Walks in February
Wednesday 5th      Austwick                       5 miles      9.30am      Lairgill        Kate Rowe  51402
Tuesday 11th         Hutton Roof                  6 miles      9.30 am     Lairgill        Don Cartledge 64979
Sunday 23rd          Horton-in-Craven         7 miles       9.30 am     Lairgill        Robert Baines  41452
Thursday 27th       Kendal & Scout Scar    8.5 miles    9.30am      Lairgill        David & Sheila Longton  61838
                                                                                    Footpath Matters
      January continued with a mild theme, and our early walks missed the rain, and most of the mud. But that cannot be said of the local 5 mile Heritage Trail which I did with a friend in January, and where the muddy fields on most of the walk made it tiring and unpleasant. Definitely to be avoided until the fields dry up. Will February bring us snow?
 Please note the change of walk and leader on Sunday 23rd. All walks leave Lairgill at 9.30am
     Our first walk on Wednesday 5th, 5 miles from Austwick, is aimed at avoiding mud, as it is mostly on good tracks. Starting from the bridge at Austick we follow Wood Lane then take the path to Feizor. We walk uphill past Oxenber Wood and go through Lower Bark House to reach the road where we turn left. Taking the next left we pass Jop Ridding to reach a track where a stile takes us over a field to another lane into Austwick. In the village we go left back to our cars. Apart from the uphill from Feizor, it is an easy, level walk. Lunch will not be needed, but bring a snack for "elevenses".
       We start from Hutton Roof church (St. Johns) on Tuesday 11th and walk by Hutton Roof Crags. After descending the lower slopes of Farleton Fell to the hamlet of Newbiggin, we cross a number of fields to return to the church. 6 miles.
        After parking on the roadside at Horton-in-Craven on Sunday 23rd for a 7 mile walk, we take a footpath over Lickber Hill to the A59 which we cross and follow fields leading to Stock House, Croft Gate House and Turpit House. After another field, the A59 is crossed again and woods are passed, followed by a short stretch on a quiet road. A lane under Marton Scar is joined, New Laithe Barn is passed, and Barbers Hill is climbed before paths take us back to the cars.
       For the Kendal and Scout Scar walk of 8.5 miles on Thursday 27th w e will probably park on the former K Village car park. From there, the route follows the river down as far as Scroggs Wood then heads up onto Scouts Scar by way of Helsington Laithes and Barrows. After, weather permitting, enjoying the views over towards the Lake District, we continue to Cunswick Scar then Kendal Fell Quarry and Boundary Bank to cross the Golf Course on our way to the Serpentine Woods. Our next objective is Castle Howe, then through the town to the ruins of Kendal's other castle. From there it is a short walk through the cemetery back to the car park.