Lancaster & Morecambe Walking & Social Group

 September 2019
Sun 1st
9.30 am
Longridge Fell
DISTANCE 7.5 miles ASCENT 200 metres (600ft)
The walk starts with a steady gradual ascent of Longridge Fell and the hidden sudden summit affords dramatic views north to the Bowland Fells, including Parlick, Fair Snape Fell, Wolf Fell and Burnslack Fell. The summit ridge can be boggy and uneven in places so walking poles are recommended. Also moorland and meadow, road and track. The descent is initially through forest then emerges onto farmland with a really impressive finish through the grounds of Stoneyhurst College.
If you wish to accompany me, please contact Mark Archer on 0780 3373 048 or by email to [email protected]

Sun 8th
9.30 am
Crosby Garrett Fell and Smardale Gill 6 miles
As advertised on the programme those requiring lifts will need to meet 9.30 at Currys’ car park, Lancaster. I will be looking to start the walk between 10.30 and 10.45 am.
The walk is 6 miles starting from the centre of Crosby Garrett where there is usually car parking space at the roadside on the north side of the beck. The route runs west down the main street leading under the viaduct (Settle – Carlisle line) and onto the moor and continuing along field paths and part of a disused railway. It is relatively easy walking attaining a height of only 520 feet with a smooth incline. It is supposed to incorporate Smardale viaduct but when Sue and I reconnoitred it last week it was closed off pending repairs and I will therefore need to do a small detour with the viaduct in full view to the north at all times. Please let me know before 8 pm on Saturday (earlier if possible) if you are interested in order that I may arrange any necessary lifts and provide directions to those with cars.
Please contact me (Mike) on 07720186041 if you are coming or need directions to the start.


Sun 15th
9.30 am
Elterwater 6/7 Miles Easy/Moderate The walk starts from the Car Park in Elterwater. Free to National Trust Members, pay and display to non members. The first part of the walk out of Elterwater is an uphill stretch on a rough lane before levelling out and proceeding over fields and track to a quiet road. After the road we are back on a path through fields and woods before another uphill part which is stepped. After crossing another quiet road we pass Colwith Force before approaching Skelwith Bridge. The last part of the walk from Skelwith Bridge back to Elterwater is all flat along the side of the river and very easy. Meet at the Curry’s car park in Lancaster at 9.30 0r at Elterwater at 10.30. Please let me know if you are coming by Friday 13 September at 8.30 so that transport can be arranged. I am away on Thursday until Friday evening so if I don’t answer please leave a message and I will reply/get back to you.

Contact: Paul on 07887667290
Thu 19th
6.00pm
Social at The Royal Hotel Morecambe
Numbers required please book your place by contacting Debz 07921351582 or Paul 07887667290 before Tuesday 17th
Sun 22nd
9.30 am
Dunsop Bridge
Meet at Halfords car park 9.30 to arrange transport to…

Dunsop Bridge – River Hodder and Hodder Bank Fell Circular walk
We will travel through the Trough of Bowland to Dunsop Bridge. Upon reaching Dunsop Bridge, turn left past Puddleducks café and then turn into the car park on the left. Parking costs £2.30 here, and toilets are available too.

DISTANCE 6.5 miles

ASCENT 200 metres (600ft) approx

TERRAIN The walk starts by following the River Hodder towards Newton. This part can be slightly boggy so gaiters are recommended. At Boarsden we pick up the road and then head north-east over fields before dropping into Newton, picking up the River Hodder once more. From here we head towards Knowlmere Manor and Giddy Bridge before ascending the moorland of Hodder Bank Fell. Whilst it will feel remote, we will soon drop down once again through a brackened path – remember your walking poles – to the Hodder and a delightful finish back to Dunsop Bridge, where we can enjoy a brew and cake at Puddleducks, noted to be the very centre of the United Kingdom! (It’s not, I measured it.)

As stated, gaiters and walking poles are advisable. The going underfoot, particularly at the start, along the Hodder, is quite soft and for that reason this walk is graded as moderate rather than easy.

If you wish to attend, please email me: [email protected] or leave a message on 0780 3373 048 by Friday evening.
CANCELLED DUE TO BAD WEATHER


Sun 29th
9.30am
Silverdale
6 miles easy.
Contact: Annik 0152435340 or 07773581622
CANCELLED DUE TO BAD WEATHER

 October 2019
Sun 6th
9.30 am
Bolton by Bowland
As I will be travelling from Darwen, I suggest those who are travelling from Lancaster meet at Curry’s car park at 9.30 am but if they contact me first I will ensure anyone interested who does not have a car is accommodated. I intend to start from the Bolton-by-Bowland village centre at 10.45 am. There is a small car park at the western end by Skirden Bridge but there should be sufficient parking nearby in the village.
The walk is 6 miles (9 1/2 km) and easy following Skirden Beck over fields and along a quiet road to Forest Becks, then east along a lovely avenue of ancient old English oak to Monument head and Fooden Moor (more a large field than moorland), south over more meadow to Fooden and then a path high above the Ribble running in a deep gorge below – perhaps the most picturesque section of the Ribble’s beautiful valley – to Bolton Hall, then north to Skirden Bridge
Contact: Mike 07720186041 or 01524734867 by 8.00 pm Friday
Sun 13th
9.30am
Trawden 5/6 Miles Easy/Moderate
Note: we have changed the starting point for this walk, see below. Also, as I write, the weather forecast is not looking good, so I will keep you updated on that.
The walk will start from the public car park near Wycoller Country Park, on the road out of Wycoller towards Trawden, and the beautiful and quaint hamlet of Wycoller. We shall have a good stop here at the end of the walk to explore the area and to have a cup of tea. There is a visitor centre (with toilets) and a café plus the ruins of Wycoller Hall (thought by some to be the inspiration for Ferndean Manor in Charlotte Brontë’s novel, Jane Eyre). We then follow the country road to Trawden (the fields are far too muddy at present for walking).
In Trawden we walk up the hill to a bus turnaround (a famous landmark in Trawden!) Then we walk downhill out of Trawden along a quiet lane that turns into a track which leads to the Brontë Way at the foot of Boulsworth Hill. We will skirt along the bottom of this hill towards the Forest of Trawden. Continuing along the Brontë Way, we veer north towards Wycoller.
Approximately 5/6 miles with an accumulative ascent of approximately 700 feet.
Meet at Currys/PCWorld Lancaster at 9.30 am or car park near Wycoller at 10.45 am.
Contact: Steve & Barbara 0152466867 or 07479843232 or 07947193234 or [email protected] by 8.00 pm Friday.
WALK CANCELLED DUE TO VERY POOR WEATHER
Thur 17th
6.00pm
Social Evening at Wetherspoons, Lancaster

