Past Walk Reports


Sun 3rd Mar 2013
Keith's walk from Sadgill brought plenty of snow - a common theme for us this spring!    As we set off Nicky immediately sabotaged the walk by putting in a special request to climb a nearby Birkett - which Keith duly obliged with.  This meant a very steep climb rather than a quite steep climb to…
With Jim safely back from his second forey to America's longest trails, we were all set for yet another pleasant February Christmas event!  Staveley still has fresh walks options or so it would seem, as Jim found us a route which was known in parts but new in others. Jim also has friends in far…
After much snow, these two Wainwrights turned ut to be a great choice for the conditions which included a reasonably light dusting of snow at low level and some quite deep stuff higher on the fells.  We met at a rather Chilly Askham and gradually wandered up onto Heughscar Hill to take in the…
Sat 29th Sep 2012
The Duddon Valley is always an excellent choice for a walk in September - beautiful autumn colours and usually mild weather.  The views out to sea are wonderful and into the Southern Fells also.  Plus there is a great pub down in the valley if you can ever drag yourself down off the surrounding…
Sat 21st Jul 2012
  When Caroline planned this walk from Morland she had three reasons for choosing it.  Firstly it was on her new doorstep of Carlisle, secondly she felt we had not really walked the area very much and thirdly there is a really super tea shop in Morland which just cries out to be tested a few…
Sun 15th Apr 2012
A chilly but lovely sunny morning again!  We are doing so well this year.  After a little searching out free car parking spaces we set off at a brisk pace along the Langdale valley beside Elterwater.  Sunday in Langdale is never a quiet one and there were plenty of people about today.  The…
Sun 19th Feb 2012
After the successful Tripple A walks of 2011 we have embarked on a Tripple B series for 2012 - a pattern causing some alarm to the older ones amongst us who are wondering how we are going to survive until the Tripple Z.  Anyway, first of the Tripple B walks was a Breath of Fresh Air, as we wanted…
Sun 15th Jan 2012
What a lovely way to start the year - frosty air, full sunshine all day, birds singing.....  I can't guarantee the birds were singing but their teeth were certainly chattering as it was a very chilly January morning that saw us tackling the Howgills via the beautiful, less frequented Langdale…
  Arnside is always a popular draw for our group, and we had a reasonable turnout again today for a damp December morning.  The drizzle soon eased off as we set off along the coast with glimpses of views over to Grange-over-Sands.  High tide was a couple of hours away and for me it is always…
Sat 12th Nov 2011
It's always nice to catch a train.  So it was great to start this walk at High Bentham station to catch the train along to Giggleswick, apart from the fact that all the time the train was chugg chugging along, I knew we had to chugg chugg back the other way on foot - slightly more intimidating…
Sun 23rd Oct 2011
As we gathered near Torver Common for the Start of Tom's Delightful walk, the weather didn't look too delightful.  In fact, it was only because of the prospect of an improving forecast that I had even got myself out of bed at all!  Numbers were few due to the poor forecast, but 7 of us set off to…
Those of you who can spell were not to be fooled - and indeed didn't turn up!  Those of us who can't spell assumed this walk would be a doddle and turned up for a restful day! Ian Dyer soon put us straight and explained that Easey referred to a beautiful but remote and hard to navigate river…
Sun 21st Aug 2011
This walk, with a mini bus to bring us back at the finish, gave the group an unusual opportunity to walk over and beyond Skiddaw: a patch usually a little too far for us to reach.  THe Zig Zag therefore involved climbing Skiddaw and dropping to Bakestaall, before cutting back to Skiddaw House…
Sun 12th Jun 2011
Pendle is a hill which is just within reach of our patch, but one we have rarely walked other than on challenge walks.  Although Ron would have you believe he has climbed it more times than the rest of us have had hot dinners!   So when Fred and Helen, who live very close to the foot of it,…
Gill lives very close to and loves this area and agreed to lead a walk similar to one she had done before, so that more members could get along to enjoy it.  The walk is close enough to the sea so that you get that curious effect of being out on the moors but surrounded by the shrieks of seabirds…
Sun 6th Feb 2011
Christmas wouldn't be the same without Jim - especially our particular brand of Christmas which comes in February, with plenty of rain instead of snow! Once more, Jim had a cracking route from Staveley for us, but he had failed a bit on the weather front as it just wouldn't stop raining and blowing…
