SKELMERSDALE RAMBLING CLUB

 

Skelmersdale Rambling Club

ARNSIDE, CUMBRIA

SUNDAY, 31ST JANUARY 2010

TODAY'S WALKS

Strenuous Leader: Jackie Gudgeon     Distance: 11 miles
We leave Arnside along the promenade and then climb steadily to reach the viewpoints on top of Arnside Knott (about 160 mtrs). From there we descend through Arnside Knott Wood to Black Dyke where we pick up the Limestone Link up through Underlaid Wood for a magical moment up the Fairy Steps and round to Slack Head. Lanes and footpaths then to Hawes Water nature reserve followed by Eaves Wood, Arnside Tower, Copridding Wood and back to Arnside along the shore (tide permitting).
Moderate Leader: Jean & Leo Keenan     Distance: 8.5 miles
Leaving Arnside we follow the rocky shoreline (tide permitting) to New Barns, then the coastal path to Far Arnside through the caravan park and stopping at silverdale for lunch and toilet break. Returning to Arnside via Eaves Wood, Middlebarrow Plain, Arnside Tower, over Arnside Knott and down to Arnside.
Leisurely Leader: Derek Lee     Distance : 6.5 miles
From Arnside we head nearly to the top of Arnside Knott, a 500 foot climb, taking a break half way up to walk round Redhills Wood. Then down to Arnside Tower and along the valley bottom to Far Arnside. A shorter climb of 200 feet then takes us up Heathwaite to Cowslip Field with views over Morecambe Bay towards Heysham before we return via Copridding Wood to Arnside.
Easy Leader: Keith Taylor     Distance: 6 miles
Leaving Arnside we take the coastal path towards New Barns, Arnside Point, and Far Arnside (tide permitting). From here we go on to Arnside Tower, through Knott Wood and back to Arnside.
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Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria

SUNDAY, 28th february 2010

TODAY'S WALKS

Strenuous Leader: Dag Griffiths     Distance: 12 miles
First we go through the town centre to take in 'Ruskin's View' and then we walk back along the Lune to Devil's Bridge, from where we begin a figure of eight walk. After passing through the village of High Casterton we cross a dismantled railway and the site of a Roman road en route to Bindloss Farm. We then make our way to Casterton Fell, getting the 'climb' out of the way before lunch - highest point just over 400 metres. On our return a combination of lane, paths and bridleway will take us via Langthwaite to the village of Casterton. From there we skirt Casterton Hall before taking footpaths back to Devil's Bridge.
Moderate Leader: Peter Denton     Distance: 8 miles
Our walk today, if the weather holds out, starts with an uphill climb that gets gentler as we get into the ramble and out to 'Cragg House Farm'. Under the disused railway, then over the Roman road, out to Bindloss Farm and on to the ridge, Fellfoot Road. Here we will take our lunch break. We then head down into and around Casterton, the Hall, Marigold Well?, Casterton Park, round the golf course and down into Kirkby Lonsdale for a well earned cup of tea and look around the town, or maybe a pint!
Leisurely Leader: Norma Carmichael & Joan McGlinchey     Distance : Approx. 6.5 miles
We start with this popular walk from Kirkby Lonsdale. After crossing the main road we will enter a field. Look out for the creature in the garden shed. The first part of the walk takes us up a short but not too steep hill but once completed there is little climbing after that. We will continue the walk via Bigging, Sellet Mill to Whittington. One part of the walk takes us down a shallow stone beck which can be slippy, the rest of the walk is okay. There are quite a few stiles to get over and parts of the walk, although not too steep, is muddy and sticks would be helpful for some. Once we reach Whittington we take a short break in the village pub or sit outside before we continue. We return walking along the banks of the Lune river. Apart from muddy bits, it's a very enjoyable walk. (we will meet by the toilets).
Easy Leader: Cynthia Prescott & Margaret Black     Distance: 5 miles
Today's walk includes a pleasant variety of landscape, from meadow to quiet hedgerowed lanes, taking us out to the village of Whittington and returning alongside the River Lune. It is quite undulating at first, but pausing to admire the views across to Yorkshire and down the Lune valley will help in passing over the hilly parts. There are stiles throughout the walk, and care will be needed along one short but stony footpath which partially follows a small beck (this can be avoided if weather dictates). Upon reaching Whittington it is then a gradual downhill walk to the River Lune for a lunch stop. Then footpath and meadow back to Kirkby Lonsdale.
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ILKLEY, YORKSHIRE

SUNDAY, 28TH MARCH 2010

TODAY'S WALKS

Strenuous Leader: Rowland Nock     Distance: 9.5 miles
Our walk today initially heads off down to the site of the Roman fort by the banks of the River Wharfe. Following the river for a short way, we wend our way through Ilkley heading west into the beautiful Heber's Ghyll with its many bridges. We exit the Ghyll onto Ilkley Moor.

