Range Walking Club
Sunday 17th May 1998 Lake District -Coniston

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.

'A' Walk
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

'B'+ Walk
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

'B' Walk
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