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Spring Walks 2015 High Level Walk, Newlands Valley & It’s Western Fells, Monday May 4th

Reporter: Iain Macintosh

Preparation for this walk consisted of a large cooked Middle Ruddings breakfast that kept me going until a good way into the afternoon.

The rain had put a few of us off the longer walk on the previous day (memories of the very wet walk last year were also in play!), however this walk had great weather. The suggested parking at Little Town Farm (grid ref 234195) worked really well and after putting on boots and gearing up, the group departed.

The path followed Newlands Beck all the way up to the waterfall. A couple of geocaches were grabbed by a few club members on the way and the climb up past the waterfall gave some rewarding close up views.

We continued to Dale Head Tarn, where a third geocache was grabbed and lunch was eaten by most. In true generous tradition, Steve Wardle produced a plentiful supply of Eccles Cakes, which were very much appreciated by all—thanks Steve!

With full bellies, we set of after the lunch break to follow the steep path up to Dale Head (grid ref 223153). It was hard work, but we were rewarded with some magnificent views with a backdrop of a lovely blue sky and yet another geocache.

After taking in the views and taking a few group photos, we followed Hindscarth Edge, Littledale Edge and the last assent of the day took us up to the top of Hindscarth.

We descended towards Scope End and Low Snab where the last geocache of the day was found in a tree trunk!

On arrival back at Little Town Farm, it was tea and splendid cake all round.

All in all it was a great day. I met some SCOM members I’d never met before and one of my biggest takeaways from the day was the fact that it was a very social event, with lots of chatting with friends, old and new.

Thanks to Steve Wardle for organizing the walk and to all the SCOM members who facilitated the various activities over the weekend. Without people like Steve taking the initiative and volunteering to organise out this sort of simply just wouldn't happen.

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