Walking in July:
Tuesday 2nd Ullswater 6.5 or 11 miles 8.15am Lairgill Edward Badley 62502
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Wednesday 10th Low Bentham 4.5 to 5 miles 6.30pm Low Bentham Car Park Dorothy Stubbs 61430
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Sunday 14th Gragareth 9 miles 9.30am Lairgill Bernard Skillerne de Bristowe 98322
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Thursday 18th Winder, Arant Haw, Calders, The Calf 10 miles 9.30am Lairgill Bryn and Sandra Craggs 07779001046
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Friday 26th Longton & Mardale Head 8 miles 9am Lairgill Ed Badley & David Longton 61838
A later start of 6.30pm for an evening walk of about 5 miles at Low Bentham on Wednesday 10th. From Low Bentham car park we go past West End farm through the wildflower area to Goodenbergh, Gill farm, Old Wennington and then to Clifford Hall.
There is a possible drink stop there before we return to Low Bentham past the solar panels.
On Sunday 14th we start at the car park just before Leck Fell House on the road north east from Cowan Bridge. A steep ascent over rough ground for 300m takes us to the Three Men of Gragareth. Tuning to the right we continue to follow a more gentle slope leading to the top of Gregareth Hill. From here on most of the walk is flat or down hill except for the gentle climb to Great Coum and Crag Hill. We continue along to the wall tuning to the left and follow the wall along the ridge for nearly three miles across Green Hill and Coal Pits Hill to Great Coum summit. There are good views of the Lune Valley from the top of Gragareth, views of Kingsdale and Deep Dale from the ridge and a view of Dent Dale from Great Coum. From Great Coum we turn west to the summit of Crag Hill then descend contouring back on ourselves to reach the tack and Shooting Hut which takes us back to the car park. Total distance is around nine miles but please note that much of the walking is over rough ground and is relatively strenuous.
On Thursday 18th be prepared for a long, strenuous walk of 10 miles, Winder, Arant Haw, Calders & the Calf (with a reduction to 6 miles in poor weather) and a height gain of 2720ft, with steep gradients both up and down. Some extra food and walking poles may be useful. Parking is on the roadside on Howgill Lane, Sedbergh which we follow away from Sedbergh, turning along a track through Lockbank Farm and onto the open access land. We then climb steeply through gorse before taking a clear path that climbs more gradually across the fell side, leading around Winder, with views over Garsdale and Dentdale, to the col between Winder and Arant Haw. Turning sharp left we follow a clear path to the summit of Winder with superb across the Lune Valley to Morecambe Bay or across the Shap and Lake District Fells. We retrace our route, rejoining the track at the col and climb steadily around the southern flanks of Arant Haw, ignoring the direct path to the summit. This more gentle gradient leads to Rowantree Grains where the onward route comes into view, with an extended steep climb up a stony path to the top of Calders. The bridleway flattens over Calders and Bram Rigg Top before dipping and rising again steeply to reach the highest point in the Howgills at the Calf with more good views. Returning to Rowantree Grains we follow the ridge to Arant Haw, descending via the Nab on a grassy path both gentle and steep in places, with more lovely views towards Fox's Pulpit and the Lune valley. On reaching Crosdale Beck at the ford just above Crosdale Wood be prepared for possible wet feet . We then follow the path alongside the intake wall, southwards back to the gate at Lockhead Farm to return to the cars.
Another shorter but strenuous walk of 8 miles on Friday 26th. Starting from the car park at the head of Hawes Water we gradually climb Harter Fell via Gatesgarth Pass and then drop down to the top of Nan Bield Pass. Next its over Mardale Ill Bell to the summit of High Street and onward to the airy top of Kidsty Pike. After the long descent to lake level we walk round the head of the lake to the cars.
Our first August walk is 6 miles at Silverdale and Arnside on Saturday 3rd.