2018 Walking Season

Next Up - on Sun June 24th we head for Galtybeg and Cush - an A walk of about 5 hours. Meet in Cahir car park at 10.00.

Club Barbecue
Our club BBQ takes place in  a few weeks time - on Sunday July 8th. Cost is 15 euro per person. Please confirm with Emily (086 6784094) if you are definitely going by Sunday July 1st as herself and John need to know exact numbers re steaks etc.

Ramblers in the Lake District
Nestled in Cumbria in north western England, lies the Lake District, one of the most beautiful natural landscapes in Europe. A combination of geology and glaciation is responsible for the area`s breath taking scenery – towering mountains, u-shaped lake filled valleys, a myriad of small and large tarns etc. Home to England`s largest national park (2000 square kilometres), highest mountain (Scafell Pike at 978 metres), and largest and deepest lakes (Windermere and Wastwater respectively), the area is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. And since the summer of 2017 it is a Unesco World Heritage site, and not before time! 

Ambleside is a small town with a population of about 2,500 and is situated just a mile north of Lake Windermere, England`s largest lake. Ambleside is located in a lowland basin surrounded by fells – to the north there is Heron Pike, High Pike and Red Screes, to the west Loughrigg Fell, to the east Wansfell. Glaciated valleys have been gouged into the fells, with the magnificent Great Langdale Valley stretching west from the town. The river Rothay flows through Ambleside and links it via lakes Grasmere and Rydal Water with the village of Grasmere 4 miles to the north.
The area is of course linked with the romantic poets, people such as William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Wordsworth once lived at Dove Cottage near Grasmere, where he composed some of the finest poetry in the English language. He is buried in the graveyard in Grasmere. Beatrix Potter, of Peter Rabbit fame, came on a visit in 1882 and was like Wordsworth smitten by nature`s bounty. She bought much land (e.g. in Newlands) and bequeathed it to the National Trust.
Lake Windermere from Loughrigg Fell
Wordsworth was the first writer to promote the beauty of landscape and he and the Lake Poets are credited with the early growth of tourism around Lake Windermere. The arrival of the railway  thelate19
th century saw the growth of mass tourism as ordinary workers now joined the rich in flocking to areas of great natural beauty.

 Viking Legacy
The Vikings left their mark on Cumbria`s place names - there are more Norse-derived names in the Lake District than from any other language. From the 9th to the 12th centuries the Vikings settled in fairly large numbers and the names they gave to various places stuck. Some of the most common are: thwaite - clearing; dale from dell - valley; fell from fjell - a glaciated upland; pike - summit; force from fors - waterfall; beck - stream; gill - ravine; rigg - ridge; how - hill; garth - enclosure/farm; ling - heather; mire and moss - bog; dub - pool; ick/wick - settlement/harbour; holme - island; scale - a shieling or summer pasture; keld - spring;
Innominate Tarn on Haystacks
tarn from tjorn - tear shaped glacial hollow lake. Other languages do get a look-in e.g. blen (summit), cathra (chair), glen (valley), esk (stream), crag (rock/cliff) from Gaelic/Cumbric; mere (lake), dodd (round topped hill), barrow (low hill), ness (headland) from Old English/Anglo-Saxon.

Alfred Wainwright

Alfred Wainwright did more to popularize the Lake District than any other person in recent times. Born in Blackburn in 1907 he was bewitched by the area after a visit in 1930.
Robson and Wainwright
As he said himself “God was in his heaven that day and I a humble worshipper”. He moved to Kendal and worked for the Borough Council to be closer to the mountains. He spent thirteen years from 1953 to 1966 producing his “Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells”. Every weekend during that time he traipsed the fells and virtually every evening during the week after work he painstakingly described and depicted what he saw. As hill farmer and television producer Eric Robson says “his legacy is beyond dispute. He read and reported the landscape better than anyone.” His laconic descriptive writing style and his cartographic ability to turn a three-dimensional image e.g. a mountain into a two-dimensional one and unbelievably make it more understandable, made his guides instantly popular. Wainwright died in 1991 and his ashes were scattered by Innominate Tarn on Haystacks. Read one of his many amazing insightful quotes: “The fleeting hour of life of those who love the hills is quickly spent, but the hills are eternal. Always there will be the lonely ridge, the dancing beck, the silent forest; always there will be the exhilaration of the summits. These are for the seeking, and those who seek and find while there is still time will be blessed both in mind and body.”

