LANGDALE 4th August 2019

The forecast warned of showers and heavy rain and even thunderstorms, so we felt very lucky to have a fine day for the most part, albeit humid and hot and somewhat energy sapping.  The only shower came well into the afternoon and, as a bonus, helped to cool us down.
No surprise that the first off the coach, in Windermere, were Steve and Huw who then made their way to Ambleside via Orrest Head, Limefitt Park, Troutbeck and Robin Lane.
Two groups got off at the Rugby Club.  Stuart and Gerry's group did an 11 mile low level route to Black Crag and Tarn Hows, Stang End, Baysbrown Wood and back along the Cumbria Way. 
Marcia and Mike went up on to Loughrigg and, on the descent were delighted to see a young girl selling delicious cakes to raise money for a student project. 
Most of them availed themselves of this facility.  They then went on up to Dow Bank and descended to Chapel Stile by a steep and rocky path by Meg's Gill before walking to NDG along the Cumbria Way.
Anne and Helen walked from Skelwith Bridge to Elterwater, into Little Langdale and back to Dungeon Ghyll via Blea Tarn.  A classic and lovely route.
Mike B's group got off at Chapel Stile and ascended the path by Meg's Gill which Marcia and Mike's party were to come down some time later. 
They walked to Grasmere via Dow Bank and Spedding Crag and then took a path off the Easedale Road to descend back into Langdale over Swinescar and down to Pye How.
The Oldhams objective was Jack's Rake.  They started from Elterwater and reached the base of the Rake via Swinescar Pike and Great Castle How.  They climbed Harrison Stickle and the rain started so they cut the walk short and came down by Thorn Crag.
Two groups went all the way to the New Dungeon Ghyll.  Geoff and Mike did Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell and the Climbers' Traverse back - over 3000 ft of ascent. 
Bob Miller and Mike Kirby went up Stickle Ghyll to climb Sergeant Man, High Raise, Thunacar Knot and Pike o'Stickle and then descend via Thorn Crag.

Despite this being a regular venue for the club, I think many of us found ourselves on paths we had not trodden before!  An interesting day and a lot of tired walkers on the homeward journey -  we blamed the humidity!

Thank you Marcia for the Account

Thanks to  Mike J, Marcia, Mike C, Mike B, Dawn, Geoff, Howie, Anne M, Rick, Ian, Mike K and Stuart, we have an excellent set of photos follow in the Album.
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Mike K has compiled a video of his Langdale walk
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Next Walks:

Sunday 18th August 2019 – Horton in Ribblesdale to Hawes
5.30 p.m. departure

Northbound to Preston, on to the M65, M65 eastbound to junction 7, via A6185/A678 to the A680, A671 to roundabout N of Whalley, A59 to Gisburn, A682/A65/B6480/B6479 to Settle, B6479 through Horton in Ribblesdale, B6255 to Hawes. Park in Hawes. Morning coffee stop at Darwen services, M65.

Sunday 1st September 2019 - Glenridding
5.30 p.m. departure

Northbound to Preston, M6 north to junction 36, A590/A591 to Windermere, A592 over the Kirkstone Pass to Glenridding. Park in Glenridding. Morning coffee stop at Burton services.

Sunday 15th September 2019 - Llanuwchllyn
6.00 p.m. departure

M57, Runcorn Bridge, M56, then on to the A494 through Bala and past Bala Lake, B4403 into Llanuwchllyn. The coach will drive through Llanuwchllyn to the coach turning-point just before Pont y Pandy, then turn round and return to Bala. Park in the car park at the S end of Bala. At 6pm, the coach will return to pick up in Llanuwchllyn. Morning coffee stop at Elton services, M56.


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