Category: Lake District

August 2019 A few pictures from the walk Elterwater to Ambleside & Cathedral Cavern

A good day out despite the weather warnings. We started off at Elterwater in heavy rain & headed to the Britannia for coffee. The hanging baskets were lovely with three roses outside the door (Kate, Nina Jenny).

We were not sure if the river crossing would be possible.

But it was & Nina was obviously enjoying it!

We made our way to Cathedral Cavern. This was the entrance tunnel.

Photo by Nina Bell

It is spectacular as these photos show. I spent some time exploring and went along the long tunnel where a torch was a necessity.

The pillar holds up the roof.

(Photo Jim Bonsall)

No matter how hard she tried Kate couldn’t get the pound coin out of the money tree.

A woodpile.

Colwith Force was spectacular.

A beer in the Talbot at Skelwith Bridge was good before finishing with a walk over the hills to Ambleside.  This beer is brewed in Wasdale and is named after the chief chef’s dog “Bogi”.

Saturday 10th August 2019 – Lake District – Elterwater and Cathedral Cavern

Please use the following link to see the walksheet and route maps:

2019 08 Lake District Elterwater and Cathedral Cavern


For this walk there is a supplement which includes the walksheet, elevations, an alternative route avoiding roads and detailed information about Cathedral Cavern and pub menus:

2019 08 Lake District Elterwater and Cathedral Cavern walksheet supplements

Saturday 25 March: Coast or Canal – Burton in Kendal to Lancaster


If you are interested in joining this outing and wish to know more, simply click on the file name above. Instructions for reserving a seat on our coach are on the Walksheet.

This is a combination walk where you can walk the Lancashire coast or the Lancaster Canal towpath, or do part coast & part towpath.

For a detailed Routemap showing the walk routes on offer, click on the filename below.


Mungrisdale to Caldbeck

A good days walking over the fells ending at the delightful Oddfellows Arms pub in Caldbeck. We (John, George, Roger & I) took a variation on the suggested route two by climbing up Bannerdale Crags before getting back on track at Bowscale Fell.

The Caldew River crossing was interesting but we managed without having to wade. My walking poles made the crossing 13 times as they were thrown back to help others cross (Guys, thanks for the pint in recognition of that). One of the highlights was new born lambs that had been dropped in a field. The farmer was collecting them to put with the other ewes in the lambing area.

The Jennings Ale was most welcome in the Oddfellows Arms where there was a party atmosphere, so much so that I had to leave my car in Newton Aycliffe and beg a lift from Sheila to get home!

Oddfellows Arms — with Gail Fitton, Lorraine Richardson and Moira Bayne.
New born lambs being collected by the farmer to be put where he could keep an eye on them.
Flood damage & landslides in Glendermackin
Down the Glendermackin Valley to Mungrisdale
Roger looks up the Glendermackin Valley towards Skiddaw
Frog spawn up on the fells.
Climbing the Bannerdale Craggs With John & George on the ridge ahead. Bannerdale on the right.
Bannerdale Craggs- John can just be seen on the top.
Blencathra – Sharp Edge on the left
George on Bowscale Fell
The awkward River Caldew crossing. I made the crossing once but my poles made it thirteen times as they were thrown back over to help others cross.
Roger and John by the River Caldew
Barry on High Pike
The Oddfellows Arms at Caldbeck
Thanks for the pint chaps in return for using my poles to cross the river!
Oddfellows in the Oddfellows Arms — with Jes Smith, David Bayne and Kev Cargill.
Oddfellows Arms — with Jennifer, Adele, Geoff & Tim.
Jenny and Lenny on the Coach
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