IOP Conferences

Social Programme

On Wednesday afternoon, 20 January 2010, we shall have a social event. There are four options available, two of which involve guided walks inside the Lake District National Park. To accommodate this, the timetable will be as follows:

The morning session finishes at 12:00, lunch is 12:00-13:00, and then delegates have a choice of the following four options (all of which are on offer subject to minimum numbers). Delegates should indicate their preferred option at registration as booking of the coach (or coaches) will subsequently restrict numbers following any option except item 4.

A coach picks up at the Castle Green Hotel and takes participants for options 1, 2 and 3 and drops off at Rydal Mount – for Option 1, Dove Cottage – for Option 2 and Grasmere village – for Option 3. The drive will pass Windermere, the largest lake, with iconic view across the lake to the Langdale Pikes, and will also pass Rydal and Grasmere lakes.

  1. A guided level easy walk along the old corpse road from Rydal Mount and ending in Grasmere village, about 4km. This is a typical high quality lakeland landscape and includes spotting corpse rests and their history. Two of Wordsworth’s houses are passed en-route. Stout shoes are sufficient. Please bring warm and shower proof clothing.
  2. A guided hilly walk of moderate difficulty starting at Dove Cottage, one of Wordsworth’s houses, and climbing to Alcock Tarn before descending to Grasmere village. This is a miniature mountain expedition to a typical Lakeland tarn. It is only about 2.5km but is steeper than option 1. Walking boots would be preferable and the option is weather dependent. Please bring warm and water proof clothing.
  3. At leisure in Grasmere village – an iconic Lakeland village with an interesting old church, some shops, cafés and pubs with the option of walking a short way to the lakeshore.
  4. For those not wanting to travel into the Lake District, the afternoon can be spent at leisure in Kendal and a self-guided map with places of interest will be provided. Kendal is a small town with interesting early 19th century architecture. A pub and coffee house will be recommended on the self-guided tour.


Everyone taking options 1, 2 or 3 will be picked up by coach at 16:45 from the Dale Lodge Hotel in Grasmere village – as recommended in the 2009 CAMRA guide (Good Beer guide). It is intended that options 1 and 2 will finish at the Dale Lodge at about 16:00, giving time for a drink, before returning on the coach.

Sunset on the 20 January 2010 in Grasmere will be at 16:30, so we should not be walking anywhere in the dark. Options 1 and 2 will have guides to point out things of interest and tail-enders who make sure nobody gets left behind or can initiate appropriate action should it be required.

We will be back at the Castle Green Hotel at about 17:30 with dinner at 18:00-19:00 .As booking of a coach or coaches will be required by mid December, it is advisable to select the “Visit the Lake District” social option when registering for the conference as numbers may be limited once coach hire has been arranged

In addition, the self-guided tour of Kendal will be available for anyone who wants to do this at any other time in the week.

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