Ambleside & District

Social Walking B & C

Coordinators: Nigel Nixon and Chris Traynier
Group web page editor is Mike Green, walk summary pages by Barbara Crompton and Frances Green.

We walk regularly on Tuesdays except for the first Tuesday of the month when some members attend Natural History meetings. When there is a Natural History meeting, we walk on Thursday instead. The list of planned walks is at the bottom of the page. If you would like information about the walking programme please contact one of the coordinators.

We meet by 09.20 to be ready for a prompt start at 9:30, now 15 minutes earlier than past practice.

  • B walks have up to 800m (2,600 feet) of climbing and are up to 16km (10 miles), taken at a good pace. Between April and October we use the longer days to include some more demanding walks.
  • C walks have up to 300m (975 feet) of climbing and are usually about 8-12km (5-7.5 miles).
Grizedale Forest March 2016 Thirlmere from Watson What a view!  Scafell June 2016

Any U3A member or guest is welcome to join a walk but all participants do so at their own risk. We walk on rough tracks on the Lakeland fells and a reasonable level of fitness is required. All walkers are expected to be well equipped with good waterproofs and strong footwear. We arrange car sharing wherever possible.

For safety advice see how to stay safe and, in more detail, the Adventure Smart web site. The latter (at the tab "How and when to get help") tells you how to preregister your phone with the emergency services to enable you to send a text for help if the mobile signal is not strong enough for voice communication. Further to the very informative visit to the LAMRT HQ, we think it prudent to put down in writing what is expected of us all.

LEADERS
When leaders are planning walks the following should be borne in mind:

  • Leaders should be aware that they need to have ideas of routes to shorten the trip and escape routes from higher ground if the weather turns.
  • The leader should carry the bothy bag and it is recommended that at least one member of the group has a mobile phone with a charged battery pack.
  • Winter walks should be planned to be completed by 3:30. i.e. 6 hours from 9.30. With the usual walking speed of these groups (incl stops) that equates to a maximum of abou 12km.

WALKERS
The LAMRT strongly suggest that all members of our walking groups should each carry:

  • A working head-torch with spare batteries
  • At least one extra layer of clothing
  • A spare pair of gloves
  • First aid kit
  • Mobile phone (charged) with battery pack
  • Map of area with a compass and/or a GPS device
  • In the winter period, micro-spikes

CORONAVIRUS CRISIS
All walks are cancelled during the "stay at home" period. We will resume as soon as it is safe to do so.

Members should telephone the walk leader (number shown in the Newsletter) by 7pm on the day before if they are planning to walk since plans can change, particularly if bad weather is expected. Non-members should contact the Secretary via the contact link at the top of this page.

Dates for your Diary
Thu Apr 9th B+ Wetherlam from Tilberthwaite. Nigel Nixon
Cancelled
Tue Apr 14th B: Brunt Knott from Staveley. Barbara Crompton
Tue Apr 14th C: TBA
Tue Apr 21st B: Langdale Pikes from New Dungeon Ghyll. Elizabeth Moreton.
Tue Apr 28th C: TBA
Tue Apr 28th B: TBA
Thu May 7th B+: Whiteside Round - Whiteside, Hopegill Head, Sandhill, Crag Hill, Wandope, Whiteless Pike, Rannerdale(?). 14km 940m. Park Lanthwaite Green NY159209. Car shuffle. Carolyn Bradley
Tue May 12th B+, B and C walks followed by meal at Maggs How, Kentmere, as below.
Co-ordinator for all three is ROY GAMBIE

Car sharing essential for parking at Maggs Howe (£3.00 fee for Charity)
Please advise Roy 2/3 days in advance if staying for meal @ £18.00.

B+: Full Kentmere Round - Yoke, Ill Bell, Froswick, Thornthwaite Crag, Mardale Ill Bell, Harter Fell, Kentmere Pike and Shipman Knotts. 19.5km 1040m. Roy Gambie
Start 10am at Maggs Howe

B: Half Kentmere Round - Shipman Knotts, Kentmere Pike, Harter Fell to Nan Bield and return via the valley. 14km 670m. Helen Jones
Start 11am at Maggs Howe

