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Glenridding, Ullswater, Cumbria - Sunday,1st August , 2021.

After many months of waiting we are eagerly looking forward to our first coach outing since March last year.

 Our visit to Glenridding in Cumbria should have been one of the highlights of last year's walk programme, but here we are, much later than anticipated, finally able to say we will be on our way on Sunday 1st August. This wonderful location alongside Lake Ullswater has much to offer and we hope you will enjoy one of the three walks available.

 Although we have a much longer journey than usual the rewards to be had will justify the extra travelling time.

 The village of Glenridding is situated at the southern end of Ullswater and is popular with walkers who return year after year, attracted by the lakes and mountains.

Writing many years ago, Alfred Wainwright considered this valley to be his favourite in the Lake District since it was relatively undisturbed by tourism. I wonder what his thoughts would be today!!

 

 'A' Walk - Leader - Martin Vincent. Distance 10.5 miles. Ascent 2200 feet !!!  Grade .... ??

 Glenridding is normally the starting point for Helvellyn which it overlooks from a height of 3118 feet and was voted by Julia Bradbury as the best walk in Britain. However, due to timerestraints that's best left for another day !!

We start with a steady climb through the industrial past where lead was mined from the 18th century until 1962 -Greenside mine in its heyday shown to the left.

Circling Sheffield Pike, we are rewarded with amazing views of the surrounding area, along Brown Hills, which  according to Wainwright, 'is a splendid high level route which excels in views of Ullswater'.                                   

We now head for Dockray and time for a well earned break. After refreshments we follow the stream of Aira Beck which rises from the slopes of Stybarrow Dodd, and the Aira Force waterfall, a 66ft leap, possibly the most famous waterfall in the Lake District.

 The rest of the route is a steady picturesque walk back to base along  the banks of Ullswater, and if time allows a detour through Glencoyne Wood, before drinks at a local hostelry.

One for the memoirs!

 

'B' Walk  -  Leader - Clive Hickman. Distance -  8 miles, or less. Ascent - 1600 feet. Easy/Moderate

 

These pictures reflect the sheer beauty of this walk and were all taken when Brenda and I hiked this very route on two occasions in March and October 2008.  It is one of our favourites, for obvious reasons, and one we have repeated many times since, throughout the seasons. This is not a difficult or strenuous walk and can easily be shortened towards the finish depending on time and how we feel. 

It  begins with a sharp but relatively short ascent to reach Lanty’s Tarn, a jewel of a spot for refreshment before we enter the majesty of Grisedale Valley. From the tarn our route is gently 

South East along the lower shoulder of the valley, with St. Sunday Crag and Cofa Pike on our left. The track is good underfoot, and easy to follow with minimal effort, until a series of footbridges tell us that soon we return along the valley bottom alongside Grisedale Beck, easy walking, gently downhill.  Finally we cross back over the Beck and ascend back up to Lanty’s Tarn, before wending our way downhill towards Glenridding Beck which flows directly into Lake Ullswater.  From here it is an easy walk back to the car park.

 How could anyone possibly resist ?

 

'C' Walk - Leader - Barry Osborne. Distance - 5 miles. Ascent - 440 feet. Grade - easy

 Our first walk for almost 18 months starts in the Lakeland village of Glenridding . This is a very popular village with mountain walkers and stands in the shadow of Helvellyn, England’s third highest mountain. However, do not worry we will not be going there today! The walk involves a section of the new 20 mile 'Ullswater Way' which was opened in April 2016. 

 The walk starts along the A529, not an ideal start, but this is not a foretaste of the delights to come later in the walk. Leaving Glenridding we cross Glenridding Bridge, carrying on beside the lower end of Lake Ullswater to cross Grisdale Bridge into Patterdale. From here you will be glad to know we leave the road to follow a good path to Side Farm . We now follow a path which leads to the eastern side of Lake Ullswater with wonderful views of the lake and surrounding hills .

 As this is our first walk I have decided to take the easy route alongside the lake. This will involve passing 'Devils Chimney' along to 'Silver Point'. Also along the way we will have views of two islands, Lindy Holm and Norfolk Island - look out for these on your left..

 In order to make this walk comfortable for all, we will return to Glenridding the way we came thus avoiding any difficult climbs , which were intended on my original route. The yellow line on the adjacent map shows the route for the day.

 

On returning to Glenridding there are many places for refreshment.

 Please join me for what is a very easy walk that rewards with excellent views.

 Enjoy the day.

                                                                 

 

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