Range Walking Club
Sunday 21st January 1996-Lake District-Windermere
 
Welcome to 1996 and a happy new year to you all. Sunday 21 January takes us to the South Lake District. Interesting walks on the hills to the east of Windermere take us through a variety of beautiful scenery with many hidden surprises. Views in all directions from the high points are exceptional given good weather. All walks finish in Bowness where there are numerous teashops, etc. Please note that due to school holidays time for returning slips is curtailed this month. As usual we depart school at 0800 hrs prompt returning by 1930 hrs. There will be a toilet stop on the outward journey at the Burton Services on the M6. The cost of travel is 4.00 for adults and 2.00 for children and students in full-time education. Please return slips with cheque (not cash) to the school office by Thursday, 11 January, in an envelope marked "Range Walking Club". Please ensure cheques are signed.

'A' Walk
The walk starts near Newby Bridge, G.R 383850. A gradual ascent through Stavely Forest takes us to a view point and then on to Gummer's How at 1054' which is the highest point of the day. Rarely does the route take us more than a mile from Lake Windermere but continually twists and turns its way north, taking in all the high points on the way, the last one being Brant Fell (629') where, on a good day, you can see the panorama of the Lake District. Then it's a short descent into Bowness where the coaches await.

Distance: 12½ miles
Ascent: 1850'
Leaders: Ian Mitchell and Alan Clarkson

'B'+ Walk

We start at Fell Foot (383869) and walk up the road to take the path to the summit of Gummer's How (1054'). This is a rather challenging start to the walk but it will be taken at an appropriate pace and the views are superb if the weather is kind. We leave Gummer's How and make our way via Blake Holme Plantation to another superb view point, Moor How (733'). From here we descend and follow the road which skirts the Great Tower Scout Camp. We then follow paths through woods and fields to a final surprise, Brant Fell (629'), another superb view point on the edge of Bowness itself yet very rarely visited. Our route then takes us through more fields and into Bowness.

Distance: 10 miles
Ascent: 1500'
Leaders: Arthur Jones and John Hughes

'B' Walk
This walk starts approximately 6 miles south of Bowness and has a gradual ascent through Blake Holme Plantation and continues steadily up to reach the top of Moor How at 733'. From here good views can be expected given the weather. The route then continues towards Bowness going past Great Tower Plantation and the Ghyl Head Reservoir on country lanes and footpaths. Excursion to the top of Brant Fell (629') is an option to be taken on the day, given time and suitable weather.

Distance: 9 miles
Ascent: 900'
Leaders: Phil Morgan and Dave Luty

'C' walk
This is a lovely varied walk with fabulous views over Windermere to the mountains beyond. Starting in Windermere we make a gentle climb up Orrest Head taking in the views as we go. From the summit we descend northwards before swinging along varied tracks we make our second gentle ascent up School Knott and have lunch by a small tarn. From here we follow the Dales Way into Bowness-on-Windermere.

Distance: 7½ miles
Ascent: 650'
Leaders: John Rothwell and Bob Hutt