Showing posts from October, 2019

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 ver

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.   M y apologies for any confusion! DOLGELLAU WEEKEND 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 3


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.   M y 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

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! To view the photographs click here

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 Wa