Taking a short detour to see the 'Swastika Stone' we traverse round to the 'White Wells'. Climbing on past Ilkley Crags we wend our way up to the trig point marking the summit of Rombalds Moor (402m). From here we circle the moor back to the 'Twelve Apostles' standing stones then onto Burley Moor via the higher and lower Lanshaw Dams. Finally, descending to the lovely Dales Way Link/Ebor Way, which takes us back to Ilkley via the spectactular 'Cow & Calf' rocks for some well earned tea and tiffin.

Moderate Leader: Chris Cox     Distance: 9 miles circular
Ilkley - Barmishaw - Swastika Stone - Noon Stone - Black Hill - Millstone Lumps - Addingham Moorside - Small Banks - Street Farm - Hallcroft Hall - Sewage Works - Dales Way - Ilkley.

This walk tries to provide a taste of all the countryside around Ilkley. We start off with a short steep uphill section just to get you all warmed up, as we join the Millennium Way and skirt the edge of Ilkley Moor. We travel along the edge of the moor and cross into the adjourning Addingham High Moor, reaching approx 1200 feet in the most leisurely manner possible. The price for this gentle ascent is a rather steep descent back into the Wharfe valley; some care is required here, but nothing you can't handle! After that we cross farmland, and at one point the A65, to teach the River Wharfe which we follow back to Ilkley, using the Dales Way path. There is a short section of road walking, but it is a quiet B road, next to the A65.

Leisurely Leader: Derek Lee     Distance : 7 miles
Today's walk is a figure of 8 as a result of missing footpaths and bridges encountered on the recce, as well as a pack of vociferous dogs, We cross the river and walk through the park before climbing steadily 350 feet, plus a long flight of steps, through Middleton Woods and on to Primrose Hill. Then across fields to Middleton before another easy 250 feet ascent up Hunger Hill to the edge of the moorland, halfway through the walk. From here it's downhill on Parks Lane track and retracing our steps down Primrose Hill before we turn west to Austby and return through Owler Park woods and along the riverside.
Easy Leader: Peter Denton     Distance: 5 Miles
Unfortunately, but rather excitingly, I have not been able to reconnoitre this walk. This is due to circumstances beyond my control. We will be walking by the river along some roads, then across fields through woods. Over stiles. A bit of evetything. Happy rambles!
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CONWY, NORTH WALES

SUNDAY, 25TH APRIL 2010

TODAY'S WALKS

Strenuous Leader: Dennis Cookson

Moderate Leader: Terry Dunn

Leisurely Leader: Peter Denton

Easy Leader: Joan McGlinchey & Norma Carmichael


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KESWICK, LAKE DISTRICT

SUNDAY, 23RD MAY 2010

TODAY'S WALKS

Strenuous Leader: Jimmy Need   Distance: about 11 miles
Catbells.

We leave Keswick and make our way to the small village of Portinscale. From here we make our way to today's objective - Catbells, a gradual climb of about 1241 ft 5 ins. We then descend from here and pass through Manesty Wood and cross the marshes to Lodore Falls. From here we head for Great Wood from which we descend back to the lake path and Keswick.

Moderate Leader: Chris Cox   Distance: 8 miles
Derwent Water car park - Cockshot Wood - Castlehead Wood - Castlerigg Farm - High Nest - Stone Circle - A66! - Brundholme - Brundholme Woods - Rams Beck - Brigham - Fitz Parks - Keswick.

A low level walk to the east of Keswick, giving some nice views of Derwentwater as we climb up to Castlerigg Farm, 225 m. We stay down in the valley, walking through farm land to reach the Castlerigg Stone Circle. After lunch, we head under the A66 and cross the River Greta, before ascending to join a path through Brundholme Wood, and then drop down to join the old railway track back into Keswick. There are some short stretches of walking on minor roads, and some noise from the A66 on the return leg.

