Sunday 23rd February 2020 - Car Walk - Sands: 9.00am
Sunday 23rd February 2020
9 Miles Grade 3
Walk Leader: Christine Milton
We start from Lowther Castle where we have permission to park in the overflow car park for the duration of our walk of approximately 9 miles. From here we take the track, which on the recci (Tues) was a little slippery, so please take care, down to the bridge at Askham. A gradual but continuous ascent takes us through the lovely village of Askham and out onto the fell until we reach Heughscar Hill, where we should get some good views over Ullswater. Next it’s down hill to meet the track which in turn will bring us to The Cockpit then across the moor to Helton, via the Cop Stone. This is fairly level and easy walking but exposed to the elements, and so warm and waterproof clothing is essential. We continue on to Whale and I hope the conditions will be suitable for lunch to be taken along this part of the route. Finally, the path leads us alongside the river and through woodland that takes us back to Lowther where we can obtain refreshments. A walk of varied scenery with what I hope will be some good views. Dogs are welcome on the walk and in the cafe, although there are a couple of ladder stiles for them to negotiate and they have to be kept on leads on any Lowther Estate land. I look forward to seeing you
Wednesday 19th February 2020
Allen Banks - Staward Peel
5.5 Miles Grade 3/4
Car Walk: Sands 9.15am
Sunday 23rd February 2020
Yewdale Fells from Tilberthwaite
6 Miles Grade 2
Leader: David Bulman
This walk is an exploration of the low level often quarried fells around Tilberthwaite below the East face of Wetherlam from which it is overlooked but seldom visited. It is an area of craggy tops (and soggy bottoms) with our highest point being 1500ft it hardly qualifies as an 'A' walk but given the travelling and winter hours/weather it is an adequate day out. We park at Low Tilberthwaite (NY306010) . 1.5 Miles North of Coniston on the A593 a single track road is signed off left. From there it is 1 Mile to the parking. Apart from good paths to start and finish our route is basically where we want it to be as we link together a few names on the map. Initially we walk through High Tilberthwaite Farm and along the Byeway which leads to Lt Langdale for just over half a mile before branching off left to begin our pathless route around the spoil heaps of Betsy Crag, onto Low Fell and Gt Intake. Next is Hawk Rigg then Blake Rigg. We drop into Dry Cove Bottom and pick up a main path to Tilberthwaite Gill, following it down before turning off right to cross Yewdale Beck (footbridge) and this takes us back to the cars with an opportunity to marvel at past quarrying work. Tea and cakes in Chesters on the way home
A relatively gentle walk starting from the National Trust Car Park (Allen Banks is sign posted from the A66, just East of Bardon Mill). If you are not an NT member there is a charge for the car park, which is situated in what was once the walled kitchen garden of Ridley Hall.
We follow the trail to Plankey Bridge alongside the River Allen through ornamental woodland dating from the 1800s. Crossing the river at Plankey Mill we pass through ancient woodlands towards Staward Gorge and then make our way up to Staward Peel Tower once occupied by Dicky of Kingswood a notorious Border Revier.
This is the only real ascent of the day.
Retracing our steps to Plankey Bridge we then follow the west bank of the river back to the car park. As this is not a long walk, time, inclination and weather permitting we will add a short detour to Moralee Tarn on the way back.
I will also endeavour to ensure it is a very moderate pace!