SEGS Walking Group news archive

Walking News : June 2019

Next walks: Eskdale - Saturday/Sunday 15/16th June 10:00

The group's annual weekend away is coming up in June. Although the arranged accommodation is fully booked, other bed and breakfast or pub rooms may be available or walkers are welcome to join us on the day. There is usually a longer walk on the Saturday, ascending one of the nearby fells along with an easier option or alternatives such as a train ride or venues such as Muncaster Castle. The Sunday walk is usually not as strenuous as the Saturday walk. The group will eat at the Bridgehouse Inn on the Sunday.

Walking News : May 2019

Next walk: Barbon - Saturday 11th May 10:00

An 9 mile walk around the lower parts of Barbondale, the village that it home to the famous "Barbon Hill Climb" motor-sport event. On the walk we shall visit some places with some interesting names. From the village hall in Barbon we shall walk up Barbondale and across to Barbondale Bull Pot. Then we'll walk up onto to Brown Thwaite Pike returning to Barbon via Whelprigg.

For refreshments at the end of the walk there is a cafe in the old post office almost opposite the village hall that has very good reviews; namely The Churchmouse at Barbon. This deli come cafe also has a reputation for the range of cheeses that it sells. For those wishing refreshment of a different nature there is also the Barbon Inn which is just up the road from the war memorial.

The walk starts at Barbon Village Hall where there is free parking

Directions:

To Barbon Village Hall, New Road, Barbon, Post Code: LA6 2LL Grid Reference: SD628823. Coming from Wilpshire/Blackburn area, the most straightforward way is north on the M6 to Junction 36 then head east to Kirkby Lonsdale. On crossing Devil's Bridge over the Lune just outside the town, turn left towards Casterton on to the A683. Follow the A683 for about 3 miles to turn right for Barbon just before a humped-back bridge. Drive into Barbon and carry on through until your reach the war memorial on the right. Turn right at the war memorial. The village hall and car park are a few hundred yards down this road, on the right at the edge of the village. This route is about 53 miles and should take just over an hour.

Walk leader: Alan Walkden.

Walking News : April 2019

Next walk: Irwell Sculpture Trail - Saturday 13th April 10:00

An eight mile exploration of former industrial countryside of south Lancashire with a trip to Rossendale for this spring walk. Like the last walk, the ground this walk covers shows plenty of signs of previous industry whilst at the same time having commanding views of Rossendale and the Irwell valley. Those anticipating sculptures might be disappointed as the trail's artworks are mostly centred around populated towns but we do pass one after leaving the official trail path before ascending the steep flanks of Cowpe Lowe mainly on well surfaced tracks. Joining the Rossendale Way, we circumnavigate the summit, crossing old quarry railway and cart tracks toward Scout Moor wind farm to descend via a track toward Edenfield with views over Ramsbottom and the East Lancashire Steam Railway.

After dropping though the woods bounding Dearden Wood campsite, our return from the edge of Edenfield follows bridleways and paths along contours on the back to Waterfoot. These afford fine views but at the same time are marred somewhat by the traffic noise from the valley.

Directions: Head over to Rossendale from wherever you start from, aiming for Waterfoot. From Wilpshire, the easiest is M65 J8, A56 to Haslingden. The route is approx 18 miles and takes about 30 mins. Leave the dual carriageway of the A56 at the large Tesco store, following toward Rawtenstall. In the centre of Rawtenstall, keep right to follow signs for Bacup/Waterfoot following the valley along for 1.1 miles, passing the large industrial site of Jacobson Group and the red brick factory of Lydell Group after which there is a short terrace of houses. Turn right immediately at the end of that terrace before of Kenyons Footwear. The road is Highfield Road but you can only see its name on the right after turning into it. After a few metres up Highfield Road there is space on open ground to park. The grid reference is SD825221 and post code BB4 7JJ.

Everyone is welcome to join us on the walks. To register your interest and get more details, please email walks@segs.org.uk.

Walk leader: Graham Harwood.

Walking News : March 2019

Next walk: Hebden Circular - Saturday 9th March 10:00

A pleasant and undemanding seven mile circular walk from Hebden in Wharfedale. The going is generally good underfoot with much of it on tracks with good views from the higher points. From the centre of Hebden village we'll go northwards past the various former lead mine workings dating back to the 1750’s when the Duke of Devonshire began the great development of the local smelting industry. Most notable is the tall chimney which is still a prominent feature today.

On the way back we descend to Grassington (anticipated lunch stop) through the remains of the medieval settlement and field system and then across fields parallel to the River Wharfe back to Hedben.

Directions:

The simplest route is via the A59 taking the B6265 at Stirton just past the Skipton turn-off. The B6265 takes you through Grassington and direct to Hebden. Allow at least an hour from the Wilpshire area. Descending into Hedben on the B6265 from Grassington, turn right opposite the Clarendon Hotel to the C road to Burnsall. Immediately as you turn there is ample free road parking. Clarendon Hotel postcode is BD23 5DE for satnav users.

Everyone is welcome to join us on the walks. To register your interest and get more details, please email walks@segs.org.uk.

Walk leader: Stuart Hirst.

Walking News : January 2019

Next walk: Turton Tower (5, 7 or 9 miles) - Saturday 2nd February 10:00

There will be 5, 7 and 9 mile options of this walk and people can be easily pointed in the right direction for the safe completion of either of the two shorter circuits. The terrain is easy throughout.

The walk starts from Turton Tower car park where there is free parking. The address is Chapeltown Road, Turton, Bolton BL7 0HG.

Directions:

From north Blackburn take the ring road around Blackburn to Whitebirk Roundabout. From this roundabout take the M65 Westbound. Leave the M65 at the next junction (J5) to take the first exit at the roundabout onto the B6232 (Haslingdem Road, becomes Grane Road). Follow the B6232 until the Grey Mare pub appears on the left. Turn right opposite the Grey Mare on to Jackson Heights Road, which becomes Broadhead Road, following it until you get to Edgeworth. Continue on across the crossroads in Edgeworth to go along, round and down to Turton Bottoms. Climb back up to veer to the left at the top of the hill onto Chapeltown Road (B6391). The entrance to Turton Tower is about 1/4 mile further on, on the right.

Everyone is welcome to join us on the walks. To register your interest and get more details, please email walks@segs.org.uk.

Walk leader: Sharon Westhead.

Walking News : January 2019

Next walk: Earby - Saturday 12th January 10:00

This is a walk in an area of Lancashire that SEGS has not visited for many years. Indeed, according to our records, the last time that SEGS set off from Earby was on 2 February 1991, when it was "foggy with snow on the ground".

SEGS walkers in the snow at Earby

The walk is about seven miles, leaving Earby past the Youth Hostel and the water falls. From there it is upwards to Stone Pit Hill (275m), where we will hopefully see great views of the Yorkshire Dales. The route goes to Elslack for a refreshment break. Then we follow part of the Pennine Way to Thornton in Craven, from where we return to Earby.

For those with longer legs, the walk can be extended to about 10 miles by going via Greenberfield locks and Barnoldswick back to Earby from Thornton in Craven.

Directions:

Starting Point: Earby Recreation Ground (free parking), Hill Top Lane, Earby, Barnoldswick BB18 6PX. Take A59 until the crossroads at West Marton turning right on to Gledstone Road. After about 1.5 miles turn left on to the B6252 (Church Road) and after 0.5 miles right on to the A56 for 1.2 miles where Hill Top Lane is on your right after Earby Autos. Alternatively M65 to Colne, 1st exit at roundabout on to A6068 Vivary Way following signs to Skipton (A56) then Earby. Hill Top Lane is on the left just before Earby Autos (sharp left turn).

Everyone is welcome to join us on the walks. To register your interest and get more details, please email walks@segs.org.uk.

Walk leader: Liz Maskell/John Conway.

Walking News : December 2018

Next walk: Sabden Brook - Saturday 15th December 10:30

A shorter walk most suitable for this time of year, which explores the quiet, upper reaches of Sabden Brook. Sabden Brook rises on the side of Pendle and flows west through the former textile village of Sabden to join the River Calder in the parkland below Read Hall.

The walk will follow the country lane along the top of Padiham Heights, where the views open up southwards to Burnley, Gawthorpe and the Calder Valley and northwards towards Pendle Hill. Beyond the trig point on Black Hill (869 feet), this picturesque ramble explores some lovely woodland, where we may be lucky enough to see the resident deer, before winding back down to Sabden village. The route is mainly via established paths, although there will be some negotiation of moorland and fields. There are some stiles but nothing that dogs cannot handle.

The walk starts in Sabden Village Car Park (toilet facilities/£1.40 for 4 hours) located opposite the White Hart Pub. The postcode for the pub is: BB7 9EW

Directions:

Roadworks at the junction of the A59 and Clitheroe Road, prevent access to Sabden over the Nick of Pendle. The easiest route is using A59 toward Clitheroe past Billington and Whalley to the roundabout. Take the 2nd exit at this roundabout on to the A671 (SP Burnley, Padiham). After the first set of traffic lights by Springwood car park take the veer left in 100 yards or so (SP Sabden). Follow this road along into Sabden village. Once in Sabden village turn left at the T junction. The entrance to the car park will be found 100 yards or so on the right just before the White Hart pub, which is on the left.

Walking News : November 2018

Next walk: Under Pendle - Saturday 17th November 10:00

This walk is about 6.5 miles.

A lower level walk in the local area for an autumn day, this walk has an awful lot going for it. There are some cracking views (weather permitting), some interesting buildings to look at and some varied terrain to walk over. The first two thirds of the walk are devoid of stiles but there are a number of gates of different varieties and ease of operation. In the final third of the walk, however, there are more stiles. For anyone who would like to avoid so many stiles, an alternative route back to the car park shortens the walk by about a mile.

Starting from the car park in the village of Downham (with award winning toilets), we shall start by walking out of the village to pass under Worsaw Hill to Worsaw End Farm (the location for the 1961 film starring Alan bates and Haley Mills - Whistle Down the Wind). For there it is across lush meadow land to the outskirts of Worston. Passing very much through someone's front garden we will climb gently up to Little Mearley Hall. From there it is through the farmyard and along to the left with the bulk of Pendle looming above us. A bit further along this part of the walk we could well encounter a bit of Ribble Valley clart, as some logging operations were being carried out when we last walked this part of the walk.

We come out on to Pendle Road at Lane Head, where the alternative almost stile-less route back to Downham diverges. For those willing to tackle the dozen or more stiles that lie ahead we shall go across to near Hecklin Farm and then over a small nab (with magnificent views). It will then be not too far back to Downham and the car park.

Please note: Much of the walk is across pasture. Consequently, there will most likely be fields with grazing livestock. These will be mainly sheep but in the vicinity of Little Mearley Hall it is common to encounter a herd of dairy cows as well.

As it is now November, and the weather could well be gloomy and chilly, we do not intend to stop for too long on the walk but do bring a snack and drink etc.

Directions:

A59 take turning to Chatburn. Turn right at the T junction by Shackleton's to go along and down into Chatburn. Turn right just past the Brown Cow into Downham Road. Once in Downham drive down through the village to swing right over the bridge. Keep right once over the bridge to turn right into the car park about 100 yards along this lane. .

Post code for the Car Park is BB7 4BS, National Grid reference: SD 79505 44058 .

Everyone is welcome to join us on the walks. To register your interest and get more details, please email walks@segs.org.uk.

Walk leader: Andy Clayton.

Walking News : October 2018

Next walk: Ingleborough - Saturday 10th October 10:00

This walk is about 10 miles.

This walk has an awful lot going for it. There are waterfalls, a lake, caves, gorges, slippy limestone and of course some mud. The first two thirds of the walk are up and across the interesting plateau of Ingleborough. The last third of the walk is across fields and along old green lanes. These are, however, the limestone dales and there are therefore a number of high ladder stiles. Long trousers are highly recommended because of the the nettles in a couple of places.

Starting from the entrance to the car park in the centre of Clapham (with toilets), the walk starts by taking the Nature Trail (entrance £1) to pass by Ingleborough Cave and Gaping Gill before climbing to Little Ingleborough (quite a pull!). From Little Ingleborough it will be across to the wide plateau that is Ingleborough itself, with hopefully some magnificent views across to Morecambe Bay and beyond. The return route to Clapham will be via Crina Bottoms, Cold Cotes and Newby along green lanes, gravelly tracks and a bit of quiet road.

If anyone wishes to shorten the return part of the walk then a car or two could be left where the track from Crina Bottoms joins the road out of Ingleton. Although the logistics of this would necessarily have to have been completed before the 10:00 am prompt start.

Also if the weather dictates then we can walk a more straightforward circuit of the plateau returning to Clapham. As usual bring a packed lunch, drinks, snacks etc. Finally, a pub at the start (and end) of the walk: The New Inn in Clapham.

Directions:

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 (£4.50 for the day, machine takes cards) or, because we will be there relatively early 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) should be available for free. We'll start from the entrance to 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.

Everyone is welcome to join us on the walks. To register your interest and get more details, please email walks@segs.org.uk.

Walk leader: Mike Howe.

Walking News : August 2018

Next walk: Hubberholme and Yockenthwaite - Saturday 8th September 10:30

This walk is about 7 miles.

Along and up the flanks of Buckden Pike dropping via stepping stones to the hamlet of Cray. Contouring above the river Wharfe eventually arriving at Yockenthwaite. From there descending to beside the river and following the river to Hubberholme. Possibly a pint at The George, and a look in at Hubberholme church (famous for the rood loft and pews by Robert (Mousy) Thompson of Kilburn.) A short stretch on the road, then joining the river again to return to Buckden.

There's only one ascent worth mentioning and that's straight out of the car park, of around 400 ft. Once that's over the walking is good on tracks and well defined paths. There are numerous stiles and one slightly tricky descent on limestone that can be slippery when wet. When it was reccied in August there were a couple of fields with cattle that had to be handled with caution. (There was also a notice at the car park about how to handle cattle when encountered, so presumably they are there most of the time - dog owners be warned).

Directions (42 miles from Salesbury - allow 1 hour 20 mins)

A59 to Skipton. Take the first exit at the second roundabout on the Skipton by-pass (B6265 signposted Grassington), continue on this road which becomes B6160 through Kilnsey, Kettlewell, Starbotton to Buckden. Parking in Buckden, at the Yorkshire Dales National Park Car Park (£4.50 for the day, machine takes cards) turn right just beyond the Buck Inn. Street parking in Buckden is very limited. We'll start from the Yorkshire Dales National Park Car Park. There are free toilets.

Post code for the Car Park in Buckden (as stated on the National Park website) is: BD23 5JA, National Grid reference: SD 94240 77372

Everyone is welcome to join us on the walks. To register your interest and get more details, please email walks@segs.org.uk.

Walk leader: Simon Davies.

Walking News : June 2018

Next walk: Pike O'Blisco, Langdales, Cumbria - Saturday 14th July

Walk leader: John Conway. For details of start location and time email walks@segs.org.uk.

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
          20 Jan 2018  Mike Howe       Pen-y- Ghent (postponed from October)
          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 Austwick and Moughton Scars
          14 July 2018 John Conway     Pike of Blisco        

Walking News : May 2018

Next walk: Austwick and Moughton Scars - Saturday 9th June, 10:30am

Setting off from the picturesque village of Austwick, the area of this walk may be familiar to those having walked previously with us in this area. This time however we traverse the spectacular Moughton Scars - a limestone pavement to rival Malham. From Austwick we head towards Clapham to enjoy a leisurely walk by the side of Clapham Beck before arriving at the entrance to Ingleborough Cave and Trow Gill. From here, we set out towards Long Scar and Thieves Moss where we will be rewarded with panoramic views of the Ingleborough range and Pen-y-ghent. After negotiating Moughton Scars we head back to Austwick via a walled track into Crummackdale.

Important information:

Directions:

Grid reference: SD768685. The postcode for the only pub in Austwick is LA2 8BB. Passing the pub and school on the left, turn first left up Town Head Lane. Parking is available on the road opposite the garage just before the road narrows into a track where the walk begins

Walk leader: Annette Patterson. Everyone is welcome so hope to see you there!

Walking News : April 2018

Next event: Coniston walking weekend - Saturday 11-14th May

The walking group has booked accommodation in Coniston for the weekend Friday to Monday - this is now fully booked but plenty of other options are available for staying in Coniston. There will be varied activities, from a strenuous walk up Coniston old Man to a trip on the National Trust's Steam Boat Gondola and a gentle stroll on offer. It is a good chance to socialise with like minded walkers in an informal setting.

Walking News : March 2018

Next walk: On the Road to Wigan - Saturday 7 April 10:30am (6.75 miles)

A walk in an area that I believe SEGS boots have not traversed before - The Metropolitan Borough of Wigan. Eee it's grim up North!

This walk is, however, anything but grim and on a clear day has some expansive views of anything but grey mills and smoking chimneys.

We will start the walk at the United Utilities car park at Worthington Lakes near Standish. From there it is a short hop down the road, across some fields and down a lane to join the towpath of the Leeds and Liverpool canal. The canal towpath will take us southwards towards Wigan whilst we enjoy (hopefully) some splendid views across West Lancashire. The relative peace being broken only slightly by a Pendolino or two swooshing down the West Coast mainline 1/4 mile or so away.

