April Walks
Friday 5th       Ravenstonedale     6.5 miles       Lairgill       9.30am   
Jim Shuttleworth   07767644654 
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Tuesday 9th   Haverback              5.5 miles       Lairgill       9.30am     
    Alison Kinder & Colin Stroud     07854789311
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Sunday 14th   Kingsdale                  9 miles       Lairgill       9.30am         
Bernard Skillerne de Bristowe   015242 98322 
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Thursday 25th Langdale Pikes        7 miles       Lairgill       9.30am         
Ed Badley & David Longton       015242 61838 
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Tuesday 30th  Bainbridge             5/8 miles      Lairgill        9.30am         
Graham & Vicky Cooper            015142 62535 
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       We have five walks this month, including an extra one that was postponed from February. Please note that the Haverbrack walk on Tuesday 9th will be 5.5 miles instead 4.5, so rather than no lunch as on the programme, a snack might be useful. All meet at Lairgill at 9.30am. We hope for enjoyable weather with lots of wild flowers and great views. 
      Our first walk on Friday 5th is 6.5 miles, parking near The Kings Head in Ravenstonedale. We follow field paths to Greenside, High Greenside, and past Beckstones which brings us to Newbiggin-on-Lune. Shortly after crossing the main road onto Brownber, access is gained to the former track bed of the Tebay-Darlington railway. This is kept to for approx. 1.5 miles until, after immediately passing over Smardalegill viaduct, an immediate right turn is needed. This takes us back along the opposite side of the valley where good views of the viaduct just walked over can be had, and to Smardale Bridge. From here it is through fields back to Ravenstonedale and The Kings Head. It is not a strenuous walk. 
         The 5.5 mile walk on Tuesday 9th, Haverbrack, starts at the car park in Milnthorpe. It goes along the estuary shore, then follows the old railway track to reach the Arnside road. It heads up Haverbrack Bank, before going down to the estuary again by Sandside. It then turns up footpaths to Hazelstack and goes past Hazelstack Farm with its pele tower. After reaching the old coffin route and going up the Fairy Steps we walk back to Milnthorpe via Haverbrack and the deer park. 
       On Sunday 14th we are more local for a Kingsdale walk of about 9 miles. We will park near the water reservoir on Masongill Fell Lane( junction of Westfell Lane and Tow Scar Road) and proceed up the Turbary Road, with good views, and a dry path past Marble Steps Pot, Swinsto Pot, Simpson's Pot and Rowten Pot as far as Yordas Cave. Our return has rougher muddy walking along the bottom of Kingsdale via Braida Garth to the end of the Waterfalls walk and then along Westgate Lane and Tow Scar Road to our starting point. Yordas Cave was the major show cave of the Western Dales during the 18th Century and those who would like to see its main chamber and subterranean waterfall should bring a torch.  
      Heading to the Lakes on Thursday 25th we have a strenuous walk of 7 miles starting from the National Trust car park at New Dungeon Gill, Langdale. Passing the defibrillator at the top of the car park, the path climbs steeply alongside Stickle Gill to Stickle Tarn which we skirt on the right and then climb again to the summit of Pavey Ark. Total for this climb is about 2,000 feet. From there we contour round to Harrison Stickle and then via Loft Crag and Pike of Stickle to Troughton Gill. The descent by the side of the gill is steep but on a well-engineered path. Having eventually arrived at the valley floor we turn left for a couple of miles and enjoy the view of the crags we have just been over on our way back to the car park. 
      There is a choice of distance of 5 or 8 miles on our re-arranged walk on Tuesday 30th. Starting from the car park at the Rose and Crown in Bainbridge there is a 5 or 8 mile walk on Tuesday 19th. We cross the river and follow the old railway track to Askrigg from where we cross Askrigg Bottoms and pass over the River Ure at Worton Bridge. After climbing up to Worton Scar the top is followed as far as the mysterious stone circle at Brough Scar, before dropping down close to the Roman Fort and back to Bainbridge. Those who wish may take a sandwich and a quick drop of refreshment in the Rose and Crown. (5 miles). A further 3 miles is available in the afternoon for those wanting more, going up to the start of the Roman Road and returning via Greensley Bank.