Sunday, 16 October 2011

Grab your boots, the Walking Festival gets under way

The National Trust's october Walking Festival week starts on the 22nd of the month, with a host of guided walks lined up countrywide.
The Lake District Rangers have a fun packed time table of walks covering the whole Lakes, with something for everyone

Here's what the Central and East Lakes Rangers have in store.

Sat 22 and Fri 28Oct
A walk through Troutbeck Valley
Guided 2hr walk from Windermere RailwayStation
toTown end through the beautiful Troutbeck Valley.
Adults plus children 8+ (no unaccompanied
children under 16).
Meet:Windermere Station, 10.45am
Contact:Townend 015394 32628

Sun 23Oct, 10am- 2 pm
A Walk on the Wild Side
Join James Archer, the Lead Ranger for Great Langdale,
fo a walk up the valley of Mickleden.This is a wonderfully
accessible slice of wilderness.Thewalk will be level but
stony and will follow the valley bottom up to the bottom
of two of the ancient mountain passes at Rossett Gill
& Stake Pass. James will share an insight into the
pre-historical landscape. Free.
Meet: Old Dungeon Ghyll NT car park, Great Langdale Sat
Nav: LA22 9JU.Grid reference for The Old Dungeon Ghyll
Hotel, Great Langdale: 285 060.Contact: 015394 63814

Mon 24Oct, 10am
The Troutbeck Trail,Troutbeck
Join Ian Clemmett, Area Ranger forTroutbeck,
fora 3-4 hourwalk, to explore the beautiful
Troutbeck Valley.
Meet: Lay by near Jesus Church, Patterdale Road,
Troutbeck,Cumbria, LA23 1PE.GRNY412 028.
Contact: 015394 46402

Tues 25Oct, 10- 12 noon
Explore Glenamara Park,Ullswater
A short easy walk with our Ranger, SteveDowson,
through the ancient deer park with magnificent veteran
trees and stunning views down UllswaterLake. Free.
Meet: Patterdale Hotel, Patterdale.GRNY396 159
CA11ONL.Contact: 015394 46402

Wed 26Oct, 10am- 2 pm
The Giants of Skelghyll Wood
Do you like exploring? - if so meet John Pring the
Lead Ranger forTroutbeck fromWaterhead to Skelghyll
woodswhere you can explore ancient woodlands and
walk amongst some of the tallest trees in Cumbria. Free.
Meet:Water Head Pier,Waterhead,Ambleside
LA22 0EU.Contact: 015394 46402

Thurs 27Oct, 10am- 2 pm
A wander through Wordsworth country
Join Dave Almond, Lead Ranger for Grasmere for a
walk through the landscape that inspired Wordsworth -
a beautifulwalk through autumn woodlands with a
spectacular view over Grasmere Lake. Free.
Meet: Grasmere National Trust Information Centre,
Grasmere. SatNav: LA22 9SW.Grid reference:
NY33718 07419.Contact: 015394 63814

Fri 28Oct, 10am
The Highs and Lows of Loughrigg
Walk with Area Ranger Neil Winder around the
Victorian woodland Garden of High Close and
explore nearby Low Wood.
Meet: High Close Ranger Base, Loughrigg, Ambleside.
SatNav: LA22 9HH. Grid reference: NY33867 05289.
Contact: 015394 63814

For More Information about other National Trust walks and events please go to our web-site


Sunday, 2 October 2011

Fix The Fells Social Event

October was the time for this years Fix The Fells social party. It gives Staff from the partnership organisations a chance to say a big thank you to the volunteers who work hard maintaining the Lake District fell paths.
This years venue was Ullswater and a sail on the Ullswater Steamers followed by a 7 mile hike to Silver Bay for a feast.

We set sail from Glenridding on a beautiful hot sunny Saturday, very warm for this time of year. Our destination was Howtown to the north.

 The Boat was packed with visitors enjoying the fine warm weather. We managed to find a quiet area at the front of the boat to enjoy our sail.

Tim and Ruth enjoying the ride and pretending to be Pirates of the Caribbean.

                                         Fantastic views                                         
 We reached Howtown at around 11.30am and Howtown is about three and a half miles from Pooley Bridge and is best reached by water. The Ullswater steamers regularly stop there on their way from Glenridding at the southern end of Ullswater to Pooley Bridge at the northern end of the lake.
The name Howtown means "farmstead on the hill". The place name is from the Old Norse word haugr, meaning "hill" or "mound", and the Old English word tün, meaning "town".

 We started our 7 mile walk back along the Eastern shores of Ullswater heading for Silver Point and then back to GlenRidding.


 A welcome break for the team
Lakeland’s most beautiful lakeshore walk - stunning views of the Ullswater Valley and Helvellyn range.


A small stream flowing between banks of juniper from Silver Crag marks the change from woodland to more open fell side and Silver Point. Silver Bay is in the foreground and our destination for dinner.

Tim heating up the barbecue

 Dinner time Fix The Fells style

More food arrives from the volunteers rucksacks, cake, 
cake and more cake. What a feast fit for a king.

After all the great food, it was time to sit back and enjoy the views. 

A dogs life

A round up on this years achievements and our chance to say thank you.

Most of the food found a home!

With our tummy's full it was time to head back to Glenridding. A fantastic day was had by all. The weather had been kind, rather hot at times but definitely better that rain. Roll on next year.

We followed the path towards Patterdale which gradually turns into a farm track with a wall on the right, over which you can see Glenridding and the Steamer pier on the opposite side of the lake, our starting point this morning.