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Sunday 25th September walks at Allen Banks, Hadrian Wall and Keswick

posted 23 Sep 2011, 07:56 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.
WE WOULD BE VERY GRATEFUL FOR ANY OFFERS OF LIFTS - from the coast or newcastle to Hadrians Wall and from Throssel to Keswick. Petrol money will be offered . Please contact me via  e mail or by phone as soon as you can.
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 IS DEFINITELY TAKING PLACE NOW.
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 - can be xtended to include Skiddaw
MEET at 10.45 at the Convention Centre Car Park, Skiddaw Street, Keswick CA12 4BY.
Coming along the A66 from Penrith take the exit to Keswick and follow the road down dill towards the Town Centre. You pass a park and river on your right and a garage/petrol station on your left. You will then see Millfield Residential Home on your left and, just before it turn left onto Blencathra Street. Follow the road round as it bears slightly right and take the first turn to the left which is Skiddaw Street. Parking at the Convention Centre is free and plentiful.
In Gassho