7th July 2019
Coach Trip to Keswick
After a rendezvous at Tebay Services on the M6 we will continue on towards Keswick. It is important for safety reasons that independent walkers leave details of your names and routes, and a mobile telephone number if possible, with the courier on your coach.
A Walk No walk Leader not available
B Walk Leader Tony Culverhouse 9 miles Moderate
From Keswick we head for the lake jetty to enter Cockshott Wood. We carry on eastwards to climb Castlehead Summit – for views over the lake – before joining a road which soon becomes a gently rising track. We then descend through the National Trust’s Great Wood (home to red squirrels), then head south, crossing Cat Gill and entering open countryside below Falcon Crags, climbing steadily to the famous Ashness Bridge. We then descend to a path adjacent to the Borrowdale Road and the Ladore Falls. A rising path brings us to a road which we follow north passing Surprise View and recrossing our outward route to AshnessBridge. We cross the Borrowdale Road and follow the lakeside path back to Keswick. Some moderate uphills, but nothing too difficult.
C Walk Leader Barbara Sharples 7.5 Mile First part mod/strenuous. Second half very easy.
Walla Crag above Derwentwater. At the foot of Borrowdale the highlight of this walk is the staggering view from the heights of Walla Crag where a rest stop will be taken to enjoy the superb views along the length of the 3-mile lake - west across to Cat Bells and beyond, southwest to Great Gable and north to Skiddaw and Blencathra. On route we will enjoy woods, open fell and the lakeside. We will start from the coach car park and make our way through Springs Wood, following the stream up to a wooden footbridge, to join the lane at Rakefoot. We will be on good paths and tracks but this walk does include uphill grassy slopes, a steep ascent and descent with a few stiles plus short rocky sections. Following the rest stop at the polished rock cap of Walla Crag we will make a gradual descent down open fellside to Ashness Bridge and our lunch stop. Bring your cameras as the view from here towards Skiddaw is magnificent. After lunch we have an easy low-level but interesting walk along the lakeshore back to Keswick or you could catch the ferry back!
D Walk Leader Michael Bates7 miles Easy
This is a superb walk through part of the delightful Newlands Valley, surrounded by magnificent mountain scenery.
We leave Keswick making our way to the village of Portinscale, then through pleasant pastures before eventually arriving at Newlands Beck. We then follow the beck for over a mile prior to walking towards the foot of Cat Bells (but we don’t climb it!). From here we turn northwards walking through attractive woodland before catching sight of Derwentwater at Nichol End jetty. We then make the short journey along the road into Portinscale prior to returning to Keswick. The walk is mainly on excellent paths, tracks and roads. It is virtually on the level, except about half way through the walk there is a slight incline for a way which becomes a bit steeper for the final 100 yards. There are no stiles.
Pick up time for return journey. Returning Home: 6.00 pm fromthe coach park in Keswick
Morning (Outward) Pick-Up Points
08:00 Darwen : Boots Duckworth St
08:05 Darwen : Lynwood Avenue
08:10 Ewood : Empire Theatre
08:15 Blackburn : Penny Street
08:20 Oswaldtwistle : Black Dog
08:25 Oswaldtwistle : The Civic Theatre
08:35 Accrington : Whalley Rd, Kwik Fit
08:40 Accrington : Victoria Hospital
08:45 Clayton : Hare and Hounds
08:50 Harwood : Nightingales Garage
09:00 Whalley : King Street
09:10 Clitheroe : York Street
08:15 Nelson : Walton lane, Leeds Road
08:20 Colne : Crown Hotel
08:20 Colne : Library
08:25 Colne : Alkincoates
08:30 Barrowford : Heritage Centre
08:40 Nelson : Bus Station
08:45 Brierfield : Town Hall
08:50 Burnley : Brennard Street
08:55 Burnley : Bus Station
08:55 Burnley : Tim Bobbin
09:00 Padiham : Whitegates
09:05 Padiham : Town Hall
09:10 Clayton : Hare and Hounds