Lancaster & Morecambe Walking 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
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.

Sun 29th
6 miles easy.
Contact: Annik 0152435340 or 07773581622

 October 2020
Sun 4th
Askham Fell (Near Penrith) 6 miles moderate, total ascent 773 ft. Beautiful views of Ullswater from Heughscar Hill, after a moderate climb of about one hour. Meet in Askham at the village hall/swimming pool car park at 10.30 am.
Contact: Steve & Barbara 0152466867 or 07479843232 or 07947193234 or [email protected] by 8.00 pm Friday.
Sun 11th
Arkholme 5 miles Easy/Moderate. For more details
Contact: Paul on 07887667290 or 01524412024 or e-mail [email protected] by 8.00pm Friday

Sun 18th
(Details soon)
Sun 27th

 November 2019
Sun 3rd
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
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
6 miles – Easy walking along good tracks for much of the way. The town may be reached from the M6 south at junction 32 first following the B5269 east to Longridge then the B6245 to Ribchester. The walk starts at 10.30 am is 6 miles approximately and relatively easy beginning and ending at the visitor car park which is situated in the town centre adjacent to some playing fields and close to the parish church of St Wilfred. The route is mostly low lying following the River Ribble downstream before running north, then east before crossing the B6245 and continuing to Stydd (where there is a lovely Norman church) before returning to the car park. The walk throughout is along bridleways and footpaths over fields and meadows. Although mostly flat a small section may be a little rough through some vegetation most of which will have died back by now. Please be prepared for the odd section of boggy ground particularly if the weather has been wet. There is a tea room at the car park and also one at a garden centre a short distance away from the town centre north of the car park.

Those wishing to do so may meet in Lancaster at the car park near Currys at 9.30 am but please contact Mike on 07720186041 or 01524734867 first by Saturday pm if you require a lift.

Contact: Mike 07720186041 or 01524734867
Sun 24th
The walk on this next Sunday 24 November is Kirby Lonsdale to Barbon. 7 Miles Easy/Moderate. Meet at the Car Park at 10.00am or Kirby Lonsdale (Devil’s Bridge) and setting off from Kirby Lonsdale (Devil’s Bridge) at 10.40am. Maximum of 15 people.
Contact Rebecca on 01524848767 or 07546 118763 before 8.00pm on Friday 22 November to book your place and so that transport can be sorted
(Max of 15 people)

Contact: Rebecca 01524848767 or 07546118763
Thursday 28th
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
Leighton Moss 6 Miles Easy Due to restrictions at Leighton Moss Dogs cannot be accommodated on this walk

Contact: Philip 01524 822962
Sun 8th
Heysham Nature Reserve (from the Battery) 5 Miles Easy
This weeks walk is an easy walk starting from the Battery in the West End of Morecambe. The walk takes us along Sandylands promenade to Heysham Village then past Heysham Church to go over Heysham Barrows with wonderful views across the bay (weather permitting), to reach Half Moon Bay. Then it is a short walk along a quiet road to reach Heysham Nature Reserve. There we will walk through one part of the reserve to reach the shore near Ocean Edge Caravan Park. There is then an option to walk along the breakwater to view Heysham Harbour from a different angle. We then return the way we came with an option to walk around the wilder part of the reserve before retracing our steps via Half Moon Bay and Heysham Barrows to finish back at The Battery . Total distance is 5 – 6 miles but is easy.
Meet at Curry’s Car Park at 9.30 or The Battery at 10.00am. I am aiming to commence the walk at 10.00am.
Please contact me before 8.00pm on Friday Evening 6 January if you are coming so that I can arrange transport for those who require it. Contact me on 07887667290. 01524412024 or e-mail me at [email protected]

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

Contact: Rebecca 01524848767 or 07591984659
Thurs 19th
Normal Day for the Social, but Xmas social already taken place. If anyone fancies Wetherspoons?
Sun 22nd
Glasson Dock and Lancaster Canal Spur from Conder Green Picnic Area 6.5 Miles Easy

Contact: Geoff 07841499845
Sun 29th
Bolton-Le-Sands, Canal Towpath, Mount Pleasant, Hest Bank, The Shore and Canal back to the start, 5.5 to 6 miles. Easy

Contact: Geoff 07841499845