The Walking Group

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. 
November walks

Saturday 3rd     Old Cote Moor Top(Arncliffe) 7.5 miles   Lairgill    9.30 
George Sheridan & Finn 07905069990
Friday 9th Cat Bells & High Spy 8.5 miles Lairgill 9.30 Jim Shuttleworth 07767644654 Tuesday 20th Sunderland & Basil Points 8 miles Lairgill 9.30 David & Sheila Longton 015242 61838 Sunday 25th Boulsworth Moor - Wycoller & Trawdon 8 miles Lairgill 9.30
Graham & Vicky Cooper 015242 62535
Our first November walk of 7.5 miles on Saturday 3rd starts at Arncliffe,
parking in the village. We leave Arncliffe crossing the River Skirfare and take a track which
winds its way steeply at first, to the ridge on Old Cote Moor Top.
On reaching the top of the ridge there should be good views over the surrounding country.
We then turn left and walk along the ridge to the trig point on Firth Fell.
Walking beyond the Trig point, we pick up the track coming over from Buckden.
Following this track we descend to Litton from where we walk down the River Skirfare
and back to Arncliffe.
On Friday 9th we park at Little Town in the Newlands Valley for an 8.5 mile walk up
Cat Bells and High Spy.
Wainwright describes Catbells as "a family fell where grandmothers and infants can climb
the heights", so the grandmothers in our group should be fine!
We follow the path to Skelgill and up to join the main path to climb Cat Bells
and carry on along its ridge across Maiden Moor to High Spy.
Proceeding towards Rigg Head and Dale Head Tarn,
we turn back north and follow the valley route back to Little Town.
Another walk which should have good views.
On Tuesday 20th We park on the foreshore at Potts Corner near Middleton for an 8 mile walk. Our route then takes us along the shore round Sunderland Point,
then follows the road to Lades Bridge where we continue to Basil Point.
To return to the cars, we go through Overton then Middleton via Moss Lane,
then past the former Holiday Camp to end up on the shore and back to Potts Corner Car Park.
The walk on Sunday 25th goes from Wycoller up onto the fells at Boulsworth in
East Lancashire. We start from the public car park at Wycoller (fee £1 for the whole day)
and head across the fields past Slack Head Farm, Great Hill Farm,
New Laithe Farm and Lodge Moss Farm to the Pennine Bridleway at Boulsworth Dyke.
We turn left here and follow the Pennine Bridleway to Brink End
where we transfer to the Bronte Way into Wycoller where there is a cafe for those who want one.
From there its a short walk back to the car park. Distance 7½ miles.
Don't miss our December walk on Saturday 1st.
This is a 6.5 mile circular walk starting at Melling. We go via Tatham Church, Wennington,
then across to Wrayton and walk alongside the Greta back to Melling.
All walks leave Lairgill at 9.30am.


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