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Rannerdale Knotts from Buttermere village : Monday 21 May 11 am

posted 14 May 2018, 23:46 by jenny rookes

Rannerdale Knotts  rises from the Buttermere valley and is one of the smaller Wainwright fells, with beautiful views over Crummock Water. It is worth walking at any time but,in May, the valley beneath is famous it's carpet of bluebells. 

The walk will start from Buttermere village where parking is available at various sites including a National Trust car park. We'll begin by climbing Rannerdale Knotts itself, for the view, but then retrace our steps down to the valley with its bluebells and gorse and then, after another short ascent, take a permissive path back between the two lakes, to Buttermere village. 

In all it will be about 5 miles and 283 metres of ascent on good paths but anyone who doesn't fancy the climb could miss out Rannerdale Knotts itself and linger among the flowers in the valley until re-joined by the main group.

Car Parking in the village is  limited and car sharing would be a good idea so could anyone who needs or can offer a lift please let me know and I'll try to co-ordinate things. 

Meet opposite the front of the Bridge Hotel in the centre of Buttermere at 11.00 and we'll leave by 11.15.

Hope to see you there.


Sunday April 8 from Stanhope in Weardale at 11 a.m.

posted 29 Mar 2018, 10:57 by jenny rookes

Dear All, 
the walk on Sunday 8th. April will be around Stanhope in Weardale. There are two variants of this walk, one is 9 miles and one is 5.6 miles and they both have spectacular views over the valley and travel through heather moorland, beside pretty streams and through woodland. 

Depending on numbers, weather and inclination we can all stay together for one of the walks or split into two groups and meet up in a tea room in Stanhope at the end.

The walking is mainly on field paths and moorland tracks with short sections of road and some steep sections on the way up onto the moors. From the walk description, there are some stiles on the route but mainly it is gates so I hope it will be dog friendly, but obviously can't guarantee, ( but we've always managed in the past !)

Meet at The Durham Dales Visitor Centre near the Market Place  where you can also park ( Note that parking duration is restricted to four hours.)

SatNav: DL13 2NE 

We'll be setting off at 11 a.m. 

I'm going to be out of contact until Saturday 7th. so please arrange any potential car sharing between yourselves but please 
DO let me know that you are coming so we don't leave anyone behind.

Hope to see you there

Walk Monday 26 March Westgate in Weardale

posted 15 Mar 2018, 14:40 by jenny rookes

Dear Green Mountaineers,
Come and celebrate the beginning of British Summer time with a lovely leg stretcher of a  walk ( the one that got snowed off last month). 

We will start from The Hare and Hounds pub on the front street in Westgate in Weardale, at 11 a.m and you can park on the road just opposite.

The route begins with a gentle walk beside the River Wear before ascending the hillside, through farm land, above St Johns Chapel, to join a quiet road which contours back along the dale, giving spectacular views, before heading onto the high moorland and gradually climbing on rough tracks towards a "warded way" which heads steeply down to a stream. The route  first crosses, then follows the stream down a wooded valley through well preserved old mine workings,and a series of waterfalls before returning to the start at the village of Westgate. After which, a short drive takes us to tea and cake at the Chatterbox cafe in St John's chapel.

Slit Woods are full of interest, both historical and geological and the moors are home to nesting curlews, plovers and grouse.

The route has 160 metres of ascent but is not strenuous overall. 


The start and meeting place is the Hare and Hounds Pub on Front Street, Westgate in Weardale . DL13 1RX. 

Westgate is close to Stanhope on the A689 in Weardale.

If you are coming please let me know . Also if you need or can offer a car share . 

Hope to see you there . 
Jenny R

Westgate in Weardale Walk 26th February

posted 26 Feb 2018, 00:55 by jenny rookes

We've decided to cancel today's walk as the weather forecast , especially for the high ground that we would have to drive over to get into Weardale, is too poor. 
We have been beaten by the Beast from the East!
However, we will have a short walk from Allendale, along the Isaac Tea Trail to Oakpool and back. Starting from Allendale Market Square and coming back to the Forge for a cup of tea..

Wishing everyone the best, in this snowy weather.


2018 Programme of walks

posted 10 Feb 2018, 06:26 by jenny rookes

Hi everyone,
after a bit of a break, we are hoping to revive the Green Mountains walking group this year and have a full programme of day walks, once a month from late February until November. Some of the walks will be on Sundays, as before, but some will be on Mondays which is easier for the monks and, hopefully, no more difficult for the householders, most of whom (with some honourable exceptions), are retired or part time or self employed. I know that no dates will suit everyone but I hope there will be some dates that all of us can make.

If you are not sure if these walks would be suitable for you (or your dogs) please get in touch with me to discuss. 

