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. 
      Footpath Matters
Wednesday 8th    Heart of Bowland             10 miles    Lairgill     9.30   David & Sheila Longton               61838
Sunday 19th        Glasson Dock(changed)     7 miles     Lairgill     9.30   Alison Kinder & Colin Stroud      07854789311
Saturday 25th     Fox's Pulpit                       7.5 miles     Lairgill    9.30   Alison Kinder                                07854789311
Thursday 30th    Elslack, Skipton                  7 miles      Lairgill    9.30   Robert Baines                                41452
The wonderful hot, dry weather has meant a change for one of our walks from Clougha Pike to Glasson Dock circular, due to the moors being closed because of the risk of fire (though as I type this rain is being mentioned, just in time for the school holidays!). Rain is desperately needed, especially for farmers. But I'm sure many of us have loved the long sunny days and enjoyed all walks being dry underfoot. All our walks start from Lairgill at 9.30am.
The first, 10 miles in the Heart of Bowland on Wednesday 8th starts from a parking area by the side of the Trough of Bowland road near Harden Farm. We then walk down the road over the cattle grid before taking footpaths across to Beatrix Farm and on up onto Beatrix fell on our way to Dunsop Head. After heading down to Whitendale Farm we go up the short steep climb over the col into the Brenand Valley with a further climb up Ouster Rake before descending into the Trough of Bowland via Trough House and Sykes Farm. From there we will walk by the river back to our cars
The changed walk starts from the car park by Glasson marina, on Sunday 19th. Leaving Glasson via Tithe Barn Hill and Dobbs lane we walk through fields and through farms to Thursland Hill. After dropping down to the coast near Bank End Farm, the coastal path takes us past Cockersands Abbey ruins to Crook Farm from where fields return us to Glasson, 7 miles.
On the following Saturday the 25th we have Fox's Pulpit, a 7.5 mile walk starting near the motorway at a hamlet called Beckfoot , with limited roadside parking. After walking up through fields to Firbank Fell Road we follow it down beyond Fox's Pulpit. At New Field we turn left and  walk down fields to Lincoln's Inn Bridge. After crossing over the Lune we turn left to follow the Dales Way as far as the Crook of Lune Bridge after which it is only a short climb back up to the cars.
Elslack near Skipton is our final walk of 7 miles on Thursday 30th. Starting from Church Lane we take a path on the Roman road across fields and follow an old railway line past Yellinson House up to Scarcliffe, past Lane Head and up to Park Lane. Joining a road down to Moor Lane we go round Elslack Reservoir then pass Woodhouse Farm back To Elslack.
Our first September walk is on Sunday 2nd, 4-5 miles at Hest Bank. Watch out for details of the starting time.
September walks
Sunday 2nd             Hest Bank Circular             4/5 miles     Lairgill  2.30pm      Dorothy Stubbs                             61430
Saturday 15th         Muker to Keld Circular       6 miles        Lairgill  9.30            Kate Rowe                                    51402
Wednesday 19th     Gisburn Forest                    6 miles        Lairgill   9.30            June Hewitt & Cherith Metcalfe  61742
Thursday 27th        Bentham/Burton Circular    7 miles        Lairgill   9.30            Alan Parker                                  61443
When I was writing for the July edition of Bentham News in early June, I reported that I'd just read on Facebook that we were going to have three months of good weather. I wonder how many of us believed it? Although the lack of rain until the end of July has been a problem for gardeners and farmers, for walkers it has been wonderful. We have been remarking about local walks that are almost impassable in winter and were bone dry. A real pleasure to walk them. I think the weather must have suited birds as I've never seen so many in my garden, and eventually butterflies appeared. Will we still be mud free in September?
Please note that our first walk of 5 miles on Sunday 2nd has an afternoon start of 2.30pm. All other walks leave Lairgill at 9.30am. The direction of the walk will be decided by the tide but it follows the shore from Hest Bank to Wild Duck Hall. After Bolton- le-Sands the route heads south along the canal back to Hest Bank.
On Saturday 15th we park in Muker and head across several fields to cross the River Swale on a footbridge. An undulating path follows the river downstream to Keld with its interesting Heritage Centre. We take the road out of Keld, turn left then follow the Corpse Road downhill then quite steeply up the side of Kisdon Hill. A footpath leads us along the top, eventually to the tarmac road to descend back to Muker, 6 miles.
Gisburn Forest is our destination on Wednesday 19th and a walk of 6 miles. After parking at Stocks Reservoir Car Park (£3 per car) we take a woodland path, cross School Lane then follow gravel paths past Hesbert Hall to Gisburn Forest Hub. Further woodland paths take us past Dale Head Church, then over the causeway back to the start.
Finally, a local walk of 7 miles on Thursday 27th, the route of which leaves Lairgill and heads NW passing Bank Head and Gill Head farms to Burton-in-Lonsdale. After passing through Clifford Hall it goes through fields and along tracks to the edge of Low Bentham then to The Punch Bowl. It follows the River Wenning to High Bentham and passes St Margaret's Church to return to Lairgill.
The first October walk on Thursday 4th is a 7 mile circular from Stainforth. 


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