Craster & Low Newton Sunday Walk [6th January] - Jennifer Cole, Theresa Costello, David Ellerington, Lynn Ford, Anne Marie Forster, Kathleen McIntyre, Andy Nixon, Claire O'Sullivan, Asima Riaz, Ian Storey, Jean Walker, Steve Walker & Ronnie Willison met up at Craster (NE66 3TW) and thoroughly enjoyed the 7½-mile circular coastal walk (involving only 394ft of ascent) to Newton via Dunstanburgh Castle.

Annual General Meeting [29th January] - 14 members attended the 2018 AGM with Apologies for Absence being received from a further 17 members.

[2nd February] - Alas this Saturday event had to be cancelled on the grounds of member safety due to the arrival of Storm Deirdre.

Fontburn Reservoir Sunday Walk [17th February] - Liz Beech, Lynn Boyle, Kay Costello, Theresa Costello, David Ellerington, Lynn Ford, Anne Marie Forster, Louise Harlanderson, Richard Harlanderson, Anjum Mughal, Andy Nixon, Claire O'Sullivan, Asima Riaz, Ian Storey, Neil Waite & Ronnie Willison met for a 8-mile (with 769ft of ascent) BLACK walk to Fontburn Reservoir, Newbiggin Farm, Fallowlees, St Oswald's Way & Blueburn Knowe.

Whitby : [2nd March] - Evelyn Brown, Kay Costello, Theresa Costello, David Ellerington, Lynn Ford, Anne Marie Forster, Louise Harlanderson, Richard Harlanderson, Ian Lewars, Claire O'Sullivan, Graeme Page, Kishor Raichura, Asima Riaz, Neil Waite, Jean Walker & Ronnie Willison travelled on the minibus to the delightful waterfall and hidden rocky cove of Hayburn Wyke where those alighting bravely volunteered for a 13-mile RED (with 2308ft of ascent) 'classic coastal and cliff-top' linear walk to the gothic delights of Whitby and its Abbey. Those of a nervous disposition opted either to shorten the route to 9.5-miles (with 1401ft of ascent) by alighting at the curiosity that is Ravenscar or 7miles (with 957ft of ascent) by alighting at the stunningly scenic former fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay.

Patterdale Long Weekend [7th to 11th March] - Lyn Boyle, Jane Brough, Kay Costello, Lynn Ford, Anne Marie Forster, Paul Gertig, Pauline Gertig, Carol Lonsdale, Andy Nixon, Claire O'Sullivan, Ian Storey, Neil Waite & Ronnie Willison spent an enjoyable 4-night stay on the magnificent Patterdale Hall Estate.

Sunday Walk : Alston, Garrigill and the River South Tyne [24th March]David Ellerington, Lynn Ford, Lestryne Keenan, Kathleen McIntyre, Ian Storey & Ronnie Willison met for a fairly easy 8½-mile BLACK low-level circuit (with 562ft of ascent) between Alston and Garrigill, running close to the River South Tyne.

Caldbeck [6th April]l- Margaret Andison, Evelyn Brown, David Ellerington, Lynn Ford, Phil Harland, Louise Harlanderson, Richard Harlanderson, Phil Hesketh, Ken Johnson, Hedley Oliver, Alan Ross, Roger Smith, Jean Walker, Martin Warriner & Ronnie Willison travelled on the minibus to Caldbeck in order to either participate in  8¼-mile (with 861ft of ascent) BLACK walk which visited the villages of Branthwaite, Fell Side, Hesket Newmarket and Caldbeck or the alternative 9½-mile (with 2149ft of ascent) BLACK to the summits of Great Sca Fell (2136ft), Knott (2329ft), Great Lingy Hill (1976ft), High Pike (2158ft) & Carrock Fell (2167ft).

 

Ros Castle and Hepburn Moor Sunday Walk : [21st April] - Anna Deak, Asima Riaz & Ian Storey met at Hepburn Wood's Car Park and picnic area, Northumberland, NE66 4EG, for a 7-mile RED circular crag and moorland walk [with 1012ft of ascent] skirting the sandstone escarpment of Hepburn Crags.

