Walks for April.
The start of easing of lockdown rules means that, as long as nothing changes, walking in groups of up to 6 people is allowed from March 29th. Social distancing within groups, and no mixing of groups at any point on the walk must be adhered to.
The walks cancelled in January have now been planned for April.
Please note that all walks start at 09:30 from the start of the route. New members will be very welcome.
Thursday the 8th of April
We start from Bentham Bridge, with roadside parking, for a 9 mile walk with David and Sheila, 61838. From the bridge we go via Moulterbeck Farm and High Bottom onto Birkwith Lane. We follow the lane the towards Oakhead then on to Maiden Bridge then to Foss Bank and pass Lanshaw to get onto the moor. Once on the moor we make our way up Petersbottom Lane to the Shooting Box and on to The Standard on Burn Moor. Our return back off the moor follows a fence then lines of grouse butts to get to Holly Tree and on our way back to the bridge the section over the moor will probably be boggy.
Colin and Alison's walk of 5 miles starts from the car park on the main street in the centre of Sedbergh (although street parking can be found on the lower parallel road to Garsdale, before & around Westwood Books.) We head up to the motte and bailey castle, walk over the fells/ fields and return along the river. 07854789311
Pen-y-ghent Gill circular of 7 miles, leaders Sandra and Bryn, 07779001046. Details for parking are as follows, but do ring if you need more clarification. Leave Stainforth on the Halton Gill road (Silverdale Road, single track with passing places), keeping towards Halton Gill. Pass several cattle grids & parking places for access to the Pennine Way. After Blishmire House (and before Pen-y-Ghent House) when Pen-y-Ghent hill is obviously above on your left, there is a clear wide track off at the right. Park here on the extensive grass verge SD 855728 – avoid the track itself.
We walk for a short time along this road before picking up the Silverdale road footpath and crossing Lockley Beck. The path continues above the line of the Gill, below Pen-y-Ghent House farm, with views across the fell. We emerge briefly onto the road again before picking up the path below a limestone scar and following down to Nether Hesleden, crossing the bridge, and continuing to the New bridge on the River Skirfair. We will not go down into Litton itself. From the bridge, we turn to pick up the wide & walled track back more steeply onto the lower slopes of Cow Close fell before the track flattens out to give (hopefully) good views of Halton Gill village, the limestone scar of the morning and, finally, Pen-y-ghent itself, as we cross Dawson close & return to the cars.
Robert 41452 will lead a 6.5 mile walk from Settle. Parking will be on the road by the Sidings Industrial Estate at the back of the station. We walk through Settle, up Castleberg Hill and on to Attermire Scar, past Sugar Loaf, down Lambert Lane track and back to Settle via Cleatop Park & Lodge Lane.
Be sure to contact Alison on the link above before setting off to the start point.
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