Leisurely Leader: Cynthia Prescott & Hazel Anderton   Distance : 7 miles
After leaving town we walk along the disused railway line in an elevated position crossing the River Greta several times. We then walk uphill. Although we will be climbing for quite a while it is a moderate rise with just one steepish bit just at the beginning. The views are well worth the climb with good views over the valley, Keswick and the hills beyond. We then skirt around Latrigg Fell with Skiddaw rising up to the right. We then go down the other side back to Keswick and, at one point, we can see Derwentwater and a glimpse of Bassenthwaite at the same time. No stiles!
Easy Leader: Norma Carmichael & Joan McGlinchey   Distance: 5 Miles
Approximately 5 miles, starting off after a cuppa from Moot Hall then on to Hope Gardens. Heading towards the lake we follow the path alongside the lake towards Friar's Crag and on to Calf Close Bay and Great Wood. There is a short incline which will take us to Castle Head which gives some clear views of the lake and surrounding area. I only managed to recce part of the walk due to bad weather but the route is well documented.
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GLENRIDDING, LAKE DISTRICT

SUNDAY, 27TH JUNE 2010

TODAY'S WALKS

Strenuous Leader: Selwyn Williams   Distance: 9 miles
During a recession, everybody could do with a raise, and that's what you can have today. Up one valley, past the old mine workings, and to the top of Raise from where you can see down through St John in the Vale to Blencathra in the distance; looking the other way and Helvellyn looms in front of you with views of Swirral Edge. Back down to Glenridding through another valley and there you have it. About nine miles long and up there and back in height!
Moderate Leader: Peter Denton   Distance : 7 miles
A quite long steady climb out of Glenridding to reach Red Tarn which nestles in the shadow of Helvellyn, from where we can watch the brave and foolhardy on the ridges of Striding Edge and Swirral Edge. A short ascent from here to reach 'Hole in the Wall' , our highest point today. Descending back to Glenridding via Birkhouse Moor and possibly Lanty's Tarn. Wonderful views if the weather is kind.
Leisurely Leader: Philomena Walker   Distance: 6.5 miles
A rocky road to Howtown followed by a leisurely sail back to Glenridding on one of the Ullswaters steamers (ticket £5.60).
Level walking with some uphill sections. We head down the lane towards Side Farm and enter through the gate to follow the track signed Howtown and Sandwick. We follow alongside a wall until it drops away where a short climb will give us a view of Norfolk Island - the best view of the day. We will continue along a path to silver Point where we will stop for lunch before continuing through woods. Descending from the woods to Scalehow Beck and crossing wooden footbridge to arrive at the tiny hamlet of Sandwick, via the lakeshore and Hallinghad Wood, we arrive at Howtown and make our way to the pier and the steamer back to Glenridding.
Easy Leader: Hazel Anderton & Cynthia Prescott   Distance: 4 miles.
From the car park we go up through the village and make a slow steady climb beside the brook to the mine workings. We cross the bridge and walk back along the other side of the valley above the stream with lovely views across the lake and down the valley. We then make our way across fields and past woods to Lanty's Tarn, to return downhill back to Glenridding.
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CASTLETON, DERBYSHIRE

SUNDAY, 25TH JULY 2010

TODAY'S WALKS

Strenuous Leader: Mark & Julia Gibbons   Distance: 9 miles, Ascent 1050 ft
This walk across riverside pastureland and the High Peak follows ancient marching roads, passing battlefields and a Roman fort. We begin with a gentle walk beside Peakshole Water and the River Noe, passing the Roman fort of Navio, to reach Brough. Touching the outskirts of Hope, we climb gently to Aston before starting the ascent of Win Hill. The path is well defined and the ascent steady, soon reaching the level Great Ridge and the summit, Win Hill Pike (1518 ft). Both provide far reaching panoramic views - to Ladybower Reservoir and the Snake Pass, Mam Tor and to the White Peak beyond Castleton. The second part of the descent is steep - via Twitchill Farm, reaching a different part of Hope, and then we take gentle meadows back to Castleton on the opposite side of the A625 to our outward journey. If the weather is good, this walk is one of our favourites and highly recommended for strenuous and moderate regulars.
Moderate Leader: Peter Denton   Distance : 7.5 miles
To Edale and Back. If you like hills you will love this walk; as the name suggests we will walk out of one valley, and then back into the valley. We start heading towards Back Tor and through Back Tor Nook down into Edale to cross Back Tor Bridge to walk along Edale road to Yemans Bridge, then past Hardenclough Farm, then up to Hollins Cross and down Hallowford Road into Castleton for a well earned boot rejection and some refreshments.
Leisurely Leader: Derek Lee   Distance: 6.5 miles
We start with an easy walk on field tracks as far as Hope village, then turn north to climb the ridge as far as Hollins Cross. This is a long steady 700 ft climb but we'll have time for plenty of pauses on the way up. There are good views on both sides of the ridge. Then a descent to Mam Farm and a short climb on the remains of the old main road up to Blue John Cavern, ending with a pleasant walk on field paths past Treak Cliff and Speedwell Caverns back to Castleton.
Easy Leader: Adelaide Houghton   Distance: approx 5 miles
A circular walk from Castleton car park, passing Losehill Hall and climbing gradually to Losehill Farm (Crimea). Then downhill into Hope village. Back via Hope Valley and Peakshole Water.
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KETTLEWELL, YORKSHIRE DALES

