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Sunday, 26 February 2017

Sun 26th February - Malham Cove & Tarn and Gordale Scar

Description: A circular walk from Malham in the Yorkshire Dales. The walk initially passes by the picturesque Janet's Foss before reaching Gordale Scar. If waters permit we shall scramble up Gordale Scar and head on to Malham Tarn (if we are not able to scramble up Gordale Scar there is an alternative route to the Tarn). From here we shall walk down the valley to reach the limestone top of Malham Cove, before dropping back down into Malham.

Route: Exact route TBC

Grade:  Easy end of moderate (some rugged terrain and steep climbs)

Distance: Approx. 7.5 miles (12 km)

Meet Time: 09.15 am
Start Time: 9:30 am
Time: Approx. 3-4 hours

Start / Finish: National Trust Car Park

Car Parking: National Trust Car Park (approx. grid reference SD 900 626, postcode BD23 4DG)
I shall try and find an alternative (free/cheap) car parking on recce.

Leader: Hannah

Please let Hannah know in advance by 6.00 pm on Saturday if you are coming on this walk (text 07815 604527)

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.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Sun 19th Feb - High Stile Ridge

Car Parking: National Trust (NY173172) or Lake District National Park (NY172169) car parks in Buttermere
Start / Finish: Fish Hotel , Buttermere (NY172169)
Meet Time: 9.15am
Start Time: 9.30am
Route: Starting from the Fish Hotel in Buttermere, head along the track past the hotel bearing left towards Buttermere lake.  Following the well made path along the lakeside to the southern end start to ascend up the path towards Scarth Gap.  At the Gap bear right to the first summit of the day, High Crag, hopefully enjoying the views on the way.  Continue along the ridge to the highest peak High Stile at 806m before descending to the last summit, Red Pike.  Avoiding the main path down to Buttermere as this is very steep and loose, head north east descending to Scale Beck.  Taking in Scale Force, the highest waterfall in the Lake Districst, follow either of the paths down the side of the beck and falls to reach Crummock Water (the path can be pretty boggy on the approach to the lake).  Follow the main route back to Buttermere village.
The ascent to the top of the ridge has sections which are steep and loose.

Distance: 9 miles
Ascent: ~700m
Time: 5-6 hours
Grade: Strenuous

Please let Mel know in advance by 5.00 pm on Saturday if you are coming on this walk - text 07584303975.
I reserve the right to modify the route or cancel the walk dependent on weather conditions.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Sun 12th Feb - Black Crag & Holme Fell

A leisurely walk of two low level Wainwrights with views of two lakes, two tarns, Cumbria's deepest hole and some overgrown mine workings. 

Distance: 6.5 miles

Time: 4.5 hours with time for plenty of stops

High Point: 322m (Black Crag)

Meet Time: 9.45am

Start Time: 10.00 am

Start Point: National Trust pay and display car park (SD321999) marked by lower red arrow, if you haven't got national trust membership there's limited free car parking in lay-by, marked upper red arrow, at Yew Tree Tarn. This is found about 10 minutes walk from the main car park. There is a narrow path linking the two together.

Grade: Easy end of Moderate 

Leader: Matt

Please contact Matt by text on 07878 352150 by 6.00pm Saturday to let him know if you're coming on this walk.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Sun 5th February - High Street

Description: From Hartsop we'll head up towards Hayeswater and then The Knott. Remaining at altitude we continue on to High Street, Thornthwaite Beacon and then Gray Crag before dropping down steeply to make our way back to Hartsop. This route gives the opportunity to stay at altitude (above 700m) for a large portion of the walk. On a clear day there are some great views.

Grade: Strenuous

High Point: High Street summit (828m)
Distance: Approx. 6.5 miles

Meet Time: 9.15 am
Start Time: 9.30 am
Time: Approx. 4 to 5 hours (We should be down well before dark but please bring a torch in case we are delayed for any reason)

Start / Finish and Car Parking: Hartsop village car park NY410130 (go up through the village and the car park is right at the top).

Leader: Dave

Please let Dave know in advance by 6.00 pm on Saturday if you are coming on this walk (text 07767 416090).

Notes: If conditions are wintry please be mindful of what you may need to stay safe/comfortable and come prepared. The descent from Gray Crag is steep in places and will be slippery if wet or icy so Microspikes or similar would be useful.

The leader reserves the right to modify or cancel the walk