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).
Hall Scrambling by Angle Tarn June 2020 The descent from Wetherlam August 202

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
With the general easing of restrictions, we have restarted car sharing and there is no limit to numbers attending each walk. We have also returned to the normal organisational arrangements for each walk as below.

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.

Members should not attend the walk if they have any symptoms of Covid-19 or have been told to isolate or have any recent contact with someone who has or has had Covid-19.

Dates for your Diary
Tue Jun 28th B+: Scafell Pike via Grains Gill, return Corridor Route from Seathwaite Farm - 16km (10 miles), 1200m (3900ft). From Seathwaite NY 235122. Chris Traynier
Tue Jun 28th C: Black Crag via Tarn Hows, Iron Keld & Yew Tree Tarn - 9.5k (6 miles), 220m (710ft). Park at Glen Mary NT CP SD321998. Julia Howarth
Thu Jul 7th B: Circuit of Kentmere Valley including Kentmere Reservoir & Tarn - 19km (12 miles), 500m (1600ft). Park in lay-by near Hollingworth and Vose factory entrance NY456019. (Possible tea stop at Maggs Howe). Barbara Crompton
Tue Jul 12th B: Green Crag & Harter Fell from Eskdale (including Hardknott Pass & Fort) - 14km (8.75 miles), 780m (2500ft). Start Woolpack Inn, Eskdale NY190010. Nigel Nixon. STAY FOR DINNER
Tue Jul 12th C: Bardsea & Birkrigg Common - 8km (5 miles), 225m (730ft). Start SD303743. Barbara Crompton
Tue Jul 19th B: Whinfell Ridge and back via Borrowdale Valley - 14 km (8.75 miles), 670m (2200ft). Park in layby on A6 at NY552038. Helen Jones
Tue Jul 26th B+: Bowfell via Climbers Traverse from ODG (up the Band and onto Climber’s Traverse, descend via Hell Gill) - 10km (6 miles), 830m (2660ft). Park ODG NY286061. Nigel Nixon
Tue Jul 26th C: Wray Castle, Blelham Tarn, Latterbarrow, descend to Red Nab and back along shore – 9.5km (5.75 miles), 230m (750ft). Park Wray Castle NT CP NY375010. Julia Howarth
Thu Aug 4th B+: Eagle Crag, Sergeant Crag & Ullscarf from Rosthwaite (NB steep with some scrambling up to Eagle Crag; steep descent from Dock Tarn) - 12km (7.5 miles), 780m (2500ft). Park at Stonethwaite NY263137. Nigel Nixon
Mon Aug 8th Walks Planning Meeting Nigel Nixon's. Walks offers to Chris Traynier
Tue Aug 9th B: Grey Knotts, Brandreth, Green Gable & Great Gable (optional) return via Moses' Trod - 12km (7.5 miles), 700m (2300ft). Park Honister Hause NT CP NY225136. Carolyn Bradley
Tue Aug 9th C: Haystacks circuit from Honister Hause - 9km (5.5 miles), 300m (1000ft). Park Honister Hause NT CP NY225136. (If weather poor alternative is park at Grange in Borrowdale, then bus to Honister @ 9.50 and descend from Honister to Grange). Peter Bradley
Tue Aug 16th B: Dockray to Hart Side, Stybarrow Dodd, Watson’s Dodd and Great Dodd - 16km (10 miles), 850m (2800ft). Park High Row Car Park NY380219. John Ryder
Tue Aug 23rd B: High Street via Pasture Beck from Hartsop (via Threshthwaite Mouth & Thornthwaite Beacon) - 11km (6.75 miles), 720m (2300ft). Park Hartsop NY410131. Nigel Nixon
Tue Aug 23rd C: Claife & Windermere – 10km (6 miles), 200m (625ft). Start at the CP near the Claife viewing station SD388954. NB steepish climb up to start off with, and then undulating via Moss Eccles Tarn and over Claife to Belle Grange, returning along the Lake shore. Walkers are welcome to park at Roy's house at 9.00 latest, and then use ferry). Roy Gambie
Tue Aug 30th B: High Rigg, Low Rigg & Tewitt Tarn - 13km (8 miles), 350m (1150ft). Park Legburthwaite CP (if free) or on verge NY 316 194. Chris Traynier
Tue Aug 30th C: High Rigg - 7.5km (4.75 miles), 330m (1050ft). Park Legburthwaite CP (if free) or on verge NY 316 194. Sarah Traynier
Thu Sep 8th B+: Patterdale, St Sunday Crag, Grisedale Tarn & Seat Sandal (optional) - 13km (8 miles), 930m (3050ft). Parking some cars at the Kirkstone Inn and getting the 508 bus @ 10.03 to Patterdale and a 555/599 back from Grasmere. (Missing out ascent of Seat Sandal - reduction 1km, 160m). Mike & Frances Green
Tue Sep 13th B: The Loweswater Fells (Gravel, Blake and Burnbank) - 12km (7.5 miles), 610m (2000ft). Park Maggies Bridge NT CP NY134210. John Ryder
Tue Sep 13th C: Grasmere to Ambleside via Silver Howe - 11km (6.75 miles), 320m (1000ft). Park Under Loughrigg Road NY371044 & bus to Grasmere. Elizabeth Moreton
Tue Sep 20th B: Riggindale Crag, High Street & Kidsty Pike - 11km (7 miles), 770m (2500ft) from Hawswater. Park at Mardale Head NY 468 107. Mike & Frances Green
Tue Sep 27th B+: Tarn Crag, Sargent Man & Silver Howe from Grasmere – 17km (10.5 miles), 750m (2450ft). Park layby on A591 NY342075. Chris Traynier
Tue Sep 27th C: Smardale Fell - 12km (7.5 miles), 330m (1000ft). Park lay-by near King’s Head NY721043. Barbara Crompton

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