Sunday 20 October 2002 - Grasmere

All walks start and finish in the beautiful village of Grasmere in the Lake District.

'A' Walk – The Classic Easedale Round

Walking up the Easedale Valley to the tarn, we ascend close to the dramatic Eagle Crag and continue to Sergeant Man for lunch. Traversing the plateau north to High Raise, we cross Birks Gill to reach the delightful ridge from Calf Crag to The Lion and The Lamb.

Distance: 12 miles Ascent:3,000 ft Leaders: Merion Williams, Gordon Spencer

'B+' Walk – Many Views of Grasmere

We cross the main road outside Grasmere and climb Great Rigg (765m) by the direct route over Stone Arthur and above Rigg Craggs. Turning south, we walk along the ridge to Heron Pike (612m) and descend over Nabs Scar to Rydal. We return to Grasmere via Loughrigg Terrace and Grasmere lake. If delayed by bad weather, there is a shorter route back from Rydal Hall to Town End and then Grasmere.

Distance: 10 miles Ascent:2,300 ft Leaders: Rick Tynan, Dave Miles

'B' Walk – Helm Crag

Our aim is to reach Helm Crag which rises to 1,300 ft to the north of Grasmere. Leaving the village by Easedale Road, we follow quiet lanes to reach Greenburn valley (boggy in places). From Greenburn Bottom sculpted by glacial ice, we climb the fell side to reach the ridge (splendid views). The descent to Grasmere is steep and the rocky path can be slippery, if wet. We return to Grasmere through Lancrigg Woods and back along Easedale Road.

Distance: 7 miles Ascent 1,600 ft Leaders: Ginny and David Willis

'C' Walk- Grasmere and Rydal Water

This walk is virtually the classic round of Grasmere and Rydal Water and is a beautiful low level walk. Starting from the car park at Grasmere, our route takes us past Dove Cottage, up the hill and on into the woods below Nab Scar, as far as Rydal. Here we cross the main road and take the footbridge over the Rothay and continue south towards Brant Hows before turning west and then gradually south-west through head high bracken (it was, when we did the recce!), along the edge of a wood (Rough Intake). We turn north-west and head for Jobson Close and the caves before following Loughrigg Terrace, descending to take the path around the shore of Grasmere and finally a tarmac tramp down the road to reach the car park.

Distance: 6 miles Ascent: 450 ft Leaders: Dave Griffiths, Stuart Norris