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

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
Tue Jan 28th B: Sheffield Pike via Glenridding Dodd & Heron Ridge. Start Glencoyne Bridge NT car park. NY388188. 11km 750m. Nigel Nixon
Tue Jan 28th C: Gowbarrow from Aira Force. Start Dockray Road NY397205. 8km 200m. Peter Bradley
Thu Feb 6th B: Longsleddale - Great Howe, Grey Crag & Tarn Crag. 10.5km 660m. Park at roadside Sadgill NY483055. Chris Traynier
Tue Feb 11th B: Tom Heights & Holme Fell via Colwith Force. 13km 450m. Park Glen Mary NT car park SD322998. Barbara Crompton
Tue Feb 11th C: Yewdale & Tarn Hows - Low Yewdale, tour of Tarn Hows return by Hawkshead Hill. 10km 180m. Park near Coniston Museum SD302978. Alan Simmons
Tue Feb 18th B: Souther Fell, Bannerigg & Bowscale from Mungrisdale (option of Scale Tarn), descent via Bowscale Tarn. 13.5km 740m. Park Mungrisdale Village Hall NY364303. Nigel Nixon
Tue Feb 25th B: Grasmere Heights - Nab Scar, Heron Pike, Great Rigg & Stone Arthur. 12km 700m. Catch 555 bus (09.31) from Ambleside Health Centre. Chris Traynier
Tue Feb 25th C: Leighton - an interesting and gentle walk from Crag Foot to Leighton Hall, Leighton Moss and Silverdale. 10km fairly level. Park at Crag Foot SD477738. Vicky Harrison
Thu Mar 5th B: Esthwaite Round. 14.5km undulating. Park at Moor Top Car park SD342965. Michelle Rudd
Tue Mar 10th B: Side Pike & Lingmoor Fell. 11.5km 470m. Park Blea Tarn NT car park NY296043. Carolyn Bradley
Tue Mar 10th C: Sunken Kirk Stone Circle - Duddon Bridge Ironworks, Thwaite Yeat, Windy Slack, Fenwick, Swinside, Sunken Kirk Stone Circle, Cragg Hall, Standing Stones. 10.5km 250m. Park in lay-by at Duddon Bridge SD197883. Brian James
Tue Mar 17th B: Crummackdale & Norber Erratics. 12km 300m. Park at Austwick SD767684. Helen Jones
Tue Mar 24th B: Silver How, Blea Rigg & Easedale Tarn. 11.5km 600m. Park at Grasmere Garden Centre NY335074. Mike & Frances Green
Tue Mar 24th C: Easedale Tarn - returning via Far Easedale. 7.7km 280m. Park at Grasmere Garden Centre NY335074. Mike & Frances Green
Tue Mar 31st B: Wythburn - Steel Fell, Calf Crag, Sergeant Man & High Raise from Wyburn. 13.7km 750m. Park at NY321131 - car park on small road that goes clockwise round Thirlmere. Mike & Frances Green
Thu Apr 9th B+ Green Fell, Harter Fell & Hardknott - circular route taking in these 3 peaks before dropping down to Hardknott Roman Fort and back across fields. 17.5km 1020m. Park at Woolpack Inn SD191010. STAY FOR MEAL. Nigel Nixon
Tue Apr 14th B: Calf Top & Middleton Fell. 15km 690m. Park by Barbon Church SD631824 (some car transfer). Barbara Crompton
Tue Apr 14th C: Gowbarrow. 8km 225m. Park at NT car park on Dockray road NY397205. Peter Bradley
Tue Apr 21st B+: George Fisher Round - Catbells, Rowling End, Causey Pike, Outerside(?) & Barrow. 15km 1050m. Park at Uzzicar NY233218. Nigel Nixon
Tue Apr 28th B: Riggindale Crag, High Street & Kidsty Pike from Hawswater. 11km 770m. Park at Mardale Head NY468107. Mike & Frances Green
Tue Apr 28th C: Chapel House Plantation. 9km 250m. Park in layby near the entrance to Chapel House Forestry (on minor road from Staveley in Cartmel) SD382853. Sue Dawes

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Discussion French Conversation
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Learning Spanish Together Local History
Mah-jong & Rummikub Music
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Play Reading Pub Lunches
Reading Science & Technology
Social Walking B & C Social Walking D
Spanish Conversation Table Tennis
Theatre/Concert Writing