Welcome to The Aycliffe Fell Walking Club Website

Aycliffe Fell Walking Club is based in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham (near Darlington in the North East of England) and is open to everyone interested in fell walking or rambling. It caters for walkers of all abilities and ages. It became Aycliffe Fell Walking Club in 2011.

Each outing has a variety of walks of different lengths and difficulty ratings and transport is by comfortable coach that picks up in Darlington, Newton Aycliffe and Bishop Auckland.

The pickup times and routes are always published in each notification post, which can be accessed from this website.

9 September 2023 – Forest of Bowland

It was a warm, humid but misty start to the walk when the coach dropped us off at Jubilee Tower, Quernmore, Lancaster.  The tower was built in 1887 to mark Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee and the car park near it was created by the council when the tower was gifted to them. During the car park construction, they uncovered a burial ground.

Coach drop off and Jubilee Tower

Jubilee Tower (Victoria Diamond Jubilee 1887) A stone on the tower was engraved with “This tower was erected by James Harrison of Hare Appletree in commemoration of the Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Victoria ANNO DOMINI 1887”


Colin, Nina, Girls (sorry I can’t remember your names) and Mick on Jubilee Tower


Colin and Barry on Jubilee Tower


Coach and AFWC walkers with the Forest of Bowland and Grit Fell behind


Most walkers headed downhill to complete a walk to and along the coast into Lancaster, a small goup of fit members headed to the Forest of Bowland to do a fell walk of about 15 miles.  For me I decided to do part of this long walk, encompassing the fells but shotening it by about a mile so, I headed uphill from the drop off point aiming for Shooters Pile (cairn) and Grit Fell


Shooter’s Pile cairn on Grit Fell


Amongst the Bilberry and Heather, one of the many grouse on the fells of the Forest of Bowland


I then continued over the fells to Lancashire’s second highest peak, Ward’s Stone.  It was so humid and warm that when the heavens opened and rain fell heavily, it was most welcome, even though I was soaking wet.  Ward’s Stone is a flat topped hill and has two triangulation points about a kilometer apart. Whilst I was there and over a period of just a few minutes, the mists cleared and the views majestically appeared.

Ward’s Stone 560m in the mist. The second highest hill in Lancashire.


Ward’s Stone 560m as the mist vanished.

Sheep on Ward’s Stone & a Geographical Marker


The Flat top of Ward’s Stone hill.


Barry at the second triangulation point (561m) on Ward’s Stone


I then retraced my steps before taking a track through the old Clough Quaries down to Cragg Wood. This ancient wood is a “Specal Area Of Coservation” because of its upland location and the Sessile Oaks and Birch trees that grow there.


Ancient Cragg Wood with old upland Sessile Oak trees


From Cragg Wood there was what seemed to be a very long trek along minor country roads and then over the M6 into Lancaster City to complete about 14 miles and where the Crafty Scholar and the Lion Inn provided some welcome food and refreshements for a weary walker.


Looking back to the the Forest of Bowland and Clougha Pike taken from about halfway to Lancaster.


On the coach home, I was pleasently surprised by Andy Jakob wishing me a “Happy 70th Birthday”.  Thank you Andy and the birthday wishes from those on board!


Successful Charity Walk for Alzheimer’s Society

Ian Hardcastle and Tamzin Lafford successfully completed the 13-mile trek to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society on 22nd July – a day when the weather was mild and only slightly damp, which was a blessing considering the forecast of heavy rain!  The event was well organised, well provisioned and there was a really good-natured atmosphere.  The few hundred walkers taking part had, by the start of the event, raised over £290 000 towards the target of £300 000.  Many thanks to all you generous souls who have contributed – you are precious.  If anyone else would like to help the Alzheimer’s Society reach their goal and help more people, Ian’s JustGiving page is here and Tamzin’s is here.  They are open until mid-October.  Thank you so much!

Walking to raise money and awareness for Alzheimers Society.

Hello Fellow Members
Tamzin Lafford and Ian Hardcastle are doing a 13mile trek in the North York Moors to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society on 22nd July, and they asked if we could let you all know.  Please support them in supporting this valuable work! 

and Tamzin’s is here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/alzheimerstreknorthyorkmoors13miles-tamzinlafford  

Many thanks in advance for your generous donations.
AFWC Secretary
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