- Range Walking Club
- Sunday 16th June 1996-North
- On Sunday, 16 June we visit the north western fells of
The Lake District. As usual we depart school at 0800
hours prompt and will have a toilet stop at Tebay en
route. All walks finish at Braithwaite, with the coaches
parked at the Royal Oak Hotel. A function room is
available for our use at the Royal Oak, where a variety
of food and beverages are available. There are however
other facilities in Braithwaite. In order to utilise the
length of (we hope!) the long summer day, we plan to
depart at 1800 hrs and should arrive back at school for
2030 hrs. 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, 6 June, in an envelope marked
"Range Walking Club".
Starting at Nichol End (GR 254228), southeast of
Portinscale, we walk an extended Newlands Round, taking
in Cat Bells (1481'), Maiden Moor (1887'), High Spy
(2143'), Dale Head (2473') and Hindscarf (2385') before
following road and river from Little Town back to
Braithwaite. Extensive views are - available of both the
Newlands and Borrowdale Valleys and finally down over
Honister Pass to the Buttermere Valley.
Distance: 13 miles
- Ascent: 3420'
- Leaders: Ken Bryning and Garfield Southall
This circular walk starts and finishes at Braithwaite and
makes use of well trodden paths along old mining routes, river banks, the high fells and exposed ridges with some
challenging descents. In fine weather the views are
magnificent and provide distant glimpses of
Bassenthwaite, Derwent Water, Crummock Water and
Buttermere. Walking southwest from the start we follow
the mining track to the head of Coledale and it Force
Crag Mine start the main ascent of the day to Coledale
Hause. Turning south behind Bel Crag we follow easier
paths to reach the summit of Crag Hill (2752'). The
return journey is along the ridge via Sail, Scar Crag,
Causey Pike and Rowling End. Back in the valley again,
the final 2 miles from Stair makes use of an attractive
path beside Newlands Beck.
Distance: 9½ miles
- Ascent: 2900'
- Leaders: Dave Purdy and Glennis Poole
- 'B' Walk
From Threlkeld Village we follow field paths to
the railway path which winds through pleasant woodland by
the side of the River Greta (where we play 'spot the
dipper'), skirting the north of Keswick. Taking roads
from Keswick Station via Briar Rigg to Great Crosthwaite
we continue for a short distance along the railway track
and head via Crossing Bridge to Portinscale. By the
Cumbria Way we head towards Skelgill and then Stair to
pick up the riverside path along Newland Beck into
Braithwaite. A flat 'B' with a chance to chat to your
friends along the way without losing breath in climbing.
Distance: 9 miles
- Ascent: 500'
- Leaders: Mike Wood and Ray Webb
- 'C' Walk
Our walk commences from Braithwaite with a long steady
climb into the hills past Style End to Stonycroft Gill.
There we follow the gill downstream on a stony track for
¾ mile before crossing it and making our
way round to Rowling End Farm. Now by heading first to
Skelgill and then Lingholm (refreshments available) we
reach the woodland area on the western shore of Derwent
Water. Our return to Braithwaite is via Portinscale. A
leisurely pace will be maintained throughout the walk,
giving you time to admire the many views.
Distance: 6½ miles
- Ascent: 1150'
- Leaders: Barry Whitby and Pete Kenna