Range Walking Club.
Sunday 24th January 1999 - Lake District-Ambleside

Happy New Year to you all, Now to work on those Christmas excesses!! We start the New Year on Sunday, 24 January in the heart of Cumbria with four circular walks based on Ambleside. Leaders have alternative walks planned if conditions turn out to be adverse. As usual the coaches will leave school at 0800 hrs prompt and we travel directly to Ambleside with NO stop en route. We will commence the homeward journey by 1645 hrs and should be back in Formby by1900 hrs. The cost of travel is 7.00 for adults and 4.00 for children and students in Full-time education and who were formerly Range High School pupils. Please return slips with cheque (not cash) to the school office by Thursday, 14 January in an envelope marked "Range Walking Club". Walking boots are essential for all walkers.

'A' Walk
This is an anti-clockwise circuit of the Fairfleld horseshoe. An easy ascent of the easterly ridge to Low Pike, High Pike and Dove Crag culminating on the Fairfleld plateau (2863'). The high level westerly ridge including Great rigg Man (2510') and Heron Pike (2003') before a steep descent to return to Ambleside through the grounds of Rydal Hall.

Distance: 10 miles
Ascent: 3500'
Leaders: Merion Williams and Gordon Spence

'B'+ Walk
From Ambleside a pleasant ramble through Rydal Park and then climbing, on a good path, around Nab Scar and on to Heron Pike (612 m) We then drop towards Grasmere and go around the lake before returning to Ambleside over or past Loughrigg Fell if time permits.

Distance: 10 miles
Ascent: 800 m max
Leaders: Rick Tynan and Dave Miles

'B' Walk
A splendid walk comprising a high level outward route which we take gently from Ambleside to Troutbeck over the summit of Wansfell (1600'). After a liquid lunch at Troutbeck we follow a lower level return route along lanes with excellent views of Windermere finishing with an easy descent into Ambleside, through delightful Skelsgyll Wood.

Distance: 8 miles
Ascent: 1700'
Leaders: Ed McCluskey and David Willis
'C' Walk
A fairly easy circular walk, with enough climbing to give splendid views of Wmdermere, Grasmere, Rydal Water and the surrounding high fells. From Ambleside our route is to Clappersgate using a roadside path. We then.cross the road and follow a stony path with zigzags uphill, wooded in part, to reach Todd Crag (most of the ascent). Continuing westward on the lower slopes of Loughrigg Fell we follow a well-defined path to Loughrigg Tarn where we turn northward to eventually join a minor road which takes us up to Loughrigg Terrace overlooking Grasmere. We follow the Terrace round to Rydal Cave and then descend towards Rydal where we turn southward along a minor road which takes us to Millers Bridge near Ambleside. Crossing the bridge we make our way across Rothay Park, past the parish church and onto the main road (A591) and back to the car park.

Distance: 7 miles
Ascent: 500'
Leaders: Dave Griffiths and Barry Whitby