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Sunday, 30 October 2016

Sun 30th October - Coniston

Start/Finish: SD 302 978. Free parking is available on the road that runs alongside Church Beck. Turn onto this between the Black Bull pub and Co-op store in the village. Follow the road past the John Ruskin museum, bear left and there is parking on the left.

Meet Time: 9.15am

Start Time: 9.30am

Description: A circular route to the summit of the highest of the Furness Fells Coniston Old Man. Avoiding the main tourist track from Walna Scar road, we will ascend via the copper mines valley. This is an interesting route with very varied surroundings and terrain including becks, waterfalls, two tarns, old mine workings and weather permitting some fantastic views.

Route in Brief: Start point - Church Beck - Miners Bridge - Youth Hostel - Levers Water Falls - Levers Water - Levers Hawse - Old Man Summit - Low Water - East to Miners Bridge - Church Beck - Finish Point

High Point: 803m

Ascent: 743m

Distance: 9.5km

Walk Time: Approx 5 hours

Grade: Strenuous

Leader: Andy

Note: The grade has been set at strenuous as this is a high level mountainous walk. For those used to fell walks it will feel more moderate. The start time allows ample time before darks to the pace doesn't need to be too fast. As always please ensure you have suitable warm and waterproof clothing for this time of year.

Please let Andy know in Advance by 6.00pm on Saturday if you are ocming on this walk (text 07746 523780).

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Sat 22nd and Sun 23rd October - The Ullswater Way 2 Day Trek

Description: The Ullswater Way is a 20-mile loop of one of England’s finest lakes.

On this trek we will split the route into two days of moderate walking, each around 10 miles in length. Starting at Pooley Bridge on Saturday morning, we will walk southwards along the western side of the lake until we arrive at YHA Patterdale where we will spend the night. On Sunday we will walk back to Pooley Bridge along the lake’s more undulating eastern side.

This event is a great introduction to trekking for people who are used to individual days in the fells, and want to try a multi-day route to see how enjoyable it is and experience the social aspects of trekking.

The Route: Information on the Ullswater Way can be found at

A “dinky map” of the route is published by Dorrigo ( This uses 1:25k OS mapping and is printed on waterproof paper.

Grade: Two consecutive days of “moderate” walking.

If people wish to come for just the Saturday or Sunday, rather than the whole weekend, that is fine and they are welcome. However, they will be responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety after leaving the group as they will have left the Ramblers event.

For those people joining on Sunday morning, please be ready to leave YHA Patterdale at 9.30 am.

Accommodation: Accommodation will be at YHA Patterdale ( The hostel offers the choice of single-beds in same-sex dormitories, private rooms or camping in its grounds.

Dogs are welcome with those people who camp, but the animals are not permitted inside any buildings.

People coming on this trek are responsible for reserving and paying for their own accommodation at
the hostel.

Food and Drink: The YHA can provide an evening meal, breakfast and lunch for guests. These can be booked and paid for when reserving accommodation. People may wish to bring a few chocolate bars and treats etc. to supplement what the YHA provide. The hostel also has a kitchen, so if people wish to carry their own food they can cook it there.

Cost: Other than accommodation, food & drink and (possibly) car parking it’s not envisaged there will be other costs associated with this trip.
Local Information
Public transport: Penrith to Patterdale, bus service 508 ( or

Ullswater Steamers: Phone 017684 82229;

Meeting Place: Outside the Sun Inn, in Pooley Bridge village (this is also the finish point on Sunday)
Meeting Time: 9.15 am (Saturday, 22nd October)
Walk Start: 9.30 am

Car Parking: There are a couple of pay and display car parks around Pooley Bridge, as well as some on-street car parking. There is “honesty box” car parking in the grounds of “Sunnyside Barn” which is a residential cottage in Pooley Bridge opposite St. Paul’s church (this is on the B5320 heading towards Penrith, grid reference NY 472 285) and is £3/day.

Where ever you decide to park, please remember that all cars are left at the owner’s risk. As ever, don’t leave anything valuable in your car, and do not leave anything that opportunistic thieves would be interested in stealing.

Miscellaneous: If attendees would like to make a small voluntary donation to the society, say £3 per person, this would be very gratefully received. Any donations received will be used to further the delivery of the Ramblers charitable objectives. This is a purely voluntary contribution and is not in any way a “charge” for attendance.