Lake District Attractions
There are numerous places of interest and attractions in the Lake District. Some of the best known include: the cruises on lakes such as Windermere, Coniston, Derwentwater, Ullswater; The Beatrix Potter Gallery and Hilltop Farm at Hawkshead near Windermere;

Rydal Mount
Rydal Mount and Gardens and Dove Cottage (both associated with Wordsworth) near Ambleside; The Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole on Lake Windermere (bike hire here); The Honister Slate Mine near Lake Buttermere; The Honister Rambler bus trip from Keswick; Kendal Museum of Natural History; Whinlatter Forest Mountain Bike Trails near Keswick; Coniston Water Biking Trail from Coniston Boating Centre etc, etc.

 Windermere and Coniston Cruises
Windermere is England`s largest lake and is just a mile south of Ambleside. There are a few different cruises available from the Windermere pier at Waterhead. Google Windermere Lake cruises for more details.
Steam Yacht Gondola on Coniston
Lake Coniston lies just 8 miles and 40 minutes by bus (number 505) from Ambleside. Again, google Coniston Lake cruises to get more information.

Bus Services in Ambleside
Like Keswick, Ambleside has a number of bus services to some interesting destinations. Check out the Stagecoach website. Service 505 links Ambleside with Coniston to the south-west, service 555 links it with Keswick via Grasmere and with Windermere in the opposite direction, and service 516 links it with Dungeon Ghyll in the lovely Langdale Valley to the west. Service 599 comprises an open top bus that connects Grasmere to Windermere and Bowness-on-Windermere via Ambleside. The bus stop in Ambleside is on Kelsick Road.

Ambleside Walks
 A visit to the Ambleside Tourist Information Centre at Market Cross should provide you with some ideas as well as some brochures and maps. Here are a few 3 to 4 hour walks starting from Ambleside or nearby suitable for most people: The Rothay Loop 4 hrs and 13 km: The Two Langdales from Elterwater 4hrs and 13 km; Loughrigg 3 hrs and 10 km; Wansfell 4 hrs and 10 km.

Club Hill Walks in Lakeland
We will do three hills walks for anyone able for three walks in three days! These hopefully will comprise of two A walks and one B walk. We`ll wait `til closer to the time to decide on our exact schedule. Here is a description of the walks but a map of the Lake District would be a help to anyone interested in knowing a little more about them in advance e.g. the excellent ordnance survey maps Harvey`s Lakeland West and Harvey`s Lakeland Central.

View from Scafell Pike

Scafell Pike
At 978 metres Scafell Pike is England`s highest mountain. It lies to the north-west of Great Langdale Valley. We will hopefully do a south north linear walk starting at Dungeon Ghyll Hotel in Langdale. The 516 Bus will take us from Ambleside to our starting point.
Great Langdale Valley

We will head north west up Mickleden Valley and Rossett Gill to Angle Tarn. Soon after we reach the pass of Esk Hause and then head across a couple of cols and a stony plateau between Broad and Ill Crags to finally reach Scafell Pike after about four hours. Our trek then heads northward via Lingmell Col and Piers Gill and Greta Gill to Styhead Pass. From here it`s on to Stockley Bridge and Seathwaite Farm before finally reaching the finish at Seatoller. Our walk is 17 kilometres in length and may take over 7 hours. It is strenuous with a little scrambling. A hired bus will return us to Ambleside. (See maps below)

Scafell Pike 2 

Scafell Pike 1 and Crinkle Crags/Bowfell

5 Crinkles

Crinkle Crags and Bowfell
There are a few grand mountain walks in Langdale. One of these is a circular walk which takes in the unusually shaped Crinkle Crags and its northerly neighbour, Bowfell. Again, we take the 516 Bus from Ambleside to the Dungeon Ghyll Hotel. From here we head for Stool End Farm in Oxendale Valley. Now we start to climb southward to Red Tarn from where we veer north west to the foot of the Crinkles. We make our way up, down and around each Crinkle in turn before descending to Three Tarns Col. It`s one last climb northward now to Bowfell Peak. After lunch we return to Three Tarns Col where we head east down the shoulder of The Band to finally reach the Dungeon Ghyll after about 14 kilometres and 7 hours, hopefully in time for a local bus back to Ambleside! (See map above)

