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.