C: Kentmere Ramble - Route to be decided. 9km 250m. Brian James
Start 13:45 at Maggs Howe
Tue May 19th B: Langdales - Loft Pike, Pike O’Stickle, Harrison Stickle, Pavey Ark, Stickle Tarn. 8km 700m. Start New Dungeon Ghyll NY296064. Elizabeth Moreton
Tue May 26th B+: The Dodds from Aira force - Birkett Fell, Hart Crag, White Stones, Stybarrow Dodd, Watson Dodd, Great Dodd, Little Dodd and back to Dockray. 17km 920m. Start Aira Force Car Park NY395214. Barbara Crompton
Tue May 26th C: High Rigg Circuit - St. John’s in the Vale. 9.5 km 250m. Start Legburthwaite NY319195. Brian James
Mon Jun 1st B & C Walks Planning Meeting at Chris Traynier's. Walk offers to Nigel Nixon please
Wed Jun 3rd
→Thu Jun 4th
Two-day Haute Route

Wed Jun 3rd Coniston to Boot
Bus to Coniston. Walk via Walna Scar Road to Seathwaite, then Grassgarth and skirt Harter Fell to Boot. 20.5km 950m. Overnight at Brook House Inn

Thu Jun 4th Boot to Buttermere
Via Burnmoor Tarn to Wasdale Head. Then Black Sail pass and Scarth Gap to Buttermere. 20.5km 1050m. Return by bus to Keswick and then Ambleside / Windermere.

Walks: Barbara Crompton Logistics: Nigel Nixon
It is possible for anyone to walk for just one day but you would have to arrange your own transport.
Tue Jun 9th B: Ennerdale Skyline: Kinniside Stone Circle, Grike & Crag Fell. 14.5km 500m. Park at Bleach Green NT car park NY085152. Chris Traynier 3405
Tue Jun 9th C: Buttermere Circuit Circuit of Buttermere Lake and visit to Crummock Water. 9km Flatish. Park by road, NY177173. Peter Bradley
Tue Jun 16th B: Wetherlam from Coniston via Miner’s Bridge, Lever’s Water, Swirl Hawse, Wetherlam, Red Gill Head Moss, Coniston. 10.5km 700m. Park in road behind Coniston Museum SD302977. Mike Green
Tue Jun 23rd B+: Bowfell: Ulpha Fell, Crinkle Crags, Bowfell & Ore Gap. 16km 1050m. Park at roadside Cockley Beck Bridge NY246017. Chris Traynier
Tue Jun 23rd C: Leighton - an interesting and gentle walk from Crag Foot to Leighton Hall, Leighton Moss and Silverdale. 10km fairly level. Park at SD475738 (RSPB car park under railway bridge at Quakers Stang).
Vicky Harrison
Tue Jun 30th B: Hart Crag and Dove Crag from Cow Bridge. 13km 820m. Start Cow Bridge NY403134. 508 bus from Windermere, Troutbeck or Kirkstone. Barbara Crompton
Thu Jul 9th B+ Red Pike Ridge (Buttermere). Starting at the NT car park in Buttermere (NY173177) ascent of Red Pike via Scale Force, ridge to High Stile and High Crag, descent to Scarth Gap and then to Peggy’s Bridge, walk back long southern shore of Buttermere. 16km 800m. Nigel Nixon
Tue Jul 14th B: Longsleddale - Great Howe, Grey Crag & Tarn Crag. 10.5km 660m. Park at roadside Sadgill NY483055. Chris Traynier
Tue Jul 14th C: Satterthwaite and Rusland from Blind Lane Car Park, SD344913, via Low Dale Park, Thwaite Head, Thwaite Moss, Force Forge, Satterthwaite. 9.5km 300m. Frances Green
Tue Jul 21st B: Pen-y-Ghent. Start Horton-in Ribblesdale, the main objective is the ascent of Pen-y-Ghent via a short, easy scramble up the south face. Then continue on the ridge to Plover Hill, descending over Foxup Moor and crossing Horton Moor to Hull Pot, before joining the Pennine Way to Horton. 16km 580m. Nigel Nixon
Tue Jul 28th B+: Helvellyn from Dunmail Raise via Raise Beck, Grisedale Tarn, Dollywaggon Pike, Nethermost Pike, Helvellyn, Raise and Sticks Pass to Legburthwaite. 12km 900m. 555 bus from Windermere 9:09, Ambleside Health Centre 09:31. Mike Green
Tue Jul 28th C: Walla Crag from Castlerigg Farm. Park NY283227. About 8km, 300m max. Jane Pilgrim

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Discussion French Conversation
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High Fells & Scrambles Holidays
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Spanish Conversation Table Tennis
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