Our first on Wednesday 1st is a 6 mile afternoon walk meeting at Lairgill at 14.00.
Starting from the car park opposite the playing fields at Burton-in-Lonsdale, we follow the well trodden path to Clifford Hall. Then its field paths and tracks to Scaleber Farm, Old Wennington and to Wennington along Spout Lane. We return to the start via Gill Farm.
On Friday the 10th we will park at Barbon Village Hall (donation) to walk on Middleton Fell to Calf Top (at just over 2000' it is classed as a mountain). Please note that as this is a grouse moor, dogs are not allowed. We pass the church, follow the drive to Barbon Park and onto Eskholme, turning sharp right to a gate. The real uphill starts here, heading to Eskholme Pike, Castle Knott and Calf Top with extensive views. We bear west, reaching the foot of the ravine of Millhouse Gill and a waterfall, before retracing our steps to Eskholme and the start. 7.5 miles.
The Lowgill and Lune Viaduct walk of about 9.5 miles on Thursday the 16th is not a strenuous walk. There may be a longer stretch than usual between coffee and lunch so extra / more substantial snacks might be appropriate. From the A684 outside Sedbergh take the B6257 (signed Tebay & Firbank) – the road is narrow in places. Park at Lowgill at the side of the road between the disused Lowgill Viaduct and where the B6257 goes under the West Coast Main Line and the M6. We follow the Dales Way towards Lakethwaite, parallel to the M6, before turning towards Birchfield and then along the farm drive to the lane. We make a small detour to Fox's Pulpit (coffee stop) before doubling back to descend back to the B6257 at Goodies. We pick up another footpath to Underknotts, Whinny Haw and down through the woods, crossing the B road again before emerging at Bridge End. Caution is required along the short section of A road and across the single track of the bridge before turning to pick up the Dales Way again. We go along the Lune, beneath the Lune Viaduct to the (other) Crook of Lune, across the bridge, up the lane beneath Lowgill Viaduct and back to the cars.
Our final walk of about 7 miles on Friday the 24th is in Autumn, which officially starts on Wednesday 22nd. Starting at Stainforth, we go to Feizor via Smearsett Scar and Wharfe Wood. From Feizor we will go along the top of Giggleswck Scar to Stackhouse, with a diversion to see Dead Man's Cave and the often by-passed Celtic Wall. At Stackhouse, we drop down to the Ribble, which we follow back to Stainforth. With luck, we may see salmon leaping!