Lancaster & Morecambe Walking & Social Group

January 2020
Sun 5th
9.30 am
TBA
Sun 12th
9.30 am
Stavely Tarns Circular 6/7 milesEasy/Moderate Ascent 950ft

Contact: Paul 07887667290 or 01524412024
Thur 16th
6.00pm
Social Evening Wetherspoons

Contact: Paul 07887667290 or 01524412024
Sun 19th
10.00 am
Silverdale Circular Walk

This is a very pleasant but easy walk. It is not overly long and for that reason we will meet at 10am rather than 9.30 at PC World car park in Lancaster. If you wish to come contact Mark on 0780 3373 048 or by email on [email protected] All participating walkers will receive an extremely valuable piece of silver.

DIRECTIONS We will travel to Silverdale and park at Eaves Wood SD471759. On OS Map it is labelled The Park. If this car park is full, we will park on the road at Wolf House Gallery SD463743, east of Gibraltar Farm.

DISTANCE 5.5 miles

TERRAIN The walk starts by heading a zig-zaggedy route south towards Jenny Brown’s Point. Here we will pick up a muddy and wet track, so gaiters and poles are essential. We will follow the coast round and detour to Jack Scout with views across to Morecambe and Grange over Sands. Then we will meander towards Silverdale Village and the shore. We will pick up the Lancashire Coastal Way to the Cove and head inland towards Elmslack and back to Eaves Wood.

This walk is graded as easy. The scenery however is sublime.

WEATHER If the weather is bad, we’ll moan a bit but do bring waterproof trousers, kagoule or over trousers if you have them.

DOGS Only well trained dogs, ostriches and stick insects please.

Mobile: 0780 3373 048
Sun 26th
10.00 am
Sizergh & Brigsteer Woods 7.5 miles Easy/Moderate
The walk will start from Sizergh Castle to Helsington Church via Holestack Farm and continue over Brigsteer Road to Underbarrow Fell. Before reaching Scout Scar we will take the path down to Barrowfield Farm, and through Barrowfield Lot and Garth Row to Tullifield Hall, along the lane to Brigsteer Village and Woods and back to the Castle. The distance is approximately 7 1/2 miles which I would classify as easy to moderate, the only “climb” being the incline from Sizergh to Underbarrow Fell. It will be muddy in parts around the Lot.

For those requiring lifts please meet at the usual meeting place outside Currys in Lancaster at 10 am but please let Mike know before 7.30 p.m on Saturday evening. Car drivers can drive direct to the Castle car park. Please note there will be a parking charge for those who are not National Trust members. Those who are please remember to take your membership card with you which you will need to scan in on the ticket machine.

Mikes contact numbers are 07720186041 and 01524 734867.

February 2020
Sun 2nd
9.30 am
Kingsdale 7 miles Moderate

Contact: Rebecca 01524848767 or 07546 118763
Sun 9th
9.30 am
CANCELLED Over Whitbarrow scar, rising by Chapel Head. 5 miles, approximately 4 hours. Moderate mainly, hard at the beginning.

We start and finish by the old dog kennels of Witherslack Hall, just below the hall itself. The first part of the walk (about 30 minutes) is a steep climb up to Lord’s Seat. There are magnificent views from here, in all directions, as there are for a lot of the walk.
We then head south along the crest of the escarpment, as glorious views of the Kent Estuary appear. After some time, we take a track to the right down through the woods. At the bottom we make our way past the houses of Beck Head, and a small detour will take us to the resurgence of Beck Head itself, which is quite spectacular after heavy rains. Continuing on, we reach the narrow road which will take us back to the starting point.
It will be muddy in places, especially at the beginning, so gaiters and poles are recommended, along with stout boots. The initial climb is steep, and there is also a fairly steep descent towards the end.
Meet at Currys/PCWorld car park at 9.30 am, or at the starting point at 10.15 am (I will give more details to those who wish to do this). Please let Steve and Barbara know if you wish to do this walk by 8.00 pm on the Friday before the walk, on 01524 66867, 07479 843232 or 07947 193234.
CANCELLED BECAUSE OF VERY BAD WEATHER WARNINGS. (SEE 1 MARCH BELOW)
Sun 16th
9.30 am
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 14 February 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 20th
6.00 pm
Social Evening at Marco’s

Contact: Trish 07985179461
Sun 23rd
9.30 am
Milnthorpe Circular Walk
This is a very pleasant walk with one moderate climb up Beetham Fell to Fairy Steps It is around 6.5 miles in length. All participants will receive something nisse-like in a box.

