Sunday 19th January 2019 - Coach Walk - Rosehill: 8.50 - Sands: 9.00am
Sunday 19th January 2020
7 Miles Grade 2/3
Walk Leader: Ian Rowley
Starting from Patterdale the walk follows the left side of Grisedale Beck on mostly easy tracks as far as Ruthwaite Lodge. The lodge is a mountain climbing hut sitting at 1200 ft and nestled under the crags of Dollywaggon Pike. From here the path becomes more rugged underfoot and rises more steeply for a short distance. We gradually climb to the lip of the tarn at 1800 ft which is set in a magnificent bowl surrounded by high fells and impressive crags. After lunch we retrace our steps, taking care over the rocky section back down to Ruthwaite lodge. From here it’s a much easier descent on the opposite side of the beck passing close to some fine cascades before reaching Lanty’s tarn and the way down to Glenridding. A chance to get up close to some of the Lake District’s finest mountain scenery.
Sheffield Pike(675m)from Aira Force via Brown Hills
7 Miles Grade 2
Leader: Pete Rutland
We will jump Bus by Aira Force Car Park where there are some toilets, have your coins ready. We then head up to the falls for a quick view and then to the small roadside car park just below Park Brow. Crossing the road gets us onto the footpath and on toward Spying How. The mountain track continues below Brown Hills all the way to Glencoyne Head, about 2 and a half miles of splendid hillside walking. The path gains height in a relatively easy manner which puts us under no great strain. The views down Glencoyne are cracking and the path takes all the way around to the approach to Sheffield Pike. From here its an easy walk up to the summit at 675m. The only steep part of the day is a short but brilliant section down a bit of Sheffield Pike. The views, weather allowing are great and we carry on down to pop up Glenridding Dodd, giving us our second Wainwright of the day, if you are counting.
Its then a short distance down the Rake path into Glenridding. The walk is on good paths with no scrambling. Being only 7 miles this walk offers something for everyone apart from the mileage monsters. There will be no rush so plenty of time for pictures, there are plenty of spots you might want to take one. Lunch stop picked on the day. Should be in Glenridding with ample time for tea and Buns.
We set off from Glenridding heading for Patterdale but we only go as far as Grisedale Bridge where we turn west on to a minor road which goes along the south side of Grisedale Beck. The road eventually becomes a footpath which goes along parallel to the beck and we go almost all the way to the Ruthwaite Lodge climbing hut before crossing to the north side of the beck to begin the return leg of the walk. We will probably have lunch at this point. After lunch we make our way along the north side of the beck to Lanty’s Tarn. From the tarn we then drop down back into Glenridding where we can enjoy some well deserved refreshment. About 6.25 miles and total ascent of about 1000ft but it will be done at a very leisurely pace.
This gentle country ramble explores the footpaths and lanes to the south west of Penrith and visits a number of old relics. (No not Judy and Graham).
We park at Stainton and follow field footpaths to visit St Andrews Church, Dacre and its mysterious bears 🐻.
Continuing west we get a view of the impressive Hutton John Pele Tower
From Hutton John we return to Dacre via a different route past Dacre Castle and along the estate road to Dalemain. (Home of the world's original marmalade festival).