Walk Reports

Sun 4th Jun 2017
  On a bright sunny but windy morning six members gathered at Garrigill for the 08.30 start. Andy Armstrong lead the walk with Pat and Dave Evans, Clare, Martyn and Angela in attendance. Walking anti clockwise we arrived at Greg's hut after 6.5 miles where a break was taken and the visitors' book…
Sun 14th May 2017
Nine LDWA members including two from the East Yorkshire group and three guests met at Askham on a pleasant sunny morning to enjoy an amble over local fells with the added bonus of bagging a couple of Wainwrights.   Thanks to a recent spell of dry weather, and we benefited from this throughout the…
  The Walk started at Newbiggin on Lune and followed the former railway line from Tebay to Kirkby Stephen East Railway Station passing over the now restored Smardale Viaduct and staying on the railway until reaching Waitby where the  track was no longer accessible. Leaving the railway we passed…
Sat 11th Mar 2017
  This walk could be defined by one word, MUD!  An encouraging ten walkers arrived at Cawfields Quarry car park, including one guest, Alison, from Cleveland LDWA. The route left Cawfields Quarry in a north easterly direction, passing Cawfields Farm and the three settlements at Close a Burns, where…
  A select group of five members arrived in Allendale Town for our first Northumbrian foray of 2017.  The morning was bright and leader, Martyn, got us off to a prompt start with the prospect of a good days walking ahead.  Leaving the town square, our route headed up Shilburn Road for just over a…
There was a good attendance of ten members and two visitors who were welcomed by leader, Clare, at Castle Carrock in the pouring rain.The start was up a very muddy lonnen, a good induction to the very wet terrain that was to follow! We went up through heather and bog to the first cairn which was…
    The Weather Gods were in benevolent mood for the third Tour de Derwent Water.  Bright blue skies greeted twelve LDWA aficionados in the car park at Portinscale (Grid Reference NY 252230).  The twelve glided via Nichol End and Hawse End to Catbells Terrace where they paused to admire the view…
  A bad weather forecast for the day but this didn't deter eleven “hardy” members turning up at Haydon Bridge where waterproofs were donned as the forecast was living up to what had been predicted. The walk comprised of two loops of 3 and 12 miles visiting places associated with John…
Sun 23rd Oct 2016
For the second year in a row this fixture enjoyed good weather with long views and occasional sunshine. When out of the fresh north-easterly wind it was almost balmy though the latter adjective was often applied to the leader as he headed from the start at Fellside, gateway to the Northern Fells,…
Sun 18th Sep 2016
  The Sun was much in evidence as eight of us assembled at Hallbankgate Car Park for this gentle meander over the North Pennine hills.  After a walk up Crossgates road we soon lost the tarmac and began the ascent across boggy terrain for a view of Tindale tarn, resplendent in the sunshine.  Then it…
The walk started at the main car park in Kirkby Stephen with eight walkers of whom two were visitors from the east Lancashire Group. After leaving the village we crossed the river at Frank's Bridge and joined the former Penrith to Darlington railway east of Stankrith Bridge. We then proceeded along…
  Five LDWA members and one guest, Pete, convened at the Hareshaw Linn car park in Bellingham on a fine Sunday morning.  An initial short section of road walking took us above the town on the Pennine Way route, which we were to follow for the first part of the walk.  At a right-hand bend in the…
Sun 15th May 2016
  A bright dry sunny morning greeted the eight walkers who had opted to be led by Martyn Smith on this 21 mile circuit.   Departing promptly at 08.30 from Nenthead mines car park we headed West over Black Moss to old mine workings at Bentyfield. After crossing the B6277 a path to Bleagate was taken…
A blustery rendezvous above Knock village, saw our group of seven donning full bad weather kit, as a hail shower swept through.  Six members and guest, Wendy, formerly of Kent LDWA, set off up the service road to the 'golf ball' on Great Dun Fell.  The golf ball and indeed our target, Cross Fell,…
Sun 13th Mar 2016
Spring arrived at last in Cumbria and greeted the annual perambulation of one of the Three Rings Of Shap.  This year it was Ring 3 and there was an excellent turnout of 19 (10 ladies and 9 gentlemen) to romp round the 20 mile circuit on Sunday 13 March.  The route follows Wainwright's…
