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Lunch will be taken in Ramsbottom where if the weather is kind there is seating outdoors or, if not, shelter in cafes or other hostelries.www.cantinesanpancrazio.it/components/zapajez/297-app-per-spiare.php
head in the clouds: A Dales High Way - the slow way.
Ramsbottom's Entwistle's Deli, home of Lancashire Sauce , is also purveyor of legendary meat pies from Cissy Green's Bakery in Haslingden as well as sandwiches, hot soup etc. This craft brewery situated in the renovated Irwell Steam, Tin, Copper and Iron works has been brewing since and as well as offering views of the brewing process, has eight real ales and two ciders on draught and also supplies food at lunchtime. We'll reconvene at the 'Tilted Vase' sculpure that is part of the Irwell Valley sculpture trail. Having gained height on the side of Holcombe moor we can enjoy a stroll back to the car park with splendid views ahead to the south.
The terrain is generally good under foot with no unduly boggy ground to contend with, though by the rivers it will be muddy. Being winter, warm clothing and stout footwear, gloves and hat will be essential. Follow this road, it becomes Helmshore Road by the White Horse. Continue on a further 2. Welcome in the new year and get that fitness resolution off to a good start by joining us on a local walk around the Wilpshire parish boundary. The walk will finish with pea and ham soup at the Wilpshire Hotel numbers to John Wainwright, please.
After our circuit of Pendle in October, we're off to the wild west with an eight mile circular walk from Pleasington taking in the local hills before descending to Hoghton Bottoms and around the woods past Hoghton Tower. Near Riley Green we will join the Leeds Liverpool canal before returning along the River Darwen passing underneath the spectacular Hoghton railway viaduct before our return to the starting point.
Probably a muddy walk at this time of year so as well as lunch, and a friend or two don't forget boots and clothing etc. Majestic Pendle takes a less tortuous route to the summit of Pendle hill through famous witch country, passing through Newchurch-in-Pendle before going via Ratten Clough to ascend Apronfull Hill another well and the summit of Pendle by the top of Ogden Clough. From Pendle Big End, a choice of descents return us to Barley. The walk is approximately 10 miles and starts from the car park in Barley.
Stout boots and gear for the hills are necessary as well as a packed lunch. Refreshments are available in Barley. Alternatively, Barley can be accessed via Higham, Fence or Barrowford, which although easily accessible from the M65, all require more steep country lanes to be navigated. An 8 mile panoramic walk starting from the grounds of Bowland School and taking in a pleasant walk along the River Ribble before setting off on the ascent to Samphrey Hill above Grindleton, from where lovely views towards Pendle Hill and Clitheroe can be had.
Directions:From the A59, cross the Ribble at either West Bradford and turn right for Grindleton passing through the village to the school on the left or Sawley and turn left following the road until the school is found on the right. On that occasion, the children were climbing all over this ancient stone circle reputed to be older than Stonehenge.
If you're wondering what Long Meg looks like, there are some photos in the gallery, though the people featured in them no longer look the same. We're running the walk twice, possibly because it's so good, but more likely because the original walk organiser cannot do it on the 7th. Therefore you have a choice of two dates and less of an excuse to miss it. This is a departure from our usual walk day of Saturday - we are walking on Sunday because we'll use Dalesrail to get to the start, though alternative travel is possible. As a consequence, it is a full day out, starting in the morning with the scenic journey on the Settle-Carlisle line across the legendary Ribblehead viaduct as far as Lazonby and Kirkoswald, where the walk will commence around midday.
The walk itself is around eight miles in the scenic Eden valley. The route is easy going along the valley by the banks of the river Eden then climbing around m towards Glassonby before visiting the stone circle that gives the walk its name. From there we descend to Little Salkeld where, time permitting, refreshments can be obtained at the tea room at the mill. We follow along to Hunsonby and Winskill before crossing a shallow valley to Langwathby from where we'll take the train home.
We should be in good time to enjoy drinks or a meal at the Shepherds Inn. The train from Ramsgreave and Wilpshire is to Lazonby and Kirkoswald arriving The return is from Langwathby at arriving Ramsgreave and Wilpshire This is an 8 mile circular walk through the bluebell woods of Barbon Park and onto the southern end of the Howgill Fells north of Kirkby Lonsdale.
Descending towards Casterton we return to Barbon via the grounds of the Whelprigg Estate. The walk is moderately easy and follows well made paths and bridleways. Whilst stoney, bogginess and mud should be minimal. Directions: We're starting from the church in Barbon. Keep left on the A to the A65 near Kirkby Lonsdale where you turn left but don't cross the Lune Bridge outside the town but instead turn immediately right on the A through Casterton to a right turn into Barbon in three miles. An alternative to the M6 is take the A65 from Gisburn.
