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 about 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
Under new rules, from mid-June up to six people can meet outdoors provided they keep to the 2m social distancing rules. We have therefore restarted our regular walks from with no car sharing or socialising after the walk. There are likely to be more than two walks each week and people will be assigned to ensure that we keep to no more than six per group. It is imperative to inform Chris or Nigel several days before each walk if you intend to go.

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 Aug 11th B1: Wetherlam. 9km 650m. Park High Tilberthwaite (NY305011). Elizabeth Moreton
Tue Aug 11th B2: Steel Fell & Wythburn Valley. 13km 450m. Park Top of Dunmail Raise northbound carriageway (NY327117). Chris Traynier
Tue Aug 11th C: Staveley. 8km 250m. Park Barley Bridge or church (SD470986). Liz Clegg
Tue Aug 18th B1: Grey Knotts, Brandreth, Haystacks & Fleetwith Pike. 11km 680m. Park Honister Hause NT (NY225136). Carolyn Bradley
Tue Aug 18th C: Haystacks via Black Beck Tarn. 8km 375m. Park Honister Hause NT (NY225136). Peter Bradley
Tue Aug 18th B2: Grey Knotts, Brandreth & Fleetwith Pike. 9km 650m. Park Honister Hause NT (NY225136). Roy BGambie

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More Group Pages
Art and Handicrafts Bridge at Marchesi
Bridge at Skelwith Bridge Climate Change
Climbing and Scrambling Crosswords
Cultural History Discussion
French Conversation Gardens
Geology High Fells & Scrambles
Holidays Learning Spanish Together
Local History Mah-jong & Rummikub
Music Natural History
Photography Play Reading
Pub Lunches Reading
Science & Technology Social Walking B & C
Social Walking D Spanish Conversation
Table Tennis Theatre/Concert
Ukulele Writing