3rd June 2018
Coach Trip to Grasmere
Grasmere is a village in the centre of the English Lake District. It takes its name from the adjacent lake, and has associations with the Lake Poets. The poet William Wordsworth lived in Grasmere for 14 years, described it as "the loveliest spot that man hath ever found
The coaches will rendezvous at Burton in Kendal services on the M6 for a comfort stop. 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 Leader Anthony Fleetwood 8.5 miles Strenuous
We start today’s walk from the village of Rydal. It is a steady climb up to Fairfield, our highest point of the day at 2855 feet, via Nab Scar, Heron Pike, Rydal Fell and Great Gill returning to Grasmere via Tongue Gill. Sorry no trig points today. Total ascent 3434 feet.
B Walk Leader Paul Brown 9 ½ miles Moderate
We leave the coaches on the busy A591 road a mile after TroutbeckBridge and then climb steadily for about 1½ miles to reach the highest point of the walk which is on a track, Robin Lane. We follow this undulating track to High Skelghyll, through Skelghyll Wood, thendescend gradually into Ambleside. Lunch stop is in Rothay Park (toilets here), and then we continue to Scandale Bridge and Rydal. After crossing the A591 road and the River Rothay (footbridge) we walk above Rydal Water, then along the southern and western shores of Grasmere Lake, before joining a minor road which takes us into Grasmere Village where the walk ends. Some road walking but most of the route is on good tracks and paths. Please note - the descent through Skelghyll Wood is steep, the surface is rocky with tree roots so care is needed. Lovely lake and mountain views and a bit of history as well.
C Walk Leader Michael Bates 8 miles Moderate
The walk starts in Ambleside where we make our way towards Loughrigg. Fine views can be seen as we make our way up and then descend again eventually reaching Loughrigg Tarn. After a little road walking we turn right to cross Loughrigg Terrace where we can enjoy the stunning scenery of the Grasmere area. We then pass Rydal Cave the route taking us downhill towards Rydal Water before crossing the main road. Then we make our way up the short but steep ascent up to the Coffin Route which takes us to Grasmere via Dove Cottage, one of the homes of William Wordsworth. Most of the walking is on decent broad tracks but there are a couple of stony sections.
D walk Leader Hannah 7 miles approx. Moderate
From the coach park at Grasmere we walk through the village and along Langdale Road down to the lake shore which we follow to the weir. We follow the River Rothay through the woods to reach Rydal Water and eventually to the road. Taking the path through Dora’s Field (sorry no daffodils) and St Marys Church. Time permitting we can spend time exploring Rydal Mount (waterfalls, gardens etc) before the short climb up to the “coffin route” with lovely views all the way back into Grasmere passing Dove Cottage and on to the village.
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
08:50 Clayton : Hare and Hounds
08:55 Harwood : Nightingales Garage
09:00 Whalley : King Street
09:05 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