The church is on the far side of the village where you'll find some parking spaces on the right hand side of the road just past a cul-de-sac called Barnrigg. Hopefully it will be a lovely spring day but remember to bring suitable warm and waterproof clothing and boots, which. This is a lovely, varied walk encompassing conifer woodland, open moorland, riverside paths and meadowland, all within the Forest of Bowland AONB. Whilst the views from Crag Stones are splendid, at this time of year the ground will be boggy in places, so appropriate footwear is essential.
The walk is approximately 8 miles, so we will be setting off from the car park at Dunsop Bridge grid ref. SD at the slightly earlier time of Heading towards Crag Stones SD , the paths are generally good and once atop, we will hopefully be rewarded with spectacular views; including those of Pen-y-Ghent and Ingleborough. The final leg is a pleasant riverside walk back to Dunsop Bridge. It is a relatively easy walk for the most part, offering some challenge on the open moorland around Crag Stones.
Allow 40 minutes from Wilpshire area. Suitable warm and waterproof clothing and boots required for the weather, which is likely to be cold at this time of year. Our next walk is a moderately easy and enjoyable route around the three reservoirs of Turton and Edgworth. The walk is approximately 7 miles long, which should take under 4 hours including customary lunch and brew stops. The paths are generally good and suitable for the wet and inclement weather to be expected at this time of year although as usual warm clothing and good boots are recommended.
From Turton and Entwistle Reservoir, constructed in by a consortium of bleachers and mill owners of the Bradshaw Brook, Croal and Irwell Valleys, we cross the moorland down to Turton Tower which dates back to and is now a museum and incorporates a restored 19th century waterwheel. From there we track around the most recent of the 3 reservoirs, Jumbles, completed in Then up through Turton Bottoms on to the final reservoir, Wayoh, completed in , reaching Entwistle Station and the wonderfully styled Strawberry Duck pub for appropriate refreshments.
The car park is then a short walk back across the dam. We last did a walk similar to this on a frozen Saturday in January The photos from that walk can be seen in the gallery and give a good indication of the sights and route this walk will encounter. An interesting and eco friendly alternative to the usual car journey to the start, this walk is ideally suited to a short train journey from Wilpshire to Entwistle on the Manchester line.
By all means join our walk leader at 9. Alight at Entwistle Station From the Strawberry Duck pub by the station follow the road across the dam to the car park at the opposite end. Return train time from Entwistle is Season's greetings from SEGS and best wishes for the new year. After recharging your batteries we hope you can join us early in for a local walk. Note for this walk the start time is Uphill from there takes us to the summit of Mellor Moor site of a former Roman signalling station and the underground nuclear blast monitoring station, opened in July and decommissioned in October This is where there is also a Millennium disc and viewpont under which there is a time capsule put together by pupils of St.
Mary's school. Hopefully a clear day will enable views to the west coast and fells to the north. The final stretch will take us back up Ribchester Road to the Wilpshire Hotel where soup and sandwiches will be laid on at nominal cost. In view of catering requirements it would be really useful if the organiser be advised as to numbers attending by email. Suitable warm and waterproof clothing required and boots - probably wellies for the weather, which is likely to be cold in January on the moor exposed to the westerly wind.
It's a local walk starting at Don't forget to bring lunch, a friend if you wish and clothing suitable for the weather i. This scenic six mile walk takes us through the delightful woodland around Hardcastle Crags to the hamlet of Walshaw. Hebden Bridge has plenty of attractions for post walk entertainment including refreshment and chic shops. The 2nd one is round the corner above the the 1st one.
Meet for a am start. Take the A to Todmorden and through to Hebden Bridge. At lights in the middle of Hebden Bridge, take a left onto A Keighley Road, and follow this uphill for about a mile. Look for a left fork up Midgehole Road and follow through to the car park on the right. This is a relatively easy walk for Autumn exploring the west end of Longridge Fell. For those that don't like climbing, the good news is we're starting near the top and there should be great views. Meet for a am start at the New Drop Inn car park. Straight across at cross roads B At next cross roads turn right - The New Drop corner car park immediately on right.
Our first walk of the season is a great introduction to the cooler weather of Autumn. Alan will lead us over the crags at Dalton with great views from Hutton Roof. Directions: The car park is 3km east of Burton-in-Kendal services on the M6. Sign post saying Hutton Roof on right, just before Burton.
After approximately 2 miles there is a picnic area and car park on left. This 6. Directions: M6 Junction 34 then east on the A 2 miles towards Caton. Just before the village, take a sharp left signposted "Crook O'Lune picnic site" Follow the road over the bridge over the Lune to the car park a few hundred metres on the right. Start is am prompt. Organised by Simon Davies. Organised by John Robinson. Organised by Paul Ireland. Organised by John Wainwright. Organised by Alan Walkden.
Organised by John Conway. Lead by John Wainwright. Our annual walking weekend is in the Lake District and based in Keswick for the bank holiday weekend. There will be walks on both Saturday and Sunday suitable for a range of abilities, and for those not walking, Keswick offers a multitude of activities to amuse visitors.
