February Walks:
Saturday 9th Feb: Hellifield 8.5 miles 9.30am Lairgill Leader: Robert Baines 41452
Wednesday 13th Feb: Gressingham 5 miles 9.30am Lairgill Leader: Kate Rowe 51402
Tuesday 19th Feb: Bainbridge 5/8 miles 9.30am Lairgill Led by: Graham & Vicky Cooper 62535
Sunday 24th Feb: Torver Common 8 miles 9.30am Lairgill Leader: Ed Badley 62502

Our first walk of 8.5 miles on Saturday 9th starts from behind Ahernes in Hellifield. We walk down past Hellifield Peel House, over to High Ground and cross the A65 to Switchers. We walk over Coniston Moor to the hotel, re-cross the A65 to Kelber and Pot Haw Farm then pass Stainton Cotes. After making for Brightenber Hill we cross fields to Swinden, then pass the Peel House again to return to the cars.

On Wednesday 13th a shorter walk of about 5 miles will start from Lloyn Bridge, Gressingham and, depending on the mud along the river, will take one of three routes to Arkholme. From Arkholme we'll cross fields to Locka Farm then follow the road to Storrs Hall where there should be plenty of snowdrops to enjoy. After crossing fields, the road takes us to Gressingham from where we'll follow small roads back to the car or, depending on the outward route, we may follow fields back to Lloyn Bridge.

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.

The Lake District is our destination on Sunday 24th for an 8 mile walk. After parking by the side of Coniston opposite Wild Cat (Peel) Island we make our way to Sunny Bank Bridge. Leaving the road we climb up Coats Hill on Blawith Common, from which we can savour the view of the Coniston Fells. Making an arc over the moss we cross into Torver Common coming out onto a narrow road at Greaves Ground. This road is followed into Torver where we bear right via Brackenbarrow Farm to the lake side at Torver Common Wood. The Cumbria Way southward leads us along the shore back to the cars.

All walks leave Lairgill at 9.30am. Please note our first walk of March is on Sunday 3rd and covers 8 miles round Rathmell and Wigglesworth.
Saturday 5th Arnside Circular 7.5 miles    Lairgill 9.30   Alan Parker 61443
Friday 11th Austwick/Feizor 5 miles.    Lairgill 9.30   Bryn & Sandra Craggs 07779001046
Tuesday 15th Fell End, Cartmell 5.5 miles   Lairgill 9.30      Alison Stroud 07854789311
Saturday 26th Staveley 7 miles     Lairgill 9.30        David &Sheila Longton 61838
Footpath Matters:
We enjoyed lots of different enjoyable walks in 2018 and now have more to look forward in 2019.
I often suggest that a New Year’s Resolution could be to join our friendly walking group.
It has been lovely this year to have quite a few new regular members join us, but also to still have members walking with us who started the group thirty-two years ago.
Our first walk of 7.5 miles on Saturday 5th starts from Leighton Moss, heading right then left towards Brow Foot then passing close the shores of Hawes Water.
After edging round Challan Hall we reach Witherslack then walk through Eaves Wood and on to Elmslack and Silverdale, with views to a cove called The Cove.
After Silverdale Green we cross the golf course, pass Silverdale Station and return to the cars.
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A short, easy walk of 5 miles rather than the 4 on the programme, with no lunch needed on
Friday 11th starts from Austwick Bridge and follows the track north to the base of Oxenber Woods.
It passes through open fields to look at Wharfe Gill waterfall before heading uphill around the outside of Wharfe and Feizor Woods to Feizor. Tea and cakes if required can be taken in the café there, before the bridleway is followed back to Austwick.
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On Tuesday 15th we drive to Cartmell where we may need to park at the racecourse pay and display carpark. The 5.5 mile route goes south across fields and lanes to Allithwaite village, then back via Cartmell Fell and Fell End. The very end of the walk passes through Pit Farm which can be extremely muddy!
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On Saturday 26th we hope to park by Barley Bridge, Staveley for the start of a 7 mile walk. We take the track up onto Reston Scar then up to Black Crag before dropping down to Scroggs Bridge. We continue up past Elfhowe to Ghyll Bank, and on past Littlewood Farm to Frost Hole, returning to Staveley via Side House and Spring Hag.
All walks leave Lairgill at 9.30am.
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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