SKELMERSDALE RAMBLING CLUB

Web site: www.skemramblers.org.uk

GRANGE OVER SANDS, CUMBRIA

SUNDAY 28TH APRIL 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 : Carole Rankin Distance : 10.50 miles

An undulating walk with no great height but hopefully amazing views. From Grange we climb through Brown Robin Nature Reserve and Eggerslack Wood to reach Hampsfell Hospice at 240m, 788ft. We descend to Cartmel with its Priory, Race Course and Sticky Toffee Pudding Shop. Then we go cross country over Grange Fell Golf Course and Eden Mount then returning to the start along the Prom..

Moderate Leader: Peter Denton Distance : 6.00 miles

We will be walking up to the top of Hampsfell where we will get 360 panoramic views. We will be walking uphill till we have our lunch at the top. If it is windy we may find a stop a bit lower to picnic. Less miles are more climb. Happy Rambling. The views make it worthwhile. Here’s hoping for a clear day.

Leisurely Leader: Dave Hatchard Distance : 6.00 miles

We first make our way up Hampsfell Road, this is a steep bit, but we will have plenty of stops and the effort is worth the walk as the views are spectacular at the top. We pass the Hospice and enter Merlewood and through to Eggerslack Wood, then loop around back up to the Hospice and retrace our steps back into Grange Over Sands The walk consists of tracks and quiet country lanes. The route is varied and very pleasant. We travel along woods, fields, heartland, limestone outcrops. There are some fine views north towards Cumbria and south overlooking the Kent Estuary.

Easy Leaders : Hazel Anderton and Ruth Melling Distance : 4.60 miles

We walk first to the north east of Grange up through Eggerslack Wood. When we come out of the wood we turn and walk along a track with the back of the wood on one side and the upland limestone scenery to our right. We go along the path at the back of the wood until we meet a little lane. We follow the lane eventually coming to mainly quiet roads going down through housing and finally about half a mile along the promenade and through the park back to the centre of Grange to the café with yummy cakes. We are walking up for a while but the only steepish bit is when we first enter the wood. We came across one muddy place which can be avoided by walking on the grass banking alongside. Generally, it is good underfoot on paths, tracks lanes and roads. We only came across a few stiles mainly stone ones. There are some fine views of the Kent Estuary.

NOTES ON THE AREA

Ruthin is one of finest small towns in Wales, situated at the southern end of the Vale of Clwyd. rich in history going back 1000 years and is endowed with outstanding buildings from every century in the past 5 hundred years. It was prone to flooding and so a lot of money was spent on flood defences a few years ago. The name comes from the welsh words, rhudd meaning red which refers to the sandstone bedrock, and din meaning fort. According to the recent census nearly half speak Welsh.

Once a small coastal village, Grange over Sands was transformed into a fashionable resort by the coming of the Furness Railway linking it with Lancaster. Villas and hotels were built to take advantage of the exceptionally mild climate which is due to the sheltered south facing aspect of the coast here.

Though the sands are not safe for bathing, this is more than compensated for by the extensive promenade gardens along the sea front. Because of the mild climate the gardens boast rock-plants, alpines and even subtropical species. Away from the hotels, shops and cafes there are some lovely walks, none nicer than the path behind the town which climbs through the magnificent limestone woodlands, rich in wild flowers. The path leads to Hampsfell Summit and the Hospice, a little stone tower from which there is an unforgettable view of Morecambe Bay and the craggy peaks of the Lake District. The tower, known as the Hospice, was provided by a pastor of Cartmel in the last century for the shelter and entertainment of wanderers. An external flight of stairs leads to a flat roof and the viewing-point. See if you can work out the riddle scrawled on one of the walls.

Grange is also the starting point of the Cistercian Way, an exceptionally interesting thirty seven mile footpath route through Furness to Barrow, linking many sites of Cistercian interest. Cartmel is one of the prettiest villages in Furness, consisting of a delightful cluster of houses and cottages set around a square, from which lead winding streets and arches into charming back yards. The village is dominated by the famous Cartmel Priory, founded in 1188 by Augustine Canons.

The sands of Morecambe Bay are notorious because of the dangerous incoming tide which sweeps in by a bore, faster than a galloping horse, surrounding sandbanks and softening them into quick sands before covering them. At low tide there is a safe passage along certain routes. Before the days of rail and car there were recognized highways across the sands, saving the long journey around the bay. However, the channels and quick sands frequently changed position, so the monks of Cartmel Priory provided a guide service for travellers. These days the service is provided by the official sand pilot, Cedric Robinson, who takes groups of intrepid walkers across the sands from far afield often raising money for charity. To attempt a crossing without a guide is folly in the extreme. We will probably remember the Chinese cocklers who drowned a few years ago while working illegally on the Bay at night time. Cedric has recently announced that at about 87 he is to retire, and in this last year he will be assisting the new guide.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

NEXT RAMBLE

Sunday 2nd June, Eyam, Derbyshire

Leaders: Strenuous - Rob Rose, Moderate - Dave Hatchard, Leisurely - no one at present, Easy - Jackie Gudgeon

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 11th May, Tideswell, Derbyshire

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.

May

Monday 6th - Coach trip to Grassington

Wednesday 15th, 13.30, 5mls, Appley Bridge. From Herons Wharf in Appley Bridge.

Sunday 19th, 13.30, 5mls, Croston, Park in the car park on Cut Lane behind the Lord Nelson

SEFTON STROLLERS & DINERS

The walks are currently suspended.

CLUB NOTES

LOST PROPERTY

Please remember to take everything with you, walking poles, flasks, crisp packets, drinks bottles and including coach notes. Check all around including your seat, the floor, the rack, the boot and the net on the back of the seat in front. The coach is always checked at Ormskirk, but it makes life easier if you make sure that you have not left anything.

If you realise that you have left something behind please do not contact the coach company. For the time being someone else other than Jackie will collect whatever is left behind.

MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY

Contact Cynthia via the contacts page.

NB Cynthia wishes to give up the post at the AGM in June, so 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.

FIRST AID KITS

Please continue to leave the first aid kits at the front of the coach on your return from your walk.

The kits have been revamped to make them lighter, and only items needed for more serious cuts and grazes and emergency situations will be carried. 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 Evelyn. Email via the contacts page.

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 would like their own copy they can have one. So, if you would like your own copy please ask for one.

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, and relevant ones on the printed version of the coach notes. So, if you do not have the email addresses you will need to go through general enquiries in future.