Saturday, 23 April 2011

Easter Weekend

Easter in the Howgills

A large group of members enjoyed the Easter break. The weather was perfect, being warm and sunny for much of the weekend. Longrigg Residential Centre, 1 mile from Sedbergh, provided excellent accommodation and it was especially pleasant to relax on the patio in the sun and take in the fine view of the Howgills across the valley. Various walks were organised to suit all needs and we had the hills largely to ourselves, this area happily escaping the numbers that flood into the nearby Yorkshire Dales and Lake District.

Two communal meals were organised and I would like to thank all who helped with the purchasing and preparation of the food and those who generally "mucked in". On Sunday evening we had a group meal at the Red Lion and were impressed by the quality of the reasonably priced food and the service.

The fine weather continued into Monday to round off what I think we all considered to be one of our most successful Easter holidays.
Click here for photos of the Cautley Spout & Howgills walk
Click here for photos of the Mallerstang Edge walk
Click here for a mixture of walking, eating and drinking photos from the weekend.

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Cycle Ride 17th april

I could not believe it there were 11 people on the ride (3 new people & Ali Ashton who has not been to the group for a while) and at the end the 7 who finished wanted to know if I was going to lead another ride, so I might do another one which will have to just go on the website and not the printed programme.
Paul Davies
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Sunday, 10 April 2011

Derwent Valleys 10 April

Derwent Valley Tops (Longer walk) & Derwent Valley (Shorter walk) 
My order for good weather exceeded even my own expectations, the day dawned with absolutely perfect walking conditions. We all met up at Fairholm Visitors Centre, 23 of us opting for the longer walk and 4 for the shorter one. The longer trek began with a steep climb up through the woodlands and along the ridge to Alport Castles. The visability was stunning and the views awesome. We dropped down to Howden Reservoir which we skirted before having lunch at the top of the lake. On reaching Slippery Stones the party divided with 5 people taking the shorter route along the reservoir and the rest of the party ascending Cut Gate to Margery Hill. Howden Edge was now traversed before dropping down to Derwent Reservoir, this we followed back to the Visitors centre. On reaching the end of the walk most of us took the chance of having a well earned ice cream.
Vince led a shorter walk, taking advantage of the bus route up to the top of Howden Reservoir. They then had a leisurely stroll along the eastern shores of Howden and Derwent Reservoirs.
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Sunday, 3 April 2011

Ladybower Walk 3rd April

Ladybower Walk- Sunday 3rd April.

Mothers demanding the attention of their offsprings must have been partly responsible for the modest turn out. Nevertheless 11 enthusiasic walkers enjoyed this walk. The weather forecast seemed to come out back to front. A morning of sunshine and fleeting clouds afforded fine and colourful views of Kinder and the Derwent Edge above the reservoir. The clouds rolled in after lunch and the rain came down. But by then we were on Win Hill and had just a steep decent through the forest back to the cars. For the leader, after  several weeks of travelling in parched West Africa if was a wonderful " Oh,to be in England, now that April's there" experience and especially so to be able to share it with his friends.
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