Range Walking Club
Sunday 24th March 2002-Lake District-Hawkshead
The walks on Sunday 24 March take us to the Hawkshead area of the Lake District, an area not visited by the club for many years. After reconnoitring the walks it seems strange that we've left it for so long to return to an area that has some great walking and views that are comparable with the best the Lake District has to offer.

There is a choice of four walks all starting at Skelwith Bridge and finishing at Hawkshead where there is a selection of pubs, shops and tea rooms. As usual, coaches leave school at 8:00 am prompt and return to Formby by 19:30 pm. A short toilet stop will be made at Burton Services (M6) on the outward journey only.

The cost of travel will be 7 for adults and 4 for children and students in full time education who were formerly pupils at Range High School. Please return the slip completed in full, with a cheque NOT CASH, in an envelope marked "Range Walking Club", to the school office by Thursday 14 March 2002. If you wish to personally deliver your return forms out of hours please deliver them to the Treasurer or David Wake.

'A' Walk
The walk starts at Skelwith Bridge and follows a beautiful part of the Cumbria way south for the first mile or so. We then head for Hodge Close Quarry one of Lakeland's secret places, from where we continue south west to Tilberthwaite Gill. At the top of the Gill we make the ascent of Weatherlam by the little used route Steele Edge to summit. From here the route descends into Coniston Village and maybe time for a pint, (Jennings Bluebird recommended) after which we head for the beauty spot of Tarn Hows and on to the finish at Hawkshead.

Distance: 12 miles
Ascent: 2700'
Leaders: Ian & Ann Mitchell

'B'+ Walk
This walk also begins by following paths along the Cumbrian Way west from Skelwith Bridge to visit the pretty Colwith force, en route to Stang End. The easy walking continues west with photogenic views across Little Langdale tarn. Turning south-east, the stroll is interrupted by the main climb of the day, over a lower shoulder of Weatherlam, to descend past waterfalls in Tilberthwaite Gill. There is then a further flat section before ascending through woods, past more waterfalls to reach the famously picturesque Tarn Hows. The final quarter of the walk is through woods and fields to Hawkshead.

Distance: 10 miles
Ascent: 1600'
Leaders: John Rothwell & John Hughes

'B' Walk
As with the A and B+ walks, the first part of our ramble follows the Cumbrian Way from our start at Skelwith Bridge, taking in Colwick Force on the way. From near Stang End we then turn south to cross "The Dubs" and thence to Hodge Close, the scene of an old quarry now much used by the diving fraternity. Continuing south, we skirt Holme Fell and turning east we arrive at Yew Tree Farm, (one of the most photographed buildings in the Lake District). Crossing the Coniston/Skelwith road we then climb up to Tarn Hows. This ascent will be taken at a slow pace. Having contoured "The Hows" we continue south east to finish at Hawkshead.

Distance: 8 miles
Ascent: 500'
Leaders: John McEvoy & Dave Luty

'C' Walk
A truly delightful walk with some outstanding views. It involves woodland, lakeside, open fields, waterfalls and some minor roads. We start at Skelwith Bridge and head southeastwards to Warbarrow Point on the shore of Windermere, via Skelwith Fold and Wray church and castle. We then "walk the lake" south wards to Belle Grange where we turn westward to head for the finish at Hawkshead, going through Colthouse. The climbing in this walk is well worth doing for the pleasing nature of the walk.

Distance: 7½ miles
Ascent: 800'
Leaders: Nikki Harrison & Phil Morgan