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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”.

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Pictures of the December 2018 walk in Northumberland & Xmas Party

In December we were doing various walks in the delightful Kielder Valley and here are some pictures taken along the way and of the party atmosphere that  pervades our last walk of the year.

Kielder dam
Cafe in Falstone with George. A roaring fire, bacon butty and a coffee.


1897 Queen Victoria’s 60th jubilee font at Falstone.
Holly Bush pub with Mick, Lenny & Aidrian.
Holy Bush pub with Aidrian, Lenny, Maureen & Mick.
Holly Bush pub and a cracking pint of Nel’s Best.
Holy Bush pub with Lenny, Jim, Cyd, & Maureen
Barry by the fire at the Holly Bush pub at Greenhaugh
Our Enterprise coach together with a railway coach at Bellingham.
Jenny and Isobel at the Cheviot Hotel in Bellingham.
Maureen offering sweets while Sheila collects the fares.
A Thorn between two Roses
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January 2018 Hadrian’s Wall walk finishing in Corbridge

Halton Castle & Chapel.  The castle is owned by the Blackett family. The Pele Tower was first recorded in 1382 and the manor house later attached to it was built with stone from the Roman relics. Such vandals!. I once delvered a post card to the family here that I brought back all the way from Post Office Bay on the Galapagos Islands.
Moira, David, Margaret and Chris on the bridge over the Tyne at Chollerford. The George Hotel in the background is where we stopped for a tea/coffee
Part of the group all eating sandwiches outside the entrance to Aydon Castle.
John and Mary crossing the Tyne bridge at Corbridge.
Pele Tower in Corbridge. Built in 1300 as a fortified vicarage. It is now a Micro Pub!
Inside the Pele Tower, smiling faces, sweaty bodies, muddy trousers and a drink in hand hint of a good day had walking in Northumberland’s fine countryside.
Inside the Pele Tower Corbridge. Real ale direct from the Barrel. That’s my pint on the bar.. a nice pint of “Pele IPA” from the Allendale Brewery served in a dimple glass.
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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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2015 Camping Weekend in Gothland

The AFWC 2015 Camping Weekend at Goathland was brilliant. Friday night saw Geoff’s BBQ in full swing with food provided by everyone and especially Eddy who kindly provided extra beer! (even the 10 million midges enjoyed it!)

Saturday night was spent in the Mallyan Spout Hotel and on Sunday some took to the Roman Road, some to Danby and some of us to Beck Hole with Lunch in the quaint pub there. A good time was had by all!

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High Cup Nick – Appleby to Dufton, Saturday 13th October 2012

Aycliffe Fell Walking Club – High Cup Nick – Appleby to Dufton, Saturday 13th October 2012

This is an additional reminder of the next walk and to provide you with the information sheet. Instructions for booking your place, if you have not already done so, are on the sheet which is attached.

Please note that the AGM will be held on Wednesday the 7 November, 2012 in the INEOS Sports and Social Club pavilion starting at 7.30pm. The bar will be open and there will be facilities for showing your photos of walks over the past year.

Best wishes,


Route Sheet : 2012-10-Appleby-to-Dufton

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