After the towpath part of the walk we will cross a bridge to enter Haigh Hall Country Park, a justifiably popular place for "Wiganers" to take the air. We will climb up through woodland to curve round to pass by Haigh Hall itself and on to The Courtyard, where there are public toilets, an ice cream parlour, a cafe and even a brewery! As you might guess, this part of the walk can be a tad more busy than the rest of it!!

Leaving the crowds and the parked cars behind we will soon be very much on our own again as we head back Northwards along gravel tracks and the occasional muddy path to Wigan Golf Club. (Note: At this point those with dogs will need to take a different route back to the cars. See below) For those of us without dogs we will drop down through a lovely wooded glen and pass along a stream to get to the top end of Worthington Lakes. The walk ends with a quiet stroll alongside the lakes back to the car park. As usual bring a packed lunch, drinks, snacks etc.

Dogs: Please note that the final part of the walk, around Worthington Lakes, is owned by United Utilities and the path that circles the lakes is a concessionary path on which dogs are not permitted. This rule seems to be very well observed by the locals, as on the reccie we saw no "evidence" of dogs, footprints or otherwise. Indeed there were a number of people around but there were no dogs. Indeed, from the signage, it would seem that dogs are not permitted in the Worthington Lakes Car Park but, we start off by leaving the car park along the pavement beside the road. For those of you who would like to bring their dog on this walk, there is a straighforward alternative route back from near the Wigan Golf Club to the car park.

Directions:

From Blackburn area, one option isby going through Chorley on the A6 (towards Bolton) and continuing on the A6 until you reach the junction with the A5109 (Wigan Lane). Follow the A5109 until you pass the Macdonald Kilhey Court Hotel, which will be on your left. The entrance to the car park is a bit further down on the left shortly after the entrance of the Lakeside Care Home.

The second option, which is perhaps more straightforward, is via the M6 to Junction 27. From J27 take the A5109 towards Standish. At the crossroads in the centre of Standish go straight on, onto the B5239 Finally at the mini roundabout turn left onto the A52109. The car park is a few hundreds yards up the A5109 on the right.

The post code for Worthington Lakes Car Park is: WN1 2XN. National Grid reference: SD 57975 10550

Alternative parking is on-road parking just down the road in the vicinity of the mini roundabout mentioned above.

Walk leader: Andy Clayton. Hope to see you there!

Walking News : February 2018

Next walk: Longridge Fell - Saturday 3 March 10:30am (7.5 miles)

This change to the advertised walk is 7.5 miles long in an area familiar to many but none the worse for that. It offers some spectacular views. We will set off from the Memorial Car Park in Hurst Green to follow the track to Greengore and on steadily upwards to reach the trig point on Spire Hill on Longridge Fell (where we should get some magnificent views across the Hodder Valley). Then we walk along the ridge of Londridge Fell to Kemple End and back past Stonyhurst College to Hurst Green and the car park.

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

The Bayley Arms is of course right next door to the car park in Hurst Green for those who fancy a post walk drink.

Directions:

The post code for Hurst Green Memorial Car Park is: BB7 9QB National Grid reference: SD 68478 38053

Walk leader: Tony Gaffney. Hope to see you there!

Walking News : February 2018

Brigsteer - Saturday 3rd February 10:00am

This 9 mile walk around Scout Scar starts from Helsington Chrurch (small free car park with great views over Lyth valley and Irish sea)

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

After the walk there is an excellent pub in Brigsteer.

Directions:

The post code of the start is LA8 8AQ. From M6 J36 signposted South Lakes, follow A591. Just after A590 junction the A591 takes you past Low Sizergh Barn cafe on right. Shortly beyond turn left along Whetstone Lane, a narrow lane off A591 grassy middle in places - If you get to the Shell garage and Travelodge you've gone too far). At end of lane T junction turn left onto Brigsteer Road. After about half a mile signed Helsington church and Lumley Fee bunkhouse turn left over cattle grid. Park opposite the church.

Walk leader: John Conway

Walking News : January 2017

Penyghent from Helwith Bridge - Saturday 20 January 10:00am

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

Walking News : Christmas 2017

Next Walk: Read & Calder Valley - Saturday 6th January 10:30am

This eight mile walk offers commanding views of multiple vistas afforded from the open expanse of the Calder Valley near Read. The walk is a loop around the valley with the river a dominant feature. Taking an anti-clockwise loop from Great Harwood, we can enjoy views from the elevated trackbed of the old North East Lancashire Loop railway line heading towards Padiham. This path has had a lot of work done on it recently as part of the Martholme Greenway project supported by Sustrans and other funding bodies. Recently the viaduct has been opened for access by walkers, cyclists and horse riders. There are great views from there, but further progress towards Read and Padiham isn't currently possible. More information is available from their Facebook page.

We continue on via Read Garden Centre where a mid morning brew can be had or we can stop for coffee further on in Read Park looking back to Hambledon Hill. From Read Park we head North towards Wiswell Moor but don't climb too high before descending to Spring Wood Picnic site. On the way, if it is a clear day the distant Bowland fells of Totridge and Whin Fell can be seen beyond Kemple End.

Closer to home, the prominence of Whalley Nab is accentuated as we drop into Whalley for another crossing of the Calder before skirting the Nab on our return to Great Harwood.

The walk includes a number of climbs as we skirt around the valley - ideal for warming you up on a cold winter's day. The going is generally good underfoot with a mixture of tarmac and farmland but there are some boggy bits, especially just before returning to the start.

Directions:

We start from Harwood Lane, Great Harwood, the one-way road at Harwood Bar. Grid reference: SD743329. This road is wide enough for plenty of parking along the left side. The walk will begin from the Great Harwood end (opposite Lyndon Avenue).

Walking News : December 2017

Wilpshire Wander - Saturday 16 December 09:30am

An undemanding pre-Christmas walk which, in accordance with our usual practice at this time of year, is on home ground and incorporates some festive fare to finish.

An earlier start time of 9.30am please from the Wilpshire Hotel which, with little or no travelling time involved for most of us, should hopefully not present problems for any Friday night revellers and will enable us to be back in good time for lunch.

The circular route will proceed from Salesbury across Showley Brook and up to Ramsgreave Hall. From there tracking across to the golf course and Wilpshire Moor to skirt Dean Clough reservoir and then returning via Little Snodworth and Carr Hall and the main road back to the Wilpshire.

Although some of the paths are well drained, inevitably at this time of year and with recent heavy rainfall the ground is well sodden so good boots and gaiters are recommended, as is appropriate winter clothing.

For a modest charge, soup and sandwiches will be available for us when we return to the Wilpshire Hotel so no need for the usual packed lunch - just a flask for the walk.

Please email walks@segs.org.uk for more information or to let us know you are coming on the walk as this will be helpful to also assist the landlord with numbers for catering.

Good walk to bring a friend - see you there!

Directions:

Address: 7 Whalley Road, Blackburn BB1 9LQ

Walking News : Nov 2017

Healey Nab and Anglezarke - Saturday 18 November 10:15am

This seven mile walk takes in the scenic West Pennine Moors starting from the car park at the cricket club in White Coppice. A couple of quiet lanes and a gravelly track takes us to the wood at Healey Nab. From the wood we emerge at a stunning viewpoint of a wide panorama across West Lancashire from Blackpool past Liverpool to Manchester.

After descending Healey Nab gravel tracks take us through pleasant countryside to Anglezarke Reservoir returning from there via the Goit Valley.

The start is at the White Coppice cricket ground near Heapey, off the Blackburn to Chorley Road A674. Grid reference SD 61925 19070, post code PR6 9DE. As usual bring a packed lunch, drinks, snacks etc.

Directions:

Traveling from Salesbury/Wilpshire:

Leave the M65 at Junc 3 and take the 2nd exit at the roundabout (A674) SP Chorley. Go along the A674 for about 3 miles to go through Higher Wheelton. Having left Higher Weelton you need to take the second road on the left (SP Heapey) to go up Chapel Lane. After a mile or so the road will swing right and become Tithe Barn Lane 1/2 mile along this road you need to turn left into Coppice Lane. (When we were last here, the finger post at this junction had the finger for White Coppice pointing into the field opposite the road we want!) Go down this road and you will reach a small collection of cottages. Go over the hump-backed bridge by the cottages and keep left. The tarmac will soon peter out and become a somewhat pot-holed track. Keep bumping along this track past the White Coppice Children's Nursery. The Cricket Ground and the car park will suddenly appear in front of you.

Walking News : Oct 2017

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

Due to adverse weather conditions this walk is postponed.

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

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

Walking News : May 2017

Next walk - Great Rock Walk (7 miles - about 3.5 hours, excluding breaks) Saturday 3rd June 10.30am

This is walk that SEGS has done three times before, albeit some time ago, in 1991,1997 and 2000. It is, however, a walk that is well worth yet another go, especially as many of our current regulars might not have walked it before.

Parking can be a bit tight in Heptonstall so we will meet at the car park adjoining the Bowling Club in Heptonstall, where there is usually plenty of space; in addition to on-road parking nearby.

A note for dog walkers and for those with dodgy hips and knees, the second half of the walk (after Great Rock) has quite a number of stiles. These are mainly low and sturdy but there is one high ladder stile to be negotiated.

The Walk:

We will start the walk by descending almost immediately, and somewhat steeply, from alongside the car park, to go down with some splendid views of Calderdale into the outskirts of Hebden Bridge. From there we will very quickly join the towpath of the Rochdale Canal for a lovely walk of one and half miles or so. It is only after we have left the towpath near Eastwood that the exertion starts, as we climb for three quarters of a mile steadily up to the highest point of the walk at Great Rock, and our suggested point for a breather, snack and a chance to take in the panorama.

It is then on across some moorland before we start to drop down a bit before walking along some old causey-ways to Blackshore Head. Dropping further down across some well-maintained meadow land we briefly join the Pennine Way to arrive at Colden Water. This is an idyllic spot in a steep-sided little valley where, on a nice day, the children amongst us can go paddling!

Leaving the Pennine Way we will then walk along more causey-ways above the steep-sided valley and across a couple of fields to arrive at some woods that are the precursor to the final, spectacular stretch of the walk; along the top of Heptonstall Crags and back to the car park.

There are a couple of good hostelries in Hepstonstall that can be called at before returning to the car park, a detour that would add around a quarter of a mile to the walk.

Directions:

We appreciate that you may all have your preferred way to get to Heptonstall but for those of you who might not have visited this delightful little place before, the most straightforward route is:

The distance is about 30 miles for which you should allow 1 hour.

Post code for the Hepstonstall Social and Bowling Club in Acre Lane (next door to the car park park) is: HX7 7LT

National Grid reference: SD 98750 27670

Walk leader: Andy Clayton

Hope to see you there!

Walking News : April 2017

Next walk - Brock valley & Bleasdale (8.75 miles/4-5 hours) Saturday 6th May 10.30am

For this walk we're venturing to the west side of the Bowland fells to explore the valley of the River Brock, which rises in the fells above Bleasdale.

This wooded valley lies in the foothills of Fairsnape and Parlick the more famous summits of the Bowland fells and just north of Beacon Fell. It is a steep sided valley of semi natural ancient woodland, which during the spring sports a delightful array of wildflowers and a magnificent carpet of bluebells.

Our walk starts from the car park near Brock Mill, from where we follow downstream a short distance before striking off right to climb out of the valley and get our first views of the countryside around. Passing through fields and sheep pastures, we slowly ascend towards Fairsnape entering Bleasdale proper with chance on the way to take in views over Wyresdale and Preston whilst having a coffee stop.

The Bleasdale Estate is probably more famous for its shooting but there are some interesting historical sites to see on our way. First, is a packhorse bridge at Brooks in the upper valley, probably built for foot traffic heading for the church rather than laden horses. From Admarsh Barn we head up the lane a short way to the old parsonage to take a concessionary footpath to see a Bronze age circle. The view of the fells here is impressive as the scale of the bowl that is Bleasdale is apparent after our approach. Bleasdale Circle is timber structure discovered in the late 1800's consisting of two circles set one within the other probably built for religious purposes. Today concrete posts mark the positions of the original posts, four of which are now housed in the Harris Museum in Preston along with some of the other artefacts from excavation of the site including two grave pots discovered in the centre of the smaller circle.

Returning along the lane we come to the church of St. Eadmer named after a Northumbrian monk and then pass the smallest school in England.

From here, it is mainly all downhill and easy going through a mixture of woodland alongside the River Brock as we head down to Higher Brock Bridge and the car park.

Directions:

We will meet at the free car park at Brock Bottom picnic site at Brock Mill on Brock Mill Lane. It isn't the easiest place to find. Getting there from Salesbury/Wilpshire is a choice between M6/A6 or via Ribchester/Longridge/Inglewhite. Both routes take about 45 minutes. To go via M6, leave M55 at junction 1 to head north on the A6 to just past the new Barton Grange roundabout after which take a right along New Lane, Ducketts Lane and May Lane which ends up at a T-junction with Brock Mill Lane. From there it is right downhill a short way to the car park on the right. Alternatively via Longridge towards Inglewhite on Inglewhite Lane, then Bullsnape Lane, left on Greenfield Lane then immediately right into Church Lane. Right on Button Lane takes you to Bleasdale Road then left on White Lee Lane down to Brock Mill where the car park is on the left. The location is 53°52'54.5"N 2°41'16.7"W. Grid reference is SD548430.

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Walk leader: Graham Harwood

Walking News : March 2017

Next walk - Stainforth Force & Catrigg Force (7 miles/3 hours) Saturday 1 st April 10.30am

PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF DATE.

This is a scenic and interesting walk above the lovely market town of Settle.

During the Middle Ages Langcliffe was owned by Sawley Abbey, but the village owed its prosperity to Langcliffe Mill, a former cotton mill located west of the village, close to the Ribble. The mill is still in use, although is now a paper mill.

From Langcliffe we will enjoy a pleasant walk along the banks of the River Ribble eventually arriving at Stainforth Force and its pretty pack horse bridge, constructed in 1675 and now owned by the National Trust.

We will then make our way to the attractive village of Stainforth, most famous for its excellent country inn, stepping stones over the beck and rich history based around the monks of Sawley Abbey.

Here we will make the short ascent to Catrigg Force, a dramatic waterfall which is partially hidden away in a deep gorge. The waterfall is set back in the trees but opens out beautifully as you enter the gorge. There are two main drops of 20ft separated by a 60ft copse; apparently, the famous composer Elgar's favourite spot.

The views above the Force are excellent with Pen y ghent and Ingleborough clearly profiled, but also on the descent back to Langcliffe where Ribblesdale is spread out for miles in each direction.

Directions:

We will meet at the free car park on the eastern edge of the historic village of Langcliffe, just off the B6479. (Turn right at the roundabout just after the centre of Settle). It's a 45 minute journey by car to Langcliffe, post code: BD24 9NQ.

The aforementioned inn at Stainforth with its flagged floors and roaring fires will make a pleasant rendezvous for those interested in a post-walk drink.

Walk leader: Julie Foote

Next walk - Formby Point - Saturday 4th March 10:30am

For this seven and half mile easy walk we're meeting at Formby Point National Trust Car Park. Parking is free for NT members but you will need to show your membership card otherwise it's £5.70 for the day. It is best to park in the big car park at the bottom, past the Squirrel Sanctuary.

The walk will take around three hours, starting with a stroll around the red squirrels for about 20 minutes then continuing the walk. It is probably a contender for the flattest SEGS walk ever. Apart from the odd sand dune there is nothing that remotely resembles a hill. The terrain is a mixture of beach, woodland paths and dunes. Boots are as usual recommended but not essential. Don't forget to bring your packed lunch etc.

For those who fancy a drink afterwards, there is the Grapes pub 5 minutes away, you will have passed this on the way in.

Don't forget that it is still winter so we can expect some bracing sea breezes so please dress accordingly with sufficient layers. There will be the usual coffee and packed lunch stops. Walk leader is Sharon Westhead.

Directions

Directions to Formby Point are fairly well signposted with brown National Trust - Formby Point signs. Take the main Formby turn, off the A565 Southport / Liverpool road. Follow the road into Formby, through a junction with the Grapes pub on your right then pick up the Formby Point signs. Go over the level crossing at Freshfield station, past all the footballers' houses and the car park is at the bottom of that road.

The quickest route is to go to the end of the M58 and then follow the signs for Formby and Southport. This route takes about an hour. Other routes are through Ormskirk, Leyland or Preston which all take well over an hour.

For those that like tinkering with their Sat Navs the address and postcode for the car park is: Victoria Road, near Formby, Liverpool L37 1JL and the National Grid Reference: SD 27410 08225.

Alternatively, you could try this link to the relevant part of the National Trust website

Walking News : January 2017

Next walk - Darwen Tower and moors, Roddlesworth woods and Tockholes - Saturday 4th February 10:30am

A favourite area for many, this walk of about 7 miles starts via Ryal Fold and Earnsdale reservoir before ascending to Jubilee Tower erected in 1898 to commemorate Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee. The walk then continues onto the moors to the south, before descending to Hollinshead Hall, an 18th Century ruin, set in woodland. From here the walk enters Roddlesworth woods ultimately passing between reservoirs built in the mid nineteenth century to help supply Liverpool with water. The walk continues to the outlying lanes of Tockholes before returning to the Royal Arms via bridle-paths and fields on the eastern side of the village.