The actual routes of walks will be decided on the evening before based on the weather forecast and the objectives of those walking. Anyone who is turning up on the day should arrive in good time to meet-up before we set off. An email to walks segs. The main party is staying at the YHA in Keswick and this will be the meeting point for the walk on Saturday morning, where we will congregate at before setting off. There will be options for an easy lakeside walk and one that climbs the local fells.
The Derwentwater launch can be used in combination with walks to enable access to more distant return or departure points. Walkers should come prepared for conditions typical of this time of year with stout footwear, warm and waterproof clothing and some food for the day out. The walks will aim to return late afternoon. The location of the Sunday walk will be discussed on Saturday, but is usually shorter than the previous day's walk. Sat nav postcode CA12 5LH. At just over 8 miles this walk will take us from the open moorland of the west Pennine moors down to the rural beauty of White Coppice and the wooded Goyt valley then over before returning over Withnell moor and Roddlesworth plantation to the car-park.
It's a great walk through the woods up the old Preston to Bolton coach road to Hollins Hall. After the walk there is the chance to call at the Black Bull, Tockholes, home of the Three B's brewery for refreshments. Follow A-road for just under three miles across open moorland. Take the first left into minor road and the car park is on the left. GR: SD This walk starts in Slaidburn and takes in surrounding pasture land with a gradual rise up onto Easington Fell with views of Gisburn Forest to the North and Bradford and Newton Fells to the South.
It is then a gentle stroll back down the banks of the river passing Great Dunnow Wood and Dunnow Hall arriving back in Slaidburn. The route is about 7. Start from the pay and display car park in Slaidburn. Setting off time as usual As we have on the odd occasion in the past, we will forego lunch on the fells to a ensure we keep warm and b because it is a good idea. Instead soup and sandwiches have been arranged to be available on return to Slaidburn in the Hark to Bounty.
Numbers need to be pre-ordered and therefore a head count of will be taken of those who which to participate prior to setting off. The participation of food within the hostelry will not delay our return as we need to be showered and ready for the start of the 6 Nations with the kick off for the France v England match at 5.
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Directions: 17 miles from Wilpshire through Clitheroe, Waddington, over Waddington Fell, through Newton, into Slaidburn turn right down to the river and the car park is on the left before the bridge just before leaving the village. Our previous walk to start the new year, we visited Malham and was enjoyed by 13 walkers plus Geoffrey, a dog. The pictures are now in the gallery. Everyone is welcome to join us on walks.
We go at an easy pace and stop for refreshments and never leave anyone behind. Fancy getting fit in ? Make a date in your diary to join us on the day - am start. After the dullness our mid December walk, we're looking forward to a trip to limestone country once again for our new year walk. Get off to a good start on Sunday 5th January with a trip to Malham. Details follow. Note: The date of the walk has changed from Saturday the 4th January to Sunday the 5th.
Turn right onto the B signposted Hellifield. Turn Right signposted Skipton and then left signposted Malham. Our next walk around the foothills of Pendle Hill follows rivers and canals, but unlike last time, we won't be walking in them. Important to note is that for a change, it starts on a Sunday. At around seven miles, it is a moderate walk following Pendle Water to Roughlee. From there we head towards Newchurch-in-Pendle to eat our lunch in the shelter of Clarion House where hot drinks and snacks can be obtained. After lunch we start our return to Barrowford via a riverside walk ending up passing Barrowford locks on the Leeds and Liverpool canal.
It should take 4 to 4. We start in between Barrowford and Colne from a car park by the canal and motorway. Take the M65 to the end at junction 14 Colne.
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Take A Vivary Way towards Colne to the first set of traffic lights. Turn left to Barrowford along B for about a mile. Coming alongside Barrowford reservoir on your right the road rises to go over the motorway. Just before the bridge, take a left turn into Greenfield Road signed no through road, down which a short distance on your right is the car park. Location is SD and a map to the location is on Streetmap here. There is a possibility of a detour to Ruskin's View for those that want to.
The walk is low level but can be very wet in places, especially after rain, so waterproof boots are essential. It should take 3 to 3. Parking is free at Devil's Bridge just off the A There are plenty of hostelries in Kirkby Lonsdale for post-walk refreshments. Directions: Take A59 towards Skipton. At Gisburn turn left at roundabout -A At Long Preston turn left - A Continue on A Just before Kirkby Lonsdale turn right - A68 signposted Sedbergh. Devil's Bridge is on your left - the car park is on your right.
From Wilpshire allow one hour travel time. Our second walk of the season is a local walk just west of Blackburn. Given decent weather the walk affords views towards the Lakes and the coast from the Wainwright memorial and in Hoghton Bottoms we pass under the spectacular Preston-Blackburn railway viaduct circa across the River Darwen gorge.
Further on as we circle Hoghton woods we cross the drive of Hoghton Tower the ancestral home of the de-Hoghton family since the 's. Following our walk planning meeting for the forthcoming programme of walks, we start with a re-visit to the excellent walk around Feizor in the Yorkshire Dales. This will give those a chance who missed it, to experience this enjoyable seven and a half mile ramble near Settle.