  Contrary to the previous evening's forecast, there was an absence of rain on the morning of the walk, which made for a promising start.  Six members appeared at Kingmoor Nature Reserve car park in the north of Carlisle, ready to revisit (in the most part) the route of a Mince Pie walk of yore. …
     The weather forecast for Sunday 17 January was good; clear but cold.  Many LDWA aficionados were looking forward to the walk.  The only problem was there had been snow the previous day which meant that travelling by car was a significant challenge.  The journey from the A66 to the start of the…
Storm Desmond had ravaged Cumbria on Saturday 5 December.  A reconnaisance of Borrowdale on Thursday indicated the area had recovered sufficiently well to cope with an influx of LDWA aficionados on Sunday 13 December.  The Weather Gods then sent a snow storm to the A66 between Penrith and Threlkeld…
Sun 29th Nov 2015
    A dire forecast, containing that pleasant partnership of gale force winds and rain, did not deter the twelve hardy members who arrived at Roehead above Pooley Bridge, all kitted out and prepared to face the elements.  A short, sharp ascent took us from our parked cars onto the flanks of…
Sun 25th Oct 2015
  Some four years had elapsed since this annual fixture enjoyed good weather but hopes were high as twelve of us, 50:50 members and visitors, set out from Patterdale on a fine morning with the autumn colours adding a touch of magic to the day. After an easy start along the valley floor the village…
Sun 13th Sep 2015
    Leader Andy reports - Ten members departed Alston at the appointed time (0900) heading South along the Pennine Way to Garrigill from where the South Tyne trail was followed to Ashgill Force. A short break enabled the behind the waterfall experience to be had before all ten scrambled through…
Sun 23rd Aug 2015
Six enjoyed a walk round the Coledale Horshoe on a fine day with strong winds
    10 members congregated in Bardon Mill on a bright and sunny morning, anticipating a fine walk with some history thrown in!  We proceeded north from Bardon Mill, passing under the A69 on a minor road, eventually picking up a track above Chainley Beck, which headed to the first Roman Fort on our…
Nine members and two visitors from East Lancs LDWA set out from Carlingill Bridge on the back road to Sedbergh, a former Roman road and somewhat quieter prospect than the nearby M6.  With Clare leading, the route initially followed Carlingill Beck up the valley, which narrowed dramatically towards…
Venture to the Great Water of Fleet Viaduct – Dumfries and Galloway Leader Una reports - Walking in Scotland is different. We do have the right to roam, but there is not a dense network of footpaths, and the terrain can be testing – boggy and uneven, with tufty grass and gorse. As a…
  The annual perambulation round one of the Rings was led this year by new boss of the Rings, Neil. It was a cool start at Shap with a drying easterly breeze giving excellent walking conditions enlivened by a smidgen of sunshine later in the afternoon. The underfoot conditions were muddy to muddier…
The group of 14 walkers left the Kilngreen car park at 9.00. We walked south through Langholm town up to the Round House, where Stuart told us a little about the historic building. Vearing left up Whita Hill we stopped at Whita Well, where some of up took a sip of the lovely fresh spring water.…
Sun 11th Jan 2015
  Seven group members and guest, Jane, assembled at Sainsbury's car park in Haltwhistle; the conversation turning inevitably to the weather forecast, which hadn't made for good reading!   The route left Haltwhistle close to the railway station, quickly crossing the South Tyne River, which appeared…
Dawn broke over Derwent Water on a dreich, dark, dank December day.  In the car park at Portinscale (Grid Reference NY 252230) eight brave Cumbrian warriors (aka walkers) left the safe, comfy environment of their chariots (cars to the non-LDWA fraternity) and started a six and half hour walk in…
Sat 22nd Nov 2014
Leader Roger reports - GLARAMARA WITH A GREAT END   Starting from Stonethwaite we climbed via Stanger Gill up to Bessyboot and had some views down Borrowdale before wandering over towards Glaramara. Wainwright describes this as being much marshy,  trackless and confusing ground thus dangerous…
Sun 19th Oct 2014
