Lancaster & Morecambe Walking & Social Group

May 2019
Sun 5th
10.00 am
Calder Vale Bluebell Walk. The walk starts with a short climb through the woods surrounded by countless bluebells. We will have a short coffee break at the top of the hill. We then return down the path, and go through another extensive area of bluebells, followed by a varied walk in the surrounding area, through fields and lanes. We end up at the village hall for afternoon tea and homemade cakes. The total distance is approximately 6 miles and the walk is easy; there are 2 short reasonably steep hills.

Meet at Currys/PC World car park, Lancaster, at 10.00 am.
Contact: Steve & Barbara 0152466867 or 07947193234 or 07479843232 or shackletons@btinternet.com by 8.00 pm Friday evening.
Sun 12th
9.30am
Bolton-le-Sands 6 miles Easy
Contact: Tony & Judith (01524) 923889 or 07402 177 946
Thur16th
6.00 pm
Social at Wetherspoons, Lancaster.
Contact: Mark Shackleton 01524 382179 or 07969 070291
Sun 19th
9.30 am
Keasden (Clapham) 6 miles Moderate
Contact: Rebecca (01524) 848767 or 07546118763 by 8.00 pm Friday.
Sun 26th
9.30 am
Bashall & Waddington 6.5 miles Easy
This is a circular walk from the Edisford Bridge car park (olde spelling Eadsford Bridge), Clitheroe SD728414 off the B6243 on the east side of the River Ribble. The walk is mostly over meadows and along some lanes, mainly flat, via Bashall Eaves to Waddington returning alongside the river. The distance is approximately 6 miles. There is a charge for using the car park based on how long the car is parked. I suggest you allow 4 hours to be on the safe side which I recall will be £5 but I cannot be precise. There is an excellent little cafe in Waddington for tea and cakes which we can return to following the walk if we find we are running out of time for the car park. For those travelling from Lancaster I suggest you meet at the usual car park at Lancaster but you will need to let me know before Saturday 8.00 pm (07720186041) as I will be travelling from Blackburn. You can of course reach Clitheroe via the Trough of Bowland, or via the M6 to the A59 and the A671 into Clitheroe and following the directions to Edisford Bridge through the town.




June 2019
Sun 2nd
9.30 am
Cancelled due to adverse weather conditions
Sun 9th
9.30 am
Coniston Old Man (Dow Crag optional) 5/7 miles. Hard. Total ascent 2200 feet.
The walk begins from the Walna Scar road carpark (which is free) above Coniston village at 10.30 am. The first half hour is undulating, gradually climbing until we reach a junction of footpaths. Here we turn left, and climb steeply for about an hour, taking us to the top of the Old Man, where we intend to have lunch. Continuing after lunch, we drop down to a saddle between the Old Man and Dow Crag. At this point, some of the group will turn left (led by Barbara) and continue to descend, eventually meeting up with the Walna Scar road and walking back to the carpark. The rest of the group (led by Steve) will continue along and up the saddle to Dow Crag, walk along the crag and back down to the Walna Scar road. This adds about 2 miles to the route. The intention is that this group will go quite fast, and catch up with Barbara’s group before they get to the carpark (or at the car park).
Either meet at the Walna Scar road carpark at 10.30 am, or at the Currys/PCWorld carpark in Lancaster at 9.30 pm.
This is a hard walk!
Contact Steve & Barbara by 8.00 pm Friday, 30 May. Contact details: 07479 843232, or 07947 193234, or shackletons@btinternet.com

ALTERNATIVE EASIER LOW LEVEL WALK
Coniston to Tarn Hows from Coniston.
Starting in Coniston Parking at Coniston Sports Centre on Shepherds Bridge Lane is £4.00 all day, if full Coniston Car Park in the centre is £6.60 up to 5 hours or £8.00 up to 9 hours.
The walk takes us out of Coniston on a well-made path before crossing into the surrounds of Tarn Hows. The path then leads through a wooded area and rises fairly steeply with rough terrain to Tarn Hows itself. Lunch can be had overlooking Tarn Hows and there is an option of walking around the tarn. We return to Coniston in a circular route mostly downhill apart from one uphill stretch through fields and a wood before descending back into Coniston. The walk is 7.5 miles (9 miles if you walk round the tarn) and is Moderate.
Please contact Paul on 07887667290 before 8.00pm on Friday 31 May so that transport can be organised.
Sun 16th
9.30 am
Dent 6/7 miles Moderate
Contact: Rebecca (01524) 848767 or 07895540050
Thurs 20th
6.00 pm
Social at Spaghetti House, Lancaster. (Booking Essential) Please let Trish know before 17th June
Contact: Trisha 07985 179 461
Sun 23rd
9.30am
Pendle Hill Walk
Meet at 9.30 am in Halfords car park for car sharing and prompt departure.
A circular walk from the car park in the centre of Barley, beginning with a steady climb adjacent to Pendle’s reservoirs then across the moors to Pendle’s summit of 1827 feet. Here on a clear day there are extensive 360° views over towards the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District to the north and the Lancashire Plain towards Preston to the west.
From the top, after a break, a decision which way to proceed will be taken depending on the weather and the ability of the group.
Option A will be we’ll head over Downham Moor, descending to Lane Head, traversing several fields and farms to Twiston crossroads. From here we’ll follow the road to Black Moss Reservoirs with terrific views of the profile of Pendle Hill before dropping down a gravelled track back to Barley – 7 miles (moderate with a hard start)
Option B will be to retrace our steps along Pendle’s ridge before dropping to Pendle House and Ings End and Barley – 4 miles (easy with hard start)
Walking poles are recommended and a good packed lunch. There is a great pub or café at the end.
Driving directions will be issued as a leaflet on the day along with a map of our walking routes.
If you wish to go, please message me on 0780 3373 048 or email me at mj.archer@tiscali.co.uk by 8.00 pm this Friday.
Sun 30th
9.30am
Sedbergh up to Winder, possibly up to the Calf 8/10 miles Moderate/Hard
PLEASE NOTE
This walk has been cancelled due to insufficient interest. If anyone would like to lead an easier walk, please let me know at shackletons@btinternet.com

