- Range Walking Club
- Sunday 17th May 1998 Lake District
The Sunday, 17th May walks take us back to one of the
club's most popular areas - the Lake District. This time
we are in the south area of the Lakes based upon
Coniston. All walks finish in Coniston and toilet and
refreshment facilities are available. As usual, the
coaches will leave school at 0800 hrs prompt and a toilet
ONLY stop will be made en route. We will commence the
return journey at about 1730 hrs and hope to be back in
Formby by 2000 hrs. The cost of travel is £6.00 for
adults and £3.00 for children and students in
full-time education and who were formerly Range High
School pupils. (A note on future fares is included later
in this letter). Please return slips with cheque (not
cash) to the school office by Thursday, 8 May in
an envelope marked "Range Walking Club". Walking
boots are essential for all walkers.
Starting at Skelwith Bridge we follow the Great Langdale
Beck to Elterwater. Turning south we pass through
Sawrey's Wood into Little Langdale and commence the
ascent of Wet Side Edge to Great Carrs (OS 271009- 2575')
and thence to Swirl How (2630') with its impressive
crags and panoramic views. A high level ridge walk takes
us to Old Man of Coniston at 2633', the highest by 3' of
the Coniston Fells. We descend via Low Water and follow
Levens Water Beck into Coniston.
- Distance: 12 miles
- Ascent: 3500'
- Leaders: Merion Williams and Gordon Spence
A fairly demanding walk in so far as it is along steady
climb. However, it can be taken at a reasonably leisurely
pace. Most of the climbing will be done before lunch. In
the vicinity of Dow Crag and Coniston Old Man children
need to be kept on a lead!! The descent gives us lovely
views of the lake in all its glory - mists permitting.
- Distance: 9½ miles
- Ascent: 3000'
- Leaders: Dave Miles and Arthur Jones
Starting at Coniston we walk towards Coppermines Valley.
At the terrace of miners' cottages we commence a steep
climb of 1000' which will be taken at an easy pace. The
climb takes us up into the Yewdale Fells. We follow
well-defined paths to Tilberthwaite, skirting the steep
gorge en route. We then follow a good track north east
before turning off to reach Hodge Close. Continuing
eastwards we reach Oxen Fell High Cross before heading
south along the Cumbria Way to Tarn Hows. We continue
south through woodland to finish back at Coniston.
- Distance: 9 miles
- Ascent: 1300'
- Leaders: Barry Bord and David Poole
- 'C' Walk
- The only climbing of this walk comes right at the
beginning with a gentle ascent, starting on the outskirts
of Skelwith Bridge onto undulating heath with fine views
over Elter Water. This leads, via pleasant woodland and
country lanes to the picturesque village of Hawkshead,
where we have lunch. Fields and woodland then lead us to
a picture postcard viewpoint over Tarn Hows from where a
delightful descent through woods brings us to Coniston.
- Distance: 8½ miles
- Ascent: 400'
- Leaders: Ed McCluskey and David Willis