Rydal Water

River Rothay Loop
This walk starts in Ambleside and makes its way north to Grasmere along the east side of Lake Grasmere and Rydal Water and returns along the west side of the lakes on the lower slopes of Loughrigg Fell. The walk is often called “The Wordsworth Walk” because of a number of places along its route connected with the poet – Rydal Mount, Dove Cottage, St. Oswald`s churchyard. The first half of the walk is also called “The Coffin Trail”. In the past when people died in Rydal/Ambleside their bodies were carried along this route to the burial ground in Grasmere. The walk is about 13 km and takes 4 to 5 hours. (See map below)

Rothay Loop

Our Travel Arrangements
We leave Cork Airport on Thursday, June 28th, at 16.10. and arrive in Liverpool at 17.20. on Ryanair Flight FR9896. A little while back Ryanair informed us all of a change in the departure time to 16.10 and asked us to accept this flight change online. We travel on to Ambleside by minibus - will take about 2 hours. The cost of the return trip is 760 sterling and people are asked to contribute 20 sterling each. We return on Monday, July 2nd, leaving Ambleside at about 10.00. for our 15.15 flight.
People are reminded to check baggage allowances, bag sizes etc., and to print out boarding passes in advance for both flights. Don`t forget to bring your E1 11 forms for insurance purposes.

Some Upcoming  Local Events
Climb to Remember is organized by the Mercy Hospital Foundation Cork. The Climb Carrauntoohil event takes place on Sunday, June 24th. Register online at www.mercyfundraising.ie or ring Deirdre Finn at 021 4223135. Each climb to remember a loved one event costs 25 euro.
Galtee Challenge organized by the Galtee walking club is on Saturday June 30th. This is a self navigating walk. Google Galtee Challenge 2018 for more details.
The Comeragh Crossing organized by Dungarvan Hill Walking Club is on Saturday July 7th. Look up their website for more info on the walk options and costs.
The Comeraghs Wild Festival takes place on the weekend of July 13th to 15th. Festival events program is not finalised yet. Contact 086 7777515 for up to date info on planned events.

 Mountaineering Ireland Event
Summer Alpine Meet: Mountaineering Ireland is holding this in the Val Di Mello in Italy from July 7th to 21st. There is an interesting range of activities available. Again, go to the Mountaineering Ireland website for more information.

New Members
New members are welcomePlease contact Vernon (club chair) at 086-3059830 or Rosemarie (club secretary) at 086-3936879 or Mick (club walks` coordinator) at  087-2927077 or Emily at 086-6784094. Club rules allow 2 walks with the club before making a commitment to joining. Suggest intending members start with a couple of easy/short walks to acclimatize. Club rules and guidelines are posted on the site.

Grading of Walks
Grading walks can be very subjective. For our club purposes they are:
Grade A: 5-7 hours – to the plateaux and ridges. Strenuous. May be some scrambling.
Grade B: 3-5 hours – to the coums and lower hills. Rarely above 600 metres.
Grade C: 1-3 hours – on forest paths and back roads. Rarely over 10 km long.

Meeting Points and Times
All walks will start at approx 10.30. Meeting time is usually 10.00. Car pooling is encouraged for environmental reasons. If we meet for car pooling we will allow for travelling time. Most walks will be looped/horseshoe walks. Posted on the site using this formula: Date/Grade/Area/Meeting Point and Time and Leader.

Walk Changes due to weather etc.
Check with the designated leader  - Mick 0872927077 or Irene 0872359598 or Rens 0860473150 or John 0863398759 or Vernon 0863059830.

