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.


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