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.

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