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Gallery 2018 - July

Greater spotted woodpecker
Kendal wall

Evening Walk from Heversham

Irene writes - A perfect summer evenings amble around the fields from Heversham was enjoyed by seven of us led by Graham and Irene, and accompanied by Grahams sister Margaret, Frank, David, Roger and Margaret. The highlight was the wonderful view from Heversham Head and a well earned drink in the pub.

The shot below was taken by Irene on Heversham Head looking down the Kent estuary with Arnside Knott in the background centre left.
From the left: Graham, Roger, Frank, Margaret, Margaret A, David.

The club were sad to hear of the death from cancer of Peter Jackson, a member in the 80's and early 90's. A neighbour of Phil & Sue Blamire's until their move to Scotland, Peter was a committee member in 1985 and worked as an accountant for Norweb. In 1997 having been made redundant, he walked from Lands End to John O'Groats, but being Peter made life even more difficult by taking in the three country tops of Snowdon, Scafell Pike, and Ben Nevis. He remembered the walk in the Clubs 75th commemorative book on page 203, and later wrote a book about the walk called Up The Country (its in the High House library somewhere)
On completing the walk, he co-founded the company Knobbly Sticks that ran guided and self guided walking holidays in Britain, Ireland, and France. On realising that many walkers wanted to organise their own walks but lacked information, he started an online site called Mywalkingguide.com. A strong walker, he had a wicked dry sense of humour, which came out in a humorous piece for the Fellfarer about political correctness on the fells
He leaves a wife Delia, a son Brendan, and daughter Kate.
The very long warm and dry spell of weather that started in May continued through July. In June there were fires on Saddleworth Moor and Winter Hill that took weeks to extinguish.
The Lakes were not immune from this risk as these two photos illustrate. They were sent by Mick and taken from the Westmorland Gazette, and show the wild fires burning on Raven Crag, Thirlmere last Sunday July 22.

Mid-week Walk - Wetherlam

With David as the leader, 11 members and friends met at the bottom of the Coppermines Road in Coniston. The weather continued to be dry and warm at the end of the month, and members passing Yewdale Tarn were surprised to see it completely dried out. The route led up into the valley and broke out to ascend Hole Rake before branching out up Lad Stones, a route that is often wet and boggy but perfectly dry in this weather.
A cool-ish lunch was taken on the summit, where we met up with Mick who had taken the Black Sails ridge as one of his Wainwright routes that he is ticking off. With little sun so far, the group headed across to the summit of Black Sails and then down the delectable Black Sails ridge. Branching off to descend the incline into Red Dell, some members recalled the underground and over ground exploration of this area with Eric Holland in 1997 - see the Clubs 75th commemorative book on page 202.
A drink in the Yewdale Inn in hot sunshine rounded off an excellent days: thanks David.

Lunch on Wetherlam summit, from left to right: Norman, David, Les, Clare, Ruth, Mick, Jan, Sue, Frank, and Tony, with Hugh taking the photo.

Lunch time looking towards Bowfell
Has anyone seen Levers Water this low before?
At the top of the Red Dell incline
Coniston Limestone exists as a narrow band of rock running across the central Lakes, and rests uncomformably on the Borrowdale Volcanic series. It has been renamed the Dent Group. For the non-expert it is difficult to trace on the ground, but this carline thistle (which prefers dry chalk grassland) seen near the Bonsor Mine in Red Dell provides some evidence of its existence.
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