JJ writes: “Our weekend in the beautiful North Lakes is coming up. 3 Days of great walking and music. You are all welcome but REMEMBER – THIS IS THE LAKES -and it does help if you have some experience of walking in the fells and a degree of fitness. If our walks seem too demanding there are plenty of other easier walks to do and fantastic scenery to lose yourself in. We will all be together in the evenings.
As all the regular walkers know, we are not a guided tour party but are there, like you, to enjoy walking and music and being together in astonishing landscape. Please look after yourselves, bring the right gear, carry what you need but not too much and make your own arrangements for lifts (except on the Friday, see below). Any doubts please ask.” Email contact via firstname.lastname@example.org
The plans are:
Thursday September 26th
Meet at the Castlerigg Stone Circle, our usual meeting place. Start walking at 3.00pm. There is some roadside parking. Best to share lifts so as to fetch cars back after the walk and before the evening gathering with food etc.
The walk goes south towards A591 then east to the Youth Centre between High and Low Rigg. Then take the footpath to Threlkeld Bridge and along the old railway line to Threlkeld Golf Club for an informal gathering, a session, songs from the choir, good beers, good food, and glorious views. We expect to arrive at the Golf Club by 5.30pm. The food will be a pie and pea supper with a cheese and onion pie as veggie option. We need to let the golf club know approximate numbers so if you wish to join us for the food then please email email@example.com before 18th September.
We expect the evening to end around 9.30 to 10pm. If you are walking back into Threlkeld then do bring a light and TAKE CARE crossing the A66.
Friday September 27th
BLENCATHRA, a walk for everyone.
Meet at 8.45am in Threlkeld Village Hall Coffee Shop which will open for us – coffee, chat, arrange transport. Please do not plan to leave your car in the coffee shop car park.
Leave the coffee shop at 9.30am onwards to drive to Mungrisdale. There is some parking near the telephone box and the village hall. Car parking is free everywhere although there is a box at Mungrisedale for donations to the Village Hall. We will begin walking at 10.00.
Chris Moncaster has offered to book a minibus to take people to the start of the walk. If you would like to join this then please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put you in touch with Chris.
The walk follows the Gleneranackin valley upstream behind Blencathra, underneath Sharp Edge to Mungrisdale Common then turns left up Atkinson Pike. This is a STEEP ASCENT but you are rewarded by the most amazing views as we summit Blencathra at Hall’s Fell Top. Bring a packed lunch to eat there.
We will descend together via Blease Fell to walk through the meadows into Threlkeld to finish in the pub garden of The Horse And Farrier at approximately 4.00pm.
If you have a problem with any of this talk to JJ, Colin, Chris or Boff as there is an alternative route via Scales Fell which we will all take if the weather is bad on Blencathra.
8.00pm Ceilidh and Concert in Threlkeld Village Hall with JJ and the RR, Rowan Godel and the Choir
Saturday September 28th
COLEDALE HORSESHOE, definitely 2 walks today , possibly 3.
Meet Coledale Inn, Braithwaite. Parking in the car park below the Coledale Inn.
Walk A: Start soon after 9.00. Coledale Horseshoe via Grisedale Pike, Cragg Hill, Sail, Stile End and back to Braithwaite. For this, you need to be at ease with ridge-walking, ascents and descents, and have a good level of fitness.
Walk B: Starts at 10.00 and follows the beautiful Newlands Valley, taking a footpath by the river from Little Braithwaite to ascend towards Stile End from Stoneycroft and to return over Barrow. This is still a good climb out of the valley and requires effort whichever way we return but is much shorter than Walk A.
Meet back in the Coledale Inn for drinks then drive back to Threlkeld. The aim for walk B is to be back around 4 to 4.30. Walk A may take longer.
8.00 Concert with JJ and everyone.
Both days are weather dependent !!! It could all change once we are there. Announcements will be made each night at the concerts.