Caldbeck Fells - the suggested 9.5mile (with 2149ft of ascent) BLACK route is one of huge contrast. Most of it is very easy going on old mine tracks and gentle rolling fells, apart from the ascent of Roughton Gill which is steep and scrambly in places. The whole walk is entrenched in mining history as the Calbeck Fells were once one of Britain's richest mining areas. Throughout the day members should be able to enjoy magnificent views over the Solway Firth to the distant hills of southern Scotland from the summits of Great Sca Fell (2136ft), Knott (2329ft), Great Lingy Hill (1976ft) & High Pike (2158ft); the walk can easily be extended to 13 miles [with 2594ft of ascent] if Carrock Fell (2167ft) is attempted.
The suggest alternative 8.25 mile (with 861ft of ascent) BLACK walk visits the village of Caldbeck which nestles is a shallow trough on the extreme northern fringes of Lakeland and is crammed full of intriguing asides that belie its modest physical proportions. Throughout the 18th century, wool and corn mills abounded together with a brewery which supplied six public houses - only the Oddfellows Arms now remains. Take time to explore the well-ordered settlement, giving special attention to the church and graveyard of St Kentigern where John Peel (a local farmer - "D'ye ken John Peel with his coat so grey . . . ) is buried. The Howk, a beautiful limestone gorge, with its old mills is worth at least an hour of any member's time. Keep a wary eye open for the Branthwaite Dog, a phantom black hound which has been haunting the area for generations!