This month's walks take place on Sunday, 21 May and are based in
Ullswater, a very beautiful part of The Lake District. The walks all end in
Glenridding. The coaches will leave school at 0800 hrs prompt and proceed to
Tebay Services on the M6 for a toilet stop ONLY. The coaches then continue to
Glenridding car park where the 'B+' and 'C' walks will start. The 'A' and 'B'
parties will sty on the coaches to be taken to their starting points. At the end
of the day there are tea shops and pubs in Glenridding. The coaches will leave
for the return journey at 1730 hrs and arrive back at school by 2000 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. 11 May in an
envelope marked "Range Walking Club".
Boots are necessary on all walks.
Starting from the Brotherswater Inn at Sykeside (404119) we climb steadily (pausing only to admire the views) past disused quarries to Causdale Head and Stony Cove Pike. An undulating path over Threshthwaite takes us to lunch on Thornthwaite Crag. Joining the Roman Road on High Street we then have the option of descending to Howtown for a ferry trip (time allowing) or a return via The Knott and Angle Tarn to Glenridding.
Distance: 10 miles
Leaders: John Roberts and Margaret Pegg
Weather permitting, this is an opportunity for the more adventurous to sample the classic ascent of Helvellyn via Striding Edge. Starting from the coach park in Glenridding, we ascend via Mires Beck and Bleaberry Crag to traverse The Edge and thence scramble to the summit of Helvellyn. The return route takes us to Whiteside Bank before descending Glenridding Common to reach the old lead mines and the track back into Glenridding. The walk is exposed in places and also includes some scrambling to reach the main summit. It is definitely not the faint-hearted. Those who rise to the challenge will be rewarded by Lakeland scenery at its best as well as the satisfaction of achieving one of the most famous ascents. In the event of inclement weather an alternative walk will be provided.
Distance: 8½ miles
Leaders: David Poole and Steve Mcllraith
This is a tale of two valleys. We set out from behind the Patterdale Hotel to make our way south west along the southern side of Grisedale. The route is varied with plantations, fields and open moorside with fine views of the Helvellyn edges above and ahead of us. At Patterdale Common we cross Grisedale Beck and head north-east along the opposite side of the valley to Brownend Plantation where we climb through woods and open land to the Glenridding valley. At this point we have superb views of Ullswater. We follow this valley up to the old lead mines where we cross the beck for an easy walk back to the coaches in Glenridding.
Distance: 8½ miles
Leaders: Barry Bord and Barry Whitby
This pleasant walk with good views starts from Glenridding and makes its way past Lanty's Tarn to Grisedale. We walk up the valley to cross over Grisedale Beck and then follow footpaths along the north side of Grisedale back to Glenridding.
Distance: 7 miles
Leaders: David Turton and John McKay