Spine of England II

Join John and the Reluctant Ramblers for 5 days of walking and 4 gigs in May 2018.

The dates are Thursday 24th May through Monday 28th May
(the second May bank holiday weekend)

John writes: “This is something I have wanted to do for some time. As well as walking some of the iconic landscape of my childhood, we get to play some superb live-music venues and carry our own brand of music and humour, often inspired by the walking, into peoples’ lives. The walks are inclusive and so is the spirit of our music. Hope to meet you there. JJ”

Click here for more information including the gig venues and ticket links. Note that walking routes will be announced nearer the time.

JJ reflects ….

The raw stats of miles walked, metres climbed or calories expended cannot ever do justice to the shared experience of walking in all weathers with a great bunch of people like The Ramblers. As Boff says, “Reluctant” is hardly the right word these days; but in a way it reflects that feeling of not taking ourselves too seriously, whatever we do and … some of this was hard. It is The Lakes; inspiring and daunting and changing each time you look up from watching your step.

My thanks to you all for being on the walks and at the gigs and for some great FB feedback and my special thanks to Colin, Tom, Fran and Graham and Vanya for invaluable support – and there were times when I needed it! … And of course to a great band: Rowan, Lindsey, Al and Tim and guest Nick Passmore for making the songs and tunes come alive. JJ

The walkers at the very start – Thursday at the Castlerigg stone circle:

and at Skiddaw House on the Saturday walk:

The band on Saturday:

JJ Looks forward to next week

JJ writes:

“Just back from 2 days of rehearsing with the RR band, blowing off the cobwebs of songs from Rising Road and Never Stop Moving and hearing the new songs Rowan and Lindsey will sing. Finished off with a ceilidh tune session and a curry. Perfect.
Looking forward to playing in that nice little Village hall in Threlkeld with Blencathra looming above us.”

Ceilidh Arrangements 

The ceilidh in Threlkeld on 22nd September is completely sold out and there will be no tickets available at the door.

The maximum dancers the hall can accommodate is 6 sets of 8 dancers i. e. 24 couples giving 48 dancers at a time. That means everyone gets some rest while allowing others to dance. There will be chairs around the sides and the coffee shop space will be available where there is also a bar.

The administration of the ceilidh by the TAA (Threlkeld Amenity Association) will be that each ticket holder must exchange their ticket for a wristband at the door. This will then allow ticket holders to move around freely inside the village hall and coffee shop. They can also go outside and come back in with minimum fuss.

The Thursday afternoon walk

The walk on Thursday from Castlerigg goes south to High and Low Nest before turning left [east ] to pass between High and Low Rigg past the Youth Centre . At Bridge House we turn left and follow footpaths back to Threkeld Bridge via Moss Dikes where we cross A66 and walk into Threlkeld. 
Anyone not wishing to walk the whole way could meet us at the Youth Centre.