There are several points on the walk that people can break off and return easily to the car park or pub if so desired. Conditions underfoot vary from good to very muddy and it is almost always windy up at the Tower.

Starting 10.30 am at the Royal Arms, Tockholes Road, Tockholes, BB3 0PA. Lat/Long: 53.688927,-2.508497, GR: SD665215 There is plenty of free parking available close to the Royal Arms at the Roddlesworth Information Centre where there are toilets and Vaughn's cafe.

The weather is likely to be cold, given the time of year, so windproof and waterproof clothing is essential. Gloves and hat are advised and you should bring food and hot drink to sustain you on this walk.

Directions: From Blackburn, Livesey Branch Road A6062 then Heys Lane and Tockholes Road. The car park is roughly 2 miles from crossing over the motorway and a mile beyond Tockholes.

Hope to see you there!

Walking News : January 2017

Sawley - Saturday 7 January 10:30am

An undemanding and short low level route to kick start the New Year and accommodate possible inclement weather. The walk distance is about 6.5 miles. Leaving from the car park at the Spread Eagle at Sawley we will initially take the Ribble Way to start to trace a clockwise circular route, going across the A59 towards Rimington Bridge. Skirting south of Rimington in a short climb we will follow Ings Beck past the old Downham Mill. Crossing Rimington Lane and the railway line we will take a direct route back to Sawley again crossing over the A59, and passing the abbey ruins, before arriving back at the Spread Eagle.

Expect cold weather, so dress accordingly. We're not going high but the way under foot will be a mixture of farm tracks and fields so be prepared for some muddy conditions if wet -it is the Ribble Valley after all! There will be the usual coffee and packed lunch stops.

Directions: A59 to Sawley. At bottom of Sawley Brow take turn to Sawley Abbey and Bolton-by-Bowland. In the village, a sharp left-hand bend is where the Spread Eagle is (postcode: BB7 4NH) and where the walk starts. GR: SD 776466

Hope to see you there!

Walking News : November 2016

Tunbrook woods and the Ribble Way (5.5 miles) - Saturday 17 December 10:30am

This shorter walk is ideal for a short winter's day and an antidote to Christmas shopping (though if you feel the need to see Santa, it may be possible). Starting from the car park at Brockholes Nature Reserve near Junction 31 of the M6, we head North on the Ribble Way (and Guild Wheel) to ascend Boilton Wood. On leaving the wood, we follow its curtilage around Red Scar Wood and the ancient woodland of Tunbrook Woods (nature reserve). From the boundary of Roman Way industrial estate some flat fields bring us back to the Ribble Way after crossing Tunbrook Wood again. The Ribble Way goes along a cul-de-sac tarmac road before our final crossing of Tunbrook Woods after which, we rejoin our outward track and return to the car park.

Expect cold weather, so dress accordingly. We're not going high and most of the walk should be on solid terrain, though fields will be what they'll be. As it is a shorter walk, a coffee stop will be the only planned stop. Walk leader is Graham Harwood.

The car park at Brockholes is £6 for over 4 hours, so it is worth sharing lifts. It is sometimes possible to park outside the reserve on the access road. This adds 3/4 mile to the walk. Meet at the car park for a 10:30am departure.

Directions

Postcode: PR5 0AG. From Samlesbury: At the roundabout of the M6 J31 and A59 you need to go all the way round the double roundabout as if you where going to head back along the A59 towards Samlesbury. As you come round the roundabout past the Tickle Trout Service Station stay in the left hand lane. Just before the traffic lights, take the FIRST exit signed "Brockholes Nature Reserve" heading north over the river (adjacent to the off-ramp slip road). Follow this road left, round doubling back and under the slip road bridge to the site entrance.

Walking News : November 2016

Hebden Bridge and Great Rock from Heptonstall (7.25 miles) - Saturday 12 November 10:00am

Postponed until further notice due to leader injury.

Please note earlier start.

Starting from the car park next to the community centre in Heptonstall, we will walk down into the outskirts of Hebden Bridge and on to the towpath of the Rochdale Canal. After a stroll of a couple of miles along the towpath we will climb steadily upwards to reach Great Rock. From Great Rock we will set of across fields, in many parts along stone-flagged ancient causeways following the Calderdale Way. A bit further along we will drop down to join the Pennine Way to cross Colden Water at a delightful glen. Leaving the Pennine Way we will continue to follow the Calderdale Way along some more causeways, traversing the top of Hepstonstall Crags back into Hepstonstall and the car park.

This is a walk that SEGS did many years ago and was enjoyed greatly by all who came along. Let's hope the weather is kind to us next Saturday so that we can savour the South Pennine scenery again

There is one steep descent into Hebden Bridge and a steady climb up to Great Rock, otherwise the terrain is fairly easy going, undulating across typical South Pennine farmland, in many places on causey stones.

As usual bring a packed lunch, drinks, snacks etc. Although if the weather stays cold this week I do not expect to make our breaks too long.

Finally, there are a couple of pubs in the heart of Heptonstall, about 300 yards from the car park.

The distance is in the region of 7.25 miles, so we should be back at the car park between 2:00 and 2:30 pm (depending on the length of refreshment breaks, pauses to catch breath etc!).

Traveling from Salesbury/Wilpshire:

Heptonstall is about 25 miles from Wilpshire and should take around 50 to 60 mins.

There are two recognised car parks in Hepstonstall. The one that we shall be using is signposted off the main street through Heptonstall, a hundred yards or so in the Hebden Bridge direction out of the centre of Heptonstall. (The other car park - that we shall NOT be using as it now gets very busy with residents - is down a very narrow alleyway in the centre of the village.)

To get to the car park if you are arriving from the Hebden Bridge direction you need to turn left along Valley View Road, shortly after you start to come into the outskirts of the village. If you have driven to Heptonstall along the Long Causeway then you will be approaching from the north and will need to drive right through the cobbled main street of the village and before you leave the outskirts turn right into Valley View Road.

Most of you will have your preferred way of getting to Heptonstall, but for those of you that haven't, here's a suggested route:

The distance is about 30 miles and should take around 50 mins.
Post code for the Hepstonstall Social and Bowling Club in Acre Lane (next door to the car park park) is: HX7 7LT
National Grid reference: SD 98750 27670

Hope to see you there!

Walking News : October 2016

Penyghent from Helwith Bridge - Saturday 15 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 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.

Walking News : August 2016

Next Walk: Black Tower, Roughlee. Saturday 24th September 2016 10:30am

Another trip to Pendle Witch country, this time visiting Blacko Tower.

Starting from the car park at the Pendle Heritage Centre in Barrowford, this is a walk of around 8 miles. which follows sections of the Pendle Way. On leaving Barrowford we will walk alongside Pendle Water to Blacko Foot, with views of Blacko (or Stansfield) Tower. We shall go on then via Brown Hill and White Hough to Newchurch in Pendle, with extensive views of the back of Pendle. The return to Barrowford from Newchurch goes via Noggarth Cottage. There are no major climbs, but quite a lot of ups and downs. The terrain is varied with some decent paths and woodland tracks in places but we shall be walking mainly across grassy fields. A few sections can be a bit muddy, so boots and gaiters are advised. There are a number of stiles.

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

Finally, there are pubs in Barrowford near the car park and Noggarth Cottage serves Teas, Ice Creams etc.

Directions:

Take the M65 East, leaving at Junction 13, A682 (SP Kendal). Follow A682 (SP Kendal, Barrowford) and go most of the way through Barrowford. Go straight across mini roundabout, Booths supermarket on left. Take next right over bridge just before Toll House. Car park (free), is on the left. Time ~ 30 mins

Walking News : July 2016

Impromptu Walk: Wild Roeburndale. Saturday 6th August 2016 10:30am

There will be an impromptu walk on the first Saturday of August from Wray, north east of Lancaster. It is eight miles starting from Bridge House Farm Cafe LA2 8QP (GR606675), from where we'll ascend onto moorland before crossing into the valley to drop down to the ancient woodland before following the River Roeburn through Outhwaite Wood back to the bridge at the start.

The moorland and areas around the valley can be tough going under foot so stout footwear and, if desired, walking poles are an advantage. Bring a pack lunch and plenty to drink plus protection from the weather (sun screen/ waterproofs etc.)

Directions: M6 junction 34 follow A683 (Kirkby Lonsdale), turning right in about 4 miles to reach Wray. Through the village, the cafe is just over the bridge. The entrance to the car park, where there is plenty of space, is about 100m further on.

Walk programme 2015-16

          Date        Location                        			Leader
          26-Sep-2015 Grindleton                          		Julie Foote
          18-Oct-2015 Majestic Pendle                         	        Sharon Westhead
          14-Nov-2015 Hoghton and Leeds Liverpool canal                 Tony Gaffney
          19-Dec-2015 Chipping                                  	Andy Clayton
          9-Jan-2016  Wilpshire parish boundary walk                   	Stuart Hirst
          6-Feb-2016  Ramsbottom                                        Graham Harwood
          5-Mar-2016  Crummack Dale                	                Alan Walkden
          16-Apr-2016 Haworth                             	        Annette Patterson
          7-May-2016  Cartmel and Hampsfell                             John Conway
          4-Jun-2016  Under Wolf Fell                                   Andy Clayton
        

Walking News : May 2016

Next Walk: Under Wolf Fell. Saturday 4th June 2016 10:30am

Our next walk is the one postponed from the time of winter storms last December. Lighter days of spring and, with luck, nice weather should make this walk all the more enjoyable. It takes us from Chipping to the southern end of the Bowland range across fields, farm tracks, woodland etc. We'll be next to and below the local fells but not on them. The highest point of the walk is around 230m above sea level. (Chipping is about 110m above sea level).

We'll walk from the car park in Chipping across fields and through some woodland to Windy Hill. Then on to Lickhurst Farm via Ginney Hey and Stanley. North to Dinkling Green Farm to curve around beneath Long Knotts to Higher Greystoneley. Along the track through the woods to Lower Greystoneley and on to skirt around Knott Hill. Then back across fields to Leagram Hall and finally Chipping.

The walk is 7 miles in length and starts from the car park in Chipping (Pay and Display). The post code is BB2 5JH. Bring lunch, and a friend or two, and don't forget boots and clothing, sunscreen, etc. suitable for the time of year.

Walking News : May 2016

Next Walk: Hampsfell Hospice and Cartmel Priory - Saturday 7th May 2016 10:30am

On this seven mile varied walk, we cross the race course at Cartmel and head up to Walton Hall. Then through Well Knowe woods to the 1st view point of Morecambe bay where we can have a coffee. Our route takes us through a farm, with outdoor piglets, to the sleepy hamlet of Beck Side. Passing Aynsome Manor, the climb starts to Hampsfell via another picturesque off road hamlet of Longlands. After ascending to a limestone pavement we get the 1st glimpse of the Hospice fort-shaped viewpoint. Climbing the stone steps up the Hospice we then get 360 degree views of the Cumbrian mountains, Yorkshire Dales, Morecambe bay and even the outline of Snowdonia on a clear day! Following the ridge towards Fell End we descend into Cartmel passing the Priory which is well worth a visit.

The weather is forecast to be considerably warmer than the cold snap at the end of April, so should make for a pleasant day out.

Location:

We will start at 10:30am from Cartmel racecourse following blue P signs - it is the only car park in the village. From M6 J36 take A590 towards Grange, Newby Bridge, Barrow etc. Take exit towards Cartmel/Low Newton (shortly after Grange turnoff) - it is then 3 miles along the lanes to Cartmel. Parking on the racecourse is well signposted from the square

Cartmel has plenty of cafes and pubs including the Royal Oak, which has a nice beer garden skirting the river Eea and Unsworth's microbrewery.

Walking News : March 2016

Next Walk: Haworth (Top Withins SD981353) - Saturday 16th April 2016 10:30am

This is a moderate 8.1 mile walk, taking approximately 4 hours, starting in the village of Haworth. The bleak beauty of the moorland above Haworth is highly restorative and offers a distinct contrast to the quaint, but bustling village nestling below. The route takes in sections of the Bronte Way and Pennine Way, visiting the sisters' moorland haunts including the Bronte bridge and waterfall (where the sisters were said to take turns sitting and writing their first novels) and Top Withins (the derelict farmhouse reputed to be the setting for the farmstead Wuthering Heights).

For those preferring a shorter walk, a 4 mile linear walk to the bridge and waterfall and return, may be an attractive option.

The paths are generally well made and distinct, though we will need to negotiate a couple of kissing gates, plus one squeeze stile and some stepping stones across a stream. Dogs will need to be controlled for the majority of the route.

Location:

We will meet at 10.30am outside the Tourist Office in Haworth, adjacent to the Haworth Steam Brewing Company, at the top of Main Street.

Car parking:

There are a few opportunities for roadside parking otherwise there are a number of car parks ~ the most convenient is the one adjacent to the museum shop with toilet facilities, as this is where the walk will finish. The charge is £4 for the day. It may also be possible to park on a pub car park if you intend a visit post-walk. Travel time to Haworth from Wilpshire is 45-50 minutes given normal traffic conditions.

Walking News : February 2016

Next Walk: Crummack Dale - Saturday 5th March 2016 10:30am

A trip north for this 9 mile walk starting in Clapham, near Settle,takes us to classic limestone country. From the Church in Clapham, we'll walk up "Long Lane Trail" overlooking Ingelborough Caves and continue along the Pennine Bridleway to Sulber Nick. Great views on Clear days! Ingelborough one side & Pen-y-Ghent in front. From there, we drop down to Crummack Dale towards Nappa Scars along "Thwaite Lane (Track)" and back to St James Church.

Directions:

Walk start from Clapham, St James Church 10.30am SD745693. There is parking near the church or the Car Park next to the New Inn.

Walking News : January 2016

Next Walk: Ramsbottom - Saturday 6th February 2016 10:30am

This seven mile heritage walk will take us south to the 'Valley of the Ram', home of the East Lancashire Railway, where the Flying Scotsman has recently been tested after a £4.2m refurbishment. Our walk will walk cover old cobbled roads providing views of Irwell Vale, the fells of Rossendale, Scout Moor, Cheesden and south to the conurbations of Bury and beyond. We'll never be far from a stream, brook or river in this old Lancashire weaving region. As well as walking through sheltered woodland, our walk through urban areas provides interest in old buildings.

Starting at Holcombe below the monument to Sir Robert Peel, we'll descend to Peel Walk and Brooksbottoms to meet the River Irwell. Due to winter storms and flood damage, some local bridges are either closed or damaged beyond repair but we'll be able to walk into Ramsbottom along the Irwell Valley Way (which is also a sculpture trail) and trough Nuttal Park. Lunch will be taken in Ramsbottom where if the weather is kind there is seating outdoors or, if not, shelter in cafes or other hostelries. Ramsbottom's Entwistle's Deli, home of Lancashire Sauce, is also purveyor of legendary meat pies from Cissy Green's Bakery in Haslingden as well as sandwiches, hot soup etc. Food is also available at the Fish and Chip shop, The Cultured Bean Cafe and the Irwell Works Brewery Tap. This craft brewery situated in the renovated Irwell Steam, Tin, Copper and Iron works has been brewing since 2010 and as well as offering views of the brewing process, has eight real ales and two ciders on draught and also supplies food at lunchtime.

We'll reconvene at the 'Tilted Vase' sculpure that is part of the Irwell Valley sculpture trail. From the town centre we'll rejoin Peel Walk up to Carr, via Top Wood and Ox Hey Wood to Stubbins behind the old Porritt mill. Here, we're on the Stubbins Estate and see the Tentering Tower during a climb through woods emerging from Buckden Wood (NT) onto Moor Road. Having gained height on the side of Holcombe moor we can enjoy a stroll back to the car park with splendid views ahead to the south. This part of the walk is exposed and can be windy so good wind/waterproof clothing is essential.

The terrain is generally good under foot with no unduly boggy ground to contend with, though by the rivers it will be muddy. Being winter, warm clothing and stout footwear, gloves and hat will be essential. A hot drink and snacks/packed lunch should also be brought unless you plan to obtain food in Ramsbottom where we'll take a break in the walk about halfway.

Directions:

We're starting from the car park on Lumb Carr Road (B6214) nearest the Peel Tower from Ramsbottom. The post code is BL8 4NN, the grid reference SD781162 and lat/long 53.642272,-2.33461. A number of routes are available to get there from the Wilpshire area, the shortest at 15 miles/28 minutes is the M65 to Guide (J5 Shadsworth) then 1st left at the roundabout (B6232 Grane Road) to Helmshore taking the right down Holcombe Road (B6235) at the Holden Arms. Follow this road, it becomes Helmshore Road by the White Horse. Continue on a further 2.8 miles and the car park is on the left. Alternatives are M65/A56 to Ramsbottom at 20 miles 32 minutes, but it can be slow getting through Ramsbottom, and the other is via Roman Road and Edgworth.

