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.