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.

Newton News 05.04.2024

Aycliffe Fell Walkers

 

Following on from a very muddy and exhausting February walk in the Upper Eden Valley, AFWC’s March walk from Shap to Pooley Bridge rewarded the walkers with excellent conditions for walking. It was dry underfoot and no rain to upset these ambitious walkers despite the bitterly cold weather.Many walkers strode out from Shap to take a 14-mile route via Shap Abbey, Bampton and Askham Fell whilst others started from Hackthorpe on a more leisurely westward stroll across to Pooley Bridge. Most walkers diverted to Lowther Castle near Askham to view the splendid architecture and grounds. The walk from the beautiful village of Askham up to Askham Fell involved a long and quite arduous ascent which rewarded walkers with some wonderful views on their way down to the hospitality of the Pooley Bridge alehouses. The social element of these AFWC outings is just as important as the scenic views from the hillwalking.The next outing is on Saturday 13th April and takes AFWC south to the Kirklees Way ending up in Holmfirth. If you would like to join us for this walk, or any other in the future, please visit our website and sign up using the online form at: aycliffefellwalkingclub.comMembership for 2024 is only £10 and each outing costs only £15 to cover the cost of the coach.

 

Very Sad News About Lenny Nunn

I am sad to report that Lenny Nunn passed away on 20 January, 2024 and our condolences & deepest sympathy go to his wife, Jean.  Lenny was a well liked member who had been with the club right from the start in 1977, thus being a founding member.  He worked at BIP and then Hydro as did most of the early members of the club, and for many years he never missed a walk.  He made a massive contribution to the club’s operation (especially raising money through the annual Xmas draw), always offering help and advice and will be fondly remembered for his sense of humour, boundless energy and enthusiasm for walking.  He hasn’t been on walks recently, in part because he was helping to care for his mother in-law, who is over 100 years old, but just a few days ago ago he told me he hadn’t had a drink in two years and would soon be returning to walk with the club and he was saving himself to have a drink with us again.  The picture below shows him enjoying a pint in Whitby following an AFWC walk along the Yorkshire Coast in 2004.

Sad News About Mike Scarre

There is sad news about Mike Scarre who died on the morning of 10 January, 2024. Mike was an old colleague of mine from the Hydro Polymers and BIP days where our club was started and he was a very keen fell walker. He was instrumental in forming and running the Aycliffe Fell Walking Club from the late 1970s, throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s. The picture below goes back to 2005 when he was still enjoying his walking and he was climbing Fairfield in the Lake District on a club walk. My thoughts are with his family.
RIP Mike.

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