Tonight Mike Smith will be giving a talk on basic first aid for walkers.
You may also wish to book for our next coach trip to Coniston on Sunday 15 April with Mary Mulholland (0151-924 5555). See below
Tonight Jenny Jobe will take names for a proposed social day out to Harrogate on Saturday 9 June.
As from 1st April anyone wishing to join the Club for the first time can pay a reduced subscription of just £5 to the end of September. You may wish to mention this to anyone who is thinking of joining
Maghull Ramblers coach to
Sunday 15 April 2018
Our coach leaves Central Square at 8:15 via M58 and M6 to Burton services, arriving about 09:20 for a toilet stop. Coach continues via M6 and A 591 to Windermere and Waterhead. Then via A593 to Skelwith Bridge, where C party alights at about 10:30.
Coach then continues via A593 to Coniston Coach Park (toilets), where A, B and D parties alight at about 10:50.
A Party: Dow Crag and Coniston Old Man:
10.7 miles; Strenuous; 2900 ft of climbing.
(This is a fairly challenging walk, suitable only for those who are fit and experienced.) From the town of Coniston there is a 500 ft climb to reach the Walna Scar Road. This is followed by another steep climb of 1500 ft to reach the first summit, Brown Pike (alt. 2237’). There is a fairly modest climb to the next summit, Dow Crag (2555’), overlooking Goat’s Water. There is now a short downhill stretch to the col at Goat’s Hause then a final ascent to the famous Coniston Old Man (2633’), the highest of the Coniston Fells. The return leg is via Brim Fell (2611’) then Levers Hause and the miners’ path back into Coniston, arriving at about 5 pm.
B Party: Tarn Hows and Tilberthwaite Gill:
10 miles; Hard; 1800 ft of climbing.
This walk is not as challenging as the A walk but you should still be quite fit. It begins with a fairly steep climb of 600 ft to Tarn Hows then across the main road to reach High Tilberthwaite. From here there is a climb of about 1000 ft to the top Tilberthwaite Gill then up to the tarn at the top of Hole Rake. The final leg is a steepish descent to the Miners’ Bridge then into Coniston, arriving at about 4:30 pm.
C Party: Skelwith Bridge and Tarn Hows:
8.2 miles; Moderate; 1050 ft of climbing.
The walk begins from Skelwith Bridge by a modest climb to reach Colwith Force. From here there is another climb to High Park and up to the main road at Oxen Fell High Cross. After crossing the main road our route reaches the north end of Tarn Hows then around the lake to reach the National Trust car park (Toilets). From here the track goes down to Monk Coniston and along the lakeside to reach Coniston at about 4pm.
D Party: Torver and Coniston Water:
7.5 miles: Easy; 225 ft of climbing.
This is a pleasant circular walk to the village of Torver then back along the lake shore into Coniston. After a fairly easy climb it follows the old railway track to Torver. There are two pubs in the village if anyone needs refreshment. The way back is through woodland to reach the lakeside then along Coniston Water, where you may see the steam driven Gondola or perhaps glimpse the new speedboat, a rebuild of the one driven by the late Donald Campbell. Expect to arrive back in Coniston at about 3:30 pm.
There are several tea rooms, pubs and shops in the town and there is the Ruskin Museum, telling the history of Coniston. Our coach leaves at 6:15 pm. Back in Maghull about 8:45