Wednesday 15 May. Causey Pike and Scar Crags
A superb little ridge climb on Causey Pike (2035') and over Scar Crags (2205') to Sail Pass with a descent through the cobalt mine and along Stoneycroft Gill. Approximate time: 4 - 5 hours. Start at Stoneycroft Gill on the Newlands Hause road above Stair. GR 2328:2122. Thgere is limited parking on the verges either side of the bridge. Start time: 10.00 am.
Thursday 16 May. A Newlands Round
Simply one of the finest walks in this corner of the Lake District and bagging four Wainwrights along the way. From Little town we ascend the broad ridge of Hindscarth (2385ft) as views over Derwentwater and the Northern Fells open up. At the junction with the main watershed ridge, we now cross Hindscarth Edge to a pull up to Dale Head (2473ft) with its magnificent cairn. Dropping down to Dalehead Tarn, our final 'Wainwright' is High Spy (2143ft) before traversing the ridge of Maiden Moor to Hause Gate and a descent back to Little Town. Approximate time: 6 - 7 hours. Start: Little Town Car Park. GR: 2318:1940. Start time: 9.00 am.
Friday 17 May. Scafell Pike from Borrowdale via Esk Hause
A challenging ascent of England’s highest peak by arguably its finest route via Esk Hause, and the rocky shoulders of Broad Crag and Ill Crag, and we descend by the 'Corridor' Route to Sty Head. Rendezvous at 9.00am at Seathwaite Farm (GR: NY 2355:1212). 9 miles – 3306ft of ascent. Grade Hard. Estimated finish time: 5:00pm.
Saturday 18 May. Great Gable and Napes Needle
A Lake District icon! From Seathwaite we first climb beside Sour Milk Gill to the broad slopes of Base Brown and on to Green Gable. Crossing Windy Gap, we make a final climb to the sensational summit of Great Gable. But this is only hal the day. We now descend the steep screes of Little Hell Gate to the South Climbers Traverse which is part of the Gable Girdle. Passing beneath the iconic Napes Needle we make our way now to Sty Head and a descent back to Seathwaite. 5.5 miles with 3000 feet of ascent (and steep descent including loose screes). Start at Seathwaite Farm. GR: 2355 - 1212. Start time: 9.00 am.
Sunday 19 May. Helvellyn’s Striding Edge
This is one of Lakeland’s finest walks, traversing its third highest mountain by the encircling arêtes of Red Tarn. From the Car Park in Glennridding we begin with a quiet walk via Lanty's Tarn away from the crowds, before beginning the airy stride across striding edge. After taking in the magnificent views afforded by Helvellyn's commanding location, we make our descent along the equally exciting Swirral Edge. A day to remember. 8½ miles – 2990ft of ascent. Start at Glenridding Information Centre (GR: 38577 16992). Note that both Striding Edge and Swirral Edge are rock scramles and although graded 'easy' within this genre, they never-the-less require a good head for heights.