Tradition has it that the Weather Gods do not look kindly on the walk that precedes the AGM of the Cumbria LDWA.  Early on Sunday 19 October 2014 six Cumbrian warriors (aka walkers) donned their swords and shields (well at least boots and waterproofs) and met at the Youth Hostel car park just…
  Hard though it is to believe, this was the 10th annual Brampton Circuit, better known as the Cream Tea Walk, the reward awaiting 8 walkers who completed some 20 miles of a circular walk round Brampton. Points along the walk included Lower Gelt Bridge, Hayton Town Head and Greenwell village,…
Sun 20th Jul 2014
The Old Crown Round is always a challenge and was made even more so this time for those who had cycled 70 miles the previous day to celebrate the Secretary's 70th birthday! Initial numbers were eight including guest Ingrid from faraway Bellingham who had left home with Barbara at 6.30am. Meeting at…
Sat 17th May 2014
Ian explained the day's route to the assembled group of ten, comprising 5 members and 5 visitors; saying we would decide at the top of Bow Fell whether to continue on to Scafell Pike. We then set off from Old Dungeon Ghyll in glorious weather. On the way up to Pike of Blisco leader, Ian, nominated…
Sun 13th Apr 2014
Leader Andy reports: The weather was forecast to be dry but windy until 4 pm so there was a good incentive for the field of ten to get going. The route went firstly down to Lambley viaduct then a slight route change as the access under the viaduct had been fenced off. We were quickly back on track…
Sun 23rd Mar 2014
With a record nineteen starters it was almost as if the Three Rings had come early. Two new members, Ann and Alan, joined nine veterans and eight visitors as we left Shap on an encouraging morning with a covering of snow on the high fells. The first obstacle, however, was the stepping stones over…
Leader Clare writes - I lead the group of nine, including 5 members, with Misty the dog, who welcomed our four guests; Morven, Paul, Jane and Allan. The walk was a figure of eight so we did the shortest loop first, as I thought the weather would be better in the morning and it meant we could leave…
Fifteen brave souls arrived at the Blue Gate crossroads above Caldbeck for Cumbria LDWA group's first walk of 2014; which represented a great start to the year!  The gathering included 11 group members; new member, Angela and three guests, Gill, Ann and Jane.  Clare was leading in Louise's stead…
Sun 15th Dec 2013
This year's mince pie walk explored the country south and east of Carlisle and was well attended with ten members plus the Treasurer's daughter at the starting gate. The weather remained fine and cool all day with good visibility and virtually zero precipitation. Initially the delights of Morrisons…
Sat 16th Nov 2013
Four group members were joined at the start, Burnbanks, by five visitors, Pat, David, Julie, Jim and Paul, where the weather looked promising for a circuit of the fell tops.  Leader, Clare, set a good pace past Naddle Farm and out on to the moorland to the east of Haweswater, with Selside summit in…
Sun 27th Oct 2013
The usual tradition of bad weather, both forecast and real time, held good again for this annual fixture. Back in Braithwaite at the Coledale Inn after a gap of some years gave ample scope for a day of exhilarating high level walking over the North Western fells. Sadly only one Group member…
It's hard to believe that there have already been eight of Paul's 'T4T' walks and even harder to imagine that he could lead the way into new territory. But this is just what he did on a pleasantly warm but overcast day as eight members and three visitors left Brampton at the usual time of just…
Sun 18th Aug 2013
Only three members plus two guests joined leader Martyn on this 20 mile stroll round the northern outposts of the National Park. Early showers soon abated to leave a dry and warm day with distant views to the inviting fells. Starting at Roehead a course was set initially northward to pass the…
Sun 21st Jul 2013
Warm sunshine accompanied the seven who left White Moss quarry under the guidance of leader Tony who had looked at most of the route the previous day. The humid conditions required lots of water though a welcoming cooling breeze on the ridge gave some relief.   Alcock Tarn was the first objective…
Sun 21st Apr 2013