DIRECTIONS

Basically head up the M6 one junction to Carnforth, then the A6 to Milnthorpe and turn left at traffic lights there. We will park at Milnthorpe Bridge SD489813 where there is space for 3 cars. The turning is just before the bridge and immediately on the left. If you cross the bridge you have missed it. If this is occupied we will go back along the B6385 half a minute to Milnthorpe pay and display car park SD495816.

DISTANCE 6.5 miles approx

TERRAIN The walk starts by heading through the grounds of Dallam Tower. We are guaranteed to see a large herd of deer here. We go over a rise to Beetham before doing the hardest climb of the day over Beetham Fell to Fairy Steps. We then follow the old coffin (not coughing) route to Hazelslack before turning north to Cockshott Lane. Then a gradual climb over Haverbrack Fell culminating in quite sensational views over the Kent Estuary and the Lake District. My awe was inspired here quite severely, so much so I had to support myself against a drystone wall. We drop down to Sandside and then closely follow the coastal path back to Milnthorpe.

This walk is graded as easy to moderate. The first climb is moderate due to its length rather than its gradient. We will go steady however. It is not a fell race.

WALKING POLES Because of the karst geology (limestone to you and me), it is strongly recommended to bring walking poles on the slippery rocks and the muddy descents and adverse cambers to Beetham and Sandside. With poles it should be a breeze. Without might mean muddy backsides. (one each)

WEATHER If the weather is bad, we’ll moan a bit but do bring waterproof trousers, kagoule or over trousers if you have them.

DOGS Only well trained dogs, lemurs and Australian Barking Geckos please.

If you wish to attend, message me on Mobile: 0780 3373 048 or email me on [email protected] by 8.00 pm Friday 21st February.




March 2020
Sun 1st
9.30 am
Over Whitbarrow scar, rising by Chapel Head. 5 miles, approximately 4 hours. Moderate mainly, hard at the beginning.

We start and finish by the old dog kennels of Witherslack Hall, just below the hall itself. The first part of the walk (about 30 minutes) is a steep climb up to Lord’s Seat. There are magnificent views from here, in all directions, as there are for a lot of the walk.
We then head south along the crest of the escarpment, as glorious views of the Kent Estuary appear. After some time, we take a track to the right down through the woods. At the bottom we make our way past the houses of Beck Head, and a small detour will take us to the resurgence of Beck Head itself, which is quite spectacular after heavy rains. Continuing on, we reach the narrow road which will take us back to the starting point.
It will be muddy in places, especially at the beginning, so gaiters and poles are recommended, along with stout boots. The initial climb is steep, and there is also a fairly steep descent towards the end.
Meet at Currys/PCWorld car park at 9.30 am, or at the starting point at 10.15 am (I will give more details to those who wish to do this). Please let Steve and Barbara know if you wish to do this walk by 8.00 pm on the Friday before the walk, on 01524 66867, 07479 843232 or 07947 193234.
Sun 8th
9.30 am
Lingmoor Fell – hard, 1600 feet ascent, 8 miles. From Elterwater we head towards Little Langdale, and then turn right on a path over Lingmoor. After a steady climb we follow the ridge along the top of the fell, which gives good views of the Langdale valley. We keep on the ridge towards Side Pike, and then descend down onto the road. We skirt around the bottom of the fell, heading back towards Great Langdale, and then take a low level path back through the valley towards Elterwater.
Contact Tony on 01524 923889 or 07402 177946 by 8.00 pm Friday so that lifts can be arranged.
Sun15th
9.30 am
Gummers Howe via Chapel House Wood 5.5 miles Easy/Moderate Ascent 800 ft

Contact: Paul 07887667290 or 01524412024
Thurs 19th
6.00pm
Social Evening/Planning TBA
Sun 22nd
9.30 am
Details to follow
Contact: Mike on 07720186041
Sun 29th
9.30 am
Whittington 7 miles Easy

Contact Rebecca on 01524848767 or 07546 118763

April 2020
Sun 5th
9.30 am
Silverdale

Contact: Annik 0152435340 or 07773581622
Sun 12th
9.30 am
Thirlmere Circular Walk 5 miles Easy Ascent 350ft

Contact: Paul 07887667290 or 01524412024
Thur 16th
6.00pm
Social Evening at Wetherspoons

Contact: Caroline 07958241000
Sun 19th
9.30 am
Rydal Round 6 miles (slow pace)

Contact: Jennifer 07434094938
Sun 26th
9.30 am
Details to follow

Contact: Peter & Olena