July 2019
Sun 7th
9.30 am
Walk Name: Stainforth
Approximate Distance: 5 miles
Approximate Total Ascent: 900 feet
Grade: Moderate
Description: We will park in the main carpark in Stainforth, which is a pay and display. There are also toilets here. Leaving the village on the Pennine Bridleway, we soon come to Catrigg Force Waterfalls, a short diversion from the main route. Rejoining the track, we will follow it to Upper Wynskill, Lower Wynskill and on to Langcliffe.
Crossing the main road and the railway line, the track leads to a mill at Langcliffe Place, then follows the river back to Stainforth.
The village hall at Langcliffe has homemade cakes and afternoon teas, so we plan to drive there at the end of the walk
Meet at Currys car park Lancaster at 9.30 am.

Contact Tony & Judith on 01524 923889 or 07402 177946
Thurs 11
6.00 pm
Planning meeting/social at Tony & Judith’s.
Contact them on 01524 923889 or 07402 177 946
Sun 14th
9.30 am
Walk Name: Great Knoutberry Hill, from Dent Station (please note, Dent station is about 4 miles east of Dent village, above Cowgill hamlet).
Approximate Distance: 6 miles
Approximate Total Ascent: 1600 feet
Approximate walk time: 4 hours
Grade: Moderate
Description: Starting from Dent Station we head up the hill along Coal Rd, turning off to follow a bridleway. Soon there is a choice: either continue along the fairly level path, or a decent climb up Great Knoutberry Hill (spectacular views). We can split into 2 groups if necessary. The 2 routes re-join, and we enter Arten Gill, leading to the magnificent Arten Gill Viaduct. We then go through the pretty hamlet of Stonehouse, where Dent marble used to be cut and polished. The road follows the river until we turn right and climb the hill back to the station. There are several cafes in Dent itself, about 4 miles away.
Meeting time and place: Currys car park, Lancaster, at 9.30 am or Dent Station car park (LA10 5RF) at 10.30 am.
Contact: Steve and Barbara 01524 66867, 07947 193234 or shackletons@btinternet.com by 8.00 pm Friday so that lifts can be organised.
Thurs 18th
6.00 pm
Social/planning meeting moved to previous Thursday (11 July). If anyone wishes to run this evening (today) as an extra social (eg at Wetherspoons) please let Steve know on 01524 66867 or shackletons@btinternet.com
Sun21st
10.00 am
Walk Name: Cartmel
Approximate Distance: 7 miles
Grade: Moderate
Description: Walk is 7 miles with an easy climb to summit of Hampsell Fell for wonderful views across the coast and mountains.
Meeting time and place: 10.00 am Currys car park, Lancaster, or park in Cartmel on street or car park. Meet in Racecourse car park. Refreshments in Cartmel.
Contact: Viv, 07542 190864, by Friday 8.00 pm to help with organising lifts.
Sun 28th
9.30 am
Brennand & Whitendale from Dunsop Bridge 1500 ft 8 miles Moderate
Contact: Annik 07773581622 by Friday 8.00 pm

PLEASE NOTE, THIS WALK HAS BEEN CANCELLED, IF ANYONE CAN OFFER AN ALTERNATIVED WALK, PLEASE LET STEVE OR PAUL KNOW.

August 2019
Sun 4th
9.30 am
Bouth to Rusland 5.5 miles Easy
Contact: Tony and Judith
(01524) 923889 or 07402 177 946
Sun 11th
9.30 am
TBA
Thur 15th
6.00 pm
Social at Wetherspoons, Lancaster.
Contact Caroline on 01524 923248 or 07958 241000
Sun 18th
9.30 am
Slaidburn 6 miles Moderate
Contact: Rebecca (01524) 848767 or 07895540050
Sun 25th
9.30 am
Cunswick Scar and Scout Scar
7 miles easy walking with panoramic views to the fells of the Lake district and the Pennines. It takes in the tops of the escarpments and drops to quiet farmland and woods along their base.

The start is from Scout Scar Car Park (near the radio transmitting station) which is on the top of the brow and is accessible by taking the minor road from the middle of Kendal to Underbarrow. Walk starts from there at 10.30 am, or Currys/PCWorld car park at 9.30 am. Please contact Mike on 01524 734867 or 07720 186041 by Friday 8.00 pm