Leader Andy writes:   A bad weather forecast for most of the day maybe influenced the turnout, but six hardy souls turned up at Fellside. Apart from Derek and myself there were Dave & Pat, two potential new members from Penrith, Chris from Bolton and Lorraine from Wigan. The rain started before we…
Sun 17th Mar 2013
Six guys and six gals plus leader Tony gave a pleasing symmetry to this walk and avoided the problem of an unlucky 13 starters! It was also good to welcome five visitors including David and Merrian from BBN who amazingly have walked with nearly every group in the LDWA. An early fall of snow proved…
Sun 24th Feb 2013
All eight starters on this walk were indebted to Leader Roger giving up time on his big birthday to guide us round an interesting winter tour of these wonderful hills with long views in all directions on offer all day. It was also good to welcome two visitors on the day and to find that one was…
A New Year, A refreshed Group!    15 started Louise's Riparian Ramble - a number not seen for nearly five years when 18 started up Fusedale. Twelve members were accompanied by three welcome guests as we started along the River Eden at Wetheral. Conditions were dull but frosty which helped alleviate…
Sun 16th Dec 2012
We were fortunate to enjoy a great winter's day with long periods of sunshine as leader Derek left Newfield Park closely followed by seven members. We soon reached the River Eden at Rickerby Park to join the Hadrian's Wall Path for several miles passing through Crosby on Eden then alongside Blea…
Sun 11th Nov 2012
Leader Derek reports - The weather forecast promised a dry and bright day for the walk and so it turned out.  Jim, Andy, Louise and myself made up the small select group which started out from Felldike car park promptly at 8.35. We soon skirted Cogra Moss reservoir, climbing steadily up through…
Sun 28th Oct 2012
It was a glorious sunny day with frost firming the ground, ice encrusted puddles and a thin wind that soon abated making for memorable walking conditions. Unfortunately the AGM walk was the following day when continuous rain, high winds and lowering skies made the planned walk over Helvellyn and…
Sun 9th Sep 2012
Leader Andy chose a good day for this rare foray for the Group into Scotland. It was sunny and warm as seven of us left the Dykecrofts visitor centre car park near Newcastleton to walk the mainly well way-marked Cross Border route. Billed at 18 miles we initially climbed gradually alongside the…
Sun 19th Aug 2012
  If you 'Google' Yomp the result is something like – 'a long distance march carrying heavy equipment over difficult terrain'. Perhaps that, and the weather forecast, put people off as only three of us joined leader Martyn at this somewhat desolate eastern outpost of Cumbria. Conditions were…
                                                                                                             Leader Paul reports The promise of sunshine and showers brought the prospect of a good day's walking and so it turned out with two short periods of mizzle before lunch. One heavier shower…
Sun 27th May 2012
                                                                              Leader Martyn reports –   A beautiful morning greeted nine of us, including myself as walk leader, at the start. We set off at 8.35am to tackle Harter Fell - the first climb of the day. As one of the group…
Leader Derek reports -   The day started off beautifully sunny but with a cold wind from the north. This augured well for the high level walk - at least the tops were cloud free which was not the case when I had done the recce. It was a pity then that there were only four of us to enjoy the good…
Sun 19th Feb 2012
Dennis lead a group of seven from Hartsop on a cold but clear day with sun and blue skies. The route took in Thornthwaite Beacon and the High Street ridge descending into Martindale via Fusedale. Return was over Beda Fell and Boredale Hause
Sun 15th Jan 2012
                                                                                     Leader Louise reports -      Eleven walkers set out on this glorious Sunday morning.  Nine members and two guests, Sally and Mick, a Northumbria LDWA member, made for a strong turnout. The walk began at…
Sun 11th Dec 2011
Only four members plus two guests arrived chez Derek & Stella for the start of this year's mince pie walk. A mild and dry but cloudy day was welcomed after the recent tempests though underfoot conditions were decidedly 'clarty'! The semi-urban nature of the walk did, however, help to minimise the…
Sun 6th Nov 2011