Walking News : December 2015

Next Walk: Wilpshire parish boundary walk. Saturday 9th January 2016 10:30am

NOTE: December's walk 'Under Wolf Fell' has been postponed until later next year.

Welcome in the new year and get that fitness resolution off to a good start by joining us on a local walk around the Wilpshire parish boundary.

The walk will finish with pea and ham soup at the Wilpshire Hotel (numbers to John Wainwright, please).

Walking News : October 2015

Next Walk: Hoghton, Leeds Liverpool canal. Saturday 14th November 2015 10:30am

After our circuit of Pendle in October, we're off to the wild west with an eight mile circular walk from Pleasington taking in the local hills before descending to Hoghton Bottoms and around the woods past Hoghton Tower. Near Riley Green we will join the Leeds Liverpool canal before returning along the River Darwen passing underneath the spectacular Hoghton railway viaduct before our return to the starting point.

The walk is 8 miles and starts from the Butler's Arms in Victoria Road, Pleasington. The post code is BB2 5JH. Probably a muddy walk at this time of year so as well as lunch, and a friend or two don't forget boots and clothing etc. suitable for the time of year.

Directions: From the A677 Preston New Road, Blackburn, traffic lights at Billinge End, follow Billinge End Road to Pleasington, where the Butler's is on the right just before the railway station. Alternatively from A674 Preston Old Road, take Pleasington Lane near the Fielden's Arms and follow through to Victoria Road where the Butler's will be on the left just after the railway station.

Walking News : October 2015

Next Walk: Majestic Pendle. Sunday 18th October 2015 10:00am

Note change of advertised day - Now SUNDAY because of fell race event taking place on Saturday.

Majestic Pendle takes a less tortuous route to the summit of Pendle hill through famous witch country, passing through Newchurch-in-Pendle before going via Ratten Clough to ascend Apronfull Hill (another well) and the summit of Pendle by the top of Ogden Clough. From Pendle Big End, a choice of descents return us to Barley.

The walk is approximately 10 miles and starts from the car park in Barley. Stout boots and gear for the hills are necessary as well as a packed lunch. Refreshments are available in Barley.

Directions:From the A59, Chatburn, head through Downham on Pendle Road. turning right on Twiston Moor onto Barley Lane, descending into Barley where the car park is left in the village. Alternatively, Barley can be accessed via Higham, Fence or Barrowford, which although easily accessible from the M65, all require more steep country lanes to be navigated.

Walking News : September 2015

Next Walk: Grindelton. Saturday 26th September 2015

A start to the new season's walks with an exploration of the Grindleton area.

An 8 mile panoramic walk starting from the grounds of Bowland School and taking in a pleasant walk along the River Ribble before setting off on the ascent to Samphrey Hill above Grindleton, from where lovely views towards Pendle Hill and Clitheroe can be had. We then pass King Henry�s Well and proceed through woods to the trig point on Beacon Hill to see another wonderful panorama, before descending down a pleasant route to Sawley and back to our starting point.

Directions:From the A59, cross the Ribble at either West Bradford and turn right for Grindleton passing through the village to the school on the left or Sawley and turn left following the road until the school is found on the right. The address is Sawley Rd, Grindleton, Clitheroe BB7 4QS.

Walking News : April 2015

Next Walk: Long Meg and her Daughters in the Eden Valley. Sunday 7th and Sunday 21st June

This walk celebrates thirty years since the SEGS group led its first walk in June 1985 from Salesbury Hall to Edisford Bridge with a party of Salesbury School pupils.

We last visited Long Meg and her Daughters in September 1991 on a youth hostel weekend at Dufton. On that occasion, the children were climbing all over this ancient stone circle reputed to be older than Stonehenge. If you're wondering what Long Meg looks like, there are some photos in the gallery, though the people featured in them no longer look the same. We're running the walk twice, possibly because it's so good, but more likely because the original walk organiser cannot do it on the 7th. Therefore you have a choice of two dates and less of an excuse to miss it.

This is a departure from our usual walk day of Saturday - we are walking on Sunday because we'll use Dalesrail to get to the start, though alternative travel is possible. As a consequence, it is a full day out, starting in the morning with the scenic journey on the Settle-Carlisle line across the legendary Ribblehead viaduct as far as Lazonby and Kirkoswald, where the walk will commence around midday.

The walk itself is around eight miles in the scenic Eden valley. The route is easy going along the valley by the banks of the river Eden then climbing around 100m towards Glassonby before visiting the stone circle that gives the walk its name. From there we descend to Little Salkeld where, time permitting, refreshments can be obtained at the tea room at the mill. We follow along to Hunsonby and Winskill before crossing a shallow valley to Langwathby from where we'll take the train home. We should be in good time to enjoy drinks or a meal at the Shepherds Inn.

The train from Ramsgreave and Wilpshire is 09:33 to Lazonby and Kirkoswald arriving 11:56. The return is from Langwathby at 18:25 arriving Ramsgreave and Wilpshire 20:29. The fare is £16.90 for a full price adult, £25.30 for a duo, £8.25 for a child and £11.15 with a railcard.

Walk programme

More details of these walks on the programme page.

            Date        Location                        			Leader
            27-Sep-2014 Dalton Crags                          		Alan Walkden
            11-Oct-2014 Gannow Fell, Cutler's Hill, Dutton          	John Robinson
            22-Nov-2014 Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge 			Sharon Westhead
            6-Dec-2014 Alum Scar                                   	Tony Gaffney
            10-Jan-2015 Wilpshire local walk                            	John Wainwright
            7-Feb-2015 Entwistle Strawbury Duck Circular                   Stuart Hirst
            7-Mar-2015 Hodder Valley, Dunsop Bridge                	Annette Patterson
            18-Apr-2015 Barbon Low Fell                             	Graham Harwood
            7-Jun-2015 Langwathby, Long Meg and her Daughters, Eden Valley Graham Harwood
            21-Jun-2015 Langwathby, Long Meg and her Daughters, Eden Valley Jim Wolstencroft
          

Walking News : March 2015

Next Walk: Barbon Low Fell - Saturday 18th April 2015 10:30am

This is an 8 mile circular walk through the bluebell woods of Barbon Park and onto the southern end of the Howgill Fells north of Kirkby Lonsdale. As we skirt around the back of Barbon Low Fell and emerge via Casterton Fell onto Browthwaite we should have fine views of Morecambe Bay and the Bowland Fells to the south. Descending towards Casterton we return to Barbon via the grounds of the Whelprigg Estate.

The walk is moderately easy and follows well made paths and bridleways. Whilst stoney, bogginess and mud should be minimal.

Directions: We're starting from the church in Barbon. To get there from the south, leave M6 at junction 34 heading east towards Caton/Claughton/Hornby on the A683. Keep left on the A683 to the A65 near Kirkby Lonsdale where you turn left but don't cross the Lune Bridge outside the town but instead turn immediately right on the A683 through Casterton to a right turn into Barbon in three miles. An alternative to the M6 is take the A65 from Gisburn. The church is on the far side of the village where you'll find some parking spaces on the right hand side of the road just past a cul-de-sac called Barnrigg.

Hopefully it will be a lovely spring day but remember to bring suitable warm and waterproof clothing and boots, which. may be essential on the fell tops.

Walking News : March 2015

Next Walk: Dunsop Bridge and Whitewell via Crag Stones 7th March 2015 10:00am

This is a lovely, varied walk encompassing conifer woodland, open moorland, riverside paths and meadowland, all within the Forest of Bowland AONB. Whilst the views from Crag Stones are splendid, at this time of year the ground will be boggy in places, so appropriate footwear is essential. The walk is approximately 8 miles, so we will be setting off from the car park at Dunsop Bridge (grid ref. SD661501) at the slightly earlier time of 10.00am. The parking fee is £1.80 but it is possible to park elsewhere nearby.

Heading towards Crag Stones (SD696475), the paths are generally good and once atop, we will hopefully be rewarded with spectacular views; including those of Pen-y-Ghent and Ingleborough. We then drop down to Sulphur Spa (SD681471) and Crimpton on our way to Whitewell. The final leg is a pleasant riverside walk back to Dunsop Bridge.

The walk should take approximately 4 ½ hours with the usual stops. It is a relatively easy walk for the most part, offering some challenge on the open moorland around Crag Stones.

Directions: The car park is in Dunsop Bridge (SD660501) and normally approached northwards from Whitewell either from Longridge/Chipping direction via Gibbon Bridge or Clitheroe/Whalley via Chaigley and Bashall Eaves. Allow 40 minutes from Wilpshire area.

Suitable warm and waterproof clothing and boots required for the weather, which is likely to be cold at this time of year.

Walking News : January 2015

Next Walk: Strawbury Duck Circular 7th February 2015 10:30am

Our next walk is a moderately easy and enjoyable route around the three reservoirs of Turton and Edgworth. The walk is approximately 7 miles long, which should take under 4 hours including customary lunch and brew stops. The paths are generally good and suitable for the wet and inclement weather to be expected at this time of year although as usual warm clothing and good boots are recommended. From Turton and Entwistle Reservoir, constructed in 1838 by a consortium of bleachers and mill owners of the Bradshaw Brook, Croal and Irwell Valleys, we cross the moorland down to Turton Tower which dates back to 1420 and is now a museum and incorporates a restored 19th century waterwheel. From there we track around the most recent of the 3 reservoirs, Jumbles, completed in 1970. Then up through Turton Bottoms on to the final reservoir, Wayoh, completed in 1876, reaching Entwistle Station and the wonderfully styled Strawberry Duck pub for appropriate refreshments. The car park is then a short walk back across the dam.

We last did a walk similar to this on a frozen Saturday in January 2003. The photos from that walk can be seen in the gallery and give a good indication of the sights and route this walk will encounter.

Starting Point: Assemble at the Turton and Entwistle Reservoir Car Park (pay and display) ref 722172 for 10.30am start.

An interesting and eco friendly alternative to the usual car journey to the start, this walk is ideally suited to a short train journey from Wilpshire to Entwistle on the Manchester line. By all means join our walk leader at 9.45am at Wilpshire Station.

Directions:

By car - take the M65 to Junction 4 (Darwen) and follow the A666 through Darwen. Approx 4 miles from the town centre turn left taking the B6391 Greens Arms Road (posted Chapeltown/Turton Tower). Approx 2 miles along you’ll pass a left turn posted ‘Batridge Barn Car Park’. Go 200 yards past this taking the next left and following the brown tourist sign posted ‘Entwistle Reservoir / Batridge Road’ to the car park situated just before the dam.

By train – assemble at Wilpshire Station to take the 9.59am train to Manchester Victoria. Alight at Entwistle Station (10.22am) which is the first stop after Darwen and Sough Tunnel. From the Strawberry Duck pub by the station follow the road across the dam to the car park at the opposite end. Given that NothWestern trains don’t always run to German levels of punctuality we suggest be on the station at 9.45am at the latest. Return train time from Entwistle is 15.36pm (Wilpshire 15.57pm) with a later alternative 16.38pm (Wilpshire 17.05pm).

Suitable warm and waterproof clothing and boots required for the weather, which is likely to be cold at this time of year.

Walking News : Christmas 2014

New Year walk 10th January 2015 10:00am from Salesbury

Season's greetings from SEGS and best wishes for the new year. After recharging your batteries we hope you can join us early in 2015 for a local walk

Note for this walk the start time is 10.00am and no lunch is required as both it and breakfast will be available.

We will meet at 10.00 am at Salesbury Memorial Hall on Ribchester Road where we can drink coffee and eat bacon butties available from Wilpshire Wanders Football Club at the rear of the hall (at a small charge). The walk will proceed via Harwood Fold and Mire Wood to the beautiful Oxendale Hall at Osbaldeston . Uphill from there takes us to the summit of Mellor Moor site of a former Roman signalling station and the underground nuclear blast monitoring station, opened in July 1959 and decommissioned in October 1968. This is where there is also a Millennium disc and viewpont under which there is a time capsule put together by pupils of St. Mary's school. Hopefully a clear day will enable views to the west coast and fells to the north.

We will return by crossing Saccary Lane, passing Midge Hall and Ribble Valley kennels. The final stretch will take us back up Ribchester Road to the Wilpshire Hotel where soup and sandwiches will be laid on at nominal cost. In view of catering requirements it would be really useful if the organiser be advised as to numbers attending by email.

Suitable warm and waterproof clothing required and boots - probably wellies for the weather, which is likely to be cold in January on the moor exposed to the westerly wind.

Walking News : December 2014

Next walk: Alum Scar from Mellor - Saturday December 6th 10:30am

This seven mile ramble takes us past the Stanley House Hotel and around the Woodfold Hall estate, over the Yellow Hills and through Alum Scar, returning to Mellor via the old Park Road bridlepath and Mellor Hill.

It's a local walk starting at 10.30am from the War Memorial opposite the Millstone Hotel (BB2 7JR), situated on Mellor Lane, Mellor.

Don't forget to bring lunch, a friend if you wish and clothing suitable for the weather (i.e. boots, waterproofs etc.)

Walking News : November 2014

Next walk: Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge - Saturday November 22nd 10:30am

This scenic six mile walk takes us through the delightful woodland around Hardcastle Crags to the hamlet of Walshaw. From Shackleton Knoll the route will follow Crimsworth Dean Valley down to Hebden Dale and back to the start. Hebden Bridge has plenty of attractions for post walk entertainment including refreshment and chic shops.

The meeting place for the start is Midgehole National Trust Car Park. There are 2 – the first one is on the right and free for National Trust Members. The 2nd one is round the corner above the the 1st one. £5 on Saturdays for non Nat Trust members. Meet for a 10:30am start.

Directions: Midgehole Car Park: J9 M65 and follow signs for Halifax. Take the A646 to Todmorden and through to Hebden Bridge. At lights in the middle of Hebden Bridge, take a left onto A6033 Keighley Road, and follow this uphill for about a mile. Look for a left fork up Midgehole Road and follow through to the car park on the right.

Don't forget to bring lunch, a friend if you wish and clothing suitable for the weather (i.e. boots, waterproofs etc.)

Walking News : October 2014

Next walk: Gannow Fell, Cutler's Hill, Dutton from the New Drop Inn - Saturday October 11th 10:30am

This is a relatively easy walk for Autumn exploring the west end of Longridge Fell. For those that don't like climbing, the good news is we're starting near the top and there should be great views. Meet for a 10:30am start at the New Drop Inn car park.

Directions: From entering Ribchester from Blackburn, take first right - Stoneygate Lane - after The Ribchester Arms. Straight across at cross roads (B6243). At next cross roads turn right - The New Drop corner car park immediately on right.

Don't forget to bring lunch, a friend if you wish and clothing suitable for the weather (i.e. boots, waterproofs etc.)

Walking News : September 2014

Next walk: Dalton Crags - Saturday September 27th 10:30am

Our first walk of the season is a great introduction to the cooler weather of Autumn. Alan will lead us over the crags at Dalton with great views from Hutton Roof. This seven mile ramble in the north of our area will pass Dalton old Hall Farm, Coat Green, Dalton Crags and Hutton Roof Crags. Meet Dalton Crags car park and picnic area, GR: SD552761.

Directions: The car park is 3km east of Burton-in-Kendal services on the M6. Take M6 to Junction 35 Take A6 turn right past Pine Lakes. Next Junction take A6070 to Burton In Kendal . Sign post saying Hutton Roof on right, just before Burton. After approximately 2 miles there is a picnic area and car park on left.

Walking News : May 2014

Lune Valley, Caton, Aughton - Saturday May 31st 10:30am

The next walk in the programme is changed from Lancashire coast/Sunderland point to slightly nearer home at Caton near Lancaster. This 6.5 mile walk, easier than recent walks, explores this lovely part of the Lune valley going across farmland, along riverside paths, footbridges and woodland including Aughton Woods Nature Reserve and also some parkland.

We start from the Crook O'Lune car park at Caton, near Lancaster. (GR:SD521647) where Woodie's cafe and toilets are, north of the newly restored (£1m) Crook O'Lune Bridge over the River Lune to the east of Lancaster and M6. Parking here is £1 all day. OS maps - Landranger 97 / Explorer 4.

Directions: M6 Junction 34 then east on the A683 2 miles towards Caton. Just before the village, take a sharp left signposted "Crook O'Lune picnic site" Follow the road over the bridge over the Lune to the car park a few hundred metres on the right. Start is 10:30am prompt.

Walk programme

More details of these walks on the programme page.

14-Sep-2013   Stainforth Yorkshire. Organised by Simon Davies.
19-Oct-2013   Hoghton Woods, Organised by Tony Gaffney.
9-Nov-2014    Kirkby Lonsdale. Organised by John Robinson.
8-Dec-2013    Roughlee and Newchurch in Pendle Organised by Graham Harwood.
5-Jan-2014    Airton/Malham. Organised by Paul Ireland.
1-Feb-2014    Slaidburn/Newton. Organised by John Wainwright.
8-Mar-2014    West Pennine Moors. Organised by Alan Walkden.
5-Apr-2014    Langdales. Organised by John Conway.
3-May-2014    Walking weekend Saturday walk Organised by TBA.
4-May-2014    Walking weekend Sunday walk A shorter walk for our second day.
31-May-2014   Lune valley, Caton, Aughton. Lead by John Wainwright. 
			

