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LAKE DISTRICT 2

Our summer programme takes us to various corners of the Lake District, where we hope that good weather will prevail so we can enjoy the glorious vistas of mountains, lakes, rivers and waterfalls. For the A walkers there is the opportunity to explore and savour rugged mountain tops, and for the B's the glory of the lower fells and valleys.

A WALK: Elterwater to Coniston via Wetherlam 8 miles, 2700 ft ascent.
We start in the pretty village of Elterwater with a short climb and descent over into Little Langdale, where we cross picturesque Slaters Bridge before gradually heading upwards on a good track to reach Greenburn Beck. At disused mine workings we turn to make a steep ascent on the lower slopes of Wetherlam. This is initially quite grassy, but becomes stonier, with some loose scree higher up. Reaching the distinctive Wetherlam Ridge we start our ascent of the summit. Scrambling up directly over the rocky terrain, the use of hands and feet is required to navigate this steep section of path. If the weather holds, the summit will afford us glorious views over the whole of the Lake District. Our descent down Prison Band to the col of Swirl Hawse is less precipitous than our ascent but still requires care and attention. From here we gradually make our way down the valley to Coniston, via Levers Water Reservoir and the remains of Coniston Coppermines, where the restored water wheel may be in action. Note: This is a steep and challenging walk for experienced hill climbers, those who can ascend at a reasonable pace and with a head for heights. Sturdy footwear recommended.

WALK A Link to OS map

WALK B: Elterwater to Coniston via Tarn Hows 8 miles, 1,300 ft ascent.
This picturesque walk on good tracks initially follows the route described for the A walk, deviating at Slaters Bridge to visit the majestic Cathedral Caves (Quarry) before heading through the woods to Hodge Close, where numerous quarries and remains of old workings abound. After a gradual climb up and over Oxen Fell, the path crosses a main road to join the Cumbrian Way, heading up to the well-known beauty spot of Tarn Hows, and walking along its Western side. We continue to follow the Cumbrian Way through the woods and along Yewdale Beck all the way to Coniston.

WALK B Link to OS map

WALK C: A gentle, mainly level stroll on good paths of approximately 6 miles taken at a leisurely pace. Details to be confirmed.
WALK C

In the unlikely event of separation from the group or other emergency please take note of the following contact numbers:

Liz Moxham - 07876255849
Frank Jones - 07788736006