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25th September 2011 Green Mountains Walks at Allen Banks and Lake District

posted 19 Sept 2011, 07:32 by jenny rookes

As many of you will know, there is a Conclave of the Order taking place at Throssel during September attended by senior monks from America and Europe and we  thought it would be a nice opportunity to offer a choice of walks, each of which shows off a different aspect of the area. So this month's Green Mountains walk will be a little different to normal and I will need to know if you are planning to attend - and which walk - a few days in advance otherwise it may all go horribly wrong!
One walk is being hosted and led by Robert and walkers will enjoy the autumn beauties of Allen Banks; returning to his house for tea. The autumn colours are just coming out now and there will be plenty of time to enjoy the views and take pictures (and if the weather is kind, have a picnic). The walk is not strenuous or long although it may be muddy underfoot and people will need to have "sensible "footwear and waterproofs. For this walk meet at the National Trust Car Park at Allen Banks off the A69 at 11.00 a.m.
The second walk being offered is along Hadrian's Wall, taking in a fort or two and a walk along the Wall. For this walk meet at The Visitors Centre at Housesteads Fort on the Military Road at 10.30. The walk visits both Housesteads and Vindolanda and and, in between crosses pleasant wooded and moorland countryside but the highlight will be a short walk along what is arguably the most impresive section of the Wall. There are no severe climbs and the walk could be shortened to as little as 4 miles (with some road walking) or extended to 7. PLEASE NOTE this walk will only take place if I have confirmations by the evening before!
The third walk will be in the Lake District and a final decision as to the route will only be made on the day - taking into account weather and the fitness and inclinations of people attending. Gill James has kindly offerred a number of suggestions , namely
From Keswick:
Walla Crag (1300’) -  ascend from Springs Road via Rakefoot, walk along to Ashness Bridge then back along the lakeshore  (5-6 miles) Can be extended to include Watendlath.
Latrigg (1200’) via Spooney Green Lane then descend to join railway footpath back to Keswick (6 miles – can be shortened to 3-4).  Can be extended to include Skiddaw.
Watendlath and Grange Fell from Ashness Bridge, continue to Rosthwaite and return alongside river to Grange then along lakeside (8-9 miles)  Can be extended to include Catbells Ridge
From Grasmere:
Grasmere and Rydal circuit (the Wordsworth walk) (5-6 miles).  Can be extended to include Loughrigg Fell or Alcock Tarn. Could include a visit to Wordsworth's Cottage
Alcock Tarn (1000’) (4 miles).  This can be combined with a circuit of Grasmere.
I hope that we will have a number of cars travelling to the Lakes and so we may be able to make it even more flexible - by picking people up at the end of their walk  and thus making possible a linear walk (or shortening a round walk).
Hope to see as many Green Mountaineers as possible.