2021 July to December

Sun, 4 Jul 2021

Easy Group – High Doat.  The group met at Seatoller and then took the former mine road for a gradual ascent of the fell, branching off to ascend the first mini top of High Doat where a largely unknown stone circle was examined.  After a visit to the second top a steep descent was made to join the main Honister/Grange bridleway that was then followed down to the River Derwent at Gowder Dub.  The riverside path was then followed back to Seatoller via Longthwaite.

Wed, 14 Jul 2021

Challenging Group – High Cup Nick.  The Challenging walk set off from Dufton for High Cup Nick by first descending into the delightful Dufton Gill before some field paths to gain the bottom of High Cup Gill.  Then followed the long but spectacular walk up the Gill surrounded by the high crags before a short but steep climb at the end to gain the rim of the gill and High Cup Nick itself.  With the sun emerging, a further short climb took the group onto Backstone Edge, dropping down 2 miles later to the long and slightly tedious 4×4 track leading down towards Dufton Pike and back to Dufton.  The reward was tea and cakes at the bakery!  A fabulous day.

Moderate Group – Darling Fell Terrace.  After crossing the road at Waterend the group followed the track towards Askill and eventually joined the Mosser coach road towards Crummock Water.  A gate provided access to the terrace walk, close to quarries and rocky outcrops.  The slightly elevated track allowed excellent views and after climbing steadily Crummock Water appeared.  Crabtree Beck was crossed and the track continued around Low Fell towards a “lonesome pine tree” with pastoral views of the vale of Lorton.  The climb down Pottergill led to a grassy track and the Thackwaite Road at Foulsyke.  This was followed to Maggies Bridge.  The return followed the familiar route via High Nook Farm and the coffin route, with stunning views across the Solway.

Easy Group – Moor Divock.  Leaving the Low Sawmill Car Park, near Askham Bridge, the Easy Group took the riverside path to Crookwath Bridge, which was crossed to access a path on the opposite bank.  This path was followed to the lane leading up to Helton.  A hidden set of steps took them to a path across a few fields and stiles to Moor Divock and the Cop Stone.  From there the main track across the moor was followed to Riggingleys Top and their return route along the track and road through the village of Askham, stopping for welcome refreshments at the Punchbowl Inn, before returning to the cars.

Sun, 18 Jul 2021

Challenging Group – Scoat Fell.  The group met at Bowness Knott Car Park to walk along Ennerdale Water at a good pace sheltered by trees until leaving the wood below Lingmell.  The ascent of Steeple’s slopes in hot sun was eased by the grandeur of the rock scenery all around.  Once reached the ridge gave us Little and Great Scoat Fell, Haycock and Caw Fell with welcome high cloud and breeze.  The group descended the delightful ridge above Silvercove beck to retrace the outward route along the lake.  Refreshments were enjoyed at Ennerdale Bridge.

Wed, 28 Jul 2021

Challenging Group – High Raise.  A group of 9 set off from Grasmere despite the threat of rain and thunder.   Fine weather accompanied them along Greenburn Valley up to Pike O’Carrs, Calf Crag, Coledale Head onto  Sergeant Man.  Early lunch in sunshine and onto High Raise.  Dark clouds and rain sent the group quickly down to Greenup Edge and on into Far Easdale where once again the sun appeared.  (Distance 18 km)

Easy Group – Matterdale.  The group met at Ulcat Row and took the path to High Cascades waterfall at Aira Force.  They continued to Dockray, up the hill, turning southeast through Lucy’s Wood and on to Dowthwaite Head.  From there they arrived at High Row and turned down the hill.  On the route towards Matterdale End the group passed an ancient Ash tree of huge girth.  The interesting looking Matterdale Church was visited.  “A date of 1573 on a tie-beam, plus a datestone ‘IW Churchwarden 1686’ indicates its age.  Good example of a traditional Lakeland church.” (Courtesy Historic England).  From the hamlet of Matterdale End the group crossed two fields on a narrow path with thigh-high rushes, to reach the end of the walk.

Sun, 1 Aug 2021

Moderate Group – Glencoyne.  The too hot to walk heatwave was past when on a perfect walking day the ‘Moderate’ group set off from High Cascades car park for Glencoyne Head.  Taking the path down to Aira Beck, following it downstream to the Force, across the meadow and road to join the Ullswater Way, passing the lake shore busy with canoes and paddle boards.  Turning up the track taking us past Seldom Seen Cottages and the long and steady climb to Glencoyne Head.  Continuing on the old miners’ path, traversing the head of the valley with magnificent views of the U shaped hanging valley and Ullswater beyond, the group made their way back to the cars.

