mellbreak is steep and strenuous

Leader:           Wayne

Please let Wayne know in advance by 6.00 pm on Saturday if you are coming on this walk (text 07753 121168)

If the conditions are bad I reserve the right to modify the route or cancel the walk. If insufficient interest is shown in the walk it may be cancelled.

Friday, 20 May 2016

Fri 20 May - Evening walk and planning meeting

6pm - meet by the toilet block in the lower White Moss Common car park (GR SD 348066) for an easy walk that circumnavigates Rydal Water via Loughrigg Terrace and the old Coffin Route. Length 3 miles, 140m ascent. Grade: Leisurely/Easy.

7.30pm - walk planning in the Badger Bar, Rydal with the option of a meal for those who would like to eat. Parking available in the hotel car park and also on the 555 bus route. All members of the group (not just regular walk leaders) are welcome to attend and share ideas. We need to plan walks for the coming months but also socials.

Please let Sarah know by commenting by text -07818 366665 if you plan to attend. You are welcome to attend either or both of the walk and social/planning meeting.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Sun 15 May - A Wainwright Round From Cow Bridge, Hartsop

Start Time: 9:30am
Start Point: Cow Bridge Car Park, Hartsop. Grid Reference NY403134. The car park is situated on the A592 and has an honesty box.

Description: Five of the eastern Wainwrights -Hartsop Above How, Hart Crag, Dove Crag, Little Hart Crag and High Hartsop Dodd. Don't be put off by thinking that we will be going up and down five separate hills. The summits are achieved in a sequence that means that we don't lose any altitude between them that we would then have to regain. The ascent has great views of the craggy cliffs of Hart Crag and Dove Crag with the Priest's hole cave clearly visible. At the summit of Hart Crag there are wide views over much of the Lake District. The return route takes us down to the valley and alongside Brothers Water.

Distance: 8 miles
Highest Point: 822 metres
Time: Approx 5 hours+
Grade: Strenuous

Contact: Dave (07767416090). Please let me know via text by 6pm on Saturday if you are planning on coming.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Wed 11 May 2016 - Evening walk - Bardsea to Conishead Priory

Wednesday, 11th May 2016 – Bardsea Beach to Conishead Priory
A stroll along the beach with a gentle meander through the peaceful grounds of Conishead Priory. Bring along a drink and snack as there is a nice seating area in Conishead Priory gardens.

Meet time: 18.00 hrs
Walk start: 18.15 hrs
Distance: 3.5 miles
Ascent: 58 metres

Walk meet: Car park at the beach south of Bardsea village, near the “Olde Mill” pub (LA12, 9RB).  Approx. grid reference SD 301 742. 
Grade: Leisurely

Parking along the beach stretches along to an ice cream kiosk called Chill and Grill. If you arrive early there may be a chance for an ice cream. Opening is weather dependent so I hope it is a sunny night.

Please text Suzanne (07887 942038) by 9 pm the day before to let her know you are coming.

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Sun 8 May - A Wainwright Round from Mardale Head

Meet Time: 9.15am
Walk Start Time: 9.30pm
Start Point: Mardale Head NY469107
Car Parking: Small free car park at Mardale Head
Description: On this walk we cover 5 of the far eastern Wainwrights (W). From the car park we cross Mardale Beck and follow the path along Haweswater reservoir to The Rigg before heading up the steep path to Kidsty Howes. The path broadens out and the gradient relents as we ascend to Kidsty Pike (W). We will detour from the main path to bag Rampsgill Head (W) before continuing on to High Street (W) and the trig point at Racecourse Hill. We then follow the trail above Blea Water round to Mardale Ill Bell (W) before dropping down to the wind shelter at the top of Nan Bield Pass. Finally we ascend to the summit of Harter Fell (W) before heading back to the car park via the main Gatesgarth Pass track.
Distance: ~8.5 - 9 miles
Highest Point: 828m
Grade: Strenuous
Time: approx 5-6 hours.

Notes: If the conditions are bad I reserve the right to modify the route or cancel the walk. Length and time are approximates as I've not done this exact route before but have extended a walk that I've done a few times in the past.
Contact: Please let Mel know by 6 pm on Saturday if you are coming on this walk 07584303975 or