Skiddaw via Longside Edge : [11th May] - Alan Bradbury, Evelyn Brown, Kay Costello, David Ellerington, Lynn Ford, Jane Gerono, Phil Harland, Louise Harlanderson, Richard Harlanderson, Carol Lonsdale, Hedley Oliver, Phil Hesketh, Dek Parmley, Roger Smith, Ian Thomson, Martin Warriner & Ronnie Willison travelled to High Side where after meeting up Ellen & Mike Morrison they opted either for a 8-mile (with 2886ft of ascent) BLACK visit to the summit of Skiddaw or a 10-mile (with 1603ft of ascent) BLUE linear route from to Keswick via Whitewater Dash (probably the best set of cascades in the whole of Lakeland), the remote Skiddaw House, Glenderaterra and Laterigg.

Rowlands Gill [13th May] - Alas the proposed 4½-mile BLACK (with 517ft of ascent) evening walk from Rowland’s Gill was cancelled as a result of a lack of membership interest.

Waskerley Way Sunday Walk : [19th May] - David Ellerington, Lynn Ford, Carol Lonsdale, Kathleen McIntyre, Kishor Raichura, Ian Storey, Ian Thomson & Ronnie Willison met up at Rowley Station Picnic Area, DH8 9AQ (Castleside) for a 7-mile RED circular route (with 631 ft of ascent) route which passed through a varied landscape; from urban fringe through to upland sheep farms and then on to exposed heather moorland.

Borrowdale : [8th June] - Margaret Andison, Evelyn Brown, Alf Cowell, David Ellerington, David Hannaby, Dianne Hannaby, Ailie Langston, Hedley Oliver, Anne Page, Graeme Page, Kishor Raichura & Bill Sudder travelled on the minibus to Borrowdale in order to follow linear walks to Keswick either from Grange or Seatoller.

Northumberlandia : [17th June] - Alas the proposed evening walk around the 100ft high Northumberlandia was cancelled as a result of a lack of membership interest.

Middleton & Grassholme Sunday Walk : [23rd June] - Alas the proposed 8-mile BLACK Sunday walk (with 1033ft of ascent) from Middleton to the prehistoric site of Kirkcarrion and around Grassholme Reservoir was cancelled as a result of a lack of membership interest.

Great Langdale : 6th July - Evelyn Brown, Kay Costello, Alfie Cowell, Dave Ellerington, Lynn Ford, Carol Lonsdale, Andy Nixon, Hedley Oliver, Claire O'Sullivan, Anne Page, Graeme Page, Roger Smith, Ian Thomson, Jean Walker & Ronnie Willison travelled on the minibus to Great Langdale where, after meeting up with Ellen Morrison & Ellen Morrison, the high-levellers completed a 9-mile BLACK anti-clockwise circuit of Oxendale (with 3280ft of ascent), visiting the summits of Bowfell, Crinkle Crags & Great Knott. The low-levellers walked from Elterwater to Grasmere village via Loughrigg Tarn.

Penshaw Evening  Walk : 15th July - Angela Hammond, Ian Hammond, Andy Nixon, Claire O'Sullivan & Ian Storey met up at the Oddfellows Arms, Waterside, Coxgreen, Sunderland, SR4 9JS in order to complete a 4-mile (with 477ft ascent) BLACK walk visiting both Penshaw Monument and The Victoria Viaduct

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Holy Island Sunday Walk : 21st July - David Ellerington, Carol Lonsdale, Andy Nixon, Claire O'Sullivan, Ian Storey & Sue Webster met up at 'The Snook’ (post code TD15 2SS) in order to follow a 6-mile BLACK circuit of Holy Island (involving only 188ft of ascent) including Lindisfarne Castle.

Troutbeck : 3rd August - Margaret Andison, Lyn Boyle, Alan Bradbury, Evelyn Brown, Kay Costello, Alf Cowell, David Ellerington, Lynn Ford, Ian Hammond, Phil Hesketh, Ken Johnson, Ailie Langston, Hedley Oliver, Claire O'Sullivan, Dek Parmley, Alan Ross, Bill Sudder, Ian Thomson, Martin Warriner travelled on Club transport to Troutbeck where, after meeting up with Ellen & Mike Morrison most completed a 12-mile BLACK anti-clockwise circuit of the Troutbeck valley (with 4194ft of ascent) which visited the summits of Yoke, Ill Bell, Froswick, Thornthwaite Crag & Stoney Cove Pike.