SUNDAY, 22ND AUGUST 2010

TODAY'S WALKS

Strenuous Leader: Rowland Nock   Distance: 12 miles
From Kettlewell we head out towards Providence Pot following Dowber Gill Beck and then on to Hag Dyke. We will then pick up the main path onto Great Whernside (704m, height gain from Kettlewell 500m). From here we head north along the ridge via Black Dike End where we will descend Hem Gill Shaw to pick up the Starbotton road to Starbotton. From here we can walk the banks of the crystal clear River Wharfe back to Kettlewell for some well-earned tea and tiffin or maybe a half glass of beer.
Please note the walk will include some open access walking off footpaths on uneven ground. Please also bear in mind the ascent of Great Whernside involves a height gain of 500 metres but there are no other ascents after that. So, if you are up for a bit of adventure, please join me.
Moderate Leader: Phil Walker   Distance: 6.5 miles
Two Dales are included in this energetic walk, which starts from Kettlewell and climbs across steep rugged moorland before dropping down into Littondale and the village of Arncliffe. We take time out here for lunch and, weather permitting, time to explore this lovely village and its medieval church, before easy riverside along the River Skirfare, once again climbing up to and over the shoulder of Knipe Scar and down into Kettlewell. The two steep climbs will be rewarded by magnificent views of both Wharfedale and Littondale.
Leisurely Leader: Sully Adam   Distance: 6.5 miles
Starting from the bridge we follow the river for about 2 miles to reach the Fox & Hounds pub in Starbotton for lunch. Following is a little climb up a zig zag path, along the top, and back down into Kettlewell.
Easy Leader: Dianne Pennington & Irene Wilcock   Distance : 5.5 miles
We start the walk from behind the garage-owned car park and walk to Town End Fields to pick up the Dalesway path and walk back through the village. We then start a gentle climb as we head for Starbotton. There are quite a few gated stiles on this stretch, but not too difficult to negotiate. We then head back on the Dalesway along the river.
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INGLETON, YORKSHIRE DALES

SUNDAY, 26TH SEPTEMBER 2010

TODAY'S WALKS

Strenuous Leader: Dag Griffiths   Distance: 12 miles
From Ingleton we pick up the bridleway across Ingleborough Common to the summit of Ingleborough (724 metres). From the summit we descend to Gaping Ghyll and make our way to Clapham, passing Ingleborough Cave and following alongside Clapham Beck. From Clapham we take paths across fields (likely to be muddy) to Newby and Cold Cotes, before completing the walk on quiet roads.
Moderate Leader: Ruth Melling & Hazel Anderton   Distance: nearly 9 miles
Although it is a bit longer than usual, it is not very strenuous and has few stiles. We leave town and go along part of the Ingleton Trail (hopefully we will not be charged as we will be going the 'wrong way'. We then make our way to Chapel le Dale along what is known as the Roman road. There's a delightful little chapel here where many of the people, and family members, who where involved in the building of the Ribblehead Viaduct, are buried. We then make our way along the moor where there are some great views including Ribblehead in the distance, before coming down the escarpment and down the road back into town.

If the weather is bad with poor visibility we will not be going along the moor as it would be easy to get lost, and also we do not want to lose anyone down one of the deep pot holes which line part of the route. If the weather is wet we will shorten the walk, and take an alternative low level route back to town.

