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Grange-Over-Sands Weekend - October 2018

This event took place a year after Vanessa’s death (21 October 2017), to remember her and other club members who have died: Mike D, Jo, Martin, Linda, Alan, Mike K, Jane, Mike B, and (only a few weeks ago) Susan. As on all previous club events at Grange-over-Sands, we stayed at the Cumbria Grand Hotel. At least one, probably two, of the walks had been done by Vanessa.

On Friday afternoon event organiser Peter led 5 of us on a 5 mile circular walk from the hotel via Lindale, and Grange-over-Sands golf club, back to the hotel; and in the evening he gave us a “Round Britain” quiz.

William led Saturday’s A-walk, and gives this account of it: “The A-party (initially 15 walkers) left the Cumbria Grand Hotel in light drizzle, making first for Hampsfell Hospice (and enjoying some views … ) and thence to Cartmel along the Cistercian Way for coffee (in three different coffee shops). After admiring the magnificent priory, we proceeded to Cark through some fine woods for a picnic lunch in the children’s playground. After lunch 6 members did an extension along the coastal path (of about 3 miles). The rest of us made a short cut to the coastal path, had tea in Abbot Hall and returned to Grange via the promenade. Total distance of approx 14 miles.”

Peter led Saturday’s B-party, that, like the A-party (which it met about three times), did a circular walk from the hotel via Hampsfell Hospice, Cartmel, Cark, and Abbot Hall, but involving a total distance of about 11 miles.

On Saturday evening I projected a slideshow of member obituaries, and photographs of the deceased.

Peter led Sunday’s walk, which started after the spectacular train journey from Grange-over-Sands along the causeway across the Kent Estuary to Arnside, continuing to Carnforth Station (with its museum celebrating, amongst other things, the film “Brief Encounter”, which was filmed there in 1946). The walk started in rain, via Warton as we headed towards the Leighton Moss RSPB Visitor Centre where we had lunch. During the afternoon route via Silverdale, and Arnside Tower, to Arnside (for the train back to Grange-over-Sands), in the course of only a couple of minutes the mist disappeared like curtains parting, to reveal in all its glory the view from Lancashire across the estuary to Cumbria. By Arnside Tower, some members of what had been one party departed to climb Arnside Knott on their way to Arnside. The total distance covered by the remainder of the party was about 9 miles.

On Sunday evening Colin was quizmaster for Pictionary, accompanied by his system of push-button-operated multi-coloured lights.

On Monday morning some of us took the train from Grange-over-Sands to Arnside to do a circular walk of about 4 miles led by Colin, clockwise via Arnside Knott, enjoying good views, before returning to Arnside station to return to Grange-over-Sands at the end of what had been an enjoyable event, despite the necessary sadness of its occasion.

Chris B


Maps of the walks

Grange Over Sands Circular

Carnforth to Arnside