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Contrasting Walks for Sunday 17 April

posted 23 Mar 2011, 14:58 by jenny rookes   [ updated 23 Mar 2011, 15:27 by Steve Roberts ]
On Sunday 17th April 2011we are offering two very different walks and hope that every member will be attracted by one or the other.
Allen Banks and Staward Pele : A gentle walk along the lovely Allen valley and a little more steeply up to the viewpoint at Stawards Pele where we will stop for lunch. Then back down the valley to Robert and Caroline's cottage for tea and cakes. Meet at the National Trust car park, Allen Banks off the A69 between Haltwhistle and Haydon Bridge at 11.00 a.m. Bring stout boots and a packed lunch. Robert will be leading this walk and would appreciate it if people who intend to come could e mail me (Jenny) so he and Caroline have an idea of how much cake to bake.
Blencathra via Sharp Edge (or alternative ). Meet at Scales village centre on the A66 betwen Keswick and Penrith at 10.30 a.m. for an exciting exploration of this Lakeland classic ridge walk with unsurpassed views . The brave amongst us will take the aptly named Sharp Edge to the fell top but the faint hearted (definitely including me) can find an equally satisfying way to the top avoiding the exposed area of the ridge. This is a strenuous walk of 5.25 miles; 2255 feet of ascent and walkers must come properly equipped with walking boots; and prepared for wet and cold weather. The decision whether to take the Sharp Edge is up to you. If the weather or visibility is poor on the day we may meet at Scales but choose another, lower walk.
If anyone is interested in coming please let me know, especially if you need or can offer lifts as it is a good idea to share cars where we can. The travelling time to Scales from Newcastle is 1 hr 45 mins; from Throssel it is just over an hour and an hour and ten minutes from Lancaster.
Steve Roberts,
23 Mar 2011, 15:27
Steve Roberts,
23 Mar 2011, 15:27