Leisurely Leader: Sully Adam  Distance: 6 miles
From Ingleton we go up through disused quarries to the top of the waterfalls (some stepping stones) and back either the same way or along quiet lanes.
Easy Leader: Cynthia Prescott & Joan McGlinchey Distance : About 4.5 miles
Ingleton is famous for waterfalls and we walked the designated Waterfall Trail. It is a 4.5 miles long waymarked path which takes you through Swilla Glen, Pecca Falls, Hollybush Spout, Thornton Force, Beezley Falls, Rival Falls, Baxenghyll Gorge, Snow Falls and Swilla Glen. It is an interesting trail on good paths which takes you up one river, across the moorland, through woods, past a cafe, down along another river and past a disused quarry. The falls are certainly impressive after a lot of rain, even when the water is brown!

However, there is a cost of £4 for walking a private section of the route and we found there were many steep steps going up and down which we felt may not suit some ramblers who choose an easy walk. Therefore we had to look for alternative walks and reccied the start of the old Roman Road which runs between the two rivers up to the moor to meet the Trail. It will take you up to the higher falls without costs and with less steps. We also have directions for a walk to the village of Burton in Lonsdale and back along the lower river.

We intend to discuss with the walkers which route they wish to take and can split the group for part of the walk if necessary.


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CARTMEL, CUMBRIA

SUNDAY, 31ST OCTOBER 2010

TODAY'S WALKS

Strenuous Leader: Rowland Nock   Distance: 11 miles
From Cartmel we head out east past the Priory on the Cistercian Way climbing Hampsfell (220 m) with its wonderful observation tower giving panoramic views, including the Kent Estuary, Morecambe Bay, and beyond. We then wend our way round Cartmel near Allithwaite heading on past Birkby Hall and eventually picking up the Cumbrian Coastal Way.
We then head up gently onto How Barrow (170m) again giving spectacular views this time including Cartmel Sands to which the waters of Lake Windermere flow via the River Leven. We will carry on along the Cumbrian Coastal Path a little way eventually returning back to Cartmel via Speel Bank, Tram Wood and Park Wood. Finally, exiting Park Wood back to the car park via the race course. Hopefully, there will time for some well earned tea and tiffin or even a pint!
Moderate Leader: Peter Denton   Distance: 9 miles
Today we start this walk crossing over the racecourse into the Park Wood. Up to Well Knowe then on to Wall Nook and Over Ridge. Then head for Burns Farm where we join the Cumbria Coastal Way up to Speel Bank then we head down Ellerside. Then back on to the Cumbria Coastal Way and back to Cartmel.
Leisurely Leader: Margaret Black & Stephen Balenski   Distance: 7 miles
We start with a level walk across the racecourse following the Cistercian Way, turning off at Low Bank farm to continue over mainly gentle rolling fields and pasture land. There are a few stiles stepped into the boundary walls along the way. After a short stretch of road there is a very gradual climb along the side and over the crest of Hampsfield Fell, with good views of the Kent Estuary and Morecambe Bay. However, before rejoining the Cistercian Way to walk downhill back to Cartmel, if weather conditions allow, a very short diversion to an observation tower known as the Hospice on top of the fell gives a wonderful panoramic view of the area.
Easy Leader: Sue Daniels   Distance : About 6.5 miles
This walk is generally easy walking and has gentle climbs and descents with wonderful views of Coniston Fells and the Leven Estuary. The walk leaves from Cartmel's racecourse and climbs steadily through woodland and over pastures. It continues to Speel Bank, a sylvan, isolated area, where there is a deer farm. The route goes on below Mount Barnard and along the Cistercian Way to finish back at Cartmel for some well deserved refreshments.
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DELAMERE, CHESHIRE

