Sunday 30th October 2011.
Today the club visited Keswick and as usual there were three walks.
The A walk was led by Les Thompson. Leaving Keswick via Portingscale through woods to climb up Cats Bells, then dropping down towards Grange and returning along the lakeside and the Cumbria Way. 11 miles.
The B walk was led by Barbara McMorran. 9 miles and 940 ft of ascent.
Today’s walk combines two of the must see sights in the area. Castlerigg stone circle and Ashness Bridge, with a walk along Walla Crag. The route is a mixture of lanes, woodland, moorland and lakeside paths.We take roads to Springs Farm then tracks through Springs Wood to a minor road from where we visit the stone circle.
Castlerigg dates from the Neolithic period and is one of the earliest stone circles. There are 38 stones in a circle of 30 metres diameter with an inner rectangle of 10 stones. It is of unknown origin but thought to be for ceremonial or religious purposes. There are good views of the surrounding hills.
Returning to the road we follow tracks to Walla Crag and walk on an undulating path, with some drops on one side, along the edge passing a cairn on the highest point.
Panorama from Walla Crag
We then cross moor land past Castlerigg Fell to cross Cat Gill and walk gently down to Ashness Bridge.
The return is along the shores of the lake.
The C walk was led by Keith Tattersall. 6.5 miles.
This is a circular walk starting and finishing in Keswick town centre. From the coach park we make our way north along the B5289 until we turn onto the A591 through Great Crosthwaite. Turning off this road we cross the dismantled railway line from Keswick to Cockermouth before turning into Spooney Green Lane which becomes a good path leading to our objective , Latrigg. There is a steady uphill climb for about a mile which we will take slowly with plenty of stops. The last section to the top of Latrigg can be avoided and will meet the rest of the party later.
There are good views from the top of Latrigg stretching from Cross Fell in the Pennines to Helvellyn, Grisedale Pike and Borrowdale while Keswick and Derwentwater are laid out like a map below you. From the summit our descent id eastwards and shortly after leaving top we re-join the other members of the party who have walked round the lower path. The route continues past Brundholme to meet the old railway that provides a level path back to Keswick and the cafes.