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Sunday, 31 July 2016

Sun 31 Jul - Skiddaw via Little Man and Carl Side

Leader: Mel
Car Parking: Latrigg Car Park at the end of Gale Road from Ormathwaite NY281253
Start / Finish: Latrigg Car Park
Meet Time: 9.15am
Start Time: 9.30am
Description: Circular route on well marked paths, steep sections on both the ascent and descent. (This walk is unreccied)
Route: At the end of car park we turn left through the gate and follow the wall on our left. The wall becomes a fence and we follow it as it bears left. We pass a memorial to two shepherds and continue to follow the zigzag path steeply uphill. When we come to a fence we turn left uphill then at the cairn we turn right and follow the path to the summit of Little Man. From the top we head forwards slightly right downhill. At the fence we bear left uphill and keep following the path as it turns right towards the trig point on the summit of Skiddaw. From the top we retrace our steps for a few hundred yards to a cairn on our right we turn right here very steeply downhill towards two small ponds. The path is stony with shale so care must be taken. At the ponds the path splits into two we take the left path uphill to the cairn on the summit of Carl Side. From the top we start to go downhill very steep in places. We walk to the left hand side of the White Stones and keep heading downhill through a wall. We keep following the path downhill until we arrive at a house and some trees at Millbeck. We go through a gate next to the trees and follow the narrow path. At the end we turn right and then turn left at the road. We follow the road bearing left at the y-junction. Now with the houses of Applethwaite on our right we keep heading forwards over the bridge at a gill. At the next y-junction with a hotel on the left we bear left signposted Skiddaw. We now just follow this road uphill back to the car park.
Ascent: Approx 850m
Distance: Approx 7miles
Time: Approx 5 hours
Grade: Strenuous

Please let Mel know in advance by 4.00 pm on Saturday if you are coming on this walk - text 07584303975 email (I will be out of signal area after 4pm so likely will not receive any messages sent after this)

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Sun 24 Jul 2016 - The Helvellyn Range North to South

Car Parking: Small car park at Stanah (just off the junction on the A591 with B5322, "St John's in the Vale" road), grid reference NY 318190. Parking is also possible at Legburthwaite, NY 318195, though this is a pay-and-display car park
Start Point: Small car park at Stanah (just off the junction on the A591 with B5322, "St John's in the Vale" road, grid reference NY 318190).
Finish Point: The Travellers’ Rest Inn, Dunmail Raise, Grasmere, LA22 9RR. Grid reference NY 337 089.
Note: This is a linear walk. The return to the start / car parking will be by public transport (Stagecoach service 555 – Lancaster to Keswick). You will need to bring money for this.
Meet Time: 08.00 am
Start Time: 08.15 am
Description: This is a mountain walk with a mixture of high paths and moorland walking.
Route: From Stanah, we will ascend up to the top of Sticks Pass. At this point we will walk southwards, taking in the summits of Raise (884 m), White Side (862 m), Helvellyn (950 m), Nethermost Pike (891 m), Dollywaggon Pike (858 m) and Seat Sandal (736 m) before following Tongue Gill down to the Travellers’ Rest Inn for a very well-deserved lemonade and plate of chips!
High Point: Helvellyn summit (950 m) (approx. 1220 m height gain)
Distance: Approx. 9 miles (14.5 km)
Time: Approx. 8 hours
Grade: Strenuous
Note: This is long mountain day, although the walk itself will not be rushed. Please make sure you bring plenty of food and drink for a long day in the mountains. As this walk is in summer, the risk of sunburn and/or sunstroke exists, so please have sunblock, lip balm, hat and sun glasses with you.

Leader: Mel

Please let Mel know in advance by 6.00 pm on Saturday if you are coming on this walk (text 07584 303975)

If the conditions are bad I reserve the right to modify the route or cancel the walk. During the walk, if the group is not moving a smoothly as I would like it to I may decide to alter the route to reduce the total ascent. If insufficient interest is shown in the walk it may be cancelled.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Wednesday, 20th July 2016 – Dent from Cleator Moor

Many apologies for this, but I won't be able to lead to tomorrow night's walk up Dent, and so have to cancel it. Sorry about this, especially to those who had already told me they were coming.
I will re-arrange in the future if people want me to and let me know.
Once again, sorry about that.

Some lovely countryside on the western edge of the Lake District National Park.

Meet time: 18.00 hrs
Walk start: 18.15 hrs
Distance: 5.3 miles
Ascent: 1300 ft
Car parking: To the west of Wath Bridge, Cleator Moor (grid reference NY 031 144, post code CA23 2AE)
Walk start: At car parking
Grade: Moderate

Please text Wayne (07753 121 168) by 9 pm the day before to let him know you are coming.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Wednesday, 13th July 2016 – Blengdale and the “Zig Zags”, Gosforth

A walk through the lovely Bleng Forest, with a chance to see red squirrel, heron and deer.

Meet time: 18.00 hrs
Walk start: 18.15 hrs
Distance: 3.7 miles
Ascent: 620 ft
Car parking: Roadside parking by the side of the Bleng River, Gosforth (grid reference NY 084 053, post code CA20 1EE).
Walk start: At car parking
Grade: Leisurely

Please text Wayne (07753 121 168) by 9 pm the day before to let him know you are coming.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Sun 10 July - Great Asby Scar

Leader: Mel

Car Parking: Small layby on the B6261, or verge parking in surrounding area/in Orton.

Start / Finish: The small layby with bench on B6261, 400m east of Orton

Meet Time: 10.15 am

Start Time: 10.30 am

Description: This is a circular route walking on good bridleways and tracks, passing through limestone moorland with views along route of the Howgills, the North Pennines and finally the Eastern Lakes.

Route: Walking east from the layby along the minor road towards Raisbeck we then turn left up a track to join the Coast to Coast route following it through fields and gates to emerge onto a small road at Acres. Following the road to Sunbiggin, we then start to head upwards on a track to the left that climbs easily to a gate leading into a series of fields. A slightly steeper climb takes us through a gate and into open limestone country. Heading north we soon come to the highest point on the walk before following the line of fences and walls down to a track leading to the road to take us to Copper Mine Lane. Heading uphill on the lane we eventually acess Great Asby Scar National Nature Reserve, home to a variety of rare plants and birdlife. Following the well marked path through this peaceful setting we exit on to open grassland and soon see the eastern Lake district fells ahead. Contouring round the hillside the grassy path becomes more track-like as it descends until bringing us back to the road where we will retrace our steps back to the cars.

Ascent: 253m

Distance: 6.5 miles (10.5km)

Time: Approx. 4 hours

Grade: Leisurely

Note: This would be an ideal route for existing walkers who would like to come out with Summitt Good Ramblers but haven’t done so yet – come along and say hi!

Please let Mel know in advance by 6.00 pm on Saturday if you are coming on this walk (text 07584303975 email