The full programme of monthly walks will be published soon and include West Pennine moors, Hoghton tower, Newchurch in Pendle, beaches in Lancashire, a trip to the Langdales and hopefully full details of walking weekend in May. Our first walk of the season takes us to the Yorkshire Dales National Park for a seven and a half mile ramble in limestone country.
Starting from the car park in Stainforth, between Settle and Horton in Ribblesdale we cross the Ribble, and walk to the top of Smearsett Scar m, with a Trig point , then down to the hamlet of Feizor. On via a green lane and though limestone fields, back to the river Ribble just north of Settle, then following the river to return to Stainforth.
Walk length is 7. There are great views north to the three peaks, a tea shop in Feizor, and a pub in Stainforth. Go into Settle, and then turn right on B towards Horton in Ribblesdale. Stainforth is about 4 miles up this road. The car park with toilets is visible from the B Or there is a limited amount of street parking in Stainforth. Allow around 50mins from Wilpshire area. It's summer recess and the end of our season of walks. We hope you can join us for some more walks late summer through to late spring next year.
We'll be having a walk planning meeting in September where suggestions and offers to lead walks are more than welcome. Look out for details here or subscribe to our ermails by sending an email to walks segs. In the meantime, have a look below and in our gallery where we've been walking. Any questions? Please contact us. Daily walks and events are on offer across the Borough of Blackburn. The programme includes walks from short introductory ones through to more challenging ones including an ascent of Ingleborough and a 20 mile circular walk on the Witton Weavers Way.
For more information: Tel: Email: countryside blackburn. Our last walk of the season takes us to the Yorkshire Dales National Park for a seven and a half mile ramble in limestone country. Starting from the car park in Stainforth, between Settle and Horton in Ribblesdale we will cross the Ribble, and walk to the top of Smearsett Scar m, with a Trig point , then down to the hamlet of Feizor. On Sunday we aim to tackle Kinder Scout from Edale. Anyone is welcome to join us on the walks. The detour signs from the west can be confusing and add considerably to the journey. For anyone unfamiliar with the area south-east of Burnley where the Pennine bridleway and Mary Townley Loop is, this is a chance for an exploration of that area.
Starting from the car park at Hurstwood, we will walk alongside Cant Clough reservoir to Gorple upper reservoir and then to Widdop reservoir. Hopefully the weather will be good and we will get fine views of the Pennines including Stoodley Pike. We return via Swindon reservoir and Hurstwood reservoir. That should be enough water for one day. Directions: M65 junction 9 follow the A to Halifax. Turn right at the traffic lights following A toward Tomorden. In the village turn left and follow past the Kettledrum Inn eventually turning right into Salterford Lane.
Crossing the valley on this road, take the next right into Hurstwood Lane. For those with maps the grid reference is and for those with sat-nav: BB10 3LH. Thirteen walkers and three dogs toured the Haslingden Grane for our early March walk. Next up, in April, is a walk around Burnley and Hurstwood. More details to be posted nearer the time. Walkers interested in a two day walking weekend in May can refer to the details on the weekends page.
Please book accomodation as soon as possible to avoid dissapointment. Peak District, Derbyshire. See weekends page 29 June Yorkshire Simon Davies. After the huge turn out for the February walk we should perhaps be calling it the Chris Bell memorial walk. Thanks to John for leading us round the crispest and bluest sky day of the year so far. This walk takes us to somewhere we haven't been for a while, into the moorland of south Lancashire.
We're visiting the valley above Haslingden called Haslingden Grane where there was once a thriving community of people before the valley was flooded with three reservoirs. Here we can see at close hand the new wind farm at Ozwaldtwistle Moor before crossing the Grane Road to gain views of Hoddlesden from Pickup Bank. From there we follow the Rossendale Way along the valley side through woodlands under Musbury Heights. On the way we can learn about the illicit whisky distilling that once took place in the valley.
We complete the circuit by re-crossing the valley below Ogden Reservoir to Picker Hill and another section of the Rossendale Way. The walk is eight miles and likely to be wet in places. From the top of the hill past the Gray Mare pub, the United Utilities car park is just over a mile on the left.
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There are toilet facilities and a cafe. Please note the earlier start time of this walk of under seven miles starting from Sawley taking in the villages of Sawley, Chatburn and Downham. The walk is steady away with some mild undulations rising to a maximum of feet covering pastures, dales, an ancient footbridge, a converted mill, a Roman highway, and many more features including a circumnavigation of Worsaw hill, a Waulsortian mud mound.
The start at am note! Season's greetings to all our walkers and visitors. We hope you're looking forward to some excellent walking in The walk just over six miles long starting from the Inn at Whitewell and takes in excellent views of the Hodder valley and Bowland fells. On reaching the bottom of the hill, turn left then right, right then left, signposted 'The Inn at Whitewell'.
