June walks

Wednesday 5th Hellifield 8.5 miles Lairgill 9am Robert Baines 41452
Tuesday 18th Dent Valley 12 miles Lairgill 9am David Longton 61838
Saturday 22nd Greenholme & Tebay 7.25 miles Lairgilll 9am George Sheridan & Finn 07905069990
Thursday 27th Nether Burrow & Tunstall 5 miles Lairgill 6pm Kate & Mary Taylor 61672

Apart from 27th which is 6pm, all walks leave Lairgill at 9.30 am.
Our first walk is on Wednesday 5th, parking at Pot Haw Farm, Coniston Cold for an 8.5 circular of Hellifield. We take a lane to Stainton Coates then cross fields to Brighton Hill and Swindon. There, we go over the railway past Swindon Farm then under the railway to Hellifield Peel. Heading up to High Ground Farm and across the A65 to Switches Farm, we then follow tracks across Coniston Moor to Coniston Hotel. After crossing the A65 again to Kelbar Farm, we cross a field to return to the cars.

On Tuesday 18th a longer walk of 12 miles in Dent Valley starts near Church Bridge. We climb gradually up the North Side of the valley onto the ridge via High Hall, Hining Hill and eventually The Dales Highway. On reaching the wall along ridge, we follow it over Aye Gill Pike and Rise Hill until we get to the Green Lane at Black Hill. The lane is followed down to Cowgill where we pick up the Dales Way which we walk along back to the start.

We park at Greenholme for a 7 mile walk on Saturday 22nd and take tracks to Breatherdale Head then onto Breatherdale Bank and to the A6. Following paths over Flow Moss and Nan Hill back to Greenholme. 

Our final June walk on Thursday 27th is an evening walk leaving Lairgill at 6pm. The Highwayman and Tunstall Trail, a 5 mile walk, is published by the Highwayman, Burrow, and is regularly led by a member of the Highwayman staff. Parking is in the car park of the Highwayman at Burrow; on leaving the car park we turn left along the  main road for a short distance, then turn left through a field gate and continue over the fields to  Tunstall Church. After turning left, then right just before Cantsfield Cottage, we continue  over the 
fields to Abbotson Farm, Cantsfield. Turning left past the farm we continue along the track, pass Wigginber Barn and continue through a gate and up a hill to Longriggs Barn(on the Roman Road). Turning left before the barn we continue back to Tunstall where we turn right along the drive past Churchfield House and continue north to reach Woodman Lane, and left back to the car park. 

Our first July walk is on Tuesday 2nd with an early start of 8.15am at Lairgill. This will enable us to catch the 9.50am bus from Pooley Bridge for a scenic ride along Ullswater to Patterdale ready for a walk back along the south-east side of the lake choosing 6.5 or 11 miles at Ullswater. The walk has no major climbs but is undulating and at times rough under foot. We start along the lower slopes of Place Fell, with good views of the Helvellyn ridge, and from Silver Bay follow the path along the lake shore via Sandwick to Howtown where those wanting the shorter walk can catch the 'steamer' back to Pooley Bridge. The residue then follow the intake wall and the bridleway over the lower slopes of Barton Fell to the stone circle at the Cockpit and then down the track back into Pooley.
Walking in July:
Tuesday 2nd          Ullswater            6.5 or 11 miles             8.15am                    Lairgill                            Edward Badley       62502
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Wednesday 10th    Low Bentham      4.5 to 5 miles              6.30pm                    Low Bentham Car Park   Dorothy Stubbs      61430
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Sunday 14th          Gragareth                    9 miles                9.30am                     Lairgill    Bernard Skillerne de Bristowe     98322
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Thursday 18th       Winder, Arant Haw, Calders, The Calf  10 miles    9.30am    Lairgill    Bryn and Sandra Craggs    07779001046
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Friday 26th            Longton & Mardale Head  8 miles         9am                         Lairgill    Ed Badley & David Longton   61838
A later start of 6.30pm for an evening walk of about 5 miles at Low Bentham on Wednesday 10th. From Low Bentham car park we go past West End farm through the wildflower area to Goodenbergh, Gill farm, Old Wennington and then to Clifford Hall. 
There is a possible drink stop there before we return to Low Bentham past the solar panels. 

        On Sunday 14th we start at the car park just before Leck Fell House on the road north east from Cowan Bridge. A steep ascent over rough ground for 300m takes us to the Three Men of Gragareth. Tuning to the right we continue to follow a more gentle slope leading to the top of Gregareth Hill. From here on most of the walk is flat or down hill except for the gentle climb to Great Coum and Crag Hill. We continue along to the wall tuning to the left and follow the wall along the ridge for nearly three miles across Green Hill and Coal Pits Hill to Great Coum summit. There are good views of the Lune Valley from the top of Gragareth, views of Kingsdale and Deep Dale from the ridge and a view of Dent Dale from Great Coum. From Great Coum we turn west to the summit of Crag Hill then descend contouring back on ourselves to reach the tack and Shooting Hut which takes us back to the car park. Total distance is around nine miles but please note that much of the walking is over rough ground and is relatively strenuous.

       On Thursday 18th be prepared for a long, strenuous walk of 10 miles,  Winder, Arant Haw, Calders & the Calf (with a reduction to 6 miles in poor weather) and a height gain of 2720ft, with steep gradients both up and down. Some extra food and walking poles may be useful. Parking is on the roadside on Howgill Lane, Sedbergh which we follow away from Sedbergh, turning along a track through Lockbank Farm and onto the open access land. We then climb steeply through gorse before taking a clear path that climbs more gradually across the fell side, leading around Winder, with views over Garsdale and Dentdale, to the col between Winder and Arant Haw. Turning sharp left we follow a clear path to the summit of Winder with superb across the Lune Valley to Morecambe Bay or across the Shap and Lake District Fells. We retrace our route, rejoining the track at the col and climb steadily around the southern flanks of Arant Haw, ignoring the direct path to the summit. This more gentle gradient leads to Rowantree Grains where the onward route comes into view, with an extended steep climb up a stony path to the top of Calders. The bridleway flattens over Calders and Bram Rigg Top before dipping and rising again steeply to reach the highest point in the Howgills at the Calf with more good views. Returning to Rowantree Grains we follow the ridge to Arant Haw, descending via the Nab on a grassy path both gentle and steep in places, with more lovely views towards Fox's Pulpit and the Lune valley. On reaching Crosdale Beck at the ford just above Crosdale Wood be prepared for possible wet feet . We then follow the path alongside the intake wall, southwards back to the gate at Lockhead Farm to return to the cars.

     Another shorter but strenuous walk of 8 miles on Friday 26th. Starting from the car park at the head of Hawes Water we gradually climb Harter Fell via Gatesgarth Pass and then drop down to the top of Nan Bield Pass. Next its over Mardale Ill Bell to the summit of High Street and onward to the airy top of  Kidsty Pike. After the long descent to lake level we walk round the head of the lake to the cars. 
    Our first August walk is 6 miles at Silverdale and Arnside on Saturday 3rd. 
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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