Wylam Evening  Walk : 12th August - Kathleen McIntyre, Andy Nixon, Claire O'Sullivan & Ian Storey met up at Wylam bridge for a 6-mile RED walk following the river Tyne to Newburn bridge via the south bank and returning via the north bank.

Craster Sunday Walk : 18th August - David Ellerington, Lynn Ford, Anne Marie Forster, Carol Lonsdale, Andy Nixon, Claire O'Sullivan, Ian Storey & Ronnie Willison met up in Craster for a 7.64-mile BLACK walk (with only 4530ft of ascent) which followed the low cliffs past several inviting bays before turning inland and returning across fields through a small nature reserve in the former quarries behind the village.

Ambleside : 7th September - Linda Boakes, Kay Costello, Alfie Cowell, David Ellerington, Lynn Ford, Ian Hammond, Ailie Langston, Graeme Page, Kishor Raichura, Alan Ross, Denise Searle, Roger Smith, Ian Thomson, Jean Walker & Ronnie Willison travelled on the minibus to Ambleside where, after meeting up with Ellen & Mike Morrison, the high-levellers followed the 12-mile BLACK Fairfield Horseshoe (with 3330ft of ascent) whilst the lower-levellers completed a splendid 7-mile BLACK (with only 1728ft of ascent) walk over Wansfell.

Lumley Castle Evening  Walk : 16th September - David Ellerington, Ian Hammond, Andy Nixon & Claire O'Sullivan enjoyed a 5½-mile anti-clockwise GREEN circular walk from Chester le Street via the Weardale Way.

Marsden Rock and Whitburn Sunday Walk : 22nd September @ 10am - Theresa Costello, David Ellerington, Lynn Ford, Lestryne Keenan, Andy Nixon, Claire O'Sullivan, Asima Riaz, Denise Searle, Ian Storey, Ian Thomson, Jean Walker & Ronnie Willison met up in Marsden for a 7-mile BLACK walk (with only 548ft of ascent)over the modest Cleadon Hills (272ft) and then descending to the attractive coastal village of Whitburn.

Glenridding : 5th October - Margaret Andison, Alan Bradbury, Evelyn Brown, Kay Costello, Alfie Cowell, David Ellerington, Jane Gerono, Philip Hesketh, Carol Lonsdale, Hedley Oliver, Claire O'Sullivan, Graeme Page, Kishor Raichura, Alan Ross, Ian Thomson & Martin Warriner travelled to Glernridding where, after meeting up with Ellen & Mike Morrison, the high-levellers followed a 10-mile (with 3645ft of ascent) BLACK linear walk to Dockray via the spectacular Striding Edge and Helvellyn.

St Cuthbert's Cave Sunday Walk : 27th October - David Ellerington, Lynn Ford, Liz Hall, Ian Thomson & Ronnie Willison met up at Holburn Grange Farm for a superb 7-mile (with 689ft of ascent) BLACK walk to St Cuthbert's Cave, one of the traditional places where monks, carrying the sacred remains of St Cuthbert, rested during their long, wandering journey.

Mungrisdale : 2nd November - Margaret Andison, Lyn Boyle, Evelyn Brown, Alfie Cowell, David Ellerington, Phil Harland, Ailie Langston, Hedley Oliver, Anne Page, Graeme Page, Dek Parmley, Kishor Raichura, Alan Ross & Ian Thomson travelled on the minibus to Mungrisdale where the vast majority opted for a 10-mile BLACK linear route (with 2781ft of ascent) via Blencathra to Keswick whilst the remainder visited the mysterious Castlerigg Stone Circle.

17th November  - Alas the proposed Sunday walk was cancelled as a result of weather conditions.

Aysgarth : 30th November @ 8am - Alas the proposed Saturday walk was cancelled as a result of a lack of membership interest. Penhill with its beacon dominates the skyline of lower Wensleydale and begs to be climbed, whilst Aysgarth Falls are rightly famous and simply have to be seen. The suggested 9-mile BLACK route (with 1794ft of ascent) visits Penhill via Chantry and West Burton. The alternative 7-mile RED route with (642ft of ascent) combines the falls at Aysgarth with a visit to one of the finest fortified medieval manor houses in England. It heads north to the semi-feudal village of Castle Bolton, dominated by the fortified manor of the de Scropes, and returns via the quaint Quaker village of Carperby.