The walk is 5. We will get some fine views and cross heather covered moorland, rolling pastureland and some ancient bridleways. Be prepared for the odd clarty bit, especially around field gates and come prepared for cold weather. Carry on along the A59 past Clitheroe until the turning for "Clitheroe North". Take this turning "Pimlico Link Road" to head towards the cement works. At the roundabout turn right towards Chatburn. Go along past Shackleton's and down into Chatburn. At the bottom of the hill in the centre of the village turn left by the village shop towards Grindleton.
Follow this road along over the River Ribble turning right at the next T junction. It is then a short distance up this road into Grindleton. The walk is quite varied with heather covered grouse moorland, rolling pastureland complete with inquisitive sheep and some ancient bridleways. Be prepared for the odd clarty bit, especially around field gates. The sense of remoteness on Bradford Fell, considering how close it is to "civilisation", is quite remarkable. Go on past the cement works and over the River Ribble to drive up into West Bradford. At the top of the slight hill turn right on to Grindleton Road.
Drive along this road for a few hundred yards and you will find the car park on the right next to West Bradford Village Hall. Spring meet location finalised - Castelton Losehill Hall. Join us for the early May bank holiday weekend for some excellent walking in the Peak District. More details on the weekends page. Don't forget next walk: 20th October - details below. Walking News : September A new programme of walks is planned for the rest of the year through to next summer. Currently the dates are firm but the locations of some walks is being decided.
Subscribe to the emails or check back here for more details. Take a look at the programme page. The next walk is a local one around Bowley and Great Harwood, am 20nd October. See you there.. Important Note: Change of date. Due to holidays around the Queen's Diamond Jubilee weekend, the June walk has been put back a week so more people can attend. Meet at the Crook O'Lune picnic site and car park where Woody's cafe is, from which sandwiches and snacks are available.
Directions: M6 Junction 34 Lancaster north , then A for 2 miles toward Caton before turning left follow brown sign. The grid reference is SD Meet for am departure. We plan to have a day-long walk on the Saturday and a shorter walk on the Sunday - more details below. People travelling down on Friday should make their own meal arrangements and meet up at the hostel or in the local hostelries. Some people are arriving on Saturday morning and others are staying in local bed and breakfast accommodation so a start time of from the front of hostel is proposed on Saturday morning.
More information and contact details for the hostel are on the weekends page. You can see a map of the location on Streetmap. If anyone hasn't finalised their booking with the hostel or cancelled it, please do it quickly as the hostel is going to be very busy and needs to know ASAP. For those eating at the hostel, dinner on Saturday is at set times and requires booking.
The group has chosen pm, but of course, the choice is yours as you wish. Please contact the hostel to let them know if you want dinner and your chosen time for eating. Saturday's walk will take us through Beresford Dale along the River Dove from where we climb to the village of Alstonefield. The terrain will be mainly undulating with the odd steeper section, passing wooded vales and peak district farmland with views of dales and hills. We will pass through villages where snacks can be bought and refreshment stops will be possible.
Return to Hartington will be along a riverside path. This should be an excellent walk. Anyone who fancies joining us on the day, are more than welcome - just turn up at the hostel at am. Sunday's walk will be decided on the Saturday evening but is likely to be an exploration of the Manifold valley, a beautiful wooded dale with ancient paths, caves and a cycle path. Again there should be opportunities for the purchase and consumption of refreshments along the way.
For the next event in our programme we are exploring again to the north with a visit to the Kirkby Lonsdale area for a seven mile walk around Hutton Roof crags and Dalton Fell. With the longer days of spring, it gives us an opportunity to discover a beauty spot we've not been to before. We'll meet for the usual start time of am. M6 to Junction 35 Take A6 turn right past Pinelakes. Sign post saying Hutton Roof on right. Just before Burton. After appoximately 2 miles there is a picnic area and carpark on left.
Our next walk takes us again to the Bowland fells to enjoy expansive views of the Lancashire plain to the west, Morecambe Bay to the north west, Lakeland fells to the north, the three peaks of Yorkshire to the east and the heartland of the Bowland area of outstanding natural beauty to the south. Part of the walk is on estate roads but much is over boot-polishing gorse and gritstone moorland with occasional peaty bits.
Expect plenty of grouse, a few rabbit holes and quarry pits and an odd boggy bit. With all these challenges, some food, drink, warm waterproof and windproof clothing and stout footwear are advisable. A pole or walking stick could prove useful on uneven or steep ground. The walk takes place on access land of the north Bowland Fells.
It is a condition of the access land that due to breeding birds, no dogs are allowed - please don't bring one. Apologies to our numerous dog owners - we hope you can bear to be without them long enough to share the walk with us. Starting from Little Crag car park south of Caton near Lancaster, the walk ascends the lower slopes of Clougha Pike on estate and 'water corporation' tracks before taking a zig-zag line up steeper ground passing Windy Clough and Little Windy Clough.
