Walk
Program

Walk program 2024

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January 2024

Friday 5th

Kingsdale via the Turbary Road

7 miles

Lairgill 9:30am

Friday 5th, is the date of our first New Year ramble. It covers 7 miles to Kingsdale via the Turbary Road and is led by Mary and Kate Taylor. Parking is on the left hand lay-by as you enter Kingsdale where we pass through a gate and follow the track uphill, then it’s through another gate heading towards the Turbary Road. After taking a detour to the “Cheese Press Stone” we continue north along the Turbary Road passing Kail Pot and Rowten Pot to reach Yordas Cave. Please note that you may enter Yordas cave – if you want to do so we would recommend that you bring a torch! Walking back along the road we cross a footbridge over Kingsdale Beck and continue through Braida Garth Farm and descend to the road where we turn right, back to the start.. Back to January calendar 

Tuesday 9th

Levens / Heversham

5 miles

Lairgill 9:30am

There is an easy 5 mile stroll on Tuesday 9th, from Levens and around Heversham. The leader is Don Cartledge and we start from the lay-by just past Levens Hall from where the route passes through the park and along the old disused Hincaster stretch of the Lancaster Canal. When we reach a lane we turn right and first right again into Hincaster, then its through the village and up to Heversham Head with those amazing views over the Kent estuary. Following footpaths we eventually reach High Barns Farm and then its back to the cars.Back to January calendar 

Wednesday 17th

Bents, moorland north of the “Big Stone”

7.7 miles

Lairgill 9:30am

This walk is a change from the printed version of the program – we swapped the walks on 17/01/24 and 09/03/24 to avoid driving in icy conditions.

Ed Badley leads a walk from Lairgill, showcasing the best of our local area. We start by heading across to the “shaky bridge”, then up to Mewith Lane via Branstone Beck. After that, it’s onto the moors at Banks, crossing Burbles Gill near Fairfield House. We then head west across Bents moor and then back to Low Bentham. The ever popular riverside path takes us back to high Bentham, and we circle round the old church to get back to Lairgill.  Back to January calendar 

Sunday 28th

Sunbiggin Tarn & Great Asby Scar

7 miles

Lairgill 9:30am

Finally, on Sunday 28th, Sunbiggin Tarn and Great Asby Scar is the location of a 7 mile walk led by Valerie Eccles and Mary Pickstone. The walk starts from Sunbiggin Tarn which is tucked in the moor between the Lune and Eden rivers north east of Tebay. The path takes us across the moor to Great Asby Scar, a superb example of limestone pavement with an abundance of bird species and rare lime loving plants. The area was home to neolithic settlers and we pass the fortified settlement of Castle Folds and later a stone circle from the same era. We travel along the Scar taking extreme care crossing several stretches of limestone pavement and follow field paths back down to the start.Back to January calendar 

February 2024

Friday 2nd

Norber erratics from Clapham

6.5 miles

Lairgill 9:30am

On Friday 2nd, Mary Taylor leads a 6.5 mile walk from Clapham up to the amazing Norber Erratics. Parking in Clapham, we follow the field footpath to Austwick then its along the Horton Road until a bridleway leads to the hamlet of Wharfe. We continue left as far as the old sheep wash dub and left again down Crummack Lane as far as the stile on the right which leads up to the Erratics. It’s then downhill to Thwaite Lane and back to the start. Back to February calendar 

Wednesday 7th

Oxenholme round

7.5 miles

Lairgill 9:30am

Alison Kinder and Colin Stroud take us on a 7.5 mile walk on Wednesday 7th. The parking area is on the right just up the minor lane at the bottom of The Helm, opposite the Station Inn. We immediately climb up The Helm (good views) & walk down the road opposite to Helm End. From there we use a minor lane & footpaths to avoid the mud by St. Sunday’s Beck. We pass through Bleasehall Wood & a nearby syphon well building.  From Low Bleaze Farm we take a track up to the Old Hutton road. Crossing the Beck by a footbridge we walk on to Strawberry Bank & the Sedbergh road via Hawkrigg Farm & Windy Hill Farm. The last 400 metres are walked on Hay Close Lane, before re-crossing Old Hutton Road to reach our cars.Back to February calendar 

Thursday 15th

Kirkby Lonsdale/Casterton circular

5 miles

Lairgill 9:30am

There is a fairly easy 5 mile walk from Kirkby Lonsdale on Thursday 15th. The leader is Don Cartledge and the start is from Devil’s Bridge car park. We initially walk up the lane through High Casterton before reaching the Roman Road where we take a path past Bindlass Farm and reach a wide cross track to turn left. We continue along this track for just under a mile then turn left passing Langthwaite Farmstead and on to Casterton, from there its easy walking back to the start. Back to February calendar 