Walking News : April 2014

Walking weekend Keswick, Cumbria, May 3rd/4th 2014

Our annual walking weekend is in the Lake District and based in Keswick for the bank holiday weekend. There will be walks on both Saturday and Sunday suitable for a range of abilities, and for those not walking, Keswick offers a multitude of activities to amuse visitors. The actual routes of walks will be decided on the evening before based on the weather forecast and the objectives of those walking. Anyone who is turning up on the day should arrive in good time to meet-up before we set off. An email to walks@segs.org.uk letting us know you are coming is always useful. The main party is staying at the YHA in Keswick and this will be the meeting point for the walk on Saturday morning, where we will congregate at 09:30 before setting off. There will be options for an easy lakeside walk and one that climbs the local fells. The Derwentwater launch can be used in combination with walks to enable access to more distant return or departure points. Walkers should come prepared for conditions typical of this time of year with stout footwear, warm and waterproof clothing and some food for the day out. The walks will aim to return late afternoon. The location of the Sunday walk will be discussed on Saturday, but is usually shorter than the previous day's walk.

Directions: The hostel is next to the river Greta off Station Road, Keswick, Cumbria. Sat nav postcode CA12 5LH. OS Grid ref: NY267235 Longitude: -3.13502 Latitude: 54.602104

Walking News : February 2014

White Coppice, Goyt Valley and Great Hill walk - 10:30am Saturday 8th March 2014

At just over 8 miles this walk will take us from the open moorland of the west Pennine moors down to the rural beauty of White Coppice and the wooded Goyt valley then over before returning over Withnell moor and Roddlesworth plantation to the car-park.

It is a moorland and woodland walk with good views from Great Hill on clear days. We'll walk down off Great Hill to the cricket field at White Coppice for a coffee stop.

From White Coppice the walk travels along the Goyt then over Withnell Moor to Roddlesworth Woods for a spot of lunch. It's a great walk through the woods up the old Preston to Bolton coach road to Hollins Hall.

After the walk there is the chance to call at the Black Bull, Tockholes, home of the Three B's brewery for refreshments.

Directions: M65 J3 A675 Bolton Road through Abbey Village. Follow A-road for just under three miles across open moorland. Take the first left into minor road and the car park is on the left. GR: SD665191

Walking News : January 2014

Slaidburn-Newton-Slaidburn Loop

Chris Bell Memorial Walk (29 April 1988 - 19 January 2003)

This walk starts in Slaidburn and takes in surrounding pasture land with a gradual rise up onto Easington Fell with views of Gisburn Forest to the North and Bradford and Newton Fells to the South. We then drop down to Foulscales Brook to join the River Hodder towards Newton Bridge. It is then a gentle stroll back down the banks of the river passing Great Dunnow Wood and Dunnow Hall arriving back in Slaidburn. The route is about 7.5 miles. Start from the pay and display car park in Slaidburn. Setting off time as usual 10.30 am sharp.

As we have on the odd occasion in the past, we will forego lunch on the fells to (a) ensure we keep warm and (b) because it is a good idea. Instead soup and sandwiches have been arranged to be available on return to Slaidburn in the Hark to Bounty. Numbers need to be pre-ordered and therefore a head count of will be taken of those who which to participate prior to setting off.

Coffee stops and general taking in the view rests as required.

The participation of food within the hostelry will not delay our return as we need to be showered and ready for the start of the 6 Nations with the kick off for the France v England match at 5.00 pm.

Directions: 17 miles from Wilpshire through Clitheroe, Waddington, over Waddington Fell, through Newton, into Slaidburn turn right down to the river and the car park is on the left before the bridge just before leaving the village.

Our previous walk to start the new year, we visited Malham and was enjoyed by 13 walkers plus Geoffrey, a dog. The pictures are now in the gallery. Everyone is welcome to join us on walks. We go at an easy pace and stop for refreshments and never leave anyone behind. Fancy getting fit in 2014? Make a date in your diary to join us on the day - 10:30am start.

Walking News : December 2013

After the dullness our mid December walk, we're looking forward to a trip to limestone country once again for our new year walk. Get 2014 off to a good start on Sunday 5th January with a trip to Malham. Details follow.

Note: The date of the walk has changed from Saturday the 4th January to Sunday the 5th.

Seasons greetings to all our walking friends.

Next walk - Sunday 5th January 2014 10:30am

Meet in Malham for a 10:30am start for a classic eight mile walk taking in Janet’s Foss, Weets Top, Calton, Airton and Hanlith.

Directions

Take A59 to Gisburn, at the mini-roundabout turn left onto the A682 towards Long Preston. Turn right onto the B6253 signposted Hellifield. Turn Right signposted Skipton and then left signposted Malham. We start from the Yorkshire Dales National Park car park in Malham.

Walking News : November 2013

Next walk - Sunday 8th December 2013 10:30am

Our next walk around the foothills of Pendle Hill follows rivers and canals, but unlike last time, we won't be walking in them. Important to note is that for a change, it starts on a Sunday. At around seven miles, it is a moderate walk following Pendle Water to Roughlee. From there we head towards Newchurch-in-Pendle to eat our lunch in the shelter of Clarion House where hot drinks and snacks can be obtained. After lunch we start our return to Barrowford via a riverside walk ending up passing Barrowford locks on the Leeds and Liverpool canal. It should take 4 to 4.5 hours including refreshments. We start in between Barrowford and Colne from a car park by the canal and motorway.

Directions

Take the M65 to the end at junction 14 Colne. Take A6068 Vivary Way towards Colne to the first set of traffic lights. Turn left to Barrowford along B6247 for about a mile. Coming alongside Barrowford reservoir on your right the road rises to go over the motorway. Just before the bridge, take a left turn into Greenfield Road signed no through road, down which a short distance on your right is the car park. Location is SD869398 and a map to the location is on Streetmap here.

Walking News : October 2013

Next walk - . Saturday 9th November 2013 10:30am

Our next walk is around Kirkby Lonsdale taking in Sellet Mill and Sellet Hall and the village of Whittington, returning along the River Lune. It is a walk of approximately 10k/6 miles beginning at Devil's Bridge. There is a possibility of a detour to Ruskin's View for those that want to. The walk is low level but can be very wet in places, especially after rain, so waterproof boots are essential. It should take 3 to 3.5 hours including refreshments. Parking is free at Devil's Bridge just off the A683. There are plenty of hostelries in Kirkby Lonsdale for post-walk refreshments.

Directions

Directions:
Take A59 towards Skipton. At Gisburn turn left at roundabout -A682. At Long Preston turn left - A65. Continue on A65. Just before Kirkby Lonsdale turn right - A68 signposted Sedbergh. Devil's Bridge is on your left - the car park is on your right. From Wilpshire allow one hour travel time.

Walking News : September 2013

Next walk - Hoghton Woods. Saturday 19th October 2013 10:30am

Our second walk of the season is a local walk just west of Blackburn. This circular walk around Hoghton woods is just over 7 miles long and starts from the car park at the rear of the 'Clog & Billycock Inn' Pleasington and heads off in the direction of the new 'Wainwright memorial plaque' at Black Hill Delph near the Yellow Hills. The walk then descends Westwards towards Pleasington and Hoghton Bottoms and then clockwise around Hoghton Woods. Given decent weather the walk affords views towards the Lakes and the coast from the Wainwright memorial and in Hoghton Bottoms we pass under the spectacular Preston-Blackburn railway viaduct (circa 1844) across the River Darwen gorge. Further on as we circle Hoghton woods we cross the drive of Hoghton Tower the ancestral home of the de-Hoghton family since the 1560's.

Directions

From Wilpshire take the A666 through Brownhill and then over Revidge Road, through the traffic lights at the junction of Preston New Road Blackburn, continue along Billinge End Road until arriving at the 'Clog & Billycock' on the left hand side at Pleasington.

OS Grid Ref SD 651283 Sat Nav BB2 6QB

Walking News : September 2013

Following our walk planning meeting for the forthcoming programme of walks, we start with a re-visit to the excellent walk around Feizor in the Yorkshire Dales. This will give those a chance who missed it, to experience this enjoyable seven and a half mile ramble near Settle.

The full programme of monthly walks will be published soon and include West Pennine moors, Hoghton tower, Newchurch in Pendle, beaches in Lancashire, a trip to the Langdales and hopefully full details of walking weekend in May.

Next walk - Stainforth near Horton in Ribblesdale. Saturday 14th September 2013 10:30am

Our first walk of the season takes us to the Yorkshire Dales National Park for a seven and a half mile ramble in limestone country. Starting from the car park in Stainforth, (between Settle and Horton in Ribblesdale) we cross the Ribble, and walk to the top of Smearsett Scar (363m, with a Trig point), then down to the hamlet of Feizor. On via a green lane and though limestone fields, back to the river Ribble just north of Settle, then following the river to return to Stainforth. Walk length is 7.6 miles, and although there is a bit of climbing, and quite a few ladder stiles, it should be suitable for all. There are great views north to the three peaks, a tea shop in Feizor, and a pub in Stainforth. All the ingredients for ‘a grand day out’!

Directions to the start (Stainforth car park):
Take the A59 to Gisburn, north on A682 to Long Preston, north on A65 to Settle. Go into Settle, and then turn right on B6479 towards Horton in Ribblesdale. Stainforth is about 4 miles up this road. The car park (with toilets) is visible from the B6479. Parking is £4 for ‘more than 4 hours’. Or there is a limited amount of street parking in Stainforth. Allow around 50mins from Wilpshire area.

Walking News : July 2013

It's summer recess and the end of our season of walks. We hope you can join us for some more walks late summer through to late spring next year. We'll be having a walk planning meeting in September where suggestions and offers to lead walks are more than welcome. Look out for details here or subscribe to our ermails by sending an email to walks@segs.org.uk. In the meantime, have a look below and in our gallery where we've been walking. Any questions? Please contact us.

Walking News : June 2013

Witton Weavers Way Walking Festival - 10th-30th June 2013

Join in the fun and get some exercise this June at the 10th anniversary Witton Weavers Way Walking Festival. Daily walks and events are on offer across the Borough of Blackburn. The programme includes walks from short introductory ones through to more challenging ones including an ascent of Ingleborough and a 20 mile circular walk on the Witton Weavers Way.

For more information:

Tel: 01254 55423
Email: countryside@blackburn.gov.uk
Web: http://www.blackburn.gov.uk

Next walk - Stainforth near Horton in Ribblesdale. Saturday 29 June 2013 10:30am

Our last walk of the season takes us to the Yorkshire Dales National Park for a seven and a half mile ramble in limestone country. Starting from the car park in Stainforth, (between Settle and Horton in Ribblesdale) we will cross the Ribble, and walk to the top of Smearsett Scar (363m, with a Trig point), then down to the hamlet of Feizor. On via a green lane and though limestone fields, back to the river Ribble just north of Settle, then following the river to return to Stainforth. Walk length is 7.6 miles, and although there is a bit of climbing, and quite a few ladder stiles, it should be suitable for all. There are great views north to the three peaks, a tea shop in Feizor, and a pub in Stainforth. All the ingredients for ‘a grand day out’!

Directions to the start (Stainforth car park):
Take the A59 to Gisburn, north on A682 to Long Preston, north on A65 to Settle. Go into Settle, and then turn right on B6479 towards Horton in Ribblesdale. Stainforth is about 4 miles up this road. The car park (with toilets) is visible from the B6479. Parking is £4 for ‘more than 4 hours’. Or there is a limited amount of street parking in Stainforth. Allow around 50mins from Wilpshire area.

Walking News : Late May 2013

Next walk - Stainforth near Horton in Ribblesdale. Saturday 29 June 2013 10:30am

Our last walk of the season takes us to the Yorkshire Dales National Park for a seven and a half mile ramble in limestone country. Starting from the car park in Stainforth, (between Settle and Horton in Ribblesdale) we will cross the Ribble, and walk to the top of Smearsett Scar (363m, with a Trig point), then down to the hamlet of Feizor. On via a green lane and though limestone fields, back to the river Ribble just north of Settle, then following the river to return to Stainforth. Walk length is 7.6 miles, and although there is a bit of climbing, and quite a few ladder stiles, it should be suitable for all. There are great views north to the three peaks, a tea shop in Feizor, and a pub in Stainforth. All the ingredients for ‘a grand day out’!

Directions to the start (Stainforth car park):
Take the A59 to Gisburn, north on A682 to Long Preston, north on A65 to Settle. Go into Settle, and then turn right on B6479 towards Horton in Ribblesdale. Stainforth is about 4 miles up this road. The car park (with toilets) is visible from the B6479. Parking is £4 for ‘more than 4 hours’. Or there is a limited amount of street parking in Stainforth. Allow around 50mins from Wilpshire area.

Walking News : May 2013

Next walk - Castleton, Hope Valley, Derbyshire. Saturday and Sunday 4/5th May 10:00am

For our Saturday walk we have a ridge walk taking in Mam Tor, Hollins Cross and Lose Hill. On Sunday we aim to tackle Kinder Scout from Edale. Anyone is welcome to join us on the walks. Meet outside YHA Castleton Lose Hall before 10:00am.

Directions: Entrance to the YHA on the A625 from Sheffield/Hathersage is on the East end of the village. From the west, take the A625 from Chapel en le Frith following signs for Castleton Blue John Caverns and turn down the Winnats Pass (very steep). The detour signs from the west can be confusing and add considerably to the journey.

		Hostel: 	+44 845 371 9628
		Email: 		castleton@yha.org.uk
		OS Map: 	110
		OS Grid ref: 	SK153838
		Longitude: 	-1.7709569
		Latitude: 	53.351139
		Tourist Office: 01433 620679
		Website: 	http://www.visitcastleton.co.uk/
		

Walking News : April 2013

Next walk - A lot of reservoirs around Hurstwood. Saturday 13th April 10:30am

For anyone unfamiliar with the area south-east of Burnley where the Pennine bridleway and Mary Townley Loop is, this is a chance for an exploration of that area. Starting from the car park at Hurstwood, we will walk alongside Cant Clough reservoir to Gorple upper reservoir and then to Widdop reservoir. Hopefully the weather will be good and we will get fine views of the Pennines including Stoodley Pike. We return via Swindon reservoir and Hurstwood reservoir. That should be enough water for one day.

Directions: M65 junction 9 follow the A679 to Halifax. Turn right at the traffic lights following A646 toward Tomorden. At the sign of the village of Walk Mill turn first left along Park Road toward Overtown. In the village turn left and follow past the Kettledrum Inn eventually turning right into Salterford Lane. Crossing the valley on this road, take the next right into Hurstwood Lane. In around 2/3 mile park at Hurstwood car park (charge of £1). For those with maps the grid reference is 882313 and for those with sat-nav: BB10 3LH

Other news:

Note the date of the June walk has been put back two weeks.

Walking News : March 2013

Thirteen walkers and three dogs toured the Haslingden Grane for our early March walk. Next up, in April, is a walk around Burnley and Hurstwood. More details to be posted nearer the time.

Note the date of the June walk has been put back two weeks.

Spring walking weekend

Walkers interested in a two day walking weekend in May can refer to the details on the weekends page. Please book accomodation as soon as possible to avoid dissapointment.

Walk programme

More details of these walks on the programme page.

13 April	Burnley/Hurstwood
		Alan Walkden
4 May		Castelton walking weekend.
		Peak District, Derbyshire. (See weekends page)
29 June		Yorkshire
		Simon Davies
			

Walking News : February 2013

After the huge turn out for the February walk we should perhaps be calling it the Chris Bell memorial walk. Thanks to John for leading us round the crispest and bluest sky day of the year so far.

Next walk - A loop of Haslingden Grane where whisky was once distilled. Saturday 9th March 10:30am

This walk takes us to somewhere we haven't been for a while, into the moorland of south Lancashire. We're visiting the valley above Haslingden called Haslingden Grane where there was once a thriving community of 1300 people before the valley was flooded with three reservoirs. From the car park at Calf Hey/Clough Head we follow the side of the valley to Rushy Hill. Here we can see at close hand the new wind farm at Ozwaldtwistle Moor before crossing the Grane Road to gain views of Hoddlesden from Pickup Bank. From there we follow the Rossendale Way along the valley side through woodlands under Musbury Heights. On the way we can learn about the illicit whisky distilling that once took place in the valley. We complete the circuit by re-crossing the valley below Ogden Reservoir to Picker Hill and another section of the Rossendale Way. The walk is eight miles and likely to be wet in places.

Directions: M65 junction 5, take the B6232 Grane Road towards Haslingden past Belthorn. From the top of the hill past the Gray Mare pub, the United Utilities car park is just over a mile on the left. There are toilet facilities and a cafe.

OS Grid Ref for those with maps: SD 750231

Walking News : January 2013

We're looking forward to some excellent walking in 2013 continuing with our next walk:

Next walk - A Sawley, Downham, Chatburn loop. Saturday 2nd February 10:00am

Please note the earlier start time of this walk of under seven miles starting from Sawley taking in the villages of Sawley, Chatburn and Downham.