There are plenty of grit stone boulders to rest on and drink coffee along the way. The gradient eases over Clougha Scar from where the final approach to the summit is made to gain fine views of Lancashire and beyond Morecambe bay to the Lakeland fells. If the weather is fine it will be a good spot for lunch and there are stone shelters on the summit if it is windy. A gentle stroll over to the slightly higher Grit Fell sees us looking over the remote wilderness of the Bowland Fells towards Wards Stone. Anyone who fancies it can wander over to admire the Castle of Cold Comfort. At Cabin Flat we turn and take the estate road on our return journey.
On the way we can admire the art installation at the quarry that was commissioned by the Duke of Westminster in On our descent, the views of Cumbria and North Yorkshire are magnificent on a fine day. Before the descent is over we turn and follow the contours to a small valley where we pick up the path back to the cars. Allow about 1hr to get to the start at Little Crag car park. At the roundabout, take the road into Caton for about a mile. By the Thwaites pub, turn right up Littledale Road signposted Littledale.
After about 2 miles take a right turn at the crossroads signed for Quernmore unsuitable for heavy vehicles. This is a small windy lane that goes down past a Scout building, crosses Artle Beck and climbs steeply past some farms before coming out through a cattle grid onto an unfenced section. Little Crag car park is a little further on the left where the road flattens out. Of note are the two mounds behind Hackings Boat House as we pass the confluence with the Calder, thought to be the burial place of warriors killed at the Battle of Billington in when a Northumbrian lord beat the local Saxon Wadda.
Relics of the battle have been unearthed, including a stone coffin in containing human remains and weapons. The walk is approximately 7. Meet at the village hall car park in Hurst Green adjacent to the Baileys Arms for a Link to map. Any hardy individuals who want to unofficially extend the walk and start from Salesbury Church at 9. Look forward to more walking in starting with our first walk of the year on January 7th when Paul will lead us around the countryside near Balderstone. This 7 mile walk goes along quiet lanes and through hidden fields to the banks of the Ribble where you can eat up some more of that Christmas cake admiring views of Longridge Fell, Totridge and Pendle.
The way back to Mellor Brook passes Sandiford Well reputed to be the source of drinking water for early Nordic settlers in the area. Paul advocates a better tipple in the warmer surroundings of the Fieldens Arms on our return 5 real ales on at the time of his reccy. Directions: Meet for a am start at the old A59 Mellor Brook. From the A59 east end of British Aerospace head to the mini-roundabout by the Fieldens Arms and Sanderson's bakery and keep left to the cul-de-sac that is the now bypassed old road where there is plenty of parking.
Follow this link for a map. Following on from a couple of excellent walks, December's walk takes us deeply into the former West Riding of Yorkshire. The route will take us from the top Greenberfield lock and across the rolling limestone fields to pass around Ghyll Brow works of Rolls Royce. The view from the road, just outside Newbiggin-on-Lune. I slowly packed things up while getting the stove on the boil for breakfast, and more importantly, something hot to drink.
I was also hoping that in the meantime the sun would spread its light onto the tent to dry it off a little, the condensation on it was incredible. Unfortunately, the sun lingered behind the hills and the campsite was still in shadow as I struck the tent, wanting to be on my way.
So it was, I eventually hefted the rucksack onto my back groaning bitterly and set off to retrace my steps to Newbiggin-on-Lune. It felt heavy, it was heavy and boy, I was glad this was to be the last days walking! This part of the walk was shared with the coast-to-coast for a few miles.
I reached the Great Asby road, crossed a cattle grid and began to enjoy the walking. The sun had finally appeared in full and was warming things up nicely. Although on paper this was a road walk, the road itself was unfenced with a huge grassy area that could be walked on, a boon for my rather sore feet. There were fine views here of the Howgills, their now cloudless tops leaving me muttering to myself about weather forecasts etc.
The difference a day makes! A rare waymarker post marked the point at which the Dales Highway left the road behind, leading onto a nice wide grassy path. It was easy walking with fine views, not only of the Howgills, but of the Lake District as well, its hills gently gathering clouds in the west and for a while I walked with a couple of other Dales Highway walkers who had caught up with me. At Sunbiggin Tarn the path turned north, away from the Coast to Coast and started to rise towards the final high point, Great Kinmond, and its rather impressive outcrop of Limestone Pavement.
A short road walk was followed by a lovely grassy track which meandered through rather stunted and wind blown looking hawthorn. I paused here a while, enjoying the soft grass and the superb views back towards the Howgills. As I sat enjoying the view a couple of walkers appeared from the west and passed by me, heading up towards Great Kinmond. Noticing their C2C guidebook I asked if they were walking it, and receiving an answer in the affirmative politely suggested that they might want to go a different way!
Great Kinmond was a fantastic spot. I love the look of the Limestone Pavement, there is something inherently pretty about it, the stone almost has a luminous quality to it. Also fascinating is the plant life that lives in all the fissures, and up here there was a plethora of orchids, always nice to see. So began the gentle descent into Great Asby, the hills to the north providing a wonderful backdrop.
