Sunday 16th September 2017 - Grasmere, Lake District

This month our walks are in the Lake District.  The coach will leave school as usual at 8.00 am prompt and travel to Ambleside where all the walks start and finish. Boots are essential on all walks and we will have a stop at services for toilets and booting up.( Please bring 20p coins with you for use in the Lake District public toilets).   We will depart Ambleside at 5.30pm and should be back in Formby about 7.30pm.

The cost of travel will be £11.00 for members, £14.00 for non-members and £5.00 for Leaders, children and students in full time education. Please note the changed coach fare. Please make your cheque payable to Range Walking Club and ensure it is signed as it is inconvenient for the Treasurer to chase up such omissions.

Please send in your return to the Treasurer Monica Sealey before 7th September; places will be booked on the coach by the treasurer on a first come first served basis.

Cancellations: if you need to cancel or make a late booking, please contact the Treasurer on 01704 809287 or by email who will endeavour to substitute your booking from the waiting list.  If you cancel after 7th Septemberand it is not possible to fill your place on the coach, regrettably, we will not be able to give you a refund as coaches will have been booked on initial returns.

‘A’ Walk
Distance: 11 miles
Ascent: 3300 ft
Ken Bryning
Shaun Rollinson

A walk to get the legs aching and the heart beating after the summer holiday, visiting three high points in Ambleside.
Leaving the car park we head up via Skelghyll Wood and Jenkins Crag towards the Hundreds road and to Wansfell Pike (482m /1590ft ), which towers over the town and gives (on most days) excellent views of the distant fells and lakes.
The route then follows the ridge North over Baystones towards the Troutbeck Road and to the Kirkstone Pass.
A fine stepped staircase now takes us up a further 1000 feet to the summit of Red Screes (776m /2560ft) where the views can be breathtaking (if you have any left!)
Return is down the ridge of Snarker Pike, towards Ambleside and the final high point ‘The Golden Rule’ for well earned refreshments.


‘B+’ Walk
Distance: 9.5 miles
Ascent: 2,700 ft
Margaret Pegg
Edwina Roberts

Starting from the Hayes Garden Centre car park we walk through Ambleside and then take a footpath behind the University which leads to Low Sweden Bridge and High Sweden Bridge.
The route continues along Scandale Beck to Scandale Bottom and Scandale Pass.
We then climb up to Red Screes where there are extensive views across several lakes and fells.
Turning south we walk along the ridge of Snarker Pike and down into Ambleside and ”The Golden Rule”.



‘B’ Walk
Distance: 8 miles
Ascent: 2,000 ft
Gill Hickmott
David Wake

This is a challenging circular Lakeland walk from Ambleside over Wansfell Pike, with some breathtaking views of the ‘Lakes to the Coast’.
On leaving the car park we gradually ascend along a well-defined path through Skelghyll Wood to Jenkins Crag for some fantastic views of Windermere.
This bridleway is stony, sometimes grassy and definitely muddy in places.
Crossing a ford, we continue along Robins Lane (track) to the pretty village of Troutbeck. (‘The Mortal Man’, may offer liquid refreshment and a comfort stop).
We leave Troutbeck along Nanny Lane, a well-defined footpath, cross The Hundreds, distinctly ‘boggy’ to Wansfell Pike.
Here we will take the opportunity to ‘chill’ and admire the awesome views of the; Kirkstone Pass, Fairfield Horseshoe, Easedale beck and numerous Lakes and Fells.
The descent from Wansfell Pike is made easier by; a stepped path constructed and maintained by the National Trust and the thought of well-earned liquid refreshment at The Golden Rule in Ambleside.

‘C’ Walk
Distance: 7 miles
Ascent: 1,100 ft
Steve Wright
A N Other

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 we should be able to get a good view of 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.