Joining This Trek: People wishing to come on this trip should text the organiser (Wayne: mobile 07753 121 168) or email the group account ( to let him know. A printable version of this post is available from Tom (

Disclaimer: If the weather conditions are bad the route may be modified, or in exceptional cases cancelled on safety grounds

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Sat 15th October - Heughscar Hill from Askham

Please note this walk will run on a Saturday as opposed to a Sunday and will involve a ferry fare (£6.60).

Description: A circular low level walk from Askham taking in Howtown, Pooley Bridge and Heughscar Hill. 

This is walk in memory of Anne Keys who passed away last year. We will be visiting Heughscar Hill, where Anne visited frequently, in one of the most scenic spots in the Lake Destrict and a place she loved.

Everyone is welcome even if you didn't know Anne. We will walk from Askham to Howtown, 4.8 miles and take a scenic 1/2 hour boat trip to Pooley Bridge. We can stop here for some lunch before climbing out of Pooley Bridge onto Heughscar Hill where we will spend some time before heading back down to Askham.

Start Point: Askham Village Hall car park, NY513 237.

Start Time: Meet 9.15 for a 9.30 start to allow plenty of time to catch the 12.00 ferry from Howtown to Pooley Bridge (£6.60).

Length: 8 miles

Leader: 07773 202845

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Sun 9 Oct - Crinkle Crags and Bowfell

Leader: Matt

Walk up Whorneyside Force a little used path and a bit of a gem,  at the pass we will nip up Bowfell then go back to the pass and from there walk along the ridge line of the crinkle crags with great views of the sea and the Scafell Massif. There is bit of a scramble down the bad step or you can take the grassy path round the back of it (and continue up the step instead if you want round we go I digress).

Meeting point: Old dungeon gyhl car park next to pub. (National Trust or cheap pub car park depending which side of fence.
Meeting time: 9:15 setting off walking 9:30

Walk distance 14km 8.5 miles approx
Height climbed. 900m 3000 feet approx

As always msg or call to say you're coming msg is best as I live in a bad signal area
Leader Matt phone 07878352150

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Sun 2 Oct - Alcock Tarn and Nab Scar

Nab Scar and Alcock Tarn

Car Parking: There are many places to park in and around Grasmere. Pay and display options include the large village car park on Stock Lane (this has toilets – 20 p needed) and the playground at the primary school. There is roadside parking on the A591 (free) opposite the pubs on the way to Dunmail Raise.

Public Transport is available to Grasmere from both thsouth and north, using Stagecoach service 555.

Start / Finish: The large village car park on Stock Lane (grid reference NY 339 072, postcode LA22 9SJ).
Meet Time: 10.15 am
Start Time: 10.30 am
Description: This is a circular route. It uses a mixture of undulating low-level paths, steep pitched paths and a little bit of higher-level fell walking thrown in for good measure.
Route: From Grasmere village we will head eastwards along “the coffin route” towards Rydal Mount. This path is a nice undulating walk, and gives lovely views of hidden streams, a good-sized waterfall and a small tarn in the woodlands above White Moss. At Rydal Mount, we turn northwards and the path steepens. As we gain height the view opens up and Windermere, Rydal Water and Grasmere come into view, and if we are lucky on a clear day the view extends over Morecambe Bay. Soon we will be at Nab Scar summit, and Loughrigg Fell, Silver How and Helm Crag create a great panorama. It is now a short fell walk down to Alcock Tarn and then downwards alongside Greenhead Gill. As we lose height we pass the pipeline which supplies Manchester with its drinking water from Thirlmere; also visible are scars on the side of Stone Arthur fell indicating where landslips occurred during the storms in winter 2015. We then cross the river, and after a short walk we’ll be back in Grasmere village for a cup of tea and slice of cake.

High Point: Nab Scar summit (450 m) (approx. 385 m height gain)
Distance: Approx. 5 miles (8 km)
Time: Approx. 4 to 5 hours
Grade: Moderate
Note: This would be an ideal route for walkers who would like to come out with Summitt Good Ramblers but haven’t done so yet – come along and say hi!
Leader: Suzanne

Please let Suzanne know in advance by 6.00 pm on Saturday if you are coming on this walk (text 07887 942038).