SKELMERSDALE RAMBLING CLUB

Web site: www.skemramblers.org.uk

AMBLESIDE, CUMBRIA

SUNDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER 2019

Coach Leader: Peter Denton  Coach Leaves at 5.30 pm

The usual message about choosing a walk suitable for you. Please read these coach notes carefully as they will help you to decide which walk will be the most suitable for you. For the safety and enjoyment of yourself and others, please try not to join a walk which is beyond your capabilities.

If you are struggling, please inform the walk leader so that he or she can make the decision to amend the walk by shortening it or having some rest etc.

PLEASE RESPECT THE WISHES OF THE GROUP LEADER. Please do not wander away from the group, or leave the group, for whatever reason, without first discussing it with the leader or back marker.

WALKS TODAY

Strenuous Leader : Paul Hogan                                                                                 Distance : 00.00 miles

No walk notes received. 

Moderate Leader : Peter Denton                                                                        Distance : 7.00 miles

This is a lovely walk from Ambleside to Loughrigg Tarn, then back. We have some climbing to do so we can enjoy the fabulous scenery.

Do not forget your camera as there are loads of photo opportunities. Happy snapping People. Hope you like this ramble as much as I will. What more can I say.

Happy Rambling.

Leisurely Leader: David Hatchard                                                                      Distance : 7.00 miles

From Ambleside we have a short walk on the main road before we branch off and follow a good track through to Rydal Hall. There is a tea room and toilets here and, depending on the size of the party we may be able to have a quick stop. From the hall, we take the Coffin Trail from which there are lovely views of Rydal Water to our left. We amble on and drop down to cross the River Rothay and have a brief glimpse of Grasmere before a short climb up to the first part of Loughrigg Terrace where the path passes Rydal Caves. Then we walk down hill and follow the road which runs along the river and back into Ambleside through the park. Plenty of gentle ups and downs but no long hills to climb. 

Easy Leader : Simon Wess Distance : 5.00 miles

Terrain: Stile free, tarmac and woodland paths, climbing for first part of walk, no cattle grids, relatively gentle on the feet, just the initial climb to consider but is well worth the effort for the spectacular views.

Walk route: This is a lovely walk, packed full of wonderful views, and you will be glad to know is completely stile free. We begin with a visit to Hayes garden centre at Waterhead to utilise facilities and cafe if desired. We proceed with a progressive yet steady climb, which is well worth the effort, away from Waterhead to the delights of Skelghyll Wood. We cross the bridge at Stencher Beck and meander the woodland paths until we reach the peak at Jenkin Crag. Here we get to admire the wonderful views over Lake Windermere, of Coniston Old Man and Langdale Peaks. Lunch stop here is optional, to reward ourselves. We then proceed to and along Skelghyll Lane and meander the twisting tarmac paths surrounded by fields and yet more views. We pass a couple of farms, cross Hols Beck by a bridge and continue until we meet a minor road. We fork right and follow the road as it descends. We pass Briery Close where Charlotte Bronte stayed in 1850. Shortly after we veer right to take the footpath through the woodland and cross Hols Beck for the second time by footbridge. We walk through the field and descend to the rear of Low Wood Hotel, cross and join the A591. Shortly after we take the beautiful path through Jenkin Field and take in the expansive sights from the edge of Lake Windermere passing a rocky point and emerging out on to the road at Waterhead. Here you can relax at Waterhead or take a stroll up to Ambleside town at your leisure.

NOTES ON THE AREA

Once a mill town whose becks and rivers provided power for waterwheels, Ambleside long ago made its peace with visitors and started to provide for their needs. There are book shops, outdoor pursuit shops and gift shops too numerous to mention, whilst the streets throng with people spilling off the pavements, and cars go gyrating in a gigantic roundabout through the town centre. But, in spite of all this, Ambleside still retains its charm. The architecture is principally that of a Victorian town, whilst up the hill leading to the Kirkstone Pass some houses date from the 15th Century. The earliest sign of man, however, is much earlier as the Romans built their fort, Galava, on the shores of Windermere. There are no impressive columns or walls still standing, only a few stones poking through the grass, but nevertheless they are a reminder that Ambleside has been inhabited for nigh on a thousand years.

In the centre of Ambleside the quaint little Bridge House, built over the River Rothay like something out of a fairy tale, dates from the 17th Century. It was probably a summer house for Ambleside Hall, though in 1843 Chairy Rigg lived here with his wife and six children. With one room up and one room down, how they all fitted in is a mystery. An attractive subject for any artist who can brave the inquisitive passersby. It was painted by JMW Turner on one of his northern tours. In 1926 it was bought by the National Trust and in 1956 became its very first information and recruiting centre in the country.

