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September Autumn Equinox Walk - West Allen Valley

posted 11 Sep 2014, 04:43 by Ashley Price-Sabate
Dear Friends, 
As hinted in our last announcement, this month's walk, on the 21st, will be led by a very special guest guide -- Rev. Roland.  He will be leading walkers on his "home turf", the West Allen Valley.  The walk will leave from Throssel at 10:30.  I am including below Rev. Roland's description of the two walk options available.  We hope that many of you will be able to come.

Green Mountains Walking Group - September 21, starting at 10.30am.
Walking the West Allen Valley.

There are several circular walks starting at Throssel. Two have been
chosen, so depending on your wishes and the weather the options range
from two or three to six hours of walking,

The longest route planned for Sept 21 is an eleven mile, challenging
walk around the rim of the valley, taking in four summits including
Killhope Law (2,208ft) and The Dodd (2,014ft) from where - if visibility
is good - you can see some Lake District tops. Although there is not
much in the way of steep ascents, the terrain is pretty tough going. The
rough moorland includes areas of thick heather and a number of peat
hags, some of which are over 8ft deep. There are hardly any footpaths so
sturdy, waterproof boots and gaiters are essential.

The less strenuous option involves visiting Yew Crags, a mini-gorge in
the neighbouring valley of Wellhope, returning via the Farney Shield
area. This five-mile walk would take about 2½ hrs, and whilst not as
demanding as the 11-mile route, it does include some rough underfoot
conditions and some very steep sections, so suitable footwear and
clothing is still necessary.

Both walks are unfortunately not suitable for dogs because of
restrictions due to the local sheep and game population.

Please let me know what your preferred option would be so we have some
idea of numbers expected. You can email me via,
please put ‘attn. R. Roland’ in the subject line. Or phone me at
Throssel on 01434 345204.