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Walks in May
Saturday 5th      Giggleswick to Clapham circular        10 miles   Lairgill     8.30am       Sue Badley                               62502                        
Sunday 13th      North Stainmore                                    8 miles    Lairgill     9.30am       Ed and Sue Badley                   62502
Tuesday 15th    Pen-y-ghent                                           8 miles    Lairgill     9.30am       Bernard Skillerne de Bristowe  98322
Tuesday 29th    Claife Heights                                       6.5 miles  Lairgill     9.30am       Vicky & Graham Cooper          62535
 
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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.
 
Whilst our group was walking from Stainforth this week, I was wondering aloud what to talk about this month. Several people immediately said "MUD"! That was because of all the mud we had been walking through on our recent walks, and the Stainforth walk was no different.
Such a contrast to a year ago when everywhere was very dry. But as I'm writing this, an extra warm May is being forecast, so maybe the ground will finally have dried up and instead of mud we will be talking about the lovely spring flowers, especially on our first walk that goes through the wonderful Oxenber Woods.
 
     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 Clapham 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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