December Walks
Thursday 5th         Hest Bank(via vineyard)         6 miles         Lairgill      9.30      Don Cartledge         64979
Saturday 14th        Clapham & Austwick              6.5 miles     Lairgill     9.30       Kate Rowe?              51402
                              via Crummackdale
Tuesday 17th        Littledale                                 8.5 miles      Lairgill      9.30      Jim Shuttleworth       07767644654
Friday 27th          Marton Arms Circular              3.2 miles      Lairgill      11.00     Alison Kinder & Colin Stroud   07854789311
                                                                           Footpath Matters
  When I see all the awful floods not too far from here, I think we've been very lucky. We never know what is round the corner for us, but I hope walking through floods will not be part of our walks programme. Apart from the walk after Christmas which leaves Lairgill 11am, and for which Alison and Colin would like names of anyone wanting a pub lunch, all walks leave at 9.30am.
        Our first December walk on Thursday 5th is a popular and easy 6 miles winter ramble past the old vineyard at Bolton-le-Sands, along the canal to the railway crossing at Hest Bank, and past Red Bank Farm back to the start. 
      The Clapham and Austwick via Crummackdale walk of about 6.5 miles on Saturday 14th will start from the church at Clapham and probably go through the tunnels and along Long Lane, across to Long Scar then down Crummackdale. From there the route may pass the Norber boulders to Thwaite Lane to return to the church, or go into Austwick to take the field paths back to Clapham.
         On Tuesday 17th December we park at Riss Lane Car Park, near Quernmore. From here we take the path passing the disused quarry, then shortly after take the first right hand path. This follows the fell side until it meets Sweet Beck near Skelbow Barn. From here we travel along the valley side then cross it and walk along the opposite side. Eventually Crossgill Farm is passed, after which the road to Uldale Bridge, Pott Yeats and Toulsmire Barn is taken. We then rejoin the path to return to the car park, about 8.5 miles.
       There will be an  11.00 on Friday 27th December. The 3.2 mile route commences from the car park at The Marton Arms in Thornton-in-Lonsdale. There is some ascent involved, but no styles as it is entirely on country lanes! We take the Kingsdale road, turning left towards Tow Scar Road via the lane with the radio station.We then go down Westhouse Lane and take the footpath through, or road past Edith's Wood, (depending on walking conditions) and continue on the road through Far Westhouse back to Thornton-in- Lonsdale. If interested in having lunch at the Marton Arms at the end please let Alison or Colin know before Christmas as the pub wants to know numbers and will notify us about menus so we can book in advance.
     Our first 2020 walk is on Saturday 4th at Silverdale and via Haweswater. It will be a choice of 5 or 7.5 miles