COVID WALKS JUNE 2021

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, then it's a tough and trackless haul to the top. No phone signal all day and never saw anyone, felt quite lonely. Fabulous views though, and was my 197th Munro - I'm desperate to at least make it to 200!’...

Paul Cutner and Mike Kirby illustrate the recent successful weekend in Borrowdale with the splendid pictures of their walking, socialising and canoeing – in glorious weather.

With the advantage of a base further north of Southport, Steve Jackson readily accessed the Pennines, the Lancashire and Yorkshire Moors and the Howgills before an exciting  family weekend in the Lakes.   

‘...Saturday - a good clear sunny day for the Ennerdale Horseshoe fell race, an English championship long race this year. 23 miles and about 7513 feet of ascent..Brutal. We were watching and supporting and I was helping on Haycock - calling out numbers as the runners passed through.  Nichola, my daughter, won the ladies race in 4hrs 13:59 being 8.07 mins clear in the 3rd fastest ladies time ever. Billy, her boyfriend, won the men's race in 3:32.16..the race record has stood since 1985, 3:30.57 by Kenny Stuart: he was exceptionally talented. Sunday was Glenderraterra, Sale How, Skiddaw, Little Man, Lonscale Fell, Latrigg. 14+ miles and cold atop Skiddaw!        

‘Prize giving is with Joss Naylor, now 85, who won Ennerdale in 9 successive years. A legend’.

Mike has continued his in depth exploration of the local coastal Nature Reserves, and now that the flooding has receded he has succeeded in mapping most of the paths in Freshfield and Ainsdale Reserves. For anyone who may be interested he offers a summary of the walks ! Been described as a demented ant race

 Over the past few weeks there has been a commendable trend to extend the boundaries, and members have explored a wide range of interesting areas.             The return of the Sunday walks is getting nearer but still without a definite date – but it can’t come quickly enough.

Keep fit and stay safe.      

Thank you to the photographers for their contributions.

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