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Event Reports from Transpennine Group


Helvellyn Meet 6th - 7th October 2018

13 Oct 2018 | Transpennine, Adventure Out Groups

Helvellyn is one of the four mountains in England above 3000ft, and is the third highest mountain in England after Scafell Pike and Scafell. (The fourth is Skiddaw, rising above Keswick in case you wanted to know).

The Adventure Out/Transpennine autumn meet was at a hostel occupying one of the buildings belonging to the former Greenside lead mine above the village of Glenridding on the shores of Ullswater. The lead mines operated between 1825 and 1961 and produced c160,000 tonnes of lead and 1,600,000 ounces (45 tonnes) of silver from around 2 million tons of ore....
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Black Sail - 31st August - 2nd Sept 2018

8 Sep 2018 | Transpennine, Adventure Out Groups

We last visited Black Sail Youth Hostel in November 2013 (yes it was THAT long ago..) so it was deemed this year that it was high time to make another visit. This time GOC had made an exclusive booking so other inmates of the hostel were spared.

The hostel is the most remote in the YHA chain and is only accessible on foot or by bicycle. It sits at the head of Ennerdale, a valley which has no road and no habitations beyond the lake its western end. The shortest walk in is over Scarth Gap Pass from Buttermere – a walk of about hour and a half, and this was the route in that most chose on Friday afternoon....
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Shooters Clough and the Upper Goyt Valley Walk - Sat 11th August 2018

12 Aug 2018 | Transpennine Group

7 of us set off from the side of Errwood Reservoir and enjoyed an 8 mile walk, led by Paul, through the wooded Shooters Clough followed by the upper Goyt Valley and then alongside Errwood Reservoir.

One particular point of interest was the remains of Errwood Hall built by Samuel Grimshawe in the 1840’s and demolished when Fernilee Reservoir was completed in 1938 to provide water for the town of Stockport. Stones from the demolished Hall were used to construct the water treatment works below the reservoir....
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Saddleworth Ridges, Peak District: a ridge, a scramble and an ice cream. 19 May 2018

22 May 2018 | Transpennine Group

After assembling in the car park, four of us set off for a walk starting at the Dove Stone reservoir, on the Eastern edge of Greater Manchester. We began with a slow, steady climb up the side of the valley, following the route that the old trams would have taken up to Chew reservoir. The water in the reservoir was a stunning blue, and a great photo opportunity.

We then crossed the moor onto the ridge, with amazing views over the valley. We walked past Dish Stone Brow, Bramley’s Cot, Cairn on Fox Stone, Dean Rocks, and finally the very impressive Raven Stones....
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