We have been in constant email contact with our members, checking on their well-being. Some have been very nervous, some have had to isolate owing to underlying problems. Most are ready to try and return to some form of normality. So with this in mind, we are hoping to meet up in small groups at Ford Park where there is plenty of space to break up into as many safe groups as needed. These groups will meet privately, NOT under the U3A banner. However, discussions will be to plan a walks programme for when we are able to resume in earnest. It is intended to keep walks short and local to the Furness area for the foreseeable future. Through our group newsletter emails, brilliantly edited by my co-group leader, Malcolm Rayner, we have had some great ‘virtual’ walks and photos. Some of which will become ‘actual’ walks very soon. In the meantime, Malcolm and I will continue to be contact points for any Striders members who feel the need
Casual Striders – Virtual Walk by Malcolm Rayner [who has photos to accompany the walk]
This walk takes advantage of urban woodland originally planted on the former Barrow council owned but underutilised sports fields as a Millennium Project and it is now managed by the Woodland Trust. (The closure and redevelopment of the former Thorncliffe High School site was a factor in this decision). The area also includes the former Hawcoat quarry which was also later used about 50 years ago as a council rubbish tip. Thankfully reclamation work, tree planting and the passage of another 20 years has now rendered this a very pleasant place to walk. The recce for this was done in two parts on 10th September and 4th November 2020.
Park in the Hawcoat Park Sports Club lower car park (immediately to the left when entering from Hawcoat Lane).
Walk out onto Hawcoat Lane and turn right. Walk to the first crossroad and turn right again onto Thorncliffe Road. Go in a westerly direction until passing the last of the large houses on the right there is a lane going right (known locally as “mucky lane” although these days the path has a much improved surface) and turn right into this lane. This climbs gradually with the sports club and houses to the right and sports fields to the left. About 300 yards along the path there is a gap in the fence which leads into the woods. Go through this gap and take the first path to the right into the wood and follow this woodland path in the same northerly direction for a further 300 yards approximately before emerging from the trees at a path crossing at right angles. (Turning right here leads to the small car park for the woods, which is accessed from Cliff Lane in Hawcoat village, ignore this). Turn left instead and follow the path for a short way until another path on the left leads back into the wood. Take this path and go straight ahead until emerging onto the edge of open ground. Turn right again and follow the treeline in a westerly direction until reaching a path to the right and take this back into the edge of the wood in a northerly direction. (I realise this is a bit of a concertina route but it explores much of the woodland and extends the walk a little). Emerging from the wood for the final time, pause at a viewpoint platform to take in the views of Black Combe, Sandscale Haws and the north end of Walney Island.
Leaving the viewpoint in a northerly direction, go straight ahead towards the left hand corner of the site to find a path sloping downward which eventually becomes steps. Go down into the former sandstone quarry and follow a surfaced path in a south westerly direction noting the sandstone cliffs and pleasant woodland which has reclaimed much of this site (in the 1950’s the old quarry was used for a time as a council tip but is now fully reclaimed). On reaching a crossing of paths take the left hand path and follow this towards the base of the cliff where, at the boundary wall of the borough cemetery, there is a path and steps back up to the top of the quarry, emerging once more onto open grassland. Follow a path straight ahead until reaching a tractor track going off to the right with an embankment going down to the left. Follow this path towards the building housing the Hoops Basketball Centre to the left of the track with a covered reservoir to the right ahead. This track eventually leads out onto Thorncliffe Road.
Turn left along the pavement and follow the reverse route to Hawcoat Lane and by turning left again, the Hawcoat Park Sports Club car park. (N. B. if in future we are able to do this as part of a group walk it is suggested that we make a small donation to the club at say £2 per car.)
(Pre-Coronavirus)A walking group that meets on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Fridays (where this occurs) each month. Walks start at 9.30am in Daltongate, Ulverston.
The group has a total of 40 members with currently 33 active members with a regular turnout of between 12 and 20 (exceptionally up to 26). The range of walks is easy to moderate difficulty and up to about 6 miles in length. The accent is on appreciating the landscape and the walking pace is commensurate with this.
Walks take place on the 1st and 3rd Fridays (and 5th where this occurs) of each month, although our summer programme often has walks on other Fridays. We have had a number of successful years with enjoyable and informative walks. The group consists of a good mix of both seasoned and relatively novice walkers and is well seeded with Natural Historians, Industrial Historians and Ornithologist, hence the informative nature. The walks follow a regular pattern with an habitual (almost mandatory) wayside coffee stop after the fist hour or so, a picnic lunch (normally with a view) at around mid-day and end at a mutually agreed venue for post-walk refreshments and chat. Individual members are encouraged to try planning and leading a walk with advice as necessary. Car sharing is another feature for both environmental and parking reasons.
Walk programmes are arranged by meetings of members over coffee and cover periods of three to four months. During the last two years traditions have grown and have become regular features, for instance an Easter walk with rolling of decorated pasche eggs and a Spring planning meeting which includes a slide show of photographs from the preceding year walks.
Post-lock down walks provisional programme - September 2020 - 2021
|Askam and Dunnerholme||Duddon Rd car pk||Sue C|
|Bardsea woods, Baycliffe, Birkrigg circuit||Bardsea foreshore||Jack|
|Little Urswick, Craggs and Great Urswick||Urswick Rec. Hall||Mal|
|Thwaite Flat, Park and Greenscoe||Millwood Lane||Nobby|
|Broughton Tower and parkland||Broughton||Stan|
|Rusland Pool||Old A590 nr hotel||J&G ??|
|Birkrigg, Skelmore Hds. fort and Gt. Urswick||Birkigg crossroads||Mal|
|Ulverston, Plumpton, Canal Foot and Canal||Ford Park||Ann|
|Little Ursw., Bolton Heads and St’ton Quarry||Urswick Rec. Hall||Mal|
|Rusland Pool & Bouth||Old A590 nr. hotel||Mal|
|Witherslack and Latterbarrow||Old A 590 W’slack||N&P|
|Coastal path Walney west coast linear (ret.)||Earnse Bay C.P.||Mal|
|*Coastal path Walney Biggar||Thorney Nook C.P||M,N&P|
|Birkrigg Common & Willington Wood||Birkrigg crossroads||Mal|
|Coastal path Walney south||Snab Point layby||M, N&P|
|*Roanhead, Sandscale Haws circuit||Roanhead c.p||M, N&P|
|*Askam, Sandscale Haws & Roanhead||Askam surgery||Sue C|
N.B. DUE TO CURRENT LOCKDOWN GUIDANCE RE TIER 4 AND SUSPENSION FOR NOW OF THE WALKS PROGRAMME, DATES TO BE ADVISED ON RESTART DEPENDENT UPON AVAILABILITY OF WALK LEADERS.
*SOME WALKS HAVE NOT YET BEEN RECCE’D AND MAY BE SUBJECT TO DELAY DUE TO CURRENT GROUND CONDITIONS AND LOCALISED FLOODING ETC.