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CONISTON 12th Sept 2021

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 CONISTON 12th Sept 2021 Photo from Yvonne Coniston 12 th Sept 2021 It was a perfect day for walking and six of the seven groups left the coach at Torver – heading by various routes to the top of the Old Man. Perversely the Oldhams turned south to include the White Maiden peaks before turning for the Old Man and others - 14 miles and 4,000’. Geoff Mike and Damian wet straight for Brown Pike and Dow Crag and cautiously explored the dramatic gullies dropping into Goats Water before crossing to the Old Man and then following the ridge to Swirl Howe to view the sad Memorial there. Paul C also took his group over Dow and the Old Man and then descended by the Boo Tarn path. Stuart’s group made straight for Goats Tarn and the Old Man. After visiting and meeting various other members there, they followed the ridge to descend by Prison Band and Swirl Hause. They enjoyed the newly and partially restored mining machinery in the Coniston Valley. Mike J’s group searched and found the r

CASTLETON 29th August 2021

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  Castleton was the venue for the final walk in August. The weather was overcast but stayed dry all day. Anne and Helen led their group from Bamford Church in Hope Valley across the fields to Ashton Hall, over Lose Hill and progressed to Castleton. A neat day’s walking. Each of the other groups ascended Mam Tor from different directions. The Oldhams headed directly for Kinder Downfall from Birchen Clough Bridge at the foot of the Snake. Crossing the Tor they headed for Lose Hill via Grindsbrook Clough. Stuart’s group followed the Pennine Way from Featherbed Moss on the top of the Snake, across Mill Hill and over the Tor, descending by the Limestone Way. There was a bitterly cold wind on the ridge and they needed a good pace just to keep warm. Mike James started at Lose Hill and headed for the Tor. They descended to Castleton by Cave Dale. Huw and Steve led their small group up to the Tor and along to Lose Hill. They returned via Hope village where they just happened to enc

THRELKELD 15th August 2021

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 THRELKELD As the coach travelled through the Lakes one or two routes were amended when the poor weather and cloudy became obvious. At Dunmail Raise the Oldhams were first off the coach. Starting with Seat Sandal and Dolywaggon Pike they aimed to do as many of the Dodds and Cloughs as the weather would allow.... Stuart’s group set off along The Thirlmere west shore path following a slippery path of wet stones through the bracken. Crossing the High and Low Riggs they joined the railway path to Threlkeld. John G’s group were next off at Wanthwaite.   They ascended Clough Head via Wanthwaite Bank and descended by Mosedale to the Old Coach Road and so to Threlkeld. There were few views till later in the day. Each of the other groups started heir walks from Threlkeld. Geoff headed up Halls Fell to Blencathra wisely avoiding Striding Edge and found heavy cloud on the featureless Mungrisdale Common while crossing to Blease Fell. Huw and Steve trailed up to Skiddaw House only to fi

STAVELEY 2nd Aug 2021

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  It was good to be back on the Fells again! Although many members have been out walking over the past eighteen months, few had been on the high fells. With that in mind most leaders planned walks that were of a moderate nature and well within our members’ capability. Predictably the Oldham group set off on a 2500’  route to achieve Hollow Moor above Kentmere and return along Sleddale and Potter Fell – an easy 14 miles ? Geoff and Mike took their group up Brunt Knott and returned over Green Quarter and Staveley Head Fell. 12 miles and 2200’. Paul C and his group went north west to Hugill Fell to return over Middle Elfhowe – totalling 11 miles and 1500’. Mike J and Mike B led their groups up a very steep Potter Fell to Potter Tarn and Gurnal Dubbs. Mike J‘s party continued along the Fell Road to Birk Rigg adding a further 300’ to their expedition.                  After watching some brave swimmers in the tarn and not being the least bit tempted, Mike’s group descended to the

COVID WALKS JUNE 2021

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This is the June selection of photos from members who have been energetically tackling the Covid restrictions in a variety of different ways and groups. Allan’s photos start with the familiar canal scenery – lock gates, bridges and even some war time remains. After the Liverpool Waterfront they moved to Rivington, Darwin and Turton Towers, Smithills Hall and Bolton’s Barrow Bridge 246 foot Chimney (see an excellent utube of its history).    Then, tiring of roaming the Lancashire fells Allan, Geoff and Mike went to the other extreme and they ascended the Lord’s Rake on Scafell from the Wastdale YHA. Alan and Edwina’s photos are in the Lakes but then they move on to Scotland: ..‘Weather mostly iffy, there's a very wet Edwina on a Corbett called Little Wyvis (it's not little at all). We had one glorious day, so I went on my own to climb a high and very remote Munro called Beinn Hearsgarnaich. It's near the end of a 21-mile single-track road that ends in the middle of nowhere

COVID WALKS APRIL 2021

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                                                                                                                                                     Allan J Covid Blog Walks - March  2021 Another Blog - just keeping in touch and sharing some of the walks that other members of the club are enjoying. Clearly many have been walking similar routes and it is always interesting to see things that one person walks past and another says : what on earth is that for?  and takes a photo of it ! There are many beautiful photos in this selection and I am delighted that the photographers are happy to share them with us. Thanks to Marcia, Tony, Geoff, Allan J, Mike C, Mike B and Alan A If any other members have photos or new discoveries they would like to show, please send them to me or let me know.         We follow a simple rule - no one should be on a photo if they do not wish to be. No predictions when we may be walking again - but it must be getting nearer! Happy Easter    Keep well and keep fi

COVID WALKS JANUARY 2021

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                                                                                                     Photo from Geoff   Another selection of beautiful, skilful, imaginative and entertaining photos to brighten up this rather grim period.  Please bear in mind that they were taken at different times and different  places and under different travel restrictions, some before Christmas, some before New Year and some very recently. Just enjoy them. If you yourself have some photos and would like to show them, please send them to me and I will gladly include them. Enjoy them and think ahead to when we are free to walk and chat in safety, thanks to the many generous people who keep us safe and the remarkable scientists who ensure our safety. As always, thanks to the photographers – Alan W, Marcia, Allan J, Mike C, Mike K, Mike B and Geoff for their skilful help. To open the album click on the address below  https://photos.app.goo.gl/RAr5nq9cqDhyZ7vv8