The walk is steady away with some mild undulations rising to a maximum of 650 feet covering pastures, dales, an ancient footbridge, a converted mill, a Roman highway, and many more features including a circumnavigation of Worsaw hill, a Waulsortian mud mound. Directions: From the Wilpshire/Salesbury area take the A59 to Sawley and turn left to the village. The start (at 10:00am note!) is from the Spread Eagle hotel where you can park along the road or in the car park.

OS Grid Ref for those with maps: SD 77650 46558 and for SatNav users: BB7 4NH

Walking News : Christmas 2012

Season's greetings to all our walkers and visitors. We hope you're looking forward to some excellent walking in 2013.

Next walk - Circular walk around Cow Ark. Saturday 5th January 10:30am

The walk just over six miles long starting from the Inn at Whitewell and takes in excellent views of the Hodder valley and Bowland fells.

Directions: From the Wilpshire/Salesbury area take the B road to Ribchester and on over Jeffery Hill. On reaching the bottom of the hill, turn left then right, right then left, signposted 'The Inn at Whitewell'.

OS Grid Ref for those with maps: SD659469

Walking News : December 2012

Next walk - Grindleton and Beacon Hill. Saturday 15th December 10:30am

The walk is 5.75 miles long and climbs from the centre of Grindleton through the forest and along, the appropriately named for this time of year, Shivering Ginnel track then around Beacon Hill and another ancient track Rodhill Lane and farmland paths back to Grindleton. We will get some fine views and cross heather covered moorland, rolling pastureland and some ancient bridleways. Be prepared for the odd clarty bit, especially around field gates and come prepared for cold weather.

Directions: From the Wilpshire/Salesbury area take the A59 towards Clitheroe. Carry on along the A59 past Clitheroe until the turning for "Clitheroe North". Take this turning "Pimlico Link Road" to head towards the cement works. At the roundabout turn right towards Chatburn. Go along past Shackleton's and down into Chatburn. At the bottom of the hill in the centre of the village turn left by the village shop towards Grindleton. Follow this road along over the River Ribble turning right at the next T junction. It is then a short distance up this road into Grindleton.

Whilst there is no official car park in Grindleton, there is usually plenty of space along Sawley Road (the one that leads to Bowland School) by the "tourist information" board opposite The Buck Inn (Postcode for SatNav users: BB7 4QS; OS Grid Ref for those with maps: SD 75980 45545)

Walking News : November 2012

Next walk - Bradford Fell. Saturday 17th November 10:30am

The walk is 5.5 miles long and climbs from the car park on Grindleton Road in West Bradford (SD742443) on to Bradford Fell from which some spectacular views of the Ribble Valley (along with the cement works!) can be witnessed, given clear weather. The walk is quite varied with heather covered grouse moorland, rolling pastureland complete with inquisitive sheep and some ancient bridleways. Be prepared for the odd clarty bit, especially around field gates. The sense of remoteness on Bradford Fell, considering how close it is to "civilisation", is quite remarkable.

Directions: from the Wilpshire/Salesbury area take the A59 towards Clitheroe. Carry on along the A59 past Clitheroe until the turning for "Clitheroe North". Take this turning "Pimlico Link Road" to head towards the cement works. Go on past the cement works and over the River Ribble to drive up into West Bradford. At the top of the slight hill turn right on to Grindleton Road. Drive along this road for a few hundred yards and you will find the car park on the right next to West Bradford Village Hall.

Walking News : Ocotober 2012

Spring meet location finalised - Castelton Losehill Hall. Join us for the early May bank holiday weekend for some excellent walking in the Peak District. More details on the weekends page.

Don't forget next walk: 20th October - details below.

Walking News : September 2012

A new programme of walks is planned for the rest of the year through to next summer. Currently the dates are firm but the locations of some walks is being decided. Subscribe to the emails or check back here for more details. Take a look at the programme page.

The next walk is a local one around Bowley and Great Harwood, 10:30am 20nd October. See you there..

Walking News : May 2012

Last walk of the season - Crook O'Lune - June 16th 2012 10:30am

Important Note: Change of date. Due to holidays around the Queen's Diamond Jubilee weekend, the June walk has been put back a week so more people can attend.

The last walk of the 2011/12 season is going to be around the Crook O'Lune and will be around 8 miles in length. It will comprise woodland paths, tracks, some fields a riverside walk and five stiles. Suitable for all the family, so bring them all along for a leisurely and friendly walk in the Lune valley.

Meet at the Crook O'Lune picnic site and car park (where Woody's cafe is, from which sandwiches and snacks are available). Parking here costs £1.

Directions: M6 Junction 34 (Lancaster north), then A683 for 2 miles toward Caton before turning left (follow brown sign). The grid reference is SD521647. Meet for 10:30am departure.

Walking News : April 2012

Hartington Walking Weekend - May 5/6th 2012

We plan to have a day-long walk on the Saturday and a shorter walk on the Sunday - more details below. People travelling down on Friday should make their own meal arrangements and meet up at the hostel or in the local hostelries. Some people are arriving on Saturday morning and others are staying in local bed and breakfast accommodation so a start time of 10:15 from the front of hostel is proposed on Saturday morning.

If anyone needs provisions, there are shops, cafés and pubs in Hartington and the hostel can also offers lunches and snacks. More information and contact details for the hostel are on the weekends page.

You can see a map of the location on Streetmap.co.uk

If anyone hasn't finalised their booking with the hostel (or cancelled) it, please do it quickly as the hostel is going to be very busy and needs to know ASAP. For those eating at the hostel, dinner on Saturday is at set times and requires booking. The group has chosen 7:30pm, but of course, the choice is yours as you wish. Please contact the hostel to let them know if you want dinner and your chosen time for eating.

Saturday's walk will take us through Beresford Dale along the River Dove from where we climb to the village of Alstonefield. The terrain will be mainly undulating with the odd steeper section, passing wooded vales and peak district farmland with views of dales and hills. We will pass through villages where snacks can be bought and refreshment stops will be possible. Return to Hartington will be along a riverside path. This should be an excellent walk. Anyone who fancies joining us on the day, are more than welcome - just turn up at the hostel at 10:15am

Sunday's walk will be decided on the Saturday evening but is likely to be an exploration of the Manifold valley, a beautiful wooded dale with ancient paths, caves and a cycle path. Again there should be opportunities for the purchase and consumption of refreshments along the way.

Walk programme

More details of these walks on the programme page.

5-May-2012	Hartington YHA weekend
		Saturday walk
		Organised by Vanessa Yates.
6-May-2012	Hartington YHA weekend
		Sunday walk
		A shorter walk for our second day in the Peak District.
9-Jun-2012	Crook O'Lune
		A great north Lancashire beauty spot for a walk.
		Organised by John Robinson.
			

Walking News : March 2012

Next walk: Hutton Roof, Kirkby Lonsdale - Saturday 14th April 10:30am.

For the next event in our programme we are exploring again to the north with a visit to the Kirkby Lonsdale area for a seven mile walk around Hutton Roof crags and Dalton Fell.With the longer days of spring, it gives us an opportunity to discover a beauty spot we've not been to before. We'll meet for the usual start time of 10:30am.

Directions:

M6 to Junction 35 Take A6 turn right past Pinelakes. Next Junction take A6070 to Burton In Kendal . Sign post saying Hutton Roof on right. Just before Burton. After appoximately 2 miles there is a picnic area and carpark on left.

Walking News : February 2012

Next walk: Clougha Pike - Saturday 10th March 10:30am.

Our next walk takes us again to the Bowland fells to enjoy expansive views of the Lancashire plain to the west, Morecambe Bay to the north west, Lakeland fells to the north, the three peaks of Yorkshire to the east and the heartland of the Bowland area of outstanding natural beauty to the south. At 8.5 miles, slightly longer than the last walk and including more climbing, this one takes us over exposed moorland rising to a height of 468m (1535 ft). Part of the walk is on estate roads but much is over boot-polishing gorse and gritstone moorland with occasional peaty bits. Expect plenty of grouse, a few rabbit holes and quarry pits and an odd boggy bit. With all these challenges, some food, drink, warm waterproof and windproof clothing and stout footwear are advisable. A pole or walking stick could prove useful on uneven or steep ground.

Location:

The walk takes place on access land of the north Bowland Fells. It is a condition of the access land that due to breeding birds, no dogs are allowed - please don't bring one. Apologies to our numerous dog owners - we hope you can bear to be without them long enough to share the walk with us. Starting from Little Crag car park south of Caton near Lancaster, the walk ascends the lower slopes of Clougha Pike on estate and 'water corporation' tracks before taking a zig-zag line up steeper ground passing Windy Clough and Little Windy Clough. There are plenty of grit stone boulders to rest on and drink coffee along the way. The gradient eases over Clougha Scar from where the final approach to the summit is made to gain fine views of Lancashire and beyond Morecambe bay to the Lakeland fells. If the weather is fine it will be a good spot for lunch and there are stone shelters on the summit if it is windy. A gentle stroll over to the slightly higher Grit Fell sees us looking over the remote wilderness of the Bowland Fells towards Wards Stone. Anyone who fancies it can wander over to admire the Castle of Cold Comfort. At Cabin Flat we turn and take the estate road on our return journey. On the way we can admire the art installation at the quarry that was commissioned by the Duke of Westminster in 1999. On our descent, the views of Cumbria and North Yorkshire are magnificent (on a fine day). Before the descent is over we turn and follow the contours to a small valley where we pick up the path back to the cars.

Directions:

Allow about 1hr to get to the start at Little Crag car park. (Click for map)

An alternative route is junction 33 to Quernmore and then Rigg Lane.

Please remember, no dogs.

Walking News : January 2012

Next walk: Meeting of the Rivers - Saturday 4th February 10:30am.

This popular walk takes us down from Hurst Green down to Raid Deep Wood and then to a true riverside walk going by the confluence of the Calder and Hodder with the Ribble, past Winckley Hall Farm, on up to Stonyhurst College and returning to Hurst Green.

Of note are the two mounds behind Hackings Boat House as we pass the confluence with the Calder, thought to be the burial place of warriors killed at the Battle of Billington in 798 when a Northumbrian lord beat the local Saxon Wadda. Relics of the battle have been unearthed, including a stone coffin in 1836 containing human remains and weapons.

The walk is approximately 7.5 miles and easy going and low level apart from a short pull up to Stonyhurst from the Hodder so along with usual winter wear, gaiters or even wellies may be advisable if conditions are wet and muddy.

Meet at the village hall car park in Hurst Green adjacent to the Baileys Arms for a 10.30am start. There’ll be ample time for ‘brew breaks’ and we should be back to sample several other type of brew at the Baileys by mid afternoon.Link to map

Any hardy individuals who want to unofficially extend the walk and start from Salesbury Church at 9.30am and trek over to Hurst Green (and back again afterwards!) let us know by emailing walks@segs.org.uk, – otherwise see you at 10.30.

Walking News : December 2011

Season's greetings from SEGS to all our walkers - next walk: Balderstone Saturday 7th January 10:30am.

Look forward to more walking in 2012 starting with our first walk of the year on January 7th when Paul will lead us around the countryside near Balderstone. This 7 mile walk goes along quiet lanes and through hidden fields to the banks of the Ribble where you can eat up some more of that Christmas cake admiring views of Longridge Fell, Totridge and Pendle. The way back to Mellor Brook passes Sandiford Well reputed to be the source of drinking water for early Nordic settlers in the area. Paul advocates a better tipple in the warmer surroundings of the Fieldens Arms on our return (5 real ales on at the time of his reccy).

Directions: Meet for a 10:30am start at the old A59 Mellor Brook. From the A59 (east end of British Aerospace) head to the mini-roundabout by the Fieldens Arms and Sanderson's bakery and keep left to the cul-de-sac that is the now bypassed old road where there is plenty of parking. Follow this link for a map

Walking News : December 2011

December Walk

Barnoldswick (A Rolls-Royce Walk in Craven) - about 5.5 miles

10:30am Saturday, 10th December -

Following on from a couple of excellent walks, December's walk takes us deeply into the former West Riding of Yorkshire.

The route will take us from the top Greenberfield lock and across the rolling limestone fields to pass around Ghyll Brow works of Rolls Royce. Up through a picturesque church yard we pass across a golf course and on to enter briefly into the relatively "new" county of North Yorkshire. Some more quiet rolling fields with expansive views then take us back in Lancashire and down and around to the canal towpath. The walk back to the cars is along an interesting stretch of the Leeds and Liverpool canal, with plenty of moored narrow boats and another Rolls Royce factory (Bankfield mill - the original World War II jet engine factory) to pass by the Greenberfield Locks back up to the summit level of the canal, complete with ducks and swans.

Do join us for what promises to be a fine walk. After the recent rains the going might be a little muddy in places but as this is limestone country things should not be too bad. The towpath stretches are generally gravelly and well maintained.

Meet at Greenberfield Locks Car Park for a 10:30am start.

How to get to the Start of the Walk (Should take 40 - 45 minutes or so from Wilpshire):

Take the A59 past Clitheroe and on through Gisburn. After a couple of miles or so turn RIGHT on to the B6251 towards Barnoldswick. Carry on along this road into Barnoldswick. Just before the middle of the town turn LEFT on to the B6252 - SP Thornton in Craven. Follow this road along past the Rolls Royce factory and up over the canal. A bit further along you need to turn LEFT just before the Rolls Royce Sports and Social Club on to Coates Lane (there is a brown sign showing the way at this point). Up along Coates Lane, over the canal again to swing around to the RIGHT at the T junction on to Greenberfield Lane. The car park is a hundred yards or so down the lane on the right.

Walking News : October 2011

November Walk

Chatburn Circuit, Worsaw Hill plus a bit more

The route takes us through picturesque villages of Downham, Chatburn, Grindleton and finishing near the Spread Eagle in Sawley (though John can't promise scotch eggs the size of Ostriches).

From Worsaw Hill there is a close up view of Pendle Hill and panoramic views of Worston, Downham, Grindleton and Chatburn.

We also pass Downham water mill which pre-dates the Norman conquest of 1066 then a gentle climb to the top of a Limestone crag for views to marvel upon, which we can absorb over elevenses.

On return to Sawley, there is a choice of Wainwrights or Copper Dragon at the Spread Eagle.

Meet at Sawley Village Hall where there is af ree car park just on right 50 yds before Abbey. The walk starts at 10:30am. We look forward to seeing you there.

Walking News : September 2011

A new programme of walks is planned for the rest of the year through to next summer. Take a look at the programme page.

The next walk is a local one around Pendle starting in Barley, 10:30am 22nd October. See you there..

Also new on the site: Details of the next walking weekend in spring 2012. Take a look at the Weekends page for more information.

Walking News : May 2011

Next walk: Warton Crag, Saturday June 4th 10:30am

Spectacular views are on offer for the last scheduled walk of the 2010/11 season. For those that haven't managed to come on a walk this year, this is the one to go for. With long days, good weather forecast and no football season, a trip to north Lancashire is a must.

Starting from the car park at Warton Crag nature reserve, this 9 mile walk takes in some of the most beautiful Lancashire coast north west of Carnforth including Jenny Brown's point. It starts with an ascent to the ancient fort on the top of Warton Crag where there are magnificent views of Morecambe Bay.

Directions: M6 Junction 35 and then to the end of the A6011 (M) link road to Junction 35a. Turn right up the A6 before turning left to Warton after about a mile. In the town turn left proceeding over the brow to then take the next right. The car park at the nature reserve is about 3/4 mile on the right. Further information in this map.

Walking weekend Spring 2012 - Peak District

After a successful weekend in Grasmere a number of people suggested another early May bank holiday weekend for next year's spring trip. A number of locations have been investigated and an excellent venue in the Peak District has been chosen. Hartington Hall is a great venue for our next meet. This is a four star hostel and has the following description:

A jewel of a hostel, this splendid country house in the heart of the Derbyshire Peak District is a real treat. A wonderful base from which to explore on foot or by bike, or to visit the area's rich variety of attractions. Log fires, oak panelling and its own beer make this 17th century manor house a must.

And there's more:

YHA Hartington is a magnificent manor house standing in its own extensive grounds and dating back to 1611. It offers great comfort within an historic context; boasting oak panelling, stove fires, squishy sofas and a warm welcome from our dedicated staff team.

The Hall offers all visitors an extensive range of facilities including comfortable lounges, games room, drying room, study rooms, and landscaped gardens with an Adventure Playground, Beer Garden, Pet’s Area, Wildlife Garden, and outdoor chess. It has a range of bedroom accommodation including single, twin, double and 3 and 4 bed rooms.

Alternative accommodation is available nearby for those who insist on goose down filled duvets and butler service.

Booking:

A reservation has been made for the nights of May 4th and 5th 2012. The Hall is a very popular venue not only for hostellers but also as a wedding venue and as a consequence gets booked up well in advance. There is a variety of bedrooms available and the hostel has confirmed that they will hold this booking up to the end of May.

All reservations are to be made direct with the hostel on 01298 84223. SEGS members will get the YHA rate but to avoid any of the difficulties we experienced at Grasmere it is important to quote the reference number of the booking. All bookings at this stage will be for accommodation only with meals to be booked and paid for on arrival. The Group Membership details should be quoted as contained in the email sent out to members. All reservations should be notified to John Wainwright who has kindly organised the booking so we can keep track of numbers.