Wed, 4 Aug 2021

Moderate Group – Black Crag.  Ten members met at Hawkshead for their outing to Tarn Hows and Black Crag.  Such were the rigours of the journey, that one participant sought sustenance in the form of a large ice cream at 09.15.  Having lingered at Tarn Hows for coffee, Black Crag was the next stop where the splendour of the Cumbrian fells was enjoyed while lunch was taken.  It was a bit of a race to the finish line because of concern about parking tickets expiring.  However, the fleet of foot party arrived in good time, so much so that even more ice cream was consumed.

Wed, 11 Aug 2021

Moderate Group – Walla Crag.  Leaving the Moot Hall behind the Group arrived at the top of Castle Head which offers panoramic views.  Then down to the lake via the Ings and the wonderful wildflowers before sitting on the ‘Lions’ seat under the yew trees near Calfclose Bay to observe the weather closing in from distant Borrowdale.  Next up to the terrace path leading from Cockshot Wood to Ashness where the bracken was above head height but offered glimpses of Derwent and Cat Bells.  Lunch at Strutta Woods then up Barrow Beck, over the top of Falcon Crag to Walla Crag taking in the views of Keswick, Bassenthwaite and Skiddaw.  The Group then returned to town via Spring Woods.

Easy Group – Smardale.  The group started from The Cumbria Wildlife Trust car park on the disused railway line that once ran from Tebay to Darlington.  The weather was a little better than the forecast and about 50 Scotch Argus butterflies were seen along with a good selection of wild flowers.  On reaching Smardale Bridge a section of the Coast to Coast footpath was followed over Smardale Fell before dropping down to Waitby and re-joining the disused line to return to the car park.

Sun, 15 Aug 2021

Moderate Group – Stainton-Dacre loop.  The group left the village of Stainton, up the hill and through Evening Bank Wood, continuing across fields to Dacre.  They were interested to see the four ancient stone “Bears” amongst the graves at Dacre Church.  Following the road to High Bridge via Greaves and Hesket Farm they came to Calley Bridge, where tall plants looking like enormous rhubarb leaves were seen.  Due to poor weather conditions, the walk was shortened.  They continued up the hill to take the path back towards Dacre.  In the first field the group looked at St Mary’s Well and an interesting limestone pillar known as “The Bodgen Hag”.  On reaching Dacre the group took the lower path, through Dalemain Estate and returned to Stainton.

Sun, 22 Aug 2021

Challenging Group – Melmerby Fell.  The Challenging walk ventured into unfamiliar territory, meeting at Melmerby on a morning of very low cloud.  The first 2 hours or so took the group across fields towards Kirkland, turning towards the higher Pennine ground just past Townhead and heading upwards on the Maiden Way via Lad Slack.  Fortunately the low cloud had lifted in time to reveal the summit of the walk, the unassuming Dun Edge, and 1/2 mile further on and only 80′ lower, the more interesting Knapside Hill.  During the descent previous odd showers became more persistent but the pleasure of the day remained undampened.

Wed, 25 Aug 2021

Challenging group – Skiddaw.  On a hot late August day a small group headed to Millbeck via Thrushwood and Applethwaite to begin the steep ascent to Carlside and the even steeper ascent up to the crowded summit of Skiddaw.  Not wishing to join the throng on the main trod they headed along the fence towards Lonscale and only rejoined the main path for a short distance before taking the path through shoulder high bracken across the front of Jenkin Hill.  The path down to Applethwaite alongside How Gill offered some welcome shade through the wood from where they crossed the fields to Spooney Green.

Moderate Group – Middle Fell.  The shores of Wastwater with the highest fells in full glory provided a stunning start for the moderate walkers who made their way to Greendale and then ascended gradually up the rowan tree slopes alongside Greendale Gill, to the tarn tucked away in a hollow setting.  Crossing the gill, the group reached the pass turning towards Middle Fell.  During the second gentle ascent, cloud inversions allowed views of the Scafells before obscuring views from Middle Fell summit.  In high spirits they descended via a different path back to Greendale.  The walk continued through Roan Wood, across fields and woodlands to Woodhow, along the River Irt in Low Wood before passing the lawns of Wasdale Hall back along the lake.

Sun, 29 Aug 2021

Moderate Group – Robinson.  Parking at Buttermere, the path along the west shore of the lake was followed providing a good view of Hassness Ghyll across the water.  The weather was perfect; warm and still with clear skies.  There was a coffee break on the lake shore before the ascent and then lots of stops to take in the views.  Glorious heather was in full bloom.  A mountain challenge was under way.  Scrambling up seemed preferable to running down.  The top was rather cloudy but the sky cleared quickly on the descent across Buttermere Moss towards High Snock Rigg.  The summit cairn afforded a panoramic view of the Buttermere Vallley.  The descent to Buttermere village allowed new sightings of Bassenthwaite Lake and the Solway.