SUNDAY, 28TH NOVEMBER 2010

TODAY'S WALKS

Strenuous Leader: Linda Williams   Distance: 11.25 miles or less
An interesting and varied stroll through Cheshire's fine landscapes. Commencing with meandering woodland paths through forest, past meres and thickets. Onward over pastures and croplands, including corn forest walk, and through the village of Looking Glass past the cat and over telegraph hill, today's only substantial climb. We now join the Sandstone Trail with distant views of Merseyside to descend back from whence we came.
Moderate Leader: Sue Daniels   Distance: 8 miles
There are no great heights in this walk, just gradual climbs over pleasant meadows with some good views. The walk first passes Eddisbury Lodge where we take a left up over Hangingstone Hill. We take in quite a bit of wooded area over to Summertrees, then pass near Boothsdale and carry on down into Kelsall. I am hoping we can have lunch here (we may be able to sit outside the pub if the landlord allows!). After lunch we carry on to Kelsall Hall where we cross the busy A54 and carry on back to the outskirts of Delamere Forest and, again passing Eddisbury Lodge, to the coach.
Leisurely Leader: Joan McGlinchey & Hazel Anderton   Distance: 7 miles
We start off walking through part of the forest and then go south along the Sandstone Trail to Primrose Hill and open countryside. Towards the end of the walk we go over the top of Pale Heights where there are some great views if the weather is good. The walk is generally undulating with no really steep bits, mostly good underfoot, with just short sections that might be muddy and slippery, and very few if any stiles.
Easy Leader: Norma Carmichael   Distance : About 5 to 6 miles
The walk starts at the Railway Station from where we will walk to the information Centre where we will stop for a brew. From there we will follow a track and hope to complete a 5-6 mile walk through the forest, mostly footpaths and hopefully see lots of wild life.
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STYAL, CHESHIRE

SUNDAY, 28TH NOVEMBER 2010

TODAY'S WALKS

Strenuous Leader: Dag Griffiths & Dennis Cookson   Distance: 10 miles
We head north from Styal Country Park crossing fields and Styal Golf Club towards the village of Handforth. From Handforth Station we take footpaths to walk through the farmland to the east and south of Handforth and along part of the Bollin Valley Way to Wilmslow. At Wilmslow we rejoin the Bollin Valley way to walk through The Carrs, a parkland area that follows the River Bollin. After leaving The Carrs we enter Styal Country Park heading for Quarry Bank Mill and the completion of our circuit. Ear muffs to cut out aircraft noise and traffic noise from the footpath section parallel to the A34 might be useful! Seriously though, gaiters are recommended as the paths were quite muddy in places.
Moderate Leader: Peter Denton   Distance: 7 miles
We start this walk from Quarry Bank Mill then follow the North Cheshire Way, (this part of the walk is very up and down with a great deal of steps) through Styal Country Park and along the edge of Runway 2. We then turn away on to local footpaths across pasture fields and over some stiles, making our way back into Styal for a well earned cuppa.
Leisurely Leader: Sue Daniels   Distance: 6 miles
From Styal Country Park we follow the well marked paths down through the trees into the Bollin Valley following the river. Please note that there are lots of steps to go up (some steep) but we will take our time. As Manchester Airport is nearby the sound of planes can be heard throughout most of the walk and as we come out of the valley and join the North Cheshire Way we should see one or two planes taking off as we follow the boundary of the runway. We then carry on through Burleyhurst Wood and the village of Morley. We then cross the busy A538 and follow a newly built wooden track which goes through the woods and back along the river through Quarry Bank Mill and round to the Mill at the country park and coach.
Easy Leader: Norma Carmichael   Details on the coach.

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AMBLESIDE, LAKE DISTRICT

SUNDAY, 13TH JUNE 2010

TODAY'S WALKS

Moderate Leader: Jackie Gudgeon     Distance: 8.5 miles
Today we will be doing a round of Loughrigg Fell with an option to reach the trig point on top for those who would like a slightly bigger challenge. We set off along a quiet lane from Rothay Bridge, climb to Miller Brow and on to Lily Tarn for a coffee stop. We then head towards Loughrigg Fell proper where we skirt round to Loughrigg Tarn, Oaks, and Intake Wood to join the Loughrigg Terrace with stunning views over the vale of Grasmere. We descend to cross the river between Grasmere (lake) and Rydal Water to climb up to join the coffin track to Rydal. Back along quiet lane and through Rothay Park back to Ambleside.
Easy/Leisurely. Leaders: Margery Howe / Derek Lee   Distance : 5/7 miles
The Easy walk will take the quiet road following the River Rothay to Rydal, returning through Rydal Park. A Longer walk taking the same route, but extending it round Rydal Water, will be available as required.
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BOLTON ABBEY, YORKSHIRE DALES