The easy walking was regularly interrupted by gates and the horrible stone pinch stiles that are such a feature of this part of the country — it would be fair to say I was knackered at this point and each one became a major obstacle. I passed through the cluttered farm at Clockeld complete with very free range chickens and into a lovely lane to the village.
Due to a slight navigational error, I completely bypassed the village while walking the West Morland Way last year — it was supposed to pass right through the centre! Unfortunately the pub was shut, dashing my hopes and dreams somewhat! There was, however, a nice comfy large bus shelter which had lovely wide benches in which I stopped for lunch. It also had the added advantage of getting me out the sun for a while, which for the first time on the walk had really been splitting the skies.
This was the last stretch now with a road walk to Howe Slacks where I would revisit the Westmorland Way. I was almost there when I turned to see a herd of young bulls running up the road, followed by a tractor. I reached my turning, a lane leading down to a small farm, only to find the herd corralled into a sort of hard standing area at the head of the lane. That was fine, no problem. I turned into the lane and started to walk down it. I was halfway down when I noticed they had started to follow me. Again, not really a problem, they are usually just nosey beasts.
I passed through a gate in the lane, next to a field of what looked like young heifers. Needless to say, I quickly left them behind, entering some rich pasture land which was a lot drier than my previous visit. I also harboured some hope of spotting a red squirrel as I had on the Westmorland Way , but I had no such luck. Rutter Force was running slightly more sedately than my previous visit and was looking very photogenic in the afternoon sun.
The route stayed with Hoff Beck, parting with the Westmorland Way, a delightful river walk, although a field with cattle proved to be a rather rough and energy sapping experience. It was with some relief then, that I emerged in Hoff to find the pub open. No more than 3 or 4 km from the finish it proved to be a welcome break which was much needed.
It has only recently re-opened a few days before after a long while closed — the landlord and his wife are both walkers too and I spent a pleasant hour or so nattering. I hope it is a success! There were still a couple of challenges to complete, a steep climb up the river bank to avoid a collapsed boardwalk and a nice nippie sweetie just to finish me off. The brow of the hill did give a great view of Appleby though. From there it was a walk down a very muddy lane to emerge into a housing estate close to the town centre. All that was left to do was to enter the tourist information office and claim my certificate and sign the guest book!
Superb days walking, helped by the weather of course. Fine views throughout, and it was nice to finish with a very pleasant river walk. Great Kinmond was a great final little hill, despite its diminutive stature it was a fantastic place to survey the surrounding area. Great day and a great trail. I spent the night at the Midland Hotel, right next to the station. It meant a steep climb out the town, but also meant I only had a matter of metres to go to get to the platform and my train home the next morning. Nice and varied, with plenty of big views, but for me the highlight was really Malham to Ribblehead and the limestone landscape.
Dentdale is a favourite of mine as well and I really felt that the trail just got better and better as I plodded north. One I would highly recommend, and definitely do again in better weather! It had been a comfortable night in the bunkhouse, if a little strange, rattling around such a large place by myself. As usual I was up relatively early and spent a bit of time pottering around and making breakfast in the fantastic kitchen. The forecast for the day had been superb — sun all the way apparently. There was low cloud clinging doggedly to the slopes just above the bunkhouse, thick and uncompromising.
I had a decision to make — take the lower poor weather route, or cross the Howgills on the official route hoping that the cloud would burn off. It was a steep, steep climb immediately from the bunkhouse which was almost right on the path and there were some good views over Sedbergh just before I passed through a gate onto the open hillside.
The path I was following ran alongside Settlebeck Gill and I followed this steeply up the hill and into the mist. I have to admit to extreme laziness in terms of navigation, although I had map and compass with me the GPS made things nice and easy I say that — I still managed to wander off route! It was a long old slog, and after what seemed like an age, I finally reached the clear bridleway which was the main path across the hills.
At this point a few shapes loomed out of the mist, a few of the horses that live on the hills. Visibility was dreadful — it was like walking through a TV set that had been disconnected from its aerial. Rather than take the ridge route over West Fell there was no point I continued along the bridleway which dropped into Bowderdale. This was nothing short of purgatory, a nasty stoney path that meant I could never really place my feet flat on the ground. I was cold, wet and thoroughly hacked off with the Met Office and the fact that I had blatantly chosen the wrong option for the day.
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All in all it was rather dispiriting. It seemed like the Bowderdale path went on for ever, but eventually it started rising again to meet up with the ridge coming down from West Fell. It was a relief to be out on open ground again, and I took a good long break where the paths met. The cloud seemed to be a lot higher on this side of the hills and as I looked back at them after passing through the hamlet of Wath the forecast sun began to appear.
