From Grasmere Car Park we go through the village, cross the A591 and head for the footpath going round the back of Forest side. The path undulates under Nab Scar and leads to White Moss Common. The 'coffin route' takes us to Rydal Hall, where we can examine the 'Grott' and possibly take refreshments in the cafe. We cross the road again and ascend to the impressive Loughrigg Cave, which leads us to the iconic Terrace with its superb view. A descending path and minor road takes us back to Grasmere and refreshments.
820 ft (250 m) ascent
Good paths throughout
Sunday 8th December 2019 - Coach Walk - Grasmere
Rosehill: 8.50am - Sands: 9.00am
Given the short amount of daylight hours and a shortage of walk leaders I am proposing a variation to the planned A walk to make it suitable for most regular coach walkers. From Grasmere we’ll follow quiet lanes for a mile or two to Ghyll Foot and on into the Greennburn valley. From here it’s relatively easy, grassy climb lifting us to the ridge between Calf Crag and Gibson Knott, a climb of just over 1000ft in about a mile.
After pausing to admire the view we’ll turn left following the ridge over Gibson Knott and on to the summit of Helm Crag.
The top of Helm Crag is worth exploring for it’s rocky outcrops that, close to, look very different from the “Lion and the Lamb” that we see from the A591. It also affords fine views over Grasmere and Rydal water.
For the return we will take the easier route on the north side of the fell, which descends by a series of zig-zags into the Greenburn valley where we’ll re=trace our steps back into Grasmere village. The last coach walk and hopefully a good walk to finish off the year.
Sunday 8th December 2019
Joint A/B Walk
7/8 Miles Grade 2
Leader: Ian Rowley
Car Walk: Sands 9.15am
This traditional Christmas 🎄 Walk needs no introduction.
Graham and Sarah have give us permission to park at Low Bridge Farm (accessible from the A66). From there we make our way to Legburthwaite before climbing to the top of Wren Crag with fine 360 degree views (weather permitting) and along the Long Band to the summit of High Rigg.
At this point we begin the descent to St John's Church before skirting round southward along the foot of the fell back to Low Bridge Farm where Sarah will have the usual scrumdiddleyumptous tea waiting for us.
Sarah has informed me that, as she does every year, she will donate all the proceeds from the tea ☕️ to Eden Valley Hospice.