Stockghyll Force, a popular beauty spot from Victorian times, still has the remains of the railed viewpoints where Victorian ladies stood to admire the scene. It is well worth visiting after heavy rain. Beside the stream, one of the old mills has been converted to holiday flats.

In the Ice Age, the undulating top of Loughrigg Fell was scraped clean by glaciers, leaving a landscape of bare rocky outcrops and boggy hollows, now occupied by tarns and pools. Though little over a thousand feet in height, and barely a square mile in extent, there is more scenery packed into Loughrigg Fell than practically anywhere else in Lakeland.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

NEXT RAMBLE

Sunday 27th September -  Arnside, Cumbria

Leaders: Strenuous - Rob Rose, Moderate - tbc, Leisurely - Dave Hatchard, Easy - Philomena Walker

Bookings. With our booking officer at the coach, Evelyn Carrigan. Email via the contacts page.

Cheques made payable to Skelmersdale Rambling Club.

It would be helpful if you would tell the booking officer if you do not intend to book for the next coach.

Coach pick-up times:

Junction Lane Burscough 8.20am

Ormskirk bus station 8.40am

Prince Albert pub Westhead 8.45am

Skelmersdale War Memorial 8.50am

Skelmersdale Baths car park 9.00am.

Please will walk leaders let Hazel have details of their walks as least TEN DAYS before the walk.

Email via the contacts page

SKELMERSDALE CHURCHES RAMBLING CLUB

Would you like a walk in the country with a friendly rambling club based in Skelmersdale? We travel by coach, picking up in Burscough, Ormskirk and Skelmersdale. There are four walks on most coach trips, depending on the availability of leaders, so there is usually something to suit most abilities.  We have trips on the second Saturday of each month throughout the year, and we are actively looking for new members. The club is run very much on the same lines as Skelmersdale Ramblers.

Our next ramble is

Saturday 12th October - Ruthin, North Wales

Coach leaves

Ormskirk Bus Station 8.30 am

Skelmersdale War Memorial 8.40 am

Skelmersdale Baths Car Park 8.50 am

Upholland Labour Club 9.00 am

Bookings are with Jackie Gudgeon.

RAMBLERS ASSOCIATION WEST LANCS GROUP

For more information look at the website.

OCTOBER

Sunday 6th, Chipping  11.00, 8 mls, Park at village car park, pay and display, £2.30

Wednesday 16th, Holmeswood Moss, 13.30, 5m. Park at Spark Lane behind the Rufford Arms Hotel.

CLUB NOTES

LOST PROPERTY

Please remember to take everything with you, walking poles, flasks, crisp packets, drinks bottles and coach notesEveryone is very good for not leaving anything on the coach except for coach notes. Please take them with you even if you do not want to keep them.

If you realise that you have left something behind please do not contact the coach company as Jackie usually collects whatever is left behind.

MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY

We are looking for someone to take on the post please. Some computer skills are desirable although not essential. The post is busiest from June to September when people are renewing their membership, but the rest of the year it is relatively quiet. Pam will be taking over the role in the immediate future, hopefully with an assistant, until someone permanent can be found.

Please make sure when you renew your membership that you inform the membership secretary of any personal details which have changed, in particular, your mobile phone number. Also, it would be useful if you would inform the membership secretary at any time when some of your details have changed, and not just when renewing. 

FIRST AID KITS

Please continue to leave the first aid kits at the front of the coach on your return from your walk. Please inform Hazel if any item has been used so that the kit can be replenished.

Any leaders using their own kits must carry one that is comparable to the club kits.

O/S MAPS Please do not peel off the name labels as it helps to show who has returned the maps. Please leave them at the front of the coach with the first aid kits. Thanks.

NEW MEMBERS

We are looking to recruit quite a few new members so if you know anyone who might like to join us please ask them to try us out and book on a walk with our booking officer.

COACH NOTES

We do not print one each as some people look at the web version, and we also have couples who are happy with one between two. But we do print enough so that if anyone who would like their own copy can have one. So, if you would like your own copy please ask.

WEBSITE

It has been decided that officers emails will no longer be posted on the website for privacy reasons, although they will be printed on membership cards along with telephone numbers, and relevant ones will be on the printed version of the coach notes. So, if you do not have the email addresses you will need to telephone or go through general enquiries in future.