Showing posts from March, 2020

CONISTON 15th March 2020

The Coniston walk had been planned many months ago and members could never have anticipated the present conditions and uncertainty.  However, the walks went ahead and members enjoyed a good day’s walking in somewhat damp conditions. There were five led walks and three private groups.  Pat’s and Stuart’s groups left the coach at Ambleside. Pat set out for Loughrigg Tarn and crossed to Skelwith Bridge. From there they worked their way over Black Crag and down to Tarn Hows. A classic Lakeland route. Stuart started from Clappersgate and Blelham Tarn, to cross the Hawkshead Fells to Tarn Hows. They seem to have been distracted the Cat Cafe. John G’s group left the coach at Oxen Fell and descended to Stang End and up Greenburn. From here he led over Hawk Rigg and Dry Cove warning his colleagues not ‘to expect either Hawks or a Dry Coves.’ Shortly afterwards Helen and Graham's party left the coach at Hollin Bank to cross Arnside Bank and make their scenic

STAVELEY 1st March 2020

What an interesting venue - more often used as an end-point for walks from Garnett Bridge. But it was well explored by nine groups heading in each direction. Marcia and Stuart led their parties west, into the teeth of gale-force wind heading for the mushroom shelter on the summit of Scout Scar. It was a long wet trail across flooded fields and paths. From the ‘shelter’ on the Scar both groups headed north to Cunswick Scar and to East Plumgarths and then to Burnside.  Here the routes diverged. Marcia’s group followed the Dales Way along the river to return to Staveley, while Stuart’s group headed off north east to Potter Fell and Gurnal Dubs. A final round of 14 miles. Steph and Frances followed a similar route to the Scars and they returned by the more direct routes of Rather Heath and Ashes Lane. The rest of the groups commenced from Staveley. Paul's group headed for Grasgarth on the slopes of Hugill Fell. They crossed fell over Mickle Moss and descended to Kentmer