Arrangements for walking during the coronavirus pandemic

Update 23 November 2021: The AGM took place on 15 November at Formby Cricket Club. There was a reasonable turnout of 25. Minutes can be found here

Annual subscriptions are now due, and should preferably be paid by bank transfer to Freshfield Ramblers, Sort code 40-42-30, Account No.71738062, with reference "Sub" or "Membership" to identify its purpose.

Details of upcoming walks will be posted here, and circulated by email. The annual programme of walk dates and destinations for 2022 can be found by clicking on "2022 walks" in the left sidebar

On Sunday 5 December we will resume coach travel, with A, B and C walks based at Ambleside:

Derek will lead an A walk of around 12 miles - starting in Ambleside, heading to Rydal Water then onto Grasmere and over to Chapel Stile, then heading back via Elterwater, Skelwith Bridge, then back over Loughrigg Fell dropping back down into Ambleside.

Malcolm Taylor will lead a B walk: over Wansfell Pike to Troutbeck, then back to Ambleside through Skelghyll Wood. Quite short (less than 7 miles), but with a good climb up to Wansfell Pike, rewarded by great views (weather permitting, of course). Possible pub stop at the Mortal Man pub in Troutbeck. A detailed description of the walk can be found here

Richard Duckett will lead a C walk. Plan is for a linear walk of about 7 miles from Bowness (Windermere Station) to Ambleside. More detail after recce.

To book your place on the coach email Alan O'Leary (, stating which pick-up point you will use. If you do not have access to email, text or call 07759 330508. If you spoke to him at the AGM and gave him your booking information then, you do not need to make another request.

Pick up points and times will be as before (click on Information in the left sidebar). The return from Ambleside will drop off first at Thornton.

COVID policy now we are resuming coach travel (revised, November 2021)

Anyone suspects they may have Covid symptoms should not go on a group walk (and they won’t be penalised if they cancel late for this reason);

We will expect people coming on group walks to be fully vaccinated (OR have a recent negative test);

Even those who are fully vaccinated should consider taking a lateral flow test before the walk. This will minimise the chance of their passing on Covid if they are infected but without symptoms;

We recommend that people wear face coverings on the coach, particularly while moving around.

We will trust people to act in line with this policy, and won't apply any formal checks.