It was suddenly muggy and warm, forcing me to take off the waterproof jacket and fleece that I had needed to put on well before the summit of the Calf. As I walked along the road to Newbiggin-on-Lune the sun came out with a vengeance and the cloud all but lifted from the Howgills, leaving them swathed in sunshine. My accommodation for the night was the lovely campsite on the outskirts of Ravenstondale where I pitch up, then take a wander down to the local pub. It turned into a damp, cold and miserable tramp, even if the sun did come out towards the end of the day.
In terms of anticipation, this was probably one of the most anti-climactical days I have ever had. The rating is purely down to my experience on the day. However, the day was just a slog and the low level route off was not a pleasant hike. That could quite easily be down to the weather conditions as well though. The sun did eventually make an appearance at the end of the day, and it was galling to walk along the road to Newbiggin-on-Lune and see the hills with completely clear tops.
I awoke to a quite stunning morning in Dent, clear blue sky and the sun shining. There was a heavy dew though and a bite to the air. It must have been clear overnight as it had been a little cold at times. Despite the sun the cold air meant that the tent was taking its time to dry out. It was still soaking as I put it away in its stuff sack! The owner at Conder Farm is quite willing to do breakfast for the odd camper.
He had a picnic bench outside his front door and it was a morning for an al fresco breakfast. After a brief diversion to get some lunch from the village shop bumping into a couple of Dales Way walkers and the 4 friends from yesterday I made my way through Dent and out the far side to pick up the Dales Way again. It could only be described as stunning. A fresh morning river walk in the sun.
Here I managed to make a wrong turn, heading up the wrong lane one too early , no doubt being distracted by the lovely display of wild flowers along the verge. Looking at the map I was heading in the wrong direction, but rather than drop downhill there were a few options that would get me back on the right track. It was at this point that the batteries on the GPS decided to expire, meaning that I had to stop, remove the backpack and huddle around inside for some new ones. As I sat replacing the batteries, a ewe and her lambs came running up, obviously mooching for food and not in the slightest bit concerned with my presence.
In fact once I set off, the followed me to the edge of the field. The only downside was I had a number of old ladder stiles to negotiate before I got back on route. Back on the official route I followed the narrow road up to the remote Lunds Farm, to be greeted by a rather enthusiastic Jack Russel. From there, a rather curious enclosed bridleway took the path onto the open hillside. It was wet and muddy in places, sometimes so narrow that a large quad bike would struggle to pass through and in other places it was as wide as a good sized road.
Eventually one wall ended, although I was still climbing, and I passed the group of four women who were lounging on the grass enjoying the sun who can blame them? I stopped and chatted a while, explaining that I had managed to go the wrong way, much to their amusement! Here disaster struck. My SD card for the camera was full. The spare had a capacity of around 12MB and had space for just 1 photo. There were still fine views of the Howgills and the town across Garsdale, and I lingered a while to enjoy them.
The forecast for the next day was superb and I was looking forward to the traverse of the Howgills — I was also contemplating the fact that I needed to find a new SD card for the camera as a matter of urgency. The track turned into a lane and I was soon passing between farms and typical country houses before reaching the busy road into Sedbergh. I passed the caravan site as my destination was a bunkhouse in town, and headed for the town centre. I spent a while wandering about trying to find a shop which might just sell SD cards, with very little success. Eventually I asked a local, and as a last resort they suggested I try a small office supply place up a back alley.
Amazingly they had one — 2GB as well, which should be more than enough for any walking trips in the future. Finishing my quest I made straight for the nearest pub for a couple of light refreshments before heading up the hill to the bunkhouse. The Howgills Bunkbarn sits just above the town on the lower slopes of the Howgills as the name suggests.
As bunk barns go, it is a little expensive, but it is in fact worth every penny. In stark contrast to the Station Inn, this ranks as one of the best places I have stayed in — ever. I also had the place to myself! I dumped my gear and walked back down into the town to get some food, and for some breakfast supplies. I bumped into the group of 4 women who invited me for a drink, and I spent a very convivial evening at the Dalesman before heading back up to the bunkhouse.
Once again another stunning if short day. Dentdale was just fantastic in, and the diversion quite possibly was an improvement on the original route, even if it did add an extra mile or so onto the day. The Howgills looked really enticing as well and I was looking forward to a spectacular day tomorrow. Once again a fabulous days walking. Despite the quality of the accommodation I slept pretty well overnight, and because it was warm, managed to get a number of items dry. Also, despite the problems with breakfast and my subsequent very late departure , it was rather good.
As I left it was overcast, threatening rain and muggy. The enforced late start meant there were a large number of walkers out, including four ladies who were also walking the Dales High Way on a similar schedule to myself. The location of the inn meant that I passed almost directly underneath the viaduct, a really impressive view point. There was a steady stream of trains every few minutes, surprising me with how busy the line actually was.
The path here is part of the three peaks route to Whernside and was well maintained — it needed to be. Without the work the path here would be a quagmire. The railway was crossed via an extremely impressive aqueduct which also carried Force Gill. Then began a long steady climb along a very stoney path which was hard on the feet. Incorporate stretches into your cool-down routine. Drink plenty of water before, during and after your run.
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