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Winter Walks start on 15th January

        WINTER WALKS 2017
  • Once again we have an interesting variety of winter walks for 2017, visiting some new
    areas and taking new routes in favourite areas. The walks are an ideal opportunity to get
    to know more club members and enjoy a day out in the hills.
    The walks take place the Sunday after the New Year get-together and then every second
    Sunday after that and are suitable for all ages and abilities. Bring a packed lunch, strong
    footwear, waterproofs, etc. and please be ready to start the walk at the stated meeting
    time. We finish the walks with a sociable gathering at the venue mentioned in the walk
    description and will finish the last walk with a meal together. Please contact the walk
    leader in the week before the walk so they know who to expect at the start.
    Judith Bentham, Walking Secretary
    Sunday 15th January – Tarn Hows, High Oxen Fell, Holme Fell
    Meet at 10.30 am at the main National Trust car park at Tarn Hows (325995).
    This is an interesting 6.5 mile circular route taking in two Wainwright summits, Tarn Hows,
    Hodge Close and some nice views of higher summits. We shall walk along the W side of
    Tarn Hows, up to the top of Black Crag (340051), across the road to High Oxen Fell,
    Hodge Close, Holme Fell summit (314005), Glen Mary Bridge and back to Tarn Hows.
    Summits may be optional in bad weather! Post-walk refreshments will be at the Drunken
    John C. Wright; 07785 758040
    Sunday 29th January – Langstrath
    Meet at 10.30 am at Rosthwaite National Trust car park (NY 25704 14804)
    This is an easy walk (with no steep bits) in an area that I can’t remember visiting with
    SWSC before. The walk is to Langstrath Birch and Langmoss Pit, a distance of 7.8 miles.
    Post-walk refreshments will be in the Yewdale farm café or the pub in Rosthwaite.
    Ann Stupple; 07764 373090
    Sunday 12th February – Rusland
    Meet at 10.30 am at Oxen Park Reading Room (SD 318 874), just down the road towards
    Bandrake Head. Parking is very restricted so please share if you can.
    This is a fairly gentle stroll on farm and moorland in one of John’s favourite quiet areas of
    South Lakeland. It can be wet underfoot in quite a number of places so be prepared! The
    walk is 6 miles long with a maximum height of 850 feet. Post-walk refreshments at the
    White Hart, Bouth.
    John and Jenny Waldron; 01539 568255
    Sunday 26th February – Industrial heritage and birdlife in the Furness Peninsula
    Meet at 10.30 am (208746). Take the A590 towards Barrow-in-Furness. When arriving at
    the 3rd (last) roundabout of the Dalton by-pass go straight on, then turn right in 100 yards
    to Roanhead. Continue straight on until the Y/T junction. Turn right and park on the
    This is another new area for SWSC I think. From Roanhead the walk goes to Park Farm
    (iron ore mines) brick works , then to Ireleth (Vikings), Dunnerholme (limestone quarry)
    and Askam beach/pier (iron works and birdlife). The walk is about 8 miles with very
    limited climbing. Post-walk refreshments at the Brown Cow Inn in Dalton (LA15 8LQ).
    Martin Bates; 01229 822149
    Sunday 12th March – Over Loughrigg, Skelwith Bridge and Elterwater
    Meet at 10.30am at Under Loughrigg (the name of the road), at the cattle grid/footbridge
    over the River Rothay into Rothay Park, Ambleside (NY 370044). There is plenty of
    parking along the roadside.
    The route starts from the cattle grids on Under Loughrigg and goes over Loughrigg Fell,
    down to Skelwith Bridge and Elterwater and then back around to the cattle grid/footbridge
    (about 6-7 miles with an ascent of Loughrigg Fell). The walk will be followed by a meal at
    Zeffirellis in Ambleside.
    James and Jude Downes; 07504 906162