News from James Archer for October 2011

  • Grab your boots, the Walking Festival gets under way

    17:54 16 October 2011
    By Roland Wicksteed, Dave Jackson, Dave Almond, James Archer, Neil Winder

    The National Trust's october Walking Festival week starts on the 22nd of the month, with a host of guided walks lined up countrywide.
    The Lake District Rangers have a fun packed time table of walks covering the whole Lakes, with something for everyone

    Here's what the Central and East Lakes Rangers have in store.

    Sat 22 and Fri 28Oct
    A walk through Troutbeck Valley
    Guided 2hr walk from Windermere RailwayStation
    toTown end through the beautiful Troutbeck Valley.
    Adults plus children 8+ (no unaccompanied
    children under 16).
    Meet:Windermere Station, 10.45am
    Contact:Townend 015394 32628

    Sun 23Oct, 10am- 2 pm
    A Walk on the Wild Side
    Join James Archer, the Lead Ranger for Great Langdale,
    fo a walk up the valley of Mickleden.This is a wonderfully
    accessible slice of wilderness.Thewalk will be level but
    stony and will follow the valley bottom up to the bottom
    of two of the ancient mountain passes at Rossett Gill
    & Stake Pass. James will share an insight into the
    pre-historical landscape. Free.
    Meet: Old Dungeon Ghyll NT car park, Great Langdale Sat
    Nav: LA22 9JU.Grid reference for The Old Dungeon Ghyll
    Hotel, Great Langdale: 285 060.Contact: 015394 63814

    Mon 24Oct, 10am
    The Troutbeck Trail,Troutbeck
    Join Ian Clemmett, Area Ranger forTroutbeck,
    fora 3-4 hourwalk, to explore the beautiful
    Troutbeck Valley.
    Meet: Lay by near Jesus Church, Patterdale Road,
    Troutbeck,Cumbria, LA23 1PE.GRNY412 028.
    Contact: 015394 46402

    Tues 25Oct, 10- 12 noon
    Explore Glenamara Park,Ullswater
    A short easy walk with our Ranger, SteveDowson,
    through the ancient deer park with magnificent veteran
    trees and stunning views down UllswaterLake. Free.
    Meet: Patterdale Hotel, Patterdale.GRNY396 159
    CA11ONL.Contact: 015394 46402

    Wed 26Oct, 10am- 2 pm
    The Giants of Skelghyll Wood
    Do you like exploring? - if so meet John Pring the
    Lead Ranger forTroutbeck fromWaterhead to Skelghyll
    woodswhere you can explore ancient woodlands and
    walk amongst some of the tallest trees in Cumbria. Free.
    Meet:Water Head Pier,Waterhead,Ambleside
    LA22 0EU.Contact: 015394 46402

    Thurs 27Oct, 10am- 2 pm
    A wander through Wordsworth country
    Join Dave Almond, Lead Ranger for Grasmere for a
    walk through the landscape that inspired Wordsworth -
    a beautifulwalk through autumn woodlands with a
    spectacular view over Grasmere Lake. Free.
    Meet: Grasmere National Trust Information Centre,
    Grasmere. SatNav: LA22 9SW.Grid reference:
    NY33718 07419.Contact: 015394 63814

    Fri 28Oct, 10am
    The Highs and Lows of Loughrigg
    Walk with Area Ranger Neil Winder around the
    Victorian woodland Garden of High Close and
    explore nearby Low Wood.
    Meet: High Close Ranger Base, Loughrigg, Ambleside.
    SatNav: LA22 9HH. Grid reference: NY33867 05289.
    Contact: 015394 63814

    For More Information about other National Trust walks and events please go to our web-site


  • Fix The Fells Social Event

    14:55 02 October 2011
    By Roland Wicksteed, Dave Jackson, Dave Almond, James Archer, Neil Winder

    October was the time for this years Fix The Fells social party. It gives Staff from the partnership organisations a chance to say a big thank you to the volunteers who work hard maintaining the Lake District fell paths.
    This years venue was Ullswater and a sail on the Ullswater Steamers followed by a 7 mile hike to Silver Bay for a feast.

    We set Sailed from Glenridding on a beautiful hot sunny Saturday, very warm for this time of year. Our destination was Howtown to the north.

     The Boat was packed with visitors enjoying the fine warm weather. We managed to find a quiet area at the front of the boat to enjoy our sail.

    Tim and Ruth enjoying the ride and pretending to be Pirates of the Caribbean.

                                             Fantastic views                                         
     We reached Howtown at around 11.30am and Howtown is about three and a half miles from Pooley Bridge and is best reached by water. The Ullswater steamers regularly stop there on their way from Glenridding at the southern end of Ullswater to Pooley Bridge at the northern end of the lake.
    The name Howtown means "farmstead on the hill". The place name is from the Old Norse word haugr, meaning "hill" or "mound", and the Old English word tün, meaning "town".

     We started our 7 mile walk back along the Eastern shores of Ullswater heading for Silver Point and then back to GlenRidding.


     A welcome break for the team
    Lakeland’s most beautiful lakeshore walk - stunning views of the Ullswater Valley and Helvellyn range.


    A small stream flowing between banks of juniper from Silver Crag marks the change from woodland to more open fell side and Silver Point. Silver Bay is in the foreground and our destination for dinner.

    Tim heating up the barbecue

     Dinner time Fix The Fells style

    More food arrives from the volunteers rucksacks, cake, 
    cake and more cake. What a feast fit for a king.

    After all the great food, it was time to sit back and enjoy the views. 

    A dogs life

    A round up on this years achievements and our chance to say thank you.

    Most of the food found a home!

    With our tummy's full it was time to head back to Glenridding. A fantastic day was had by all. The weather had been kind, rather hot at times but definitely better that rain. Roll on next year.

    We followed the path towards Patterdale which gradually turns into a farm track with a wall on the right, over which you can see Glenridding and the Steamer pier on the opposite side of the lake, our starting point this morning.

News from James Archer

Photo of James Archer

Lead Ranger for Great Langdale and the Lowther Commons.

I've worked in the Lakes for over 30 years now, with the last 28 for the National Trust! Originally I was involved with estate work and footpath maintenance. This lead on to a real interest in Public Access and the realisation that this landscape is so important to so many people around the world.

When not at work my interests are archaeology, geology, walking , mountain biking and now a (slightly nervous) novice sea kayaker!

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