Unfortunately planned leader Derek had to withdraw at short notice due to injury but luckily Tony was available to step in and undertake the awesome responsibility of escorting Dennis and visitor Eddie round the route. Perhaps the disappointing turnout was related to the proximity of the AGM walk…
Sun 30th Oct 2011
A fine though breezy and cloudy day greeted the starters for this year's walk prior to the AGM. Nine members were joined by four guests as we walked up the track to Bowscale Tarn and thence up the steep path onto Bowscale Fell. After regrouping we traversed across to Bannerdale Crags enjoying fine…
Leader Roger reports –   There was only Ian and myself from the Group plus four members from Vermuyden (North Lincs) when we met at Keld at 9.45. The latter looked likely to run us off our feet. We followed field footpaths to reach the start of the Pennine Way path and managed nearly two…
Sun 21st Aug 2011
As this was an inaugural combined walk with Kendal Fellwalkers numbers were swollen to an impressive 14 with honours approximately even give or take a couple of guests who were on neither side. Thankfully the weather was kind though cool and navigation straightforward thus avoiding any possibility…
    Low pressure but not low spirits meant a wet start on a Sunday more fit for autumn than high summer. Undeterred ten set off on Paul's seventh odyssey and included old chums Rob & Theresa and soon-to-be new member Maureen. At least the rain was warm so layers were soon shed on reaching the…
Sun 22nd May 2011
Once again Haltwhistle expert Frank lead us out of this small town which is situated deep in Roman wall country and sometimes billed as the centre of Britain. The party numbered nine and encouragingly four old timers were balanced by four new members plus one guest – Kon from Newcastle. Sadly…
Sun 10th Apr 2011
It was 8.30 on a calm, warm sunny morning when six of us left the South Tynedale Railway Station car park. We were going to explore the Northumbrian/Cumbrian border land above Alston, England's highest market town. Leader, Barrie, had been joined by group members Jim, Frank and Roger and we…
Sun 13th Mar 2011
With Spring rapidly approaching will the Three Rings be far behind! With this in mind a highly adequate quorum of nine plus sole visitor Graham set off from Shap to do the annual recce prior to the Event. This is usually a useful exercise and as often happens changes occur with a new fence in one…
Sun 13th Feb 2011
Leader Louise reports - Despite an unfavourable forecast, the weather remained dry on the whole for our foray into the northern and southern hinterlands of the Roman Wall. Mud was certainly the order of the day as eight group members and new member Judy left Cawfields Quarry car park and headed in…
Sun 9th Jan 2011
More like New Year Whites as seven group members left leader Derek's house on another bright wintry morning with fresh snow on the ground. Fifteen miles were promised though twenty were eventually covered. Civilisation was soon left as we revisited the Kingmoor Nature Reserve en route to the Eden's…
The first mystery was easily solved as stand in leader, Derek, was unmasked. He proved an able deputy for Paul who is currently swelling Cumbria's overloaded sick list. Happily Frank was out and about again after several months' absence bringing the start line total to a barely adequate five. The…
Leader Derek reports Only three set out on what turned out to be a very enjoyable walk. Louise, Barrie, and Leader Derek were the select band of C.L.D.W.A. members (for once outnumbering guest and visitors) who ventured forth. Having just endured a hefty shower (in the car) it was deemed advisable…
Sun 31st Oct 2010
Fifteen starters for this prestigious walk was certainly a record for some time and nobody was concerned that this number included ten guests with a welcome contingent from the ever reliable Scarboro' gals who were over the border for the weekend. Fifteen miles was the distance and fifteen degrees…
Rain, rain and more rain. So it was surprising that three of us rose early to join Roger and journey to Keld. Even more surprising that new boy Gary turned up as promised to sample the delights of Swaledale. As usual it's never quite so bad when you get going and the first leg along the Pennine Way…
Sun 15th Aug 2010