SUNDAY, 11TH JULY 2010

TODAY'S WALKS

Moderate Leader: Jackie Gudgeon   Distance: 8.5 miles
Bolton Abbey - Hare Head - Lower Barden Reservoir - Barden Broad Park - Barden Bridge - River Wharfe - Bolton Abbey. A steady climb to Hare Head then downhill to Barden Bridge and a pleasant walk along the River Wharfe past the Stryd and on to Bolton Abbey. Good views on the way down from the reservoir.
Leisurely Leader: Sue Daniels   Distance : 7.5 miles
Bolton Abbey - Hare Head - Barden Tower - River Wharfe. A steady climb through woods and moorland to Hare Head then down to Barden Bridge for a stroll back along the River Wharfe.
Easy Leader: Derek Lee   Distance: 5 miles
We will pass the Abbey ruins and cross the river to follow the Dales Way northwards through the woods as far as the Pavilion, then continue on the east side of the river almost as far as Barden Bridge. From here we return on the west side of the river along the area known as The Stryd, where the River Wharfe is forced into a deep and narrow channel, finishing on the road directly passing the Abbey ruins.
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LOGGERHEADS, NORTH WALES

SUNDAY, 8TH AUGUST 2010

TODAY'S WALKS

Moderate Leader: Jackie Gudgeon   Distance: 8 miles
A varied walk covering woodland, riverside, quiet lanes, with some lovely views over the surrounding countryside. We start off with a walk along the Leete Path high above the River Alun, passing quarries and caves, before descending towards Cilcain (we might visit Cilcain for lunch if we feel like a short steep climb!). Otherwise we follow a riverside path to emerge at Pentre where we begin to climb gently to Cae Newydd and a lovely track along the side of Ffrith Mountain with splendid views over the valley. Circling round to Brithdir-mawr we descend over tracks and field paths to finish along a riverside path and lane back to Loggerheads.
Easy Leader: Derek Lee   Distance : 5.5 miles
We start off on the Leete path for a short way before turning left and climbing a short way up the hillside to make our way almost as far as Cilcain. There is more road walking than is usual here but that is because the planned footpath would involve crossing very difficult stiles. After lunch in Coed y Felin Woodland Trust park we take the mostly woodland footpath towards Pont-newydd and return along the Leete path.
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ARNSIDE, CUMBRIA

SUNDAY, 5TH SEPTEMBER 2010

TODAY'S WALKS

Moderate Leader: Leo & Jean Keenan   Distance: 8.5 miles
We leave Arnside along the Promenade and then climb steadily to reach the viewpoint on top of Arnside Knott (about 160 metres). From here we descend through Arnside Knott Wood to Arnside Tower, then Middlebarrow Plain and Eaves Wood, stopping at Silverdale for lunch and toilet break. After lunch we return to Arnside via Far Arnside and New Barns along the shore line (tide permitting).
Leisurely Leader: Hazel Anderton   Distance: Approx 7 miles
We start off along the promenade, and the shore, tide and weather permitting, heading towards New Barn. We then go up through a caravan park and head around the cliffs with lovely views across part of Morecambe Bay. We head towards another caravan park where we can use the facilities at the restaurant if we buy a little something. We then make our way towards the top of Arnside Knott where there are more great views of the estuary and the bridge before finally coming back down to the promenade.
Easy Leader: Philomena Walker   Distance: 4.5 miles
Leaving the Pier and treading carefully, we make our way along he rocky foreshore towards a surfaced track, through a caravan park, and onto a grassy trail leading to the woodland path along the top of the cliff, with views of Morecambe Bay to our right.
On reaching Far Arnside a stroll along a lane will bring us to the driveway of a caravan park (a nice place for lunch). From here we cross pastureland to pick up the path through Copridding Woods down to New Barns and back to Arnside. Taking our time, we can admire the impressive views all around this area. The ascent to the cliff path is very gradual, and taken at an easy pace.
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RIVINGTON, LANCASHIRE

SUNDAY, 10TH OCTOBER 2010

This is an alternative to our planned venue of Lyme Park, as we discovered that the national trust are now not accepting coaches into lyme park unless it is a booked visit to the hall and gardens. Alternative parking/dropping off on the boundaries of the park was investigated but none were found to be viable. Most people booked on the coach have been contacted and their approval obtained for this change, and we apologise to anyone who has not got the message! However, we are sure you will all have a good day at rivington.

TODAY'S WALKS

Moderate Leader: Jackie Gudgeon   Distance: 9 miles
Today's walk will be a circuit of the Rivington & Anglezarke Reservoirs, as far as White Coppice. Quite a varied walk with good views.
Leisurely/Easy Leader: Derek Lee   Distance: 6 plus miles
We head for the castle before turning away from the reservoir and heading up to the Gardens - a steady 500 foot climb. We continue northwards round Yarrow Reservoir and alongside the Rivington Reservoirs back to Rivington.
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