Tuesday 20th

Kettlewell to Starbotton

6.5 miles

Lairgill 9:30am

Kettlewell is the start for the Tuesday 20th ramble, the leaders are Bryn and Sandra Craggs and the walk covers 6.5 miles. Parking is at the Kettlewell YDNP car park (free with a permit – charges elsewhere) and public toilets are available. Taking quiet roads through the village, we reach the Leyburn road and continue onto Top Mere road track. Climbing up to Cam Head and the Starbotton road there are great views over Wharfedale and Great Whernside, then it’s a descent to Starbotton hamlet before crossing a road and the River Wharfe, where we follow the river path back to Kettlewell. This walk has a prolonged ascent and descent but has a flat second half. Back to February calendar 

Wednesday 28th

Dentdale circular

5.5 miles

Lairgill 9:30am

On 28th February we are led on a 5.2 mile walk to the west and north of Dent, by Peter Lennard.
After parking opposite the entrance to Dent Football Ground (destination on Google Maps: “Sedbergh & Dent United Football Club”) we pass to the south of Dent village, then northwest towards Gawthrop, but then divert up Doblin’s Hill in the direction of High House to get a view across Dent Dale and Dent village from the south. We then drop down alongside Gillmire wood to Gawthrop, continuing north to Barth Bridge from where we set off up Hining Hill, passing Lunds, to get views across Dent Dale from the north after which we drop down passing High and Low Barth back to Barth Bridge after which an easy path on the north side of the river Dee passes High and Low Halls taking us back to our cars.  Back to February calendar 

March 2024

Saturday 9th

Far Moor Bridge Ribblesdale

7.5 miles

Lairgill 9:30am

This walk is a change from the printed version of the program – we swapped the walks on 17/01/24 and 09/03/24 to avoid driving in icy conditions.

Bryn and Sandra Craggs take us on a 7.5 mile Ribblesdale ramble on Saturday 9th. Parking is in a lay-by on the B6479 between Selside and Horton from where we head up into the Ingleborough National Nature Reserve. We head towards Thieves Moss but soon turn down towards Sulber Nick and cross the railway line at Horton Station. Taking the Ribble Way to Sell Gill Holes we descend behind Scale Farm to Dale Mire Barn and, crossing the Ribble, on to Far Moor back to the start.

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Thursday 14th

The High Way, Upper Wensleydale

6.5 miles

Lairgill 9:30am

George Sheridan has a 6.5 mile walk around Upper Wensleydale for us on Thursday 14th. It starts from the Thwaites Bridge parking area on the A684 from where we take the lower paths alongside the River Ure passing Yore House, Blades and Lunds. We continue uphill to join the High Way, once an old road but now a grassy track, which leads back to Thwaites Bridge. Back to March calendar 

Friday 22nd

Flookburgh, Cark and the coast

8.5 miles

Lairgill 9:30am

Friday 22nd. sees David and Sheila Longton lead an 8.5 mile ramble exploring Flookburgh, Cark and the coast. After parking in Flookburgh we take the straight road past Airfield Farm to West Plains Farm and on to the old embankment which we follow round to Sand Gate, with views first across the marshes then the shore. After that its inland following a green lane to Cark, on to Low Bank Side and across the valley to Birkby Hall. Soon we are on a minor road, skirting Allithwaite and back to Flookburgh via Applebury Hill Farm. Back to March calendar 

Wednesday 27th

Winster Valley

9 miles

Lairgill 9:30am

Finally Wednesday 27th. is our 9 mile spring daffodil walk around the Winster Valley. Kate Rowe is the leader and parking is on the verge by the Hare and Hounds at Bowland Bridge. Crossing the bridge we head north past Hollins, Hartbarrow and Wood Farm (first show of daffodils) and a quiet road leads us on to Winster House. A track goes steeply uphill past Podnet Tarn, through a nature reserve and another climb to High and Lower Moor Head. Here we should be surrounded by daffodils as we take in the views down to Windermere. Woodland walking and fields lead downhill to the Mason’s Arms and back to the start. NB. Kate points out that she cannot guarantee that the daffodils will be in bloom at the time of the walk but she does remain very hopeful. Back to March calendar 

April 2024

10th | 18th | 26th

Wednesday 10th

Around Gilpin Beck

5.5 miles

Lairgill 9:30am

Wednesday 10th is our first walk in April and Alison Kinder and Colin Stroud are the leaders. The walk covers 5.5 miles around Gilpin Beck and starts from a lay-by on the left, about 0.6 miles from Crook Church (just before the B5284 descends steeply and swings right by some white cottages). First we walk down to a clapper bridge over Gilpin Beck and on to Bateman Fold. Then, following a cart track, it’s on to Winster Valley Road which we cross to arrive at Bryan House Farm. Crossing the road again we proceed through Foxhill Wood to Foxhill Bank, High House Farm and Brow Head Farm to reach Milldam. Finally, its back to the start via Spigot House.