Sun 16th Jan 2011
After the snow of December it was good to be able to get out and about again, albeit with a rather foggy day.  A few West Lancs members boosted our numbers and given a not very inspiring day we had  a good turn out.Nicky and Ian enjoy the Newton Fells because they can see them from their house…
After the riggors of the AGM on Friday night, this walk was planned to be relaxing and gentle, enjoying the scenery around Levens, Stainton, Crooklands and Hincaster. We enjoyed really lovely winter sunshine all day, and at one point had to resort to T-shirts.  The route out from Levens took in…
This beautiful walk, taking in Arnside, Silverdale, Yealand Conyers, Leighton Moss aned the Fairy Steps, turned into a bit of a game of hide and seek. Ron, Ann and Margaret, living in Arnside, decided they would not join the throng at the start, but would make their lives easier by having a lie in…
Sun 22nd Aug 2010
This walk was organised by Tony WIlley as a joint venture between ourselves and the Kendal Fellwalkers.  So it was with some trepidation that I turned up; knowing these Fellwalkers to be a fit lot!  We also had a few from the Cumbria group joining us and a couple from Yorkshire too.This 17 mile…
Due to the difficulties with access to Mickle Fell, the MOD permit we had acquired for August proved very popular and we set out with 37 people on this walk.We had decided to add on Bellbeaver Rigg and Viewing Hill as an additional 2 x 2000 footers, just in case there was not enough challenge in…
Malcolm and Ann decided it would be good for us to tackle the Matterhorn - and we were all relieved to hear that it was actually a small outcrop on the Coniston Fells rather than a mighty peak far far away that none of us were sure we could manage. The weather, having been beautiful for weeks,…
Sun 28th Mar 2010
We have been enjoying tackling long distance paths in sections for some years now, and this is our latest challenge - the 100 mile route from Skipton to Penrith, passing through Grassington, Buckden, Hawes, Kirkby Stephen and Appleby on the way.This first day tackled the relatively easy section…
Sun 7th Mar 2010
After all the snow of recent weeks we were not too sure if we would be able to get out walking at all, let alone tackle Kentmere Horseshoe!  Dave had the challenge of checking out the route for us all a couple of days before - ably assisted by Caroline!  Because the snow was extremely deep (thigh…
Sun 7th Feb 2010
Once again the Westmorland and North Lancs group have enjoyed Christmas in February.  It is becoming quite the annual challenge now for Jim to find us a new route out of Staveley each year so that we can continue to return for the excellent service and food at the Eagle and Child who have looked…
Sun 17th Jan 2010
Our January plans for a walk on Wild Boar Fell, were somewhat scuppered by the fact that our leader Ian Dyers reported snow up to his waist. Now Ian is a tall lad, so we thought discretion was the better part of velcro and decided even our gaiters wouldn't save us in those conditions and that…
It was a bitterly cold day but with 'potential' as we set out this year from Arnside Prom to tackle yet more new paths around the Arnside and Silverdale area.  Ron and Ann had devised a route which left Arnside itself by an unusual route - mainly to avoid the flood waters which were still set to…
Sun 8th Nov 2009
Sunday dawned a beautiful day after all the rain we have had recently so we were really pleased to be out in the Central Lakes.  With a few guest walkers along from the North East and West Lancs, 18 of us set off along the Coffin route to climb up to Alcock Tarn.  Claire led a steady pace as we…
After the challenges of Part 5, this last section of this 100 mile route was to prove comparatively relaxing. After some initial level walking over rather damp fields, we had a climb up Longridge Fell to make sure we were still all awake.  We got to the top just as the rain arrived (becoming a…
Sun 30th Aug 2009
This was always going to be the most challenging part of the route, and it definitely proved so with the weather deteriorating after lunch.  We had three biggish hills to climb over today each of which sported a lovely boggy top, so gaiters and snorkles was the order of the day!The first climb…
Sun 16th Aug 2009
When Doug Tilly offered to lead a walk for us back in his home town near Ramsbottom, we jumped at the chance to try a new area.  We'd of course forgotten how early we would have to get out of bed, but no matter, we were all on the Burneside Community bus bright and early by 7.30 ready to drop down…
Sun 19th Jul 2009
