Lancaster & Morecambe Walking Group

 September 2021
Sun 5thMalham Round Contact Mark Archer on 0780 3373 048 or by email to


Sun 12thOld Man of Coniston
Contact: Steve & Barbara
Thu 16th
6.00pm
Social – now moved to next Thursday 23 September
Sun 19th The walk is from Chipping. Meet in Chipping car park (PR3 2QH) at 10.00 am. It may be possible to park on the street, but the car park charges are very reasonable.

The walk is approximately 7 miles long, the scenery is varied, with a mixture of woodland and farmland. The ascent is less than 500 feet.

Afternoon tea after the walk is available at the farm shop or the local cafe.

Contact Viv on 07542 190864 or [email protected] by 8.00 pm this Friday 17 September.
Thurs 23rd
6.30 pm
Wetherspoons Lancaster max. no. is 12. Contact Paul
Sun 26th Panoramas above Sedbergh

The Howgills overlook Sedbergh and offer terrific views for miles in all directions. This walk will hopefully include Winder, Arant Haw and maybe its near neighbour Crook. Once the ascent has been made it is generally easy walking on high ground with extensive views everywhere.

DIRECTIONS

If Satnav, type in LA10 5AS. This takes you to Joss Lane Car Park, in Sedbergh at the end of the main street. Parking fees are £5. Toilets nearby. It is suggested you travel up the M6 to Junction 37 signposted Sedbergh. Please note – there are roadworks with a speed restriction of 50mph once past junction 36, so allow an extra 10 minutes on your journey. Leave the M6 and follow the undulating road to Sedbergh, going straight on to its car park. If it is full, continue on the one-way system turn right onto the A684 going back the way you have just come and park in designated roadside parking on the left. It’s close to the Joss Lane car park anyway.

MEETING TIME 10.30. Please don’t be late!

DISTANCE 6 miles if we include Crook, 5 miles if we omit it. The walk is not particularly long distance-wise, but I have made allowances because of the steep climb at the beginning.

ASCENT 518 metres (1700ft) approx.

TERRAIN The walk starts from Joss Lane Car Park and proceeds round the back of the car park to Settlebeck Gill. There is a steep footpath that goes pretty well straight up onto the fell and is categorised as moderate to hard. It is not too long and we will take it very steadily with plenty of rests before reaching the ridge. Once on the ridge, there is no more walking as severe whatsoever. There follows a gradual ascent of Arant Haw at 1989’ the highest altitude of the day but with spectacular views over to Africa and beyond. Depending on the group, we will possibly descend to Crook at 1500’ and the detour across to the jewel in the crown at Winder 1551’. This is a marvellous summit and well worth the effort. It is easy to spend an hour up here just taking in the views. We then will drop off and 45 minutes later will be back in Sedbergh. Back in Sedbergh there is the option to go to the café or have an ice cream.

This walk is graded as moderate with one significant climb at the start. Thereafter graded as moderate to easy.

WEATHER If the weather is bad and the cloud is down we will not go up onto the fell. We will save the views for another day. Instead we will follow a low level route along the River Rawthey. This will be a longer, easier, there-and-back walk of 8 miles with a stop at the Cross Keys halfway for a coffee and cake. I haven’t reccied it but the Sedbergh Tourist Information Office recommended it. I will make the decision which walk to do on the day.

DOGS Dogs welcome along with anacondas, Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs and aardvarks, but only those house-trained please.

If you wish to participate and can vouch for your fitness to complete this walk, please contact Mark Archer by email on [email protected] or leave a text message on 0780 3373 048 by Friday 24th September no later than 6.30pm.




 October 2021
Sun 3rd
Littledale
Contact: Jennifer
Sun 10th
Wet Sleddale
Contact: Geoff
Sun 17th
Askham & Heughscar Hill
Contact: Steve & Barbara
Thurs 21stSocial. This month’s social has been cancelled.
Sun 24thOrton Stone Circle
Contact: Paul
Sun 31st
Fourstones from High Bentham
Contact: Mark Archer

 November 2021
Sun 7th
Walk Name: Dunsop Bridge and Hodder Bank Fell
Approximate Walk Distance: 5 miles
Approximate Total Ascent: 460 feet
Approximate walk time: 3 to 3.5 hours, depending on length of stops.
Grade: Moderate
Number of stiles: 6/7
Condition underfoot: Mostly good, but boggy patches here and there. Decent boots required.
Walking poles: Recommended
Description. This is a fairly short walk, and the scenery is outstanding all the way. There are some boggy patches, and there is one main ascent, which is not overly strenuous.
Meeting time: 10.30 am.
Meeting place: Car park at Dunsop Bridge. Grid ref. is SD661501, postcode is BB7 3BB
Maximum number: 15
Approximate driving time from Lancaster: 45 minutes
Distance from Lancaster: 15 miles
Current weather forecast: too soon to say.
Contact: Steve & Barbara (preferably by email) 07479 843232, 01524 66867 or [email protected] by Friday 8.00 pm 5 November.
Covid instructions
Walks will be limited to a maximum of 15 people (or as set by the walk leader).
Booking is ESSENTIAL. You must book directly with the leader as once the walk is fully booked there will be a waiting list. Also turning up on the day without booking you will be refused on the walk. If you have booked on a walk and find you are unable to attend please let the walk leader know as soon as possible so that the place is available to someone else.
The walk leader will require your full name and contact phone number as we are required to keep a record of everyone on the walk for a period of 21 days after the walk. After that period the information will be destroyed securely.
As car sharing is not allowed (except for those in a “bubble”) the walk meeting place will be the start of the walk not our normal meeting point in Lancaster. I realise that this will be difficult for those who do not have transport however to enable us to resume walks we must follow this guidance.
You must NOT attend a walk if you have any Covid-19 symptoms, are in a household with someone who has symptoms or have been told to self isolate.
It is suggested that you bring your own alcohol based hand sanitiser, face covering and a basic first aid kit.
Social distancing must be observed on the walk and you must not share food and drink or equipment such as walking poles.
It is also important that if you develop symptoms of Covid-19 within 48 hours of the walk that you must apply for a Covid-19 test and co-operate with NHS contact tracing if requested.
Above all, if you are concerned about the personal risk of participating in group walking, don’t!
There is no pressure to get involved.

Sun 14th
Carron Crag from Grizedale
Contact: Mark Archer
Thurs 18th
6.00pm
Social TBA
Sun 21st
Burton in Kendal, Lancaster Canal and Holme
Contact: Paul
Sun 28th
Arnside Knott
Contact Tony & Judith

 December 2021
Sun 5thSilverdale
Contact: Annik
Sun 12thCrook O’Lune Bridge, The Lune and Gray’s seat Circular

ontact: Paul 07887667290
Thurs 16th
6.00pm
Xmas Social. This will be at the Toby Carvery, and is being organised by Viv.
Sun 19thTBA
Contact: Geoff
Sun 26thTBA
Contact: Geoff 07841499845