Walking in July:
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Friday 26th Longton & Mardale Head 8 miles 9am Lairgill Ed Badley & David Longton 61838
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.
Saturday 3rd Arnside & Silverdale 6 miles Lairgill 9:30
Don Cartledge 64979
Friday 9th Barbon Low Fell 8 miles Lairgill 9.30
Jim Shuttleworth 07767644654
Saturday 24th Clapham to Bentham(train first) 5.5 miles Bentham Station 11.10 Susan Badley & Sue Pilkington 62502
Friday 30th Weet's Hill 7.5 miles Lairgill 9.30 Graham & Vicky Cooper 62535
All walks start from Lairgill at 9.30 apart from Saturday 24th which meets at Bentham Station at 11.10am, for the 11.15 train.
Our first walk on Saturday 3rd around Silverdale and Arnside is a straightforward walk of 6 miles, starting from the Silverdale Hotel. We walk across to the cove and through Eaves Wood. Then its past Challen Hall skirting Hawes Water along the lane to Scout Wood, and past Gibralter Farm to return to the hotel.
On Friday 9th there is a longer walk of 8 miles around Barbon Low Fell. Parking will be at Barbon Village Hall, where there is an honesty box. From there we walk through the village and take the first left hand lane after the church, carrying on up over Barbon Beck and turning right to follow the path through the woodlands until the bridge at Blindbeck. After crossing this bridge, we take the Fell path which leads to Bullpot Farm then follow the road until near Gale Garth. A path then rises and skirts around Brownthwaite Pike and leads back onto the fell road. Fields paths lead to Langthwaite, Whelprigg Hall and back to the village hall. The total ascent is of 1400 ft.
Weets Hill on Friday 30th includes a hilltop, green lanes and a canal side towpath, 7.5 miles. We start from the centre of Barnoldswick (Barlick to its friends) and leave the town by going up Folly Lane, to the top of Weets Hill. If the weather is clear, the view from the top is magnificent, looking back to the Three Peaks in the north, and Pendle and the west coast looking west. Even looking south to the industrial heartland provides a lovely view. From here, we head south on Gisburn Old Road towards Blacko, turning off onto Lister Well Road, which we leave half way along its length to head towards Salterforth where we join the Leeds Liverpool Canal towpath, which we follow back to Barlick.