Footpath Matters
2020, a new year of walks, some familiar, some not, some easy, some less so, some in sunshine and some in rain. But whichever they are, there will always be pleasant company, with views and nature to enjoy. Why not join us this year?

Our first walk of 2020 is a choice of either 5 or 7.5 miles on Saturday 4th of January.
Walk led by  Alan Parker   614443.
This walk will go the opposite way to last time, giving those who opt for the shorter walk a chance to see the other part of the walk. From Leighton Moss we head to Silverdale Station and cross the golf. After Silverdale Green we head down to the cove, continue to Silverdale and Elmslack, and walk through Eaves Wood to Waterslack. After edging round Challan Hall Allotments we pass close to Hawes Water where the shorter route leaves to return to the cars. The longer walk continues to Brow Foot and back through Leighton Moss.

On Friday 10th January this may be a change from the programme.
Walk led by Bryn & Sandra Craggs    07779001046.

A 5 mile walk at Warton Crag which includes gentle undulations, a forest road, minor roads, tracks, and a slight climb to the Crag over limestone but all on clear paths. Total height gain 250m in two parts.

Starting from the Nature Reserve car park in the quarry at Warton, we walk towards Warton using the nature reserve path before turning up through the trees to start the ascent to the Beacon's Breast.
The initial climb is about 100m over about a km. We then climb to the trig point on the Crag, by the beacon. This stretch is exposed limestone and may be slippery. Hopefully there will be good views!
We continue across the scattered rocks and through the trees to pick up the forest road, turning left and following it back to join the minor road that forms part of the Lancashire Coastal path for a short stretch.
At the junction with the road to Silverdale, we take the track/path by Moss House Farm through scattered woodland to come out on the minor road above Warton which we follow before disappearing back into the Nature Reserve to pick up a path back to the car park.

We start from Ings on Sunday 19th, where there is a fair amount of parking by the pub near the main road and at the start of the minor road opposite this parking area.
Walk led by     Alison Kinder & Colin Stroud 07854789311
This 5.5 circular walk provides a variety of scenery near Windermere, with views of the lake itself from the top of the hill. Starting from the gated road opposite the parking area, after about a mile on minor roads we take an enclosed bridle way. We progress on to a greenway and up a track to Crag House farm, then on to Hag End Farm and on green paths round to a tarn and up to the top of School Knott. The route down is through a glade of birch trees and eventually up a driveway to Whasdike Farm. The bridleway from the farm leads back to the road we started on, which leads us back to our cars. This is quite an easy, simple walk, hopefully suitable for Winter.

The bus to Ingleton leaves from the stop on School Hill at 13.02, or board at any other convenient stop for this short (around 4 miles) afternoon walk on Tuesday 28th. The return walk from Ingleton will be via footpaths to Brook House, then across the golf course back to Bentham. Don't forget your bus passes. Apart from this walk, all walks leave Lairgill at 9.30am.
Walk led by  Sue Badley 62502
The first February walk is 5 miles at Austwick on Wednesday 5th.
Saturday 4th    Silverdale via Hawes Water   7.5 or 5 miles     9.30am      Lairgill               Alan Parker                             015242 614443
Friday 10th      Warton Crag                                     5 miles      9.30am      Lairgill              Bryn & Sandra Craggs             07779001046
Sunday 19th     School Knott                                 5.5 miles      9.30am      Lairgill              Alison Kinder & Colin Stroud 07854789311
Tuesday 28th    Ingleton to Bentham                        4 miles      12.55pm    School Hill Bus Stop    Sue Badley                  01524262502