Contact me by e mail :

Some Do's and Don'ts
  • let the organiser (usually me) know you are coming and, if you change your mind, let me know that too
  • be at the meeting place promptly for the start (10.30 unless otherwise specified)
  • bring stout, walking footwear and suitable clothing ( in practice this always means at least a waterproof jacket and jumper or fleece and often gloves and hat)
  • bring drinks and lunch      
  • suggest routes you think the group would enjoy
  • think you have to be super fit. Some walks are more strenuous than others, especially the Lake District ones, but the description will always say how long they are and how                      steep.  No one will get left behind and, if someone needs to turn back, someone will always go with them. 
  • think you need to know how to navigate or have a map of your own - there will be a walk leader who can do all of that.

Dates of the walks this year are as follows - please put in your diaries. 

February 27 Monday 
March 26 Monday
April 8 Sunday
May 21 Monday
June 18 Monday
July 29 Sunday
August 26 Sunday 
September 17 Monday
October 28 Sunday
November 19 Monday

Hope to see you then

With bows
Jenny Rookes

24 April - Reprise of Ladywell Holystone Walk

posted 11 Apr 2016, 07:17 by Ashley Price-Sabate

I hope this finds everyone well.  For this month's walk, I thought it would be nice to return to Ladywell.  We all enjoyed it so much last time, and it's been a while since we were there.

Take A696 north out of Newcastle upon Tyne and follow B6344 to Rothbury. Take the B6341 Rothbury to Elsdon road turning off right at Swinton. On entering Holystone village take a left, the lane will take you to the Forest Walks Carpark
From the Abbey, it would be simpler to come up the A68.  (Consult Google Maps, approximate postcode is NE65 7AX.)   Let's meet at our usual time of 10:30.

A possibility for a hot cuppa afterward would be in Harleys Tea Room in Rothbury (9 Bridge St.  NE65 7SE.  I look forward to seeing you there.

Any questions, my number is 07534153553.
In gassho,

Sunday 20 March - Weardale Welcome Spring Walk

posted 16 Mar 2016, 02:58 by Ashley Price-Sabate

As promised, we'll be heading out to greet Spring with our first Green Mtns Walk of the year.  So all you bears come out of hibernation, and let's enjoy a day of limb stretching, sunshine (with any luck), and enjoying nature together.
We will meet at the Cattle Mart car park in  St John's Chapel at 10:30 for a circular 7 mile walk.
Pack a lunch and water.  Afterward, we can go for cakes and a cuppa at the Chatterbox.
Hope to see you there,

February walk

posted 9 Feb 2016, 05:46 by Ashley Price-Sabate

Dear Friends,

I am very sorry, but it looks like there will be no February walk to start off our walking year together.  Its scheduled date of 21 February falls on the very day that I will be in Spain with Jordi running my very first half marathon.  I've asked around to see if anyone would be able to lead a walk in my absence, but no one was available.  Next month's walk is scheduled for 20 March, and we will plan something special to welcome the Spring.
May you all be well.  Thanks for your understanding.

In gassho,

wylam/newburn circular - 20 Dec.

posted 10 Dec 2015, 09:04 by Ashley Price-Sabate

Hello, everyone.
Eric Nicholson will be leading this last walk of the year on almost the shortest day.  Ciaran and I will be taking to the skies on the 20th for holidays in California, and Jordi heading shortly after to Catalunya to see his family.  I hope you all have a lovely walk in gentle weather.  Happy Buddha's Enlightenment!

Wylam/Newburn Circular. 6mls OS Grid Ref NZ 119646

Park in free car park at north side of Wylam bridge. Cross bridge to begin walk and cont through the railway station towards Newburn. Follow Tyne where we should see goosander and perhaps goldeneye. Cross Newburn bridge and back on tother side of the Tyne. Cafe should be open in Wylam!

Meet at 10:30 as usual. If there are any questions call Eric at 07821015432.

Reprise of Corbridge walk - Sunday, 25 October

posted 21 Oct 2015, 08:40 by Ashley Price-Sabate

I apologise for the short notice.  October is just galloping by!
For this month's walk, let's reprise the one we did near Corbridge last November.  Everyone seemed to enjoy it, and being close by is a plus with the days getting shorter.
Meet at the riverside car park over Corbridge bridge.  (This is on the B6321, just south of Corbridge.)  We will walk west along the river coming out onto the road at Dilston. Head west towards Dukeshouse wood and walk on woodland paths turning back to meet up with outward path.
Afterward we'll gather for tea and warmth at Balman's Gallery in Corbridge.
Please let me know if you'll be able to join us. 
If you have questions feel free to phone - 07534153553
In gassho,

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