Ramblers` Walking Schedule 2017-18

Date              Grade     Mt Range       Meeting Point       Leader

Sun June 24th  A       Galtees              Cahir car park 10.00    Mick
Sun July 1st    Free Sunday
Sun July 8th  Club BBQ - meet Glenpatrick picnic area at 2.00 for Glenpatrick Bridge Loop. We should be back for about 4.00 for the food.
Rathgormack Ramblers
Rathgormack is a small village situated in County Waterford in the foothills of the Comeraghs about 10 kilometres south-west of Carrick-on-Suir on the R678. Rathgormack Ramblers Hill Walking Club was founded in 2008. The club provides it`s members with an opportunity to partake in rambling and hill walking, mainly in the Comeraghs and Knockmealdowns. The club particularly urges it`s members to be aware of the need for safety on the hills and of the need to respect the communities and environments of the mountains.
We are a small club with a membership of about 40. We are affiliated to the Mountaineering Council of Ireland. All our members are insured both for personal accident and personal liability insurance. The personal accident cover is limited to very serious injuries and members should have their own more comprehensive cover.
Rules/Guidelines for club members of
Rathgormack Ramblers

1 Introduction
Rathgormack Ramblers Hill Walking Club is totally committed to the safety of its members and
considers it good practice to operate in accordance with the following guidelines.

2 Club Activities
(A) Club activities are recognised as being those which:
Are published at a club meeting.
Are published on the club website.
Are funded by the club.
Require group transport through the club.
(B) Organisers of Club Activities are bound by the conditions of the Club`s Constitution and Rules.

3 MCI Warning
(A) The Mountaineering Council of Ireland recognises that mountaineering and climbing are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants should be aware of and accept this and be responsible for their own actions.
(B) Each club member is insured under the same insurance as all MCI affiliated clubs. If you require further information please contact the MCI.

4 Grades of Walks
Grading walks can be very subjective. For the purpose of our club walks:
Grade A Walks: 5-6 hours duration and over 12 km in length. Will reach 700 metres in elevation and traverse ridges and mountain tops and may involve some scrambling. A good level of fitness required.
Grade B Walks: 3-4 hours duration and 8-12 km long. Usually on lower hills or to the mountain lakes, rarely reaching over 500 metres. A reasonable level of fitness needed.
Grade C Walks: 1-3 hours duration and less than 10 km long. Usually on forest tracks,minor roads or along river banks with the odd moderate climb.

5 Club Rules/Guidelines
Car pooling is advised.
Respect private property and observe the Country Code.
Park carefully and don`t obstruct laneways, gates, traffic etc.
Members are responsible for their own actions.
Members are advised to select a walk that matches their fitness level.
If you are on medication or suffering from any condition that might affect you on the walk, you must inform the walk leader before the walk starts.
Walkers should bring with them the following essential items:
strong walking boots with good ankle support; gaiters; a hooded waterproof coat with waterproof trousers; plenty warm clothing including gloves and a hat (don`t wear jeans); sufficient liquids and food.
Walkers should consider the following recommended items:
relevant map; compass; whistle; watch; torch; first aid kit; some form of personal I.D. and the name of someone who can be contacted in the event of an accident.
All members must comply with club rules.
All members must sign walk registration form prior to each walk.
All members must follow instructions of leader at all times.
For everyone`s safety the group should stay together for the duration of the walk. A group should travel no faster than the speed of its slowest member.
Accidents should be reported to the leader immediately.
The leader has the right to refuse anyone not adequately equipped.
The leader may extend, curtail or alter the route. He/she sets the pace and walkers are expected to follow at this pace.
If you go ahead of the leader you are no longer considered to be part of the group and you are responsible for your actions and for those who follow you.
Inform the leader if you are feeling tired or if the pace is too fast for you.
Inform the leader if you wish to stop for whatever reason.
Prospective members may participate as guests on two walks.
By signing the Walk Registration Sheet at the beginning of each walk, participants-both members and visitors-agree to abide by these rules.
The Committee of Rathgormack Hill Walking Club asserts that no walk leader can be held responsible for the welfare of individuals who ignore these rules.
Week-Ends Away: Only members and their families and friends may take part in our club weekends away.

6 Insurance
As a members of Mountaineering Ireland all members of Rathgormack Ramblers have Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance in Ireland and Britain and within the European Union. This gives protection to members from being sued for negligence.
Members also have some Personal Accident Insurance - 75.000 euro to cover permanent loss of a limb or an eye, permanent loss of hearing in one ear, permanent loss of speech, permanent and total disablement from employment.
However, members do not have accident and emergency cover under our MI Insurance. We are advised to get this insurance if travelling on a walking holiday. The MI does organise a Travel and Activity Insurance through the British Mountaineering Council. At the very least members should carry their European Health Insurance Card with them on holiday within the E.U. This entitles you to free emergency and medical care in any public hospital in the E.U.