Further details: Hostel. Hartington. Hartington.

Walking News : March 2011

Date change: June walk

Please note the June walk is now taking place on the 4th June not the 18th. Please change your diaries.

Next walk: Heart of the Kingdom- Dunsop Bridge Saturday April 16th 2011

Our next walk takes us into the Bowland Fells through the Dunsop Valley. It follows the course of the rivers Dunsop and Whitendale and returns following the line of an old railway and the route of the pipeline that used to serve Blackburn Corporation Water Works. It is an area favoured by twitchers where eagle owls have previously been spotted. The start of the walk is along a well formed bridleway with little incline so should be suitable to anyone who only wants to undertake part of the walk.

Directions to walk

It starts from centre of Dunsop Bridge. Directions are Waddington then either via Whitewell or Newton. Parking available in village car park (Grid reference SD 661501.) If full more spaces are available at start of bridleway by side of post office or on the road. Allow 30 minutes to get there (or a little longer if you are starting from further away!). Start 10.30 am.

Walking News : February 2011

Next walk: A Wyre Wander - 10:30am Saturday 12th March 2011

Following on from our wet and wild exploration of the quiet northern end of the Bowland Forest, we invite you to join us for a flatter riverside experience as we wander along the Wyre river, another area where we have done little walking.

The walk is between seven and eight miles long and starts in Great Eccleston, near Poulton Le-Fylde. It follows part of the Wyre Way on raised embankements, visits the village of St. Michael's before returning to Great Eccleston, where the delights of the White Bull with its five real ales awaits.

Directions to walk (30 minutes along M55 Motorway (22 miles))

  1. M6 J31
  2. At junction 32, exit onto M55 Motorway/M55 toward Blackpool/Fleetwood/Preston (North)
  3. At junction 3, take the A585 exit to Kirkham/Fleetwood
  4. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Fleetwood Rd/A585 heading to Fleetwood/Poulton/Thornton/Cleveleys.
  5. Follow road to end –Right lane at traffic lights (Windy Harbour caravan site) Turn right onto Garstang New Rd/A586.
  6. Continue to follow A586 for 2 miles.
  7. Turn right at W End/B5293 signposted Great Eccleston
Parking is available around the village square or on the main road into the village. Food is available to take away from 'Le Patisserie ' for last minute lunches.

Roeburndale Walk

Nine brave souls and one canine endeavoured to find the beauty of the remote Roeburndale Valley on a wet day in February. Despite the rain, the sights of the rivers in spate impressed all and we had an enjoyable coffee break sheltering in a barn. Let's hope the next walk is drier.

Walking News : January 2011

Next walk: Wild Roeburndale - 10:30am Saturday 5th February 2011

By now you are no doubt looking forward to longer and brighter days as we approach spring. With the next walk we're continuing the exploration of the Bowland fells area with a visit to its northern flanks near Lancaster. Like last year's Abbeystead walk, this will cover varied terrain and if the weather is as good as last year, it should be a great day out. Why not join us?.

Walk details

Starting and ending at the cafe in Wray near Lancaster, this walk covers varied ground of the northern Bowland fells, from open moorland through to wooded valleys. It passes through the Roeburndale Site of Special Scientific Interest, a grade I listed reserve containing rare species of flora and fauna. On the way through this steep sided valley we'll go through Bowskill and Outhwaite woods, some of Lancashire's remaining ancient woodlands, one of the largest areas of broad-leaved woodland in the county. A mixture of sessile oak, alder, hazel and ash with holly and many species of ferns, grasses and woodland flowers providing a habitat for red squirrels and a variety of birds such as woodpeckers and the pied flycatcher. There's even a wild orchard too.

The walk is 9 miles long, strenuous with significant exposure on the moorland and unsure footing in the woodland. Come dressed appropriately for a winter walk in this remote location. Well proofed walking boots and some form of support such as a stick or walking pole are a must as well as wind-proof/waterproof clothing and some food to eat on the way. We'll likely stop for a couple of coffee stops and lunch if the weather allows. Progress won't be brisk given the nature of the terrain so anticipate being back at the cars for around 3pm, where the delights of the cafe await.

Directions

The walk will start at 10:30 from the car park by the cafe in Wray. From the Blackburn area, take the M6 to junction 34 (Lancaster North) and then the A683 north-east towards Caton. Continue for about 7 miles before forking right along the B6480 to Wray. Turn right in the village past the Mitchell's pub. You then come down the hill to the bridge over the River Roeburndale. Bridge House Farm cafe is on the left just over the bridge. Continue on for about 100 metres to an entrance to the car park.

Many thanks to Alan for organising the tour of Darwen.moors in his 'Around the Topless Tower walk. Eleven walkers and two dogs enjoyed a refreshing day out in an area we haven't walked much before. Photos of the day are now available for viewing in the gallery.

Walk dates planned for the rest of 2010/11:

Saturday 5th February 2011
Wild Roeburndale. Organiser: Graham Harwood
Saturday 12th March 2011
A Wyre Wander. Organiser: Paul Ireland
Saturday 16th April 2011
Dunsop Bridge. Organiser: John Wainwright
Weekend 29th April-1st May 2011
Walking weekend in the Lakes at Grasmere, Cumbria. See Weekends.
Saturday 18th June 2011
Silverdale. Organiser: Vanessa Yates

Walking News : Christmas 2010

From all of us in SEGS, we wish you glad tidings for a peaceful Christmas and look forward to walking with you again in 2011.

Six walkers and two dogs enjoyed the recent 6 mile circular walk of Whalley, which went from the edge of Wiswell Moor down to follow the river Calder before ascending back to Spring Wood. The conditions underfoot were good as the ground was still hard after the recent freezing weather. Let's hope it's as good in January when, no doubt, you'll be wanting to work off the excesses of the festive season with a walk around Darwen Tower. (Won't you?)

Next walk: 'Around the Topless Tower' - Saturday 8th January 2011 10:30am

Alan Walkden is going to treat us to some fine views around Darwen with this walk to start the new year. The walk will be approximately 6-7 miles and will start from the Golden Cup pub on the A666, which can either be reached from Blackburn via Bolton Road or from junction 4 on the M65. Coming from either direction the pub is on the right just under the motorway bridge.

Starting and ending at a pub may give you a clue that refreshments are available and indeed Alan has kindly arranged some food by prior notice to be available on our arrival back at the Golden Cup. The choice is chip-butty or potato pie. If you require food, please email alanwalkden@aol.com with your choice before the 3rd January.

Come prepared with good footwear and clothing for the conditions. Again, if icy conditions are still with us, walking poles or some other aid will help prevent a slip, so please come prepared. A hot drink and some snacks can be enjoyed along the way.

Walking News : December 2010

Following on from the Three Rivers/Hurst Green walk we'll be walking locally on a walk suitable for the shorter days of December. Next Saturday, 11th December, for an antidote to Christmas preparations and a chance to experience the best daylight hours of the short cold winter days, join us for a short circular walk around Whalley. If the cold snap continues, this walk promises to be a memorable walk with fine winter views. We'll start at Spring Wood car park Whalley at 10:30am. Come prepared with good footwear and clothing for the conditions. Although we won't be going very high, if icy conditions are still with us, walking poles or some other aid will help prevent a slip, so please come prepared. A hot drink and some snacks can be enjoyed along the way but a longer lunch stop isn't planned because of the winter temperatures.

Walking News : November 2010

After a wet walk on the Three Rivers/Hurst Green walk we're looking forward to better weather for our December walk. More details will appear here nearer the time. Remember to put the 11th December in your diary. Despite the weather, we had a good turn-out with 17 walkers of varying ages. The Bayley Arms had a roaring fire and good food to make up for the rain as well as a great result in the rugby for those who stayed to watch it.

Walking News : June 2010

Next walk Scout Scar and Helsington, near Kendal - Saturday 19th June 10:30am

A moderate walk of about 5.5 miles

Scout Scar is a wall of near vertical rock at the southern end of Underbarrow Scar. It offers great views of the Lake District. The walk goes the length of the scar, through Honeybee Wood and visits one of the best-sighted churches in the lakes, with views over the Lyth valley (the guide book says that even "an atheist would find it inspiring").

Directions:

The walk starts from the Scout Scar car park, which is 2 miles east of Kendal on the Underbarrow road (make a left tun as you approach the centre of Kendal (signposted Underbarrow). Approaching from Kendal the car park is just over the brow of a hill, on the right. Cross the road from the car park and walk a few paces to the right, then left through an iron gate. Allow about an hour from Blackburn.

Do come along, it should make a splendid walk with fine views for a spring day. Bring the family and a picnic lunch, some walking footwear and appropriate protection against the weather. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Walking News : April 2010

Elterwater weekend - Fri 14th May - Sunday 16th May

The annual walking weekend is this coming weekend at Elterwater in the Lake District. About 35 people are expected. A variety of walks will be on offer to suit most tastes and abilities. As ever, anyone else who wants to turn up for the day is more than welcome.

Arrangements:

People are expected to make their own way to whatever accommodation they have chosen for the weekend.

For those staying in the YHA at Elterwater, no evening meal is booked for Friday so please make your own arrangements to eat before or after arrival. On arrival at the YHA check-in and book breakfast as required. This costs £4.95. Be sure to confirm you are part of the SEGS group. We have a group YHA membership so pay only the member's rate (a saving of £3 per person night).

Dinner on Saturday can be booked on arrival on Friday, but is not essential as we'll be passing round the menu at breakfast on Saturday so those wishing to have the evening meal can reserve their choices. Elterwater YHA is licenced and does not allow members to bring their own alcoholic drinks onto the premises. A choice of quality wines and local ales is available.

Walks:

After breakfast on Saturday, we'll meet at 10am down in Elterwater opposite the Britannia Inn and next to the pay and display car park. The choice of walks will include a choice of ascending onto the fell tops and a low level stroll. As a number of members have dicky knees and other ailments, expect some easy options that are likely to include coffee shops and other calorific challenges. For those venturing onto the fells, a packed lunch is advisable as is suitable footwear and clothing to protect against wind and rain including hat and gloves.

Depending on party sizes, the high level walks may split into two groups for safety with one group using cars to get to the end of the valley. If you want to climb the westerly Langdale fells, Crinkle Crags, Bow Fell etc., delay getting a pay-and-display ticket at Elterwater. If you think you would like to be in this group, check with the organisers before 9am Saturday, because it will enable any group wishing to do a more ambitious walk, the opportunity of an early start.

Sunday:

We usually have a shorter walk on Sunday before returning home. The final choice of walk will be made on Saturday evening. Anyone coming for the day should contact the organisers on Saturday for details. We'll probably depart for the start from Elterwater about 9:30am Sunday.

Meeting up:

On Friday, some people will be eating in the Watermill Inn at Ings on the A591 between Kendal and Windermere. Meet anytime from 7pm. Later on, expect to find a group in either the hostel or the Britannia Inn at Elterwater.

Contact:

By email to walks@segs.org.uk or only for this weekend, depending on signal, 07879 741162.

Directions:

M6 north to junction 36 and then A591 to Ambleside. From there A593 to Skelwith Bridge where you turn right to Elterwater on the B5343. Allow about 90 minutes from Blackburn. The village is on the left off the B road with the Youth Hostel on the right of the road on the far side of the village across the bridge.

All are welcome to join us, so we hope to see you there.

Milnthorpe Walk 24th April

Many thanks to Vanessa for a great walk around Milnthorpe and Beetham. After admiring the deer, we all fitted through the gap of Fairy Steps on a day with some fine weather. A great location with fine views of south Lakeland across the Kent estuary.

The remaining walk after Elterwater before the summer break is:

Saturday 18th June 2010 - Scout Scar and Helsington.

Walking News : April 2010

Next walk - Sat 24th April - 10.30a.m.

The next walk is about 6 miles long but with the possibility of extending it if the mood is right and the weather is good. The walk will start in Milnthorpe and will encompass Beetham, Fairy Steps and Haverbrack Fell. It is a varied walk including a little of everything the area has to offer - parkland, woodland, limestone crag, estuary and a little bit of historical interest. We won't be going particularly high but the views from Haverbrack Fell are lovely on a clear day.

Directions:

We can park on the little lane which runs along the side of the estuary, on the outskirts of Milnthorpe. Leave the motorway at Junction 35 and join the A6 in the direction of Milnthorpe Follow the A6 for a few miles and in the centre of Milnthorpe, at the traffic lights, turn left along the Arnside road. for three-quarters of a mile and turn right just before crossing the River Bela. A few hundred yards down this lane there is ample verge-side parking. If that gets clogged up, I'm sure there are other options close by.

Usual start time - 10.30. Allow 50 minutes or so to get there. Fingers crossed for a fine and sunny day.

All are welcome to join us, so we hope to see you there.

Walking News : March 2010

Dales way walk - Sat 13th March - 10.30a.m.

The next walk is about 9 miles easy walking in Limestone country around Grassington. It follows part of the Dales Way and goes through a limestone gorge and follows the river Wharfe around one of our favorite spots, Linton.

With the lighter days, this should be an ideal start to your walking year if you haven't managed to join us on one of our winter walks.

Early March can be cold, and although we'll hope for some warm sunshine, warm and windproof clothing are a must. Stout boots or shoes are also advised to cope with uneven or slippery ground. Bring something to eat on the way and a flask with a warm drink.

Directions:

Take the A59 to Skipton and follow the ring road round Skipton (A65) to the roundabout at the top of the hill, taking the first exit B6265 signposted Grassington. Follow that road to Grassington and when in the village, meet on the Dales National Park car park on Hebden Road. Allow about 45 minutes from Blackburn.

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Walking News : February 2010

Saturday the 6th February turned out sunny for a great winter walk up in Bowland at Abbeystead. Twenty walkers and one dog attended. Photos from the walk are here

After the walk we were refreshed by fine Yorkshire ales and potato based snacks courtesy of Alan - many thanks Alan!

The next walk will be around Grassington on the 13th March. Further details will be available soon and sent out in an email.

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Walk dates planned for the rest of 2010:

Saturday 13th March 2010
Grassington, Yorkshire
Saturday 24th April 2010
Silverdale
Weekend 15th/16 May 2010
Walking weekend in the Lakes at Elterwater, Cumbria.
Saturday 19th June 2010
Scout Scar and Helsington.

Walking News : January 2010

Many thanks to Peter and Linda for a great walk around Wheelton and White Coppice. We were treated to some lovely scenes in the very cold wintery conditions and deep snow with 16 people and Max the dog enjoying the walk. Photos from the walk are in the gallery.

Please note: The following details of the next walk are a change to the advertised programme. The walk around Abbeystead was supposed to be in March but has been brought forward to February. The location for the March walk will be decided soon and communicated here and in an email to those on the email list.

Abbeystead walk - Sat 6th February - 10.30a.m.

This is a six and a half mile easy walk around Abbeystead in the Forest of Bowland. The walk is varied and includes parts of the Wyre Way, taking in woodland valleys, rivers, the impressive Abbeystead weir and commanding views of the Bowland fells. We will walk around parts of the Grosvenor Estate, owned by the Duke of Westminster. Here is a preview of the area from the reccy in January: http://twitpic.com/wjqb5.

Directions:

Take the M6 towards Lancaster - Leave at junction 33. At the roundabout take the first exit, south on the A6 and follow for 400m ignoring the immediate left but taking the second left signed Dolphinholme. Follow this country road for about half a mile then turn left under the railway. The road bends to the right and follows the railway for about half a mile passing a road on the left. Take the next left, signposted Dolphinholme and Abbeystead, shortly going over the motorway. Head up the hill going straight on at the crossroads where the Mitchell's pub The Fleece is on the right. Entering Dolphinholme the road bends left and then uphill to a mini-roundabout where you go right to Abbeystead. Follow the road 2.5 miles to park on the right of the road by Christ Church Over Wyresdale. Allow about 45 minutes from Blackburn. .

Being February it can be cold and due to some exposed areas on the walk, warm and windproof clothing is essential. Bring something to eat on the way and a flask with a warm drink. Many of the paths are likely to be boggy if the ground isn't frozen so good boots/wellies will be needed. If they are frozen, walking poles or a stick can be very helpful to avoid a fall.

Walking News : January 2010

Happy New year to all our walking friends (and those sitting or standing).

Wheelton and White Coppice Winter Walk - Sat 9th January - 10.30a.m.

This is a five and a half mile very easy walk around some fascinating bits of old Lancashire with good views. We can pause in White Coppice for a break at the half way mark. The Dressers Arms in Wheelton is a lovely pub at the end.

To get there.

Brownhill - Whitebirk M65 towards Preston - Leave at junction 3. Signed Blackburn West. At the roundabout take the 2nd exit. Take A674 (Chorley Road) towards Wheelton . In about 2.5 miles, just as you leave Higher Wheelton, you will see the 50 sign. Turn right into Whins Lane immediately before this sign and park in the layby on the right there. It's less than 20 minutes from Wilpshire.

It's January so wrap up warmly. Bring your soup or coffee laced with something. The paths are generally reasonable but boots/wellies will be needed.

See you there.

