Maghull Ramblers’ Coach to
Sunday 18 August
Coach leaves Central Square at 8:15 am via M58 and M6 to Burton services for stop at 9:25. Continues via M6, A590, A591 to Newby Bridge, A590 to Greenodd then A5092 and A 5084 to Lowick Bridge, where C party alights at about10:45. Coach continues on A5084 to Torver where A, B and D parties alight at about 11:15 am.
A Party: White Maiden and Coniston Old Man: Pauline Munro.
10.9 miles; Strenuous; 3300 ft of climbing.
(This is a challenging walk, suitable only for those who are fit and experienced.) This is a long walk and there may be a limited amount of refreshment time before the coach leaves. From the village of Torver, there is an initial steep climb of 875 feet to High Pike Haw (1161’). The another 850 ft to the summit of White Maiden (1995’). The walk then crosses the Walna Scar Road to reach the summits of Brown Pike (2237’), Buck Pike (2440’) and Dow Crag (2555’). From here the route is via the col at Goats Hawse before the final climb to the popular summit of Coniston Old Man (2633’). The return leg is via the Walna Scar Road again and Little Arrow. Estimated return time is about 6:15 pm.
B Party: Dow Crag and Goats Water:
10.4 miles; Hard/Strenuous; 2425 ft of climbing.
This is another challenging walk, not much less demanding than the A walk. There is a total of 2200 ft in the intial stages, visiting many of the locations in the A walk with the final summit at Dow Crag (2555’). The return leg is via Torver Beck, arriving back at about 5:30 pm.
C Party: Cumbria Way and Blawith Beacon
10.2 miles; Moderate: 1300 ft of climbing.
This walk starts at Lowick Bridge on the A5084, before reaching Torver. There is an initial climb of about 850 ft through open countryside before reaching Beacon Tarn. From here there is a further climb of about 200 ft to the summit of Blawith Beacon (837’).The return leg is generally downhill via Black Beck before returning back to Torver at about 5 pm.
D Party: Coniston Water:
Fede and Jan Castro.
7.5 miles; Easy; 600ft of climbing.
This is a circular walk from Torver taking local paths from Little Arrow and on to Spoon Hall before arriving at the tourist town of Coniston (toilets and refreshments). The return leg is along the shoreline of Coniston Water and back via Torver Common Wood to arrive at Torver at about 5pm.
Torver is a small village at a T junction between the A 593 and A 5084. It is a short distance from Coniston Water. There are two pubs close to each other: The Church House Inn and the Wilsons Arms. There are no other facilities nearby. The nearest facility is at Coniston, about 3 miles away.
Our coach will be parked near the T junction and will leave at 6;30 pm. Back in Maghull about 9:30 pm.