Community Notices and Warnings

EVENTS in BENTHAM.

Walking in September:  / Date / Destination / Distance / Meet & Time /  Leader / Contact :
Thursday 5th        Lower Lunesdale             7.5 miles     9.30am  Lairgill       Alan Parker       61443
Saturday 14th       Clapham Moor                 5 miles      9.30am Lairgill       David Fisher      61449
Wednesday 18th   Winster and Rosthwaite   5.5 miles       10am    Lairgill       Peter Lennard    884243
Sunday 29th         The Hindburn in Ann's memory   8 miles      9.30am  Lairgill      Susan Badley    62502
                                        
               Apart from a 10am start on Wednesday 18th, all walks leave Lairgill at 9.30am
     Our first walk on Thursday 5th is 7.5 miles around Lower Lunesdale, starting from Bull Beck. We will cross over the River Lune at the pipes bridge and go back up the other side through Aughton Woods to Aughton. After passing through Highfield Farms we come down to Halton Park to the Crook 'o Lune, and return along the Millennium track.
      On Saturday 14th we start from the river bridge near Clapham Station and take the stile in the wall for a 5 mile circular of Clapham Moor. After heading towards Wenningside we will cross fields, eventually reaching the bridge at Turnerford where we cross the moor to the Keasden Road. After reaching Watson's Farm we head down to Lawsings Brow and follow a quiet road by the railway back to the cars.
      A later start of  10am start  on Wednesday 18th for a slower paced walk of 5.5 miles to accommodate walkers who might balk at longer walks or who like to study the flora or take photos. Starting just east of Lake Windermere, this walk is mostly along clear paths and minor roads and would be classed as easy except being all up and down over gentle hills probably makes it ‘medium' difficulty. Sometimes woody paths, passing a lake with water lilies, brings us to Rosthwaite Heights overlooking Lake Windermere. After another viewpoint at Rulbuts Hill we cross open fields before minor roads bring us back to the Brown Horse Inn at Winster. 
          A walk of 8 miles in Ann’s memory, "The Hindburn" on Sunday 29th. 
Ann Butcher, who died earlier in the year, led a number of walks; this is one of the first. We start at Hindburn Bridge near Wray, and climb quite steeply up the valley side to the quiet road past Cragg Hall. Continuing upstream beyond High Park House, we take field paths to head down through woods to the footbridge across the Hindburn (645656), reaching Lowgill Lane at Mill Bridge. The return, via Higher Stock Bridge and Oakhead Bank, largely through fields, swings away from the valley before reaching Spen Lodge, then Mashiters, returning to the valley bottom at Mill Houses, with a final walk along the Clear Beck back to Hindburn Bridge.
     Our first October walk is Little Ingleborough, 8 miles on Saturday 5th.
The group walks four times a month and welcomes people of all ages.
The walking is at a steady pace and the distances vary from 4 to 12 miles.
After meeting at Lairgill(usually), we share cars to get to the start.
It is £5 a year for family membership.
We  have an early start for our first walk of 10 miles on Saturday 5th May,  meeting 8.30 at Lairgill to catch the train from Bentham to Giggleswick (£2.70 with railcard). From Giggleswick Station, we’ll cross beneath the railway so we might reach Giggleswick by off road paths. Then it’s a steep climb around the quarry followed by easier walking above Giggleswick Scar and across the fields to Feizor. We’ll visit Wharfe and Oxenber Woods to enjoy the springtime flowers on our way to Austwick and reach Clapham by the footpath across the fields.  A walk through Clapham alongside the beck gets us to the underpass beneath the A65, then it’s an easy road walk to return to the station car park.
   On Sunday 13th we head further afield to the remote area of North Stainmore. The walk starts from Augill Head  (825161) and goes eastwards along the valley of Argill Beck towards Stainmore summit. It then climbs out of the valley to the top of Great Knipe on the Pennine watershed. The return along the ridge gives wide views of the Howgills and Lake District to the west and Pennine moors and hills to the east. After passing Long Crag on the way down we return to Augill Head where a light tea will be provided.
    On Tuesday 15th we start from Horton in Ribblesdale and take the Brackenbottom route to the Pennine Way and climb Pen-y-ghent. From the summit we head towards Plover Hill before returning to Horton, 8 miles. 
   The Lake District and Claife Heights is our destination on Tuesday 29th for a six and a half mile walk. It starts at Far Sawrey, after a ferry crossing of Lake Windermere, and heads up the track to Moss Eccles Tarn. From there we pass Wise End Tarn on Claife Heights and enter the woods on Hollin Band Plantation. Then it’s downhill along a rather difficult decent beside Bell Grange Beck to Bell Grange on the banks of Lake Windermere. The track continues south along the lake as far as Bass How where we turn uphill to Harrow Slack and thence back down to Far Sawrey.      
   Our first June walk will be on 6th, seven miles around Horton in Ribblesdale and Selside. 
 
 
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