KESWICK 27th October 2019

We were owed a good one and we got it - blue skies, sunshine, glorious views - the Lake District at its best.
Three groups got off the coach at Wythburn.The Oldhams headed for Helvellyn where the first snow of the winter had settled.They then went on to do Whiteside and Raise and were heading for the Dodds when Dawn called a halt and decided that was a step too far, so they came down Sticks Pass and found a lower level route back to Keswick.
Geoff and Mike Carr's group and Stu and Ele's group both climbed up to Harrop Tarn and on to Blea Tarn and then down to Watendlath.Geoff's party returned via Ashness Bridge and the Great Wood, while Stuart's group added on Walla Crag in their walk back to Keswick.
Three groups got off at Bridge End.

Anne and Helen's party followed a variety of paths through Smaithwaite,Shaw Bank, Nest Brow and Spring Wood.They managed to negotiate their way through path closures in the area and met a very chatty farmer who was pleased to have a cap…

DOLGELLAU Weekend 19th Oct 2019

Please note: Christmas Lunch is on December 8th 2019. 
The walk venue is Gargrave only and then on for the meal at the Calf's Head, Worston, Clitheroe.   My apologies for any confusion!


A small group of us enjoyed a great weekend at HF Dolserau Hall. After a wet arrival on Friday afternoon, two groups set out on a showery Saturday morning to do variations based on the Precipice Walks. Whilst not particularly high there were some good views, even though the high mountains were shrouded in cloud.

Sunday was bright and sunny, and options chosen included a coastal walk, an inland lake walk and an ascent of the Cadair Idris summits.

The accommodation was good, with friendly staff and lovely food. After dinner quizzes or Mexican Train completed each evening.
Account fom Paul C Photos to follow thanks to Richard and Paul.... To open the Album click here

Thank you Paul and Richard and Pam.

Remember the AGM  
7.30 pm Wednesday 30th October in Holy Trinity Church Hall, Lord St…


Please note: Christmas Lunch is on December 8th 2019. 
The walk venue is Gargrave only and then on for the meal at the Calf's Head, Worston, Clitheroe.   My apologies for any confusion!

Back to Shap and Pooley Bridge

Sometime heavy sometimes light – but the rain didn’t stop all day long! 
And yet fifty Fell Walkers set off and ‘enjoyed’ walks, mostly well over 10 miles in length. The departure points were evenly divided between Shap and Hackthorpe.

The Oldhams added a bit of history and culture to their usually Spartan expeditions. Having ‘done’ the Abbey they headed up the valley to do the Lowther Park, Castle, Hall, Mausoleum and various other chuchyard crypts..
The other three groups followed similar routes from the Abbey up the river Lowther to Rosgill and Bampton Grange. Here their routes only differed in their respective choice of bus shelters or barns for lunch. Mike’s walk had started from the atmospheric Abbey itself, 
Stuart’s route crossed east over to Askham and Heughscar Fel…

SFWC 50th Anniversary Celebration

On Saturday 5th October 2019 Southport Fell Walking Club members came together to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Club. It was a splendid and happy occasion when 90 present members and their partners were piped in to the Restaurant at the Bold Hotel by Frank McNally to enjoy a celebration dinner.
The following pictures taken by Mike Kirby clearly show how much the members enjoyed the event.
Congratulations and thanks must go to Eleanor who so successfully organised the occasion, to Gerrry who Chaired the evening and to Frank who surprised us all!
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CONISTON 29th Sept 2019

Members just knew that a good soaking was going to be the order of the day before the last pick up in Tarleton, when our driver Mark had to divert into the car park to avoid deep flooding at the bus stop! The journey north through constant heavy rain didn't dampen spirits and there were five led walks on offer.
The first drop off was, or should have been Lowick Bridge. However Stuart erroneously stopped the coach at Lowick Green, half a mile too early, much to the consternation of the Oldham group who also wanted Lowick Bridge! Nevertheless, the Oldhams set out and completed almost all of their 15 mile 'stomp' across the high ground west of Coniston Water, later dropping down to join the Walna Scar path to Coniston. Due to an electronic malfunction the walk was achieved using a rarely used item of equipment in the Oldham pack - a real paper map. Stuart, after re aligning his map, led his party across numerous waterlogged fields in search of the Cumbria Way. Having located this…

LLANUWCHLYNN 15th Sept 2019

Warning - at least one member has acquired ticks from the long grass.  If you were in shorts - check.

Llanuwchllyn has a bit of a reputation – memories of Stuart adopting a kitten, long wet walks beside the Lake and Howie’s expensive and unnecessary train journey – and it seems to have lived up to its history.

All four groups who headed for the Aran Ridge were thwarted by strong winds and dense cloud, and the two groups who tackled Moel y Garnedd on the other side of the lake were met by obscure paths, misleading signs and wild bog lands and the one group who had planned a relatively safe walk finished with a minor accident.
Three groups- Stuart’s, the Oldhams and Geoff’s all planned to do the full Arenig Fawr Ridge of approximately 13 miles and ­+/- 4000 feet.It was a long way in dense cloud and at the furthest point very strong winds. 

The oldhams had planned to go even further but after more than seven or eight miles each group decided at round Aran Benllyn area to descend to the valle…

GLENRIDDING 1st Sept 2019


The Forecast was grim but, as is often the case, its bark was worse than its bite and the day was much better than expected with just a few showers instead of thunderous downpours.
First off the coach were Stuart and Ele at Town Head.They did a classic "up and over" Lakeland walk to Thornthwaite Crag, High Street, Kidsty Pike and the Knott and returned via Angle Tarn, Boredale Hause and Patterdale.
The Oldhams started at the Kirkstone Inn and walked over Stoneycove Pike, Thornthwaite Crag, High Street and the Knott to Angle Tarn and then out along Beda Fell.The aim was to come back over Place Fell but time, energy or common sense dictated a quicker return to Glenridding. Ian and Gerry also headed for the Knott from Hartsop and then on to Angle Tarn and back by Boredale Hause and Patterdale.
Three groups got off the coach at Deepdale Bridge.John Gartside to ascend St Sunday Crag via Deepdale Hause and then back via Birks to Grisedale Bridge. Alan and Edwina did Place Fell.The …