Contact: Steve & Barbara 0152466867 or 07479843232 or 07947193234
Sun 20th
9.30am
Arnside Knott
Following on from all the recent heavy rain, and the likely conditions underfoot, we are going to change this Sunday’s walk to a local one, and hopefully a drier one!

So this Sunday’s walk will now be Arnside Knott, a medium 5 – 6 mile walk, starting at the sea front at Arnside, following the coast around to Far Arnside, and then up over Arnside Knott, then taking paths back down to the sea front through the village.

The paths are likely to be muddy, and the section along the coast may also be slippery, depending on the tide, so stout footwear is essential.

We shall be meeting at the usual car park, Currys in Lancaster, at 9-30am, or at the sea front at Arnside around 10am. Can people please contact us by 8pm on Friday to confirm if they are coming, so we can arrange lifts etc.

Contact details are Tony 07402177946, Judith 07410982172.

Sun 27th
9.30am
Dunsop Bridge 7 miles moderate. This is a change to the programme, as Rebecca thinks that it will be too muddy at Chipping because of the weather over the last few weeks. (Max of 15 people)
Contact: Rebecca 01524848767 or 07546 118763

 November 2019
Sun 3rd
9.30am
Farleton Fell Circular Walk from Holme
We will meet at Halfords Car Park at 9.30. If travelling direct, meet at Holme – Satnav LA6 1QQ at the top end of North Road
DISTANCE 7.5 miles
ASCENT 210 metres (640ft) approx
TERRAIN The walk starts by walking across a field parallel to the M6 before heading to the village of Farleton. Here we now ascend the dramatic looking Farleton Fell. It is a moderate climb before reaching the summit with extensive views over Morecambe Bay to the west and the Yorkshire Dales to the East. We now follow a delighfully easy route through karst scenery towards Hutton Roof Crags and then a descent on road to Burton in Kendal. We then pick up the Lancaster Kendal Canal back to Holme.
Please note there is one overgrown narrow path and it might be an idea to come armed with some secateurs to help future ramblers.
Gaiters and walking poles are advisable. The going underfoot may be slippery in places and the path alongside the canal will be muddy.
This walk is graded as moderate on the climb then easy.
If you wish to attend, please contact Mark Archer by text or phone on 07803373048 by Friday evening on 1st November
Sun 10th
9.30am
Details for the walk are –

Meet at Halfords car park at 9:30 or Ings (village past Staveley on Windermere road A591) around 10:15 ish near the Watermill Inn on the back road through village. Park on quiet lane opposite the pub, we will meet outside the pub.

The walk is 5 to 6 miles, moderate with one climb to School Knott. The paths are liable to be muddy and boggy as heavy rain is forecast for Saturday, so gaiters and waterproof boots will be needed.

Please contact us by 8am on Friday night if you intend to come, even if you are going straight there as we need to know in case we have to cancel for any reason.

Contact number is 07402177946,

Contact: Tony & Judith 01524923889 or 07402177946
Sun 17th
9.30am
Ribchester
6 miles – Easy walking along good tracks for much of the way.


Contact: Mike 07720186041 or 01524734867
Sun 24th
9.30am
TBA (Max of 15 people)

Contact: Rebecca 01524848767 or 07546118763
Thursday 28th
6.00pm
Planning Meeting/Social at Steve & Barbara’s Note this is a week later than the usual 3rd Thursday as we will have just returned from Australia last week.

Contact: Steve & Barbara 0152466867 or 07479843232 or 07947193234

 December 2019
Sun 1st
9.30am
Leighton Moss 6 Miles Easy

Contact: Philip 01524 822962
Sun 8th
9.30am
Heysham Nature Reserve (from the Battery) 5 Miles Easy

Contact: Paul 07887667290
Thurs 12th
6.00pm
Xmas Social, any volunteers to organise? If not, Barbara & Steve will organise
Sun 15th
9.30am
Lowgill 6 Miles Easy/Moderate (Max of 15 people)

Contact: Rebecca 01524848767 or 07591984659
Thurs 19th
6.00pm
Normal Day for the Social, but Xmas social already taken place. If anyone fancies Wetherspoons?
Sun 22nd
9.30am
Glasson Dock and Lancaster Canal Spur 6 Miles Easy

Contact: Geoff 07841499845
Sun 29th
9.30am
The Lune and Glasson Dock 6.25 miles Easy

Contact: Geoff 07841499845