Club Membership - Given the current lack of organised Club activities for obvious unprecedented reasons, your Committee have decided to extend the membership expiry date of all 2020 Club members to 31/12/2021.

Events - As soon as your Committee agree that it is safe to restart Club activities, this web-page will immediately be updated.

 

Patterdale Half-Term Long Weekend 18th to 22nd February, 2021 [FOUR Nights] - Lyn Boyle, Paul Gertig, Pauline Gertig, Ian Goodman & Natalie Goodman will be staying in lodge one for  FOUR nights (Thursday 18th, Friday 19th, Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st February, 2021) on the magnificent Patterdale Hall Estate at a cost of £55 per person. At the same time, Jean Walker, Steve Walker, Caitlin, Shannon + 1 will be staying in chalet two for  FOUR nights (Thursday 18th, Friday 19th, Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st February, 2021) at a cost of £63 per person. This 300-acre private estate is located in the breath-taking Ullswater valley, wrapped around the southern tip of Ullswater, England’s most beautiful lake. Ideally located at the foot of some of Lakeland's most magnificent and scenic mountains (Place Fell, St Sunday Crag, Helvellyn, High Street) and, at the same time, for exploring by car the whole of the Lake District as it is within a short drive of Penrith, Keswick, Windermere, Ambleside, Bowness and Kendal. Should you wish to be added to the 'reserve list', please contact the Secretary as soon as possible. IMPORTANT - once your Club is in receipt of your initial £25 per person payment, as this is a 'shared cost' group event, you will regretfully remain liable for the full £55 (or £63) per person amount in the event of subsequent cancellation for whatever reason, unless a minumum of 5 beds are subsequently filled. In view of this, all participants are highly recommended to give due consideration to investing in holiday cancellation insurance cover.

Patterdale Long Weekend 18th to 22nd March, 2021 [FOUR Nights] - All Beds Allocated - Liz Beech, Lyn Boyle, Jane Brough, Lynn Ford, Anne Marie Forster, Ian Goodman, Natalie Goodman, Carol Lonsdale, Andy Nixon, Claire O’Sullivan, Ian Storey, Neil Waite & Ronnie Willison will be spending FOUR nights (Thursday 18th, Friday 19th, Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st March, 2021) on the magnificent Patterdale Hall Estate @ £75 per person. Should you wish be held on the 'reserve list' pending a cancelation being received, please contact the Secretary as soon as possible. IMPORTANT - as this is a 'shared cost' group event, you will regretfully remain liable for the full maximum £75 per person amount in the event of subsequent cancellation for whatever reason, unless a minimum of 14 beds are subsequently filled. In view of this, all participants are highly recommended to give due consideration to investing in holiday cancellation insurance cover.

Scottish Week Trip 22nd to 29th May 2021 - The owner of the ‘Visit Scotland’ 5-star awarded Bearnock Lodge has very kindly agreed to re-schedule the Club's cancelled 2020 booking to 22nd to 29th May, 2021 at no additional cost. Therefore should you wish to take advantage of this simply awesome value £204.50 per person offer and join Lyn Boyle, Lynn Ford, Anne Marie Forster, Paul Gertig, Pauline Gertig, Ian Hammond, Malcolm McVey, Ellen Morrison, Mike Morrison, Claire O'Sullivan, Andy Nixon, Ian Storey, Neil Waite, Jean Walker, Steve Walker & Ronnie Willison, please contact the Secretary as soon as possible. Close by is the Glenurquhart forest and mountain bike trails. About five miles to the west is Cannich, which leads to the Glen Affric National Nature Reserve where there are lovely walks through ancient Caledonian pinewoods and across open moorland, providing the opportunity to enjoy all sorts of wildlife and unspoilt splendour. Also close by at Corrimony are chambered cairns and an RSPB bird reserve. Glen Urquhart itself stretches from the banks of Loch Ness westward towards the mountains of Glen Affric - a beautiful wooded glen with lochs and river that greatly rewards exploration on foot, cycle or horseback. IMPORTANT - once your Club is in receipt of your initial £74.50 per person payment, as this is a 'shared cost' group event, you will regretfully remain liable for the full £204.50 per person amount in the event of subsequent cancellation for whatever reason, unless all 16 beds are subsequently filled. In view of this, all participants are highly recommended to give due consideration to investing in holiday cancellation insurance cover. If at least one extra booking is duly confirmed, the Club will be able to refund Kay's initial payment.