This was a re-run of a social walk that got washed away in 2008, but I can happily report this year the weather was very much on our side.  It was cool but clear morning at Ribblehead Viaduct, with a threat of dark clouds but they really amounted to nothing during the course of the day.Ian Dyer…
Fri 22nd May 2009
We are now well on the way with this 100 mile walk and section four saw us striding out from Malham over to Settle and down to Slaidburn. Well OK not so much striding out as staggering up as the first six miles took us on a sharp up and over towards Malham tarn before turning down to Settle. …
Sun 12th Apr 2009
Tony Willey was keen to see what the third Ring of the Three Rings of Shap actually looked like in the daylight!  So we all joined him for a superb day out in this limestone country around the Shap and Orton area.  It was glorious weather and we had a great time strolling over the fresh spring…
An excellent walk led by Gill, taking us over the Forest of Bowland hills in another day of glorious sunshine.  Forgot the camera - dohhh!  It was great to look out to sea at the start of the walk but feel right in the heart of the Dales by the middle of the walk, before returning over the tops…
Sun 1st Mar 2009
It was with some relief that the leaders found the snow (which had presented such a challenge whilst checking out the route three weeks ago) had all melted.  It was a dry, bright day so what more could we ask for!  The route crosses the access moorland above Rylstone and visits the Cracoe War…
Sun 1st Feb 2009
Once again, Jim organised us a fantastic Christmas walk and lunch from the ever popular Eagle and Child in Staveley. The weather was kind to those of us who walked in the morning -  a beautiful walk across by Potters Tarn and down to Garnett Bridge took us along Longsleddale and back over the…
Sun 18th Jan 2009
After some challenging research, Dave finally settled on a route out of Chipping that wouldn't have us all dragging each other out of ditches and peat bogs all day.  Which was just as well as the day dawned very cold but with a promise of snow flurries all day.  We climbed up Parlick to start the…
Sun 7th Dec 2008
A great turnout today for another of our very popular Silverdale/Arnside area walks. These have become the Christmas tradition for our group and always attract visitors from other groups and today a few new potential members for our own group - welcome to you all if you are reading this. With a…
Sun 9th Nov 2008
Part two of our six part walk took us back to start from Gisburn with a 16 mile walk to Skipton.  It was a walk of two halves as we enjoyed sunshine and strong winds in the morning but some showers at lunch time. Given how much it had rained for the whole of the previous month, we considered…
Sun 10th Aug 2008
Well, when we picked the title of this walk, it was based on the hills we planned to visit, rather than steeling yourself against the forces of nature!"Aye, but it didn't stop to rain"This social walk rapidly turned into a challenge.  To be honest, at the bottom of Steel Fell I thought to myself…
Sat 19th Jul 2008
This was the first of a six part route taking in the highlights of Lancashire and Yorkshire, so it was fitting that we had a good mix of Lancastrians and Yorkshiremen along for the walk - with a few reprobates from Cumbrian thrown in for good measure.  The Cumbrian's arrived by mini bus courtesy…
Sun 11th May 2008
This was definitely a day for sun hats and shorts and suncream as spring made a real entry all of a sudden after the chilly days we have been experiencing. We set off from Austwick with a steady uphill climb onto the Limestone Pavements which lie between Maughton and Ingleton. It was perfect…
Sun 2nd Mar 2008
This walk always promised to be a challenge, with plenty of roller coaster climbs around the fells at the South end of Coniston.It turned out to be a really blowy day too, so this added value to the challenges we faced. Undaunted by the winds we set out from Sunny Bank to climb up to Beacon Tarn.…
Despite an interesting weather forecast twenty people and two dogs set off for the morning walk to build up an appetite for our annual Christmas Lunch.  We always have lunch in February, not because we are an odd lot (although there is that!) but because we are always too busy in December to get…
Sun 13th Jan 2008
After a forecast for more than Devil's to be falling from the big roof in the sky, it was amazing to see 18 sturdy souls turning out for our January walk.Dave had a well planned route for us, taking all the high level stuff early in the day (Hutton Roof and Farleton Fell) so that once we got down…
Sun 6th Jan 2008
After so much talk about avalanches on Helvellyn this week, it was reassuring to know that this Sunday only involved the rather more gentle slopes of Scout Scar and Whitbarrow!  As we approach the date of our annual event, nine of us set out from Scout Scar at 8.30 to see if all was well along the…