!. If you go direct please inform the walk leader of your intention.
2. More importantly, if you tell the walk leader you are going direct and change your mind and not go on the walk, let the walk leader know as they will be looking for you.
3. Be aware, if you go direct and plans have to be changed at very short notice the walk leader may not be able to contact you. If you are sitting at Haweswater, or other such place, and something has happened meaning the walk has been changed or cancelled at very short notice it is likely you will have no phone signal and be uncontactable.
It is often more convenient to go direct but members should be aware it is possible, though very unlikely they could be sitting at a venue that has had to be changed and its a risk they take.
Meeting at the Sands 9am and car sharing to Honister Slate Mine for the start of the walk. The National Trust car park is free to their members,
or £5 for the day in that belonging to the mine.
We ascend the well constructed path following the dismantled tramway. Then turning south for a short distance before taking the grassy path that ascends to the summit of Grey Knotts 697m The mine sits at approx 350m so half of the climb has already been done before we start !! Banana break to be taken here. If we are lucky with the weather, there will be one of my favourite views over Buttermere & Crummock Water. Next we continue to Brandreth 714m, depending on the day dropping down slightly off the path to a position that in Wainwright’s words “Might well produce the most magnificent picture of the year.” From Brandreth its a small ascent to Green Gable 793m again with good views and the possibility of lunch stop. We now start to descend via Windy Gap to Stone Cove. This path is mostly scree, is pretty steep, but a short distance and is doable. We can take our time and once it’s done it’s done, a walking pole may be handy. A possibility here to take a detour to get more good views, this time of Wast Water. Moses Trod is our return route with views again down the Ennerdale Valley and of the lakes. We rejoin the tramway path back to the mine and into the cafe for refreshments for those that wish to partake.
Did I say there are good views on this walk? Well if the weather is kind, yes, some fabulous views for not a huge amount of effort to those who have some fell walking experience. 3 Wainwrights for those counting
Please let me know if you are travelling direct to Honister.
Thursday 11th August 2022
Tindale Tarn Area
Evening Walk Followed by Dinner
Belted Will - Hallbankgate
3/4 Miles Grade 3
Leader: John McKay
Start: Sands 6.00pm - Geltsdale Nature Reserve Car Park 6.30pm
We shall meet the group at Langholm (parking free, toilets free) before
going on to Hawick (parking free, toilets normally 30p, but free last
We then start a long, steady (and slow, please!) ascent through the town
to Hawick golf course, where we take a woodland path, fields and then a
farm track down to Flex farm, where we join a quiet road up to
Williestruther Loch (? lunch - there are benches and picnic tables.
Anyone feeling particularly energetic can take an out-and-back extra 1.5
mile stroll to Acreknowe Reservoir from here. After circumnavigating
the loch we begin our return journey by a minor road past St Leonard's
After the farm we take a woodland path towards the golf course, which we
cross (Beware of Golfers- FORE!), taking paths which mostly skirt the
fairways, before rejoining our outward route to town, taking welcome
refreshments at the Heart Hawick cafe.
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Sunday 14th August 2022
Caldbeck -Sebergham Round
8.5 Miles Grade 3/4
Leader: Ian Rowley
Start: Sands 9.15am -
A late change to the proposed walk given the very warm forecast and the likelihood that there won’t be very much water coming over Ashgill Force. Instead a walk probably familiar to Wednesday walkers starting from Caldbeck village and following the Cumbrian way largely alongside or close to the River Caldew as far as Bell Bridge. We’ll have lunch by the river then make a gentle climb to the top of Warnell Fell a little less than 1000ft but a fine view point.
From here it’s an easy descent back into Caldbeck. As it’s a relatively short walk we can leave the Sands a little later than usual at 9.15