Sunday 26th January 2019 - Car Walk - Sands: 9.00am
Sunday 19th January 2020
8 Miles Grade 2/3
Walk Leader: Stephen Parker
We will meet at Kiln Green car park for 09:30(ish) and from there we will walk through Langholm and through the park and begin the ascent of Warblaw, our first hill of the day easily identified by the mast on the top so at just over 209m it affords good views of the surrounding countryside (weather permitting of course). After a suitable stop for coffee (or whatever else takes your fancy) we will retrace our steps and head for Skippers Bridge and begin our final ascent of the day to the top of Whitta (with its famous monuments) and the probable lunch stop again at 294m it offers great views of the surrounding countryside including our first hill off the day. After lunch its downhill all the way, literally, back to Langholm and suitable refreshments.
This is a walk of approximately 9 miles and total ascent of 1,700ft so technically a grade 2 the highest point is under 1,000ft with good paths on tracks and fields throughout with some road walking.
PLEASE NOTE THE PLANNED WALK WILL BE 9 MILES NOT 5 AS PER PROGRAMME and will take in 5 Wainwrights.
If possible we will park at the bottom zig-zags just through the cattle grid at Howtown (NY4395/1945) and walk round past the Hotel to pick up the path going straight up Steel End - steep but not far before it eases out onto Steel Knotts and the wonderfully named top "Pikeawassa" at 432mtrs. If we can't park at the bottom we will drive up to the Church and tackle Steel Knotts by picking our own way up it's flank past Birkie Knott. From there the next mile is along the ridge heading South with Martindale on our right and Fusedale on our left until we reach Gowk - (no comment!) From there we start the steady 3 quarter mile climb up the Western flank of High Street. When we top out there is shelter behind the wall if we want to stop because the next 3 miles are exposed High level walking heading North with panoramic 360 degree views as far as the eye can see and we cross Wether Hill 674mtrs, Loadpot Hill 671mtrs and on to Arthurs Pike532mtrs. From there we cut across to Bonscale Pike524mtrs before a short steep descent to Howtown. If we are parked at the Church there is a half mile gradually rising walk on a good track back. Then choose your refreshment venue in Pooley Bridge. Because there is high level exposure on the ridges, whilst not dangerous in any way, if the weather is poor with no prospect of enjoying the views we will leave this walk for another time so let's hope for a clear winter day.
We will be walking today in the Debatable Land”. The debate will be “does she know where she is?”.
Of course I do.
We Park next to Gilsland School. Cross over the Newcastle/Carlisle railway line, walk West for about 3 miles, cross back over the River Irthing and railway line at Lanerton Suspension Bridge, through the farm yard up to Hadrian’s Wall. Turn East and walk back following the Wall through Bird Oswald Fort over the Millennium Suspension Bridge and back to the Car Park. About 6/7 miles. Tea has been organised at House of Meg Tea Rooms.