Walks in March     Destination                                  Distance       Start       Time    Leader
Friday 13th            Pendle                                           7 miles       Lairgill     9.30     Kate Rowe  51402
Friday13th             Wenningdale Room                      19.00    Meeting.
Wednesday 18th   Cunswick Scar & Underbarrow     7 miles       Lairgill     9.30    George Sheridan  07905069990
Thursday 26th      Farleton Knott                               10 miles       Lairgill     9.30    Ed Badley    62502
Friday 27th           BFG Annual Dinner                       Bridge Farm, Wray     19.00/19.30  
Tuesday 31st        Hurst Green                                    7 miles        Lairgill      9.30     Mary & Kate Taylor      61672
                                                                                                    Footpath Matters
      I'm writing this with Storm Ciara blowing, and hoping that March will bring better walking weather. On January 19th it was very different conditions with sun and frozen ground underfoot. Four members, at different times, gently slid to the ground on the grassy slope with no injuries. On the same day, the Cave Rescue Organisation was called out to two incidents, near Whernside and Malham, where one casualty had a suspected broken leg, the other a suspected broken ankle, both due to slipping on the ice. A reminder of what a wonderful voluntary organisation the CRO is. With that in mind, there is a chance to raise money for our Clapham based  CRO with their annual fund raiser, Ingleborough Challenge, on Saturday 16th May. This is a walk or run of either 12 or 26 miles, so why not take part, sponsor someone who is, or just make a donation? Details available on-line.
      I'm hoping it won't be unlucky weather for my walk on Friday 13th as it a climb of  330m up Pendle Hill. The route from Barley car park is past the Ogden Reservoirs before turning right up to the summit, a route which can be mudddy. After reaching the summit we continue, taking the steep, stepped path downhill, keeping left to pass Pendle Side and then head to Windy Harbour. After passing between reservoirs we head steeply uphill into Aitken Wood Wood with it's interesting sculptures, and plaques linked to the famous witches. After exiting the wood where we entered it, it's an easy walk back to the car park, under 7 miles. The walk is followed in the evening by an Open Business Meeting in Wenningdale Room at 19.00
     We park at Scout Scar car park on Underbarrow Road on Wednesday 18th for a 7 mile walk, and start by walking along Cunswick Scar. We then drop off the side of the hill to near Plumsgarth. Following paths and minor roads via Moss Side, Capplerigg, Lindreth Brow and Gamblemires Lane we return to Cunswick Scar and the car park.. 
     Starting from the southern end of Holme village on Thursday 26th, we go northwards on the path by the canal to Duke's Bridge where we cross the A6070 and climb steeply up the end of Farleton Knott through the gorse bushes. After savouring the fine view of the M6 and Lake District, the route takes us south through some interesting limestone features to the summit of Dalton Crags from which there is another set of extensive views. We then descend gently south-west to Saltermire Bridge on the canal, via Dalton Old Hall and Coat Green. From there it is a flat walk along the towpath back to Holme, 10 miles.
     The next day, Friday 27th is our Annual Dinner at Bridge Farm, Wray, 19.00 for 19.30. A 25% deposit payable by cheque to Bowland Hot Foods Ltd. by 13th March.

On Tuesday 31st at the Shireburn Arms turn north into Hurst Green village, to park in the public car park just past the Bayley Arms. From there we walk north and turn left just before the Stonyhurst Estate. We continue along this Bridleway to Crowshaw House and turn right on the road then left up through the woods past Green Thorn to meet the Forestry road. Continuing along this track, we then cross the road, and continue through Kemple End to Stockbridge, turning right on the road for a short distance, then take the farm track to Higher Deer House, turn sharp left onto a footpath leading to the golf course. Another turn right on the road, and the walk is finished along the Stonyhurst College drive.

And finally, a reminder that the first April walk on Thursday 9th is Settle via Langcliffa and Stainforth, 7.5 miles not Warton Crag as on the programme. All walks leave Lairgill at 9.30am.