Leader Derek reports - We were blessed with brilliant weather for our walk up Easedale - one of those picture post card days which occur so rarely in the Lakes. It was a shame that more people could not have enjoyed it as only four started out and three completed the walk. Rosemary could only do…
It was nice to welcome Ron & Theresa back on their return to the area as they joined the six members lead by Paul on this sixth 'Cream Tea' walk. The 20 mile route started eastwards and soon became wet and windy as Quarry Beck was reached and followed to join the River Irthing. Wind and rain on our…
Leader Jim reports: The walk started with six members and four guests from Newbiggin-on-Lune and soon joined the disused Tebay to Darlington railway, now a well known nature trail. Apart from two small diversions the railway was followed to Kirkby Stephen where the C2C was crossed at Greenriggs…
Sun 25th Apr 2010
Sadly the brilliant weather of the previous few days broke just in time for the start of Joan's fine walk. Notwithstanding this a laudable fourteen left the Station inn above Oxenholme in rain to climb the Helm. The numbers were largely due to our nine visitors who were from as far apart as…
Sun 21st Mar 2010
This was another area largely unknown to most apart from leader Frank. We left Haltwhistle on a fine clear and fresh morning with visitors outnumbering members by five to four. Initially the River South Tyne was followed in a southwest direction to be rejoined after a short diversion before passing…
Sun 21st Feb 2010
Leader Barrie reports: Ten of us, including Mike Deane, a guest from Northampton, gathered beside Ravenstonedale School. Contrary to the forecast it was snowing already although it had not been expected until afternoon. Well weather-proofed we set off to explore this quiet area tucked away under…
Seven of us left the top of Martindale Hause on a cold dullish but clear day of little or no wind. The snows had retreated to the higher fells so we were able to enjoy easy walking for the most part with fine prospects of the wintry summits. After traversing the fine little top of Hallin Fell and…
Sun 13th Dec 2009
Fifteen miles approx was on the tin but we should have known better than to take serial leader Derek at his word! Still the day was fine if on the cool side as six of us left his house with the promise of mulled wine and mince pies later courtesy of Stella. The day started with an interesting loop…
Leader Derek writes - Hey ho the dark November mornings are with us once again. As with the previous Eden walk earlier this year we started off at 8.30 in gloomy drizzle. We expected the ground to be waterlogged because it had rained so much the day before and so it turned out but at least the day…
Sun 25th Oct 2009
Despite an ominous start to the day with high winds and driving rain twelve brave souls left Fellside near Caldbeck with leader Tony.Seven Group members were valiantly supported by the usual suspects from Northumbria and North Yorkshire plus support from two local ladies coming back for more…
Sun 13th Sep 2009
Not many days can be described as perfect but this mid-September offering was as near as dammit especially after the succession of wet dismal weeks that we called summer this year. Only six plus able leader Barrie took advantage of the superb conditions in this interesting traverse of three lowly…
Seven was again the magic number of members leaving Jim's mansion in Broomfallen Road. Heading northeast initially the Eden was crossed at Warwick Bridge after traversing Carlisle Golf Club's verdant fairways, fortunately before too many golfers were about. Company was then kept with the swollen…
Only seven started this 20+ miler from Brampton and that included leader Paul, potential new member Louise and guest John from Tyneside. Perhaps the rest of the Group were still full after last year's cream tea! Amazingly Paul was able to treat us to another new walk in and out of Brampton for the…
Leader Frank reports as follows – After leaving Cumbria's blue skies we arrived at Northumberland's Greenhead to be met with light mist, low cloud and a chill in the air. This quickly dispersed as six members and three visitors set away at 8.30am, soon warming up on the first section through…
Sun 22nd Mar 2009
Unfortunately Rosemary was unable to lead as planned but Derek proved an able understudy once all eleven starters eventually passed the initial test of finding the start – alright only Tony and Barrie failed! The first objective on a cloudy and windy morning was Loughrigg with its fine…
Sun 22nd Feb 2009