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Thursday 18th

Stocks Reservoir circular

7 miles

Lairgill 9:30am

A pleasant 7 mile ramble around Stocks Reservoir is led by Mary Pickstone and Valerie Eccles on Thursday 18th. It starts from the School Lane carpark in Gisburn Forest on the reservoir shore in the Forest of Bowland. This walk is fairly easy and follows tracks through woods, over moorland and around the reservoir in an anti-clockwise direction. The reservoir itself attracts a wide variety of birdlife, so you may want to bring your binoculars. Near the parking area is the site of the old Stocks Church which was rebuilt further away from the reservoir, and we pass this near the end of the walk.

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Friday 26th

Wyresdale, Scorton

6.5 miles

Lairgill 9:30am

Wyresdale is the location of our final April walk on Friday 26th. The walk covers 6.5 miles and is led by Mary and Kate Taylor. Parking is at the Scorton picnic site, from where we follow the Wyre Way up to a road which crosses the M6, then a footpath leads on to Park Gate Bridge. We continue over the fields through Cliftons to Sykes Farm, then take a road for 300 yards where a path leads on to Salisbury Farm. Turning right, we reach a road leading to Street Bridge from where we rejoin the Wyre Way back to the start.

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May 2024

4th | 9th | 15th | 21st | 30th

Saturday 4th

Bardsea and Urswick

6.5 miles

Lairgill 9:30am

This Bardsea and Urswick walk is led by Terri Kwiecinska  and the walk covers 6.5 miles. Parking is free in a large lay-by off the A5087 from where we start up the lane towards Bardsea, then follows a quiet track to the edge of Birkrigg Common. At this point we pick up a walled green lane to Far Mount Barrow before turning back parallel to the sea, heading towards Urswick Tarn. Crossing fields, we reach another walled green lane to Sunbrick and onto the common to the stone circle, then it’s back across the A5087 (crossing carefully) and along the coastal path back to the cars.Back to May calendar 

Thursday 9th

Ingleborough from Clapham

9 miles

Lairgill 9:30am

Thursday 9th is our Ingleborough walk, it covers 9 miles and is led by Bernie and Sheila Garrett. Parking is on Church Avenue in Clapham from where we walk up Clapdale Lane to Clapdale then drop down to Clapham Beck. Passing the thudding sound of the hydraulic pump which feeds water to uphill farming areas, its then past the Ingleborough Cave entrance to Trow Gill, a peaceful wooded limestone ravine (a diversion to this rocky section will be employed should weather conditions deem it unsuitable.) and on to Gaping Gill. We reach Ingleborough summit via Little Ingleborough, enjoying the distant vistas as we go, then retrace our route descending back to Clapham. Back to May calendar 

Wednesday 15th

Buckden to Yockenthwaite

8 miles

Lairgill 9:30am

On Wednesday 15th. Bryn and Sandra Craggs lead an 8 mile circular walk from Buckden to Yockenthwaite. Parking is at the YDNP Buckden car park (£5.50 all day-free for permit holders). We start with a long rocky ascent along Buckden Rake to reach the waterfalls, followed by a short road section down to the pub at Cray. Picking up a path that contours the edge of the Moor, we continue through a small wood emerging at Yockenthwaite and take the Dales Way alongside the River Wharfe as far as Hubberholme. The church there bears internal inspection before we cross the river and pick up the Dales Way back to Buckden. Back to May calendar 

Tuesday 21st

Dentdale

7.5 miles

Lairgill 9:30am

Rick Clapham takes us on a 7.5 mile ramble around Dentdale on Tuesday 21st. The route is a 7.5 mile anti-clockwise loop around southern Dentdale. We will park by the road 1 mile out of Dent towards Sedburgh just after crossing Barth Bridge. The walk starts by heading back to Dent along the River Dee and then walking through the village to the bottom of Flinter Gill. We then walk up the Gill which is quite steep but there are plenty of opportunities to catch breath while taking in the views. At the top of the Gill we turn left (SW) onto Green Lane that follows the contours round the foot of Little and Great Coum. We then head downhill to Deepdale Beck and back to the River Dee where we follow it back to Barth Bridge.. Back to May calendar 

Thursday 30th

School Knott and Orrest Head (bus return)

7.5 miles

Lairgill 9:30am

Finally, on Thursday 30th. there is a 7.5 mile linear walk, with bus return, from School Knott to Orrest Head. The leader is Susan Badley and the walk starts from Ings on the A591 approaching Windermere. We visit a couple of Mr. Wainwright’s outlying fells and the views offer ample reward for modest effort. Paths via Whasdike lead to School Knott then it’s downhill to the outskirts of Windermere where a concessionary path leads through Common Wood towards Orrest Head. On northwards, passing Far Orrest, we cross the Kirkstone Pass road to Trout Beck and eventually reach the A591 alongside Brockhole Visitor Centre. The return to Ings is by bus, £2 fare cap or bus pass. There are a few steep gradients on this walk but all are short lived.Back to May calendar