Barnard Castle Sunday Walk : Sometime in 2021 - Barnard Castle occupies a fine position above the River Tees, its main street, lined by dignified stone buildings, sloping down to the old bridge over the river. In the town stands the 18th-century Market Cross, once used for the selling of dairy produce, hence its alternative name of Butter Cross. The town gets its name from the castle built by Bernard de Balliol in the 12th-century. Starting at Market Cross, Barnard Castle, DL12 8ND almost the whole of this 8½ mile (with 575ft of ascent) BLACK walk is along the well-waymarked Teesdale Way. The outward route keeps above the south bank of the river to the attractive village of Cotherstone and crosses the Tees a little father on. The return leg is above the north side and, after descending the steep wooded banks, the final 1½ miles is beside the river itself, a delightful and relaxing finale. With magnificent views up and down Teesdale, beautiful woodland and grand riverside walking, it is worth savouring this outstanding and highly memorable walk. Should you wish to join David Ellerington on this this event, please contact the Secretary in order to make an 'official booking' so that the event co-ordinator [David Ellerington] can both expect your arrival and include your details on the Attendance Record Sheet. Should you either kindly wish to offer to transport other prospective participants in your car on a 'car-sharing' basis or require transportation, please let the Secretary know when making a booking. However please note that although this Club event is FREE OF CHARGE, pre-booking still remains essential for Club indemnity insurance purposes (i.e. participation will not be allowed unless an 'official booking' has first been made via the Secretary). Please remember to bring enough food and drink for a lunch stop during the walk.

Ingleborough or Pen-y-ghent from Horton in Ribblesdale : Sometime in 2021  - Ingleborough rises as an isolated summit from an extensive plateau of limestone culminating in a fine series of scars. Once thought to be the highest summit in England, the mountain has a unique appeal with its distinctive flat-topped summit a feature easily indentifiable from as far away as Lakeland. A 10½-mile (with 2000ft of ascent) BLACK route via Clapham Bottoms to the summit is suggested. An alternative 6-mile BROWN walk to the summit of Pen-y-ghent (with 1610ft of ascent) is also highly recommended. Pen-y-ghent looks like an ancient galleon with its two-tiered prow sailing purposely across the surrounding countryside, and drawing thousands to its summit each year. Although the lowest of the Yorkshire 'Three Peaks', it is the only one to entertain the Pennine way. Should you wish to join Anne Marie Page & Graeme Page on the minibus to Horton in Ribblesdale @ £12 per person, please contact the Secretary as soon as possible in order to avoid the possible disappointment of being placed on the 'reserve list'.

If you are prepared, if necessary, to use your car and thus enable more than 17 members to travel in Club transport to Horton in Ribblesdale, please let the Secretary know when making a booking. In return the car driver travels free of charge (worth £12) and very generous petrol expenses are also paid in order to more than sufficiently reward you for your much appreciated most kind offer; additionally, if the minibus proves to be either financially unviable or unavailable (for whatever on-the-day mechanical or minibus driver reason(s)), your most kind gesture may well ultimately prevent cancellation of what may have otherwise proved to be a most popular Club event.

St John's in the Vale : Sometime in 2021 - St John's in the Vale is so much more than a mere short-cut from Threlkeld to Thirlmere. Although in places bounded by fearsome rock walls, lines of access to the higher fells fortunately still remain available from Legburthwaite. Although obviously surrounded by much higher fells, High Rigg is in no way abashed by a lack of height and is both extremely rugged and at the same time like a whole range of fells in its own right. The suggested 7 mile (with 1375ft of ascent) BLACK route will visit the summits of both Low Rigg and High Rigg. The Dodds are situated at the northernmost end of the Helvellyn range and have something of a Jekyll and Hyde character. The summits of these fells are uniformely rolling and grassy, but the flanks falling into St John's in the Vale are often exceptionally rocky and in many places completely out of bounds to mere fell-walkers. Fortunately however, the summits of the Dodds and Clough Head may easily be achieved by following the suggested 9 mile (with 2870ft of ascent) GREEN route. Should you wish to join Anne Marie Page & Graeme Page on the minibus to Legburthwaite @ £12 per person, please contact the Secretary as soon as possible in order to avoid the possible disappointment of being placed on the 'reserve list'.

If you are prepared, if necessary, to use your car and thus enable more than 17 members to travel in Club transport to St John's in the Vale, please let the Secretary know when making a booking. In return the car driver travels free of charge (worth £12) and very generous petrol expenses are also paid in order to more than sufficiently reward you for your much appreciated most kind offer; additionally, if the minibus proves to be either financially unviable or unavailable (for whatever on-the-day mechanical or minibus driver reason(s)), your most kind gesture may well ultimately prevent cancellation of what may have otherwise proved to be a most popular Club event.

Crummock Water : Sometime in 2021 - The unspoilt Loweswater village is set in a panoramic landscape to the south east of Loweswater lake. The village pub, the sixteenth century Kirkstile Inn, is a characterful building which provides a selection of cask ales, some of which are brewed on the premises. A 11½-mile BLACK (with 3372ft of ascent) linear route is suggested from top of Whinlatter Pass to Loweswater village via Hobcarton, Grisedale Pike, Hopegill Head, Grasmoor, Wandope & Whiteless Pike before descending via the Rannerdale Valley in order to meet up with the minibus at Loweswater village - alternatively you could alight at Braithwaite in order to savour the delights of a full ascent of Grisedale Pike. From Loweswater village, Mellbreak rises like some colossus, a Great Gable if ever there was one. Fear not, the suggested 8½-mile RED (with 2061ft of ascent) circular route around Crummock Water will involve a simply memorable visit to this infamous summit. With the north top under-foot the hard work is largely done, but the scenic delights roll on and on. The route first crosses the broad heather-clad saddle to reach the higher south summit, then descends to the beautiful Buttermere village via Scale Force. The return to Loweswater village is made via the very scenic eastern shores of Crummock Water. Should you wish to join Graeme Page on the minibus to Loweswater @ £12 per person, please contact the Secretary as soon as possible in order to avoid the possible disappointment of being placed on the 'reserve list'.