Curiosity may have been the key that persuaded all sixteen of us to foregather at Dufton for February's walk. Few had any idea what DAB was and even fewer what was Digital about it! Nine members were joined by augmented bands of our usual friends from Scarborough and Northumbria. Dufton is a…
Sat 10th Jan 2009
Leader Derek reports as follows – Only Frank and I braved the elements of wind and rain for this low-level walk. We set off from Little Salkeld in spitting rain and a good following wind. The riverside path was quite firm but treacherous in places, the innocent looking surface underlain by…
The day started frosty with icy roads and footpaths combining with frozen fields to make for tentative going early on. Sadly there were no visitors this month as the group left the little hamlet of Bewaldeth beside the A591.The snows had retreated to the high fells but a lack of sunshine and a…
Sun 9th Nov 2008
Beefy showers from the outset ensured that all ten starters left Caldbeck wearing full weather protection. Guests included regulars Dennis and Martyn and we were also joined by newbie Katie from Whitehaven who reduced the average age by a goodly amount! It was also good to see the return of Ian,…
Sun 26th Oct 2008
As last year this was billed as a mystery tour of the North Western fells probably because leader, Tony, had no fixed route plan – we'll just see what the day brings! As it happened the day brought 8 members and 4 guests on a day of heavy but infrequent showers with an uncomfortably strong…
Sun 21st Sep 2008
Although the promised sunshine did not materialise the six members and two guests who left Mungrisdale were more than happy to enjoy a clear, if cloudy, and pleasantly mild day for this circuit of the Northern fells. Souther Fell was first up followed by a traverse round to Scales Tarn where the…
The prospect of another of Mary's cream teas enticed seven members and three guests to join Paul at the start of another of his Brampton perambulations. We left town in the company of heavy rain though this soon settled and after enduring a couple or so more heavy showers the remainder of the day…
Sun 6th Jul 2008
This walk saw a small but elite group of four, including leader Barrie, leave Blencarn en route to circumnavigate Cross Fell. The forecast was for heavy and prolonged showers but initially the going was pleasant and balmy as we travelled North past Blencarn's artificial fishing lake to bypass…
A group of five members lead by Roger, and joined temporarily by a visitor and his dog, set off from Jockey Shield at 8.45am to climb Cold Fell – this being the first top on the long Pennine ridge. This was reached at 10.15 when a short break was had and some photos were taken for future…
Sun 20th Apr 2008
Numbers were reduced for this walk possibly due to trepidation at the thought of another of Frank's fearsome classics. Only eight, including visitor,Bernard, from South Wales, left Martindale. Apart from the daunting route the main enemy of the day was a viciously cold and strong east wind that…
The Lake District National Park Helvellyn Fell Top report on Saturday evening forecasted freezing of old snow and recommended ice axe and crampons, so leader Rosemary abandoned ideas of traversing the Helvellyn ridge. To make up for any disappointment the "low level" Passes walk was longer and…
Sun 17th Feb 2008
Minus seven plus eighteen was the maths to conjure with at the start of a magical February day as we met at the western end of sleepy Askham in the lee of the Far Eastern fells. The first figure relates to the starting temperature, which was soon belied by the sunny and windless conditions. The…
Sun 13th Jan 2008
Those revisiting Dalston on a damp and dull morning included regular guests Rob and Theresa plus new member Mike, transferring in from the Deep South. Group members swelled the party to nine as we left northwards along the east bank of the Caldew under Jim's able and confident leadership. Initially…
Despite the tempting offer of mince pies only six members, and sadly no guests, joined leader Derek as we left his house before sunrise. Initially Carlisle was traversed via an ingenious selection of footpaths giving little hint of the adjacent metropolis. After leaving city limits the River…
A magnificent 11 souls, including local guests Malcolm and Anne plus Beryl from Hull, left Maryport early (if not bright) in an attempt to complete leader Derek's unfinished business from last year. Dry and mild conditions overhead were complemented with reasonable walking terrain, which was not,…
