Range Walking Club
Sunday February 20th 2000 - Lake District - Ambleside

Sunday, 20 February 2000 marks the day when the annual "hotpot" walks take place. This year we are returning to one of the favourite places of the club. The walks take place around the beautiful area of Ambleside in the Lake District and they are followed by a return to the popular Lindale Inn for our "hotpot" meal. Four low-level walks to build up your appetites are on offer. Variations may be made if weather is adverse. A change of clothing and footwear would be recommended prior to going for your repast. As usual the coaches will leave school at 0800 hrs prompt and should be back in Formby by 2030 hrs. The cost of travel is 7.00 for adults and 4.00 for children and for students in full time education who were formerly pupils at Range High School. Please return slips with cheques (NOT CASH) to the school office by Thursday, 10 February in an envelope marked "Range Walking Club".

'A' Walk
From Ambleside we climb Loughrigg (1100') for an early lunch. Walking west to Raven Crag we then turn north to the summit of Silver Howe (1290'). A downhill walk into Grasmere completes the half circle. The return to Ambleside passes Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount, but no poetic diversions, the hotpot beckons.

Distance: 10 miles 
Ascent: 2000' 
Leaders: Meirion Williams and Gordon Spence

'B'+ Walk
Not every recce walk runs sweetly and this one turned "pear shaped" in the second half The high point of the day is Wansfell Pike (1581') which we can reach easily by a pretty route out of Amble side to the south of the pike. The second target for the day, before returning in good time to Ambleside, is the Kirkstone Pass Inn which we now know cannot be reached easily by continuing on to Wansfell (1597') and then along a ridge to the Kirkstone-Windermere road. An easier alternative route will be found from Wansfell. Trust us!

Distance: 9 miles 
Ascent: 1800' 
Leaders: Rick Tynan and Dave Miles

'B' Walk
This circular walk loops north west of Ambleside around Grasmere Lake and Rydal Water. We follow the Rydal River before climbing at a relaxed pace to cross the summit of Loughrigg Fell (1100" with fine views of Loughrigg Tarn and Elterwater. The descent to meet a minor road into Grasmere village will be taken very carefully and gently. The return leg follows a fairly level track from Dove Cottage to Rydal Mount (Wordsworth's home) 'with views across Rydal Water. We skirt Rydal Park to reach the main road leading back to Ambleside.

Distance: 8 miles 
Ascent: 1000' 
Leaders: Ed McCluskey and David Willis

'C' Walk
This could be called the "Waterfalls Walk" and is at its best after prolonged rain. It makes a very pleasant outing with varied scenery whatever the conditions. Starting at Ambleside the walk takes us alongside Stock Ghyll where there are a number of viewpoints for the falls. Leaving the falls, we make our way to High Sweden Bridge by a roundabout route of woodland, fell and field paths and some road walking. We cross High Sweden Bridge (a very pleasant spot) and climb up to reach a track which takes us down to Low Sweden Bridge (more waterfalls) and then we return to the car park via a walk alongside the River Rothay.

Distance: 6 miles
Ascent: 700'
Leaders: Phil O' Callagan and Dave Griffiths