If you are prepared, if necessary, to use your car and thus enable more than 17 members to travel in Club transport to Loweswater village, please let the Secretary know when making a booking. In return the car driver travels free of charge (worth £12) and very generous petrol expenses are also paid in order to more than sufficiently reward you for your much appreciated most kind offer; additionally, if the minibus proves to be either financially unviable or unavailable (for whatever on-the-day mechanical or minibus driver reason(s)), your most kind gesture may well ultimately prevent cancellation of what may have otherwise proved to be a most popular Club event.

Honister Pass to Buttermere Village : Sometime in 2021 - A 12-mile BLACK (with 3561ft of ascent) linear route is suggested from top of Honister Pass to the summit of Pillar via Moses Trod with a return to meet up with the minibus at Buttermere village via Scarth Gap Pass. The suggested 6-mile RED (with 2109ft of ascent) alternative linear route will visit the magnificent summits of Dale Head, Hindscarth & Robinson before eventually descending into Buttermere village in order to meet up with the minibus. Should you wish to join Graeme Page on the minibus to Honister Pass @ £12 per person, please contact the Secretary as soon as possible in order to avoid the possible disappointment of being placed on the 'reserve list'.

If you are prepared, if necessary, to use your car and thus enable more than 17 members to travel in Club transport to Honister Pass, please let the Secretary know when making a booking. In return the car driver travels free of charge (worth £12) and very generous petrol expenses are also paid in order to more than sufficiently reward you for your much appreciated most kind offer; additionally, if the minibus proves to be either financially unviable or unavailable (for whatever on-the-day mechanical or minibus driver reason(s)), your most kind gesture may well ultimately prevent cancellation of what may have otherwise proved to be a most popular Club event.

Torver to Coniston : Sometime in 2021 - The elongated ridge of the Coniston Fells, fashioned in volcanic rock with heavily-glaciated arêtes and sombre corries, provide an extravagant drama of ice-shorn topography that cannot fail to excite even the most critical palate. Never falling below 2000 feet, this splendid parade is best appreciated from the south. Coniston, a village which has somehow managed to retain its dignity under an onslaught of brash tourism, was formerly an ancient Norse king’s settlement. The scars of the once thriving copper industry are still present for all to see and only the upper fells remain free of man’s scourging hand. The suggested 10-mile BLACK (with 3756ft of ascent) 'Coniston Horizon' linear walk from Torver visits the summits of Dow Crag (2552ft), Coniston Old Man (2633ft), Brim Fell (2611ft), Great Carrs (2575ft), Swirl How (2630ft), Black Sails(2443ft) and Wetherlam (2502ft). A lower level 6-mile (with 1887ft of ascent) RED variation is also suggested which is steeped in history. An upland shelf, once home to prehistoric man, when trees flourished almost to the fell tops, is traversed past now silent quarry holes. Blind Tarn with no outlet is well worth a detour, whilst Brown Pike is easily accessible for those members who like to tick off a summit. Walna Scar Road was an old packhorse route between Coniston and the Duddon. Fine views and interesting details make this a very worthwhile route. Although the Blawith Fells are of modest height and of limited extent, they are also quite rugged and feature numerous rocky outcrops. The suggested 8-mile (with 922ft of ascent) BROWN route from Torver to the summit of Beacon Fell together with a scenic circuit of Beacon Tarn is well worth the effort involved. Should you wish to join Graeme Page on the minibus to Torver @ £12 per person, please contact the Secretary as soon as possible in order to avoid the possible disappointment of being placed on the 'reserve list'.

Wasdale : Sometime in 2021 - Should you wish to join Graeme Page on the minibus to Wasdale Head @ £12 per person, please contact the Secretary as soon as possible in order to avoid the possible disappointment of being placed on the 'reserve list'.

2021 Sunday Walks
5th January   19th July  
23rd February   16th August  
29th March Barnard Castle and the Teesdale Way 20th September  
19th April 18th October  
17th May 8th November  
28th June   6th December  

2021 Saturday Walks
1st February   1st August @ 8am Torver to Coniston
7th March   5th September @ 8am Wasdale
4th April @ 8am Ingleborough or Pen-y-ghent from Horton in Ribblesdale 3rd October @ 8am
2nd May @ 8am St John's in the Vale 31st October @ 8am
6th June @ 8am Crummock Water 28th November @ 8am  
4th July @ 8am Honister Pass to Buttermere Village           37th Club anniversary