Sun 28th Oct 2007
Undeterred by heavy overnight rain and the promise of high winds and showers, a record 15 walkers set out on Tony's mystery tour from the Coledale Inn at Braithwaite. Our stalwart guests were regulars Dennis & Martyn from Geordieland and Eileen & Wendy from Scarborough. As we traversed Barrow and…
Sun 16th Sep 2007
Heavy rain and high winds made both the proposed route over the Helvellyn massif and Rosemary's bad weather alternative impractical. Not to be put off five of us circumnavigated Place Fell in an attempt to salvage something from the day. The route north on the lakeside path was just about bearable…
Sun 12th Aug 2007
As is often the case Brampton was favoured by better weather than adjoining areas so nine of us, ably lead by Paul, were able to set off on the Mark 3 walk in relatively settled conditions compared with the wet misery of Keswick and the Lakes. We headed South initially past Talkin Tarn and the…
Sun 15th Jul 2007
Six stalwarts, ably lead by Frank, made a swift cross border foray to visit Langholm – the Muckle Toon. Unusually for this summer the weather remained dry and fine though the humid muggy air encouraged a surfeit of flies probably attracted by our sweaty bodies. Any thoughts of an easy amble over…
Sun 20th May 2007
At 8.30 am on a bright and sunny morning nine of us gathered at the foot of Catbells. We welcomed two new guests, Dave and Julia Duggan, plus Dennis and Martyn, our regular friends from Northumberland, and Trish from Bassenthwaite. Jan led us across Newlands Valley to Rigg Back and up the valley…
Sun 15th Apr 2007
  6 club members and 3 guests started the walk from High Side Farm - just off the A591 near Bassenthwaite Lake - Trish having cycled from home! It was a pleasant spring morning with hill walking on little used routes, contouring under Great Knott, Broad End & Dead Crags before joining the Cumbria…
Sun 25th Mar 2007
A strong cool easterly wind was the main weather feature at the start of this demanding walk. Luckily this brought fine dry and sunny conditions with good visibility and no navigation problems.12 started, with a 2:1 preponderance of visitors, though sadly Martyn had to withdraw because of sickness…
Sun 25th Feb 2007
There were 9 of us including our new member Julie Davidson and Eileen Greenwood, a welcome guest from sunny Scarborough, who left Tebay at 9.45 on a bright Sunday morning. The cloud was well above the fells as promised by our Northern Weatherman. We followed the ridge high above the Lune Gorge with…
Mon 22nd Jan 2007
21.1.07              A JAUNT WITH JIM  17 miles was the target but leader Jim neglected to tell us until we finished as night fell that these were Irish miles, which equated to 22 of our 'normal' ones. This came as something of a shock to, Anne, our unsuspecting guest though she took it - and the…
Sun 10th Dec 2006
10.12.06                                                MARYPORT RAMBLE We can't say there was no warning. For days the weather forecast had promised high winds and driving rain – it wasn't wrong! Even so five of us set off in the pre-dawn gloom with local boy, Ron, to see us off (I'd love to come…
Sat 18th Nov 2006
12.11.06                                   BASSENTHWAITE AND BEYOND Four hardy souls joined leader Derek at the head of Bassenthwaite Lake for this energetic expedition both up and around Skiddaw. Luckily the weather was kinder than the previous day with its severe gales and hail showers. Even so…
Tue 31st Oct 2006
29.10.06                                                 COMMITTEE WALK A beautiful day of warm autumn sunshine greeted 9 members as we left Wet Sleddale dam at 9.15 am having enjoyed the extra hour in bed. Our esteemed Chairman soon dispelled any hopes of cushy walking as he set a cracking pace…
Mon 18th Sep 2006
17.9.06                     MORE FROM MORLAND A small group of the usual suspects was on hand to welcome back Leader and new father John after his fractured ankle. He did us proud with an excellently devised walk of 17 miles on a fine warm day (don't mention the nettles). His knowledge of the…
13.8.06                                                                TIME FOR TEA – MARK 2 This was another of Paul's excellent excursions from Brampton taking ten of us some 20 miles through largely unfamiliar country either side of Hadrian's wall. Conditions were good for walking - a fine…