After the recent weather the planned walk for the Pennine Way will have to be left for the time being as the ground is far too boggy.
I have therefore decided to put an old favourite of mine on the programme, it is no more than 10 miles with total ascent of no more than 1600ft.
We will park in the layby outside Keswick by the suspension bridge that will take us into Portinscale and from there it is a straightforward walk up Newlands Valley and back again in the shadow of CatBells, lunch will be taken as and when we feel and refreshments will be at the café in Portinscale.
Plenty of lovely scenery and decent paths throughout there will be mud but we will get the vast majority out of the way in the morning before lunch.
Wednesday 4th March 2020
8 Miles Grade 3
Leader: Nancy McLure
Car Walk: Sands 9.15am - Kilngreen Car Park Langholm 9.45am
We meet at the Kilngreen Car park at 9.45 am for this circular walk. We set off on a steady climb past the golf course taking the route via the Birnie Braes to the MacDiarmid memorial and onto the minor road to Newcastleton. After a short time we turn right and follow a narrow track to Little Tarras. The rough track continues to Middlemoss and we cross the Tarras Water near Perterburn. The walk continues on road past Cronksbank and the bird hide to Broomholmshiels and we follow the track back to Langholm where refreshments will be available at the church cafe for £2 plus sales table.
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
Warwick Rd and most of the roads in the centre of Carlisle will be closed from 8.30am till 10am.The coach will not be able to get to the Sands, it will be leaving from Rosehill only. If anyone needs a lift to Rosehill let me know
07891293570 - John McKay
If required we have permission to park in the NHS car park at the end of Wavell Drive