A Lancashire based family walking group that enjoys sociable day walks around the North West suitable for young and old.

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Walking News : Oct 2017

Penyghent from Helwith Bridge - Saturday 21 October 10:00am

Please note earlier start.

Starting from the car park opposite the Helwith Bridge Inn, close to Horton-in-Ribblesdale, we shall climb Pen-y-ghent by a lesser used route (initially at any rate). This involves climbing steadily but easily up Long Lane. After a couple of miles we will join the route coming up from Brackenbottom. Form there the gradient steepens for a few hundred metres as we climb up the southern side of Pen-y-ghent. All of a sudden the climb stops and it will be a stroll across the plateau to the trig point and some excellent views (weather permitting).

From the summit we will drop down the well engineered track and cut across to Hull Pot. From there it is a pleasant stroll gently downhill along the track into the back of Horton in Ribblesdale. Coming out near the church in Horton we will go across the main road and across a couple of fields to join the Ribble Way. It will then be a relatively level walk back to the Helwith Bridge Inn and our cars.

There is one steady climb, with a short steep bit at the end, otherwise the terrain is fairly easy going. This is limestone country, and most of the walk is along stony tracks, so unless we deviate into a bog the way underfoot should not be too muddy. There are a few stiles.

As usual bring a packed lunch, drinks, snacks etc.

Finally, there is of course a pub right at the start of the walk at Helwith Bridge. Additionally there are a couple of more pubs in Horton in Ribblesdale and the famous Pen-y-ghent Cafe.

Directions:

Traveling from Salesbury/Wilpshire:

Take the A59 to Gisburn. Turn left at the roundabout (A682) towards Long Preston. Follow the A682 until you reach the A65, turn left towards Settle. At the outskirts of Settle take the second exit at the roundabout (B6480) to go through Settle. At the other side of Settle turn right just before the bridge over the Ribble (B6479) towards Stainforth. Follow the B6479 for about 4 miles. The Helwith Bridge Inn is just under 4 miles north of Settle on the B6479. Turn where the B6479 takes a sharp right-hand turn (SP Helwith Bridge, Austwick and a couple of quarries)

The distance is about 30 miles and should take around 50 mins.

Post code for the Helwith Bridge Inn: BD24 0EH and the National Grid reference: SD 81045 69515

Walk leader: Mike Howe

Hope to see you there!

Walk programme 2017-18

          Date         Leader         Location
          16 Sept 2017 Simon Davies    Clapham, Norber Erractics, Crummockdale, Austwick
          21 Oct 2017  Mike Howe       Pen-y- Ghent
          18 Nov 2017  Andy Clayton    White Coppice, Healey Nab and Anglezarke
          16 Dec 2017  Stuart Hirst    Local walk followed by pie and peas.
          6 Jan 2018   Graham Harwood  Read Park / Whalley
          3 Feb 2018   John Conway     Brigsteer
          3 Mar 2018   Sharon Westhead Lymm and Thelwall (Cheshire)
          7 April 2018 Andy Clayton    On the Road to Wigan
          11-13 May 2018 Liz Maskell Sharon Westhead Weekend away Coniston
          9 June 2018  Annette Patterson and Julie Foote TBC
          14 July 2018 John Conway     Pike of Blisco        

More details of these walks on the programme page.

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Walking News : Sep 2017

Next walk - Clapham, Crummack Dale and Austwick (7 miles - about 3.5 hours, excluding breaks) Saturday 16th September 10.30am

A great walk that SEGS did a number of years ago. It is in limestone country, so despite the recent rain that we have been having it should not be too "sticky" underfoot. There is some marvelous limestone scenery to be had with some great views. The walk visits the geological phenomenon known as the Norber Erractics. For those who have not done this walk before it comes highly recommended.

The Walk:

We shall walk east from Clapham to Nappa Scars viewing the Norber Erratics, a collection of boulders carried by a glacier and deposited on the plateau. Because they are Silurian slate (harder than limestone) these boulders have been left perched above and strewn across the landscape, sometimes on narrow pedestals as the limestone beneath has been eroded. It will then be on to Crummack Dale and the hamlet of Wharfe before turning south west to Austwick before returning to Clapham. Walking will be along walled tracks and across fields with a couple of picturesque flat stone bridges over streams. Classic limestone country. Estimated ascent: 300ft all day.

A note for dog walkers and for those with dodgy hips and knees: There are a couple of ladder stiles, and a number of "stepping stones to over the wall stiles", all in good condition. Although we have had a lot of rain recently it's all decent underfoot. There are a lot of fields with sheep in and a couple with cows, so any dogs will need to be on leads 50% of the time.

Directions:

32 miles, allow about 1 hour: A59 to Gisburn. Turn north to Long Preston on A682, join the A65, take Kendal direction. Turn off the A65 where signposted to Clapham. Parking in Clapham, either at the National Park Car Park (GBP 4.50 for the day, machine takes cards) or street parking (close to the bridge either side of the river, or failing that past the car park entrance on the way up to the church). We'll start from the National Park Car Park. There are free toilets. Post code for the Car Park in Clapham (as stated on the National Park website) is: LA2 8EF National Grid reference: SD 74530 69225

Walk leader: Simon Davies

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