Sunday 15th June 2008 - Staveley, East Lakes

On Sunday 15 June our walks are based on Staveley in the East Lake District. The coach will leave school as usual at 8.00 am prompt.   There will be a toilet stop at Burton Services on the M6  -  please note that the B+ walkers will leave the coach before Staveley so please change into boots and get your rucsacs from the coach boot at the Service stop.  We plan to leave Staveley at 5pm after the walks and be back in Formby at about 7.00 to 7.30pm.     Conditions underfoot mean walking boots will be essential.


The cost of travel will be £8.50 for adults, £10 for guests and £4.00 for leaders and 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 5th June . If you wish to deliver your return forms personally, out of school hours, please deliver them by the same date to the Treasurer, Alan Thomas, at 11 Altcar Road.

‘A’ Walk
Distance: 14 miles
Ascent: 1400 ft
Ian Currie
Gordon Spence

We follow the River Kent north before climbing towards Staveley Head Fell and Green Quarter Fell which offers excellent views of Kentmere.  
We then descend to Till’s Hole Falls and the exquisite Longsleddale, a verdant and tranquil valley, where we walk by the River Sprint to Nether House Farm. 
Now we climb again to Gurnal Dubs and Potters Tarn before dropping back into Staveley where there are public toilets and a limited choice of refreshments.



‘B+’ Walk
Distance: 12½ miles
Ascent: 1100 ft
John Rothwell
John Hughes

After long and careful consideration (two minutes), your leaders decided to take the opportunity to repeat a delightful walk that the club undertook 4 years ago. 
Despite this repetition we hope to do better than Kettlewell where, excluding John’s friend Tom, our walk attracted just 2 people! (Thanks to Dave and Steve – it would have been lonely without you!)
We have put in a different first few miles along the Dales Way by the side of the River Kent.
From Hagg Foot we ascend to Potters Tarn and then head east, passing other tarns. We arrive in the valley of the River Sprint and then proceed to head up this delightful valley for almost 4 miles of the most pleasant, level, walking you are likely to experience anywhere.
From Hollin Root we start the second short climb of the day which takes us onto a nice moorland path across to Staveley Head. 
From here we descend gently back to Staveley by tracks and lanes. 
This is a longish walk but the two climbs are short and will be taken at an easy pace.

‘B’ Walk
Distance: 9 miles
Ascent: 950 ft
David Willis
Linda Trollope

Starting from Staveley via quiet lanes, we begin our gradual ascent, in the company of the ‘C’ party, to Birkfield and Frost Hole. 
Uniquely, walkers can view the ‘B’s prospective ascent before making their final commitment. How’s that for service?! 
A brisk climb takes us up to Potters Tarn then, after a brief respite, a short final spurt brings us to our highest point near Gurnal Dubs, another small reservoir. 
A relatively level stretch along a moorland track ensues. 
Our descent is neither too steep nor taxing and the views are great if the weather behaves.  We proceed over farmland and quiet lanes until we eventually cross the road by Burneside Hall, where we veer off to pick up the Dales Way. 
We follow the river back towards Staveley through fields and woodland, passing an upmarket conversion of an old mill at Cowan Head. 
Ultimately, we leave the river bank to rejoin the lanes and passages back to Staveley.

‘C’ Walk
Distance: 7.5 miles.
Ascent: 450 ft
Craig Baker

Stuart Norris

We start in the centre of Staveley and head out east via road and path to Frost Hole  -  all climbing is achieved in the first 2 miles. 
From here we turn south past a waterfall and then head south east  to Burneside. 
At Burneside we join the Dales Way which takes us alongside the River Kent, through Bowston, all the way back to Staveley.