Walking News : December 2009

Wainwright’s pie and peas stroll, 12th December 2009

Twenty three people and three dogs had a sunny day for the stroll around Great Harwood for the last walk of the year organised by John. Conditions under foot were 'soft' in places but that didn't stop the enjoyment of the fine views and good company. The excellent pie, peas and sandwiches laid on by Jean at the Victoria on our return were enjoyed in the impressive surroundings of the parlour bar supplemented by beverages from places afar as Snowdonia and the inner reaches of Yorkshire. Photos from the walk are in the gallery

Walking News : Late November 2009

Saturday 12th December 2009 - Great Harwood

The next SEGS walk will be taking place on Saturday 12th December. Full details to be sent out nearer the time. This should be a good one as it involves hot food.

Saturday 14th November 2009 - Bolton-by-Bowland

Thanks to Andy for organising an excellent walk around Bolton-by-Bowland. Sixteen people enjoyed the best of the autumn day exploring the area around Holden and Bolton-by-Bowland. Photos are now up in the gallery.

Walking News : November 2009

Saturday 14th November 2009 - Bolton-by-Bowland

The next SEGS walk will be taking place on Saturday 14 November. As usual at this time of year, a bit more local this time, starting from the car park in Bolton-by-Bowland at 10:30. The walk is around 7 miles long, has some great views (weather permitting) and passes along a variety of farm tracks, lanes and hopefully not too muddy fields. (Although knowing Andy's track record with regards to mud!)

More information on the walk is available for download:     Bolton-by-Bowland walk

Walking News : October 2009

Twelve members and Max, the dog, enjoyed a good day out in the Dales on Paul's walk around Burnsall. The forecast was poor but we had the best of it, with most of the walk in sunshine. The high winds caused damage to a few ash trees and despite a couple of showers, the nine miles passed quickly, going through interesting Yorkshire dales countryside. Refreshments were taken at the excellent Craven Cruck Barn in Appletreewick where a number of fine ales were on tap including a nice Hetton Pale Ale. Photos from the walk are now in the gallery.

Also added to the gallery are some photos from the Arnside walk in May.

November Walk

Don't forget to put the date of the next walk in your diaries. Andy has a nice walk around Bolton-by-Bowland on the 14th November. Details will appear here and via email soon.

Walking News : September 2009

Programme for 2009/2010

Strictly's back, The X Factor is on, that can only mean one thing - time to dust off those boots and join us for some fine autumn air on one of our short walks. From the meeting in September we have a full programme of family friendly walks for the coming year.

The full list is on our walk programme page, please check it out. You can also download the walk list. Andy has sent everyone on the email list with a copy to attach to your fridge. If you want to be added to the list, email.us at walks@segs.org.uk.

Next walk 3rd October - Appletreewick and Trollers Gill

The first walk this year is on the 3rd October. Each walk is summarised on the walks page. The walk will start from Burnsall at 10:20 on Saturday. Do come along and join us.

A quick email to walks@segs.org.uk informs the walk leader who to expect on the day - please let us know if you're coming.

Further details have been sent to the email list and can be downloaded: Appletreewick and Trollers Gill.

Walking News : June 2009

Solstice Walk for Father's Day - Sunday 21st June 2009

The next walk is in the Lake District, starting from Grasmere near Ambleside. It is about 8½ miles ascending the fells via Sourmilk Gill and crossing to Helm Crag, also known as the Lion and the Lamb. It affords fine views over Grasmere and the surrounding fells and should be a real treat for all fathers..

Directions

Take the A591 from Junction 36 on the M6. Go through Windermere and Ambleside. Contuing on the A591 beyond Ambleside to the north west, pass the first turning to Grasmere to take the next road into Grasmere, left opposite Swan Hotel. The car park is on the left just before a village hall. If you get to Rothay Garden Hotel you’ve gone too far. We'll meet for a 10:30am departure.

We look forward to seeing you there. Please let us know by email to walks@segs.org.uk if you are coming in the walk.

SEGS walking weekend May 14-16th 2010

Quite a few people already booked this weekend away in May 2010 but there are still places available for those that haven't but still want to go. Elterwater was considered for this year's walking weekend but, though there is a fair amount of accommodation in this beautiful Langdale village, we left it too late to book. We started looking early into going next year so, with plenty of time in hand, we have ample accommodation in Elterwater youth hostel. It was also suggested at this year's weekend away, that we go a little later in the year for a change. We decided on May. Further details and booking instructions are on the weekends page, which also includes some links to alternative accommodation.

Arnside walk

The walk around Arnside and Silverdale was excellent with a mixture of sun wind and rain, sea views, tea and cakes. Thanks to Vanessa and Mel for organising it.

Walking News : April 2009

Arnside Walk - 9th May 2009

Our next walk is around the beautiful west Lancashire coastline at Arnside Knott and Silverdale. This should be an excellent outing, with hopefully, nice spring weather. This will be a walk suitable for young and old so bring all the family. Boots or stout shoes are advisable as well as waterproofs should the weather turn inclement. Bring along some lunch and snacks to eat en-route. For an idea of the Arnside area, there are pictures in the gallery from January 2002.

Directions

The start location is from the car park at Arnside Knott (SD507780). The most straightforward way there for people who are not familiar with the area is to get off the M6 at Junction 35, signposted Carnforth. Follow the A6 to Milnthorpe, turn left at traffic lights towards Sandside / Arnside. Follow this coast road for a few miles until you arrive in Arnside. With the Albion Hotel on the left the road leaves the coast and heads uphill. About a third of a mile, turn right into Redhills Road. Follow this for maybe a mile and take a left turn up to the top of the Knott. It should be signposted to car park / viewpoint.

We look forward to seeing you there

SEGS walking weekend May 14-16th 2010

Call to action

A location considered for this year's weekend away was Elterwater. There is quite a lot of accommodation in this beautiful village in the Langdale Valley but because we left it too late, it wasn't possible to go there this year. We have been looking into going next year and with plenty of time in hand, we should have accommodation for all that want to go. So, Elterwater is the destination for next year's walking weekend. It was also suggested at this year's weekend away, that we go a little later in the year for a change. We decided on May. Further details and booking instructions are on the weekends page.

Lakes walking weekend March

The walking weekend was well attended with good weather, a great hostel, three long walks on the Saturday and a nice shorter walk on the Sunday. Unfortunately some people had to drop out at the last minute so they missed a nice weekend. Photos of the weekend are now in the gallery

Walking News : March 2009

Lakes walking weekend Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd March 2009

Upcoming is our weekend away walking in the Lake District. Most people will have booked accommodation by now but there may still be chance to stay in Eskdale (See January News, below, for further details). Of course, everyone is welcome to join us on the walks whether staying over or not.

The choice of walks is usually between a harder walk and and easier one on the Saturday and probably something a bit gentler on the Sunday. The weather on the day will also affect the choice. Options include Scafell, Scafell Pike, Harter Fell and the Eskdale Valley. We'll meet on the Friday night to discuss the options (probably in the Woolpack).

On the Saturday, walkers should meet at the Youth Hostel in Eskdale (GR195011) for a 10am start. The start of the Sunday walk will be decided at the weekend to give the option of starting in a different area. For anyone not walking, Eskdale offers alternative entertainment on the steam railway, Muncaster Castle, or a visit to the Roman fort.

Getting to Eskdale

The map below has a pin indicating the location of the YHA in Eskdale. If you click on the pin you can get directions from your post code. Choices from Blackburn are between going via Ambleside and over Wrynose and Hardknott or via Ulpha and Birker Fell. The former is about 10 miles shorter but more tortuous.

We look forward to seeing you there

Rivington Walk

Thanks to Andy and Peter for organising the walk at Rivington. Another wintery day enjoyed by a select and brave few (and those dogs that always seem to turn up!).

Walking News : January 2009

On the Wiswell walk, seventeen people and two dogs enjoyed cold conditions for an excellent walk Thanks to John Robinson for organising it. The next walk is Sunday 8th February in West Yorkshire (details to be sent out nearer the time).

Youth Hostel weekend Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd March 2009

The weekend away originally pencilled in for the weekend of 28/29th at Dufton has been changed. A suggestion to make the weekend more inclusive for anyone not keen to stay in a hostel resulted in a change to somewhere with availability and other bed and breakfast possibilities, hence the choice of Eskdale. Note: the date is the weekend before the one published previously.

Location

This year's spring break is to be at Eskdale Youth Hostel in the Lake District. The hostel has 49 beds in a mixture of room sizes to suit all and should provide a great base from which to have a nice couple of days in Cumbria.

Very near by is the Woolpack Inn.

Other accommodation is Penny Hill Farm within a short distance.

A little further away is the Boot Inn, Dale View B&B and Brook House Inn.

All details for these are at : http://www.eskdale.info/

The YHA website states:

Nestling among the fells and set in its own extensive grounds, this purpose-built, child-friendly Youth Hostel is a good base for those seeking to explore a quieter corner of the Lake District. There are walking routes suitable for all abilities including an idyllic trail along the River Esk. Visit Upper Eskdale, home to Hardknott Roman Fort, Muncaster Castle and the Owl Centre beside the Esk estuary. If you want to arrive in style, book a ticket on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Miniature Gauge Steam Railway.


The March weekend is a good opportunity meet friends and spend a leisurely weekend walking or doing your own thing. We usually arrive on Friday night after having something to eat on the way. We organise walks for both Saturday and Sunday but everyone is free to do their own activities. Generally we come together to eat in the hostel on the Saturday evening.

All are welcome to come along and enjoy a sociable weekend with friends and family.

Booking

We are booking for the nights of Friday the 20th and Saturday the 21st March. Unlike previous years, where we have been able to make a group booking, this weekend needs to be booked individually by those interested in going. This is quite easy to do using the YHA on-line booking system. Alternatively, phone or letter can be used. There were plenty of beds (about 40) available for this weekend in a mixture of different sized rooms as of the 16th Jan, so you are encouraged to join in and make your booking as soon as possible. Dinner for Saturday can be arranged on arrival.

Youth Hostel details:

Address:

YHA Eskdale
Boot
Holmrook
Cumbria
CA19 1TH

Tel: 0845 371 9317

Fax no: (+44) 19467 23163

Email: eskdale@yha.org.uk

Main YHA site : www.yha.org.uk

Booking online: www.yhabooking.org.uk

If you reserve a place at the hostel, please let us know by email walks@segs.org.uk.

Please consider joining us for what should be a very enjoyable weekend.

Walking News : January 2009

Wiswell and Sabden - Saturday 10th January 2009

Happy new year everyone. We hope you are looking forward to some lovely walks. A good way to start the new year, is a lovely winter walk on our local hills.It'll get the blood flowing and hopefully put all the 'preparation' of the feasting season to good use. We'd love you to join us. Our last walk around Rimington was very enjoyable with some snow on the ground and fine views. This one should also be good if the cold weather continues.

The Walk

A next walk is about 6 miles and takes in views of Sabden and the Ribble Valley from Wiswell moor.

How to Get There

Meet at car park at Spring Wood near Whalley for our usual start time of 10.30am. To get there, take Accrington Road out of Whalley (B6246). At the top of the hill, the car park is straight on at the traffic lights, signed Spring Wood Nature Reserve (GR740360).

See you there!

Walking News : Late November 2008

A Right Riveting Rimington Ramble - Sunday 7th December 2008

The Walk

A next walk is on SUNDAY 7 December. The walk will be around the leafy lanes, tracks and fields at Rimington. A short and predominantly level walk with a little undulating upfield areas. We utilise a number of tracks but there are a couple of slutchy areas through farmyards so boots and gaiters advisable. Approximately 5 ½ miles.

How to Get There (allow 25 mins)

Meet at Black Bull at Rimington for usual start time of 10.30. To get there take the Chatburn Road out of Clitheroe then turn right sp Downham and Rimington. Cross over A59 then left sp Rimington. The Black Bull is in the centre of the linear village just past Cosgroves (girls – no visiting!) Park on road as pub car park very restricted.

See you there!

Walking News : November 2008

Waddington and Bashall - Saturday 8 November 2008

The Walk

The plan is to start at our usual time of 10.30 am from opposite the almshouses in Waddington. The walk is about 6.5 miles long so we should easily be back at the cars before, or at least by, mid afternoon.

We shall set off down through Waddington past the Lower Buck to go around the back of Waddow Hall. It is then across the River Ribble at Brungerley Bridge and along the banks of the Ribble to Edisford Bridge. Back across the Ribble we then set off across fields, over stiles and footbridges, through a couple of farmyards and some woodland to return to Waddington by way of Bashall Hall, Cow Hey and Colthurst Hall.

Car Parking

We will start this walk from Waddington. Normally there is room to park by the roadside on the road to West Bradford roughly opposite the almshouses at the “top” of the village.

Refreshments

As usual bring along something light and tasty to suit your requirements. Hopefully the weather will be kind on us and we shall have a calm dry day, with perhaps a bit of sunshine. If so then we shall be able to have a couple of relaxing refreshment breaks.

Equipment etc.

This walk does not go anywhere at all high. But as ever in this part of the world if there is a bit of a wind blowing then it could get a bit parky in places. So bring along an extra layer to put on. Also please make sure that all of your party is well shod with strong waterproof footwear. As with most of the Ribble Valley, unless we have had some strong frosts, some muddy bits can be reliably predicted!

How to Get There (allow 25 mins)

From Clitheroe take the B6478 past the CRGS Sixth Form Centre towards Waddington. Go through the village of Waddington turning right at the top of the village towards West Bradford. There should be room to park along this road near to the almshouse.

“Reply Slip”

As always it helps us if we have a rough idea of who is likely to be joining the walk on Saturday. If you are planning to come along then it would be good if you could reply to this email on:

walks@segs.org.uk

If you decided at the last minute, however, to come along because the weather on Saturday morning turns out to be glorious, then simply turn up. But please try to be with us for the10:30 start or we may leave without you!

Download walk details here

Walking News : October 2008

New programme for 2008/2009

Next walk 8th November

Another series of walks is being organised for this winter and spring next year. Like last year, we plan to spend a weekend away at the end of March. We have dates for six walks starting either on a Saturday or a Sunday. The full list is on our walk programme page.

The first walk this year is a local walk on the 8th November. Check the walks page for further details. More information and directions to the start will be sent out nearer the time.

The weekend away is always good fun and a great chance to meet people and enjoy a bit of spring weather. Details will be sent out as soon as we have more information but it is always worthwhile registering your interest by emailing us on walks@segs.org.uk.

News archive

Previous news has been moved to the archive page.

Discount Outdoor Gear

Don't forget as a member of SEGS you can get 10% discount at Outdoor Action in Blackburn on production of a discount card. Ask one of the walk organisers or email us for details.

Walking News : June 2008

SEGS Family Walk - Wainwright’s Walk (as in John’s not Alfred’s). Saturday 14th June 2008 10:30 am

Buckden Pike North Yorkshire

The last walk held in May was a lovely amble around woodland trails at High Dam in the Lake District. It was completed by six humans and two dogs! This time we are aiming to at least double the number of humans for our last walk before the summer holidays.

The walk we are planning starts from the little village of Buckden just north of Kettlewell. We take a well graded climb to Wharfedale’s second highest peak - Buckden Pike at 2303 feet. The climb is steady and easily achievable by all including the youngest and oldest. During the walk up to and continuing from the summit itself one can take in the incredible views over the surrounding valleys and moors. Having reached the summit and the memorial cross commemorating the death of Polish airmen, there is a gentle gradient down where again the views over Wharfedale can be admired.

We drop down into the village of Starbotton and return to Buckden on flat ground by following the path beside the River Wharfe. On arriving back at Buckden one may wish to visit the Buck Inn and sample Timothy Taylors, Black Sheep or Yorkshire Brewing Company’s Buckden Pike. But beware – the landlord will claim he is dyslexic and may try and charge you £7.50 instead of £5.70!

The walk is just 8 miles and should take about 4 ½ hours.

Bring some lunch and drink to have a picnic on the way.

The majority of the walk is on well-trodden paths and tracks but is slightly marshy in a few areas so appropriate footwear is required. Hopefully the weather will be good but there are some exposed areas on the summit so again sunscreen, waterproofs, etc. may be required depending on the prevailing elements.

The arrangements

The family walking group will depart from the large car park at Buckden Village at 10:30 am. The grid reference is SD 942772. To get there take the A59 past Skipton. At the second roundabout past Skipton take the B6285 to Grassington and then the B6160 past Grassington. Keep on this road past Conistone and Kettlewell and through Starbotton to Buckden. The car park is on the right hand side just as you leave the village immediately before the last house – The Old School House. Parking charge £3.20 – take change! The distance from Wilpshire is 42 miles; allow 1 to 1 ¼ hours.

Walking News : May 2008

SEGS Family Walk - A Cumbrian Woodland Trail. Saturday 17th May 2008 10:30am

The next SEGS walk will be on Saturday the 17th May. This time we're going further afield and having a lowland walk in South Lakeland. The route will follow a leisurely walk following a woodland trail passing the peaceful and picturesque High Dam before emerging onto the open moorland of Rusland Heights (about 200m). We'll pass through ancient woodlands and should have fine views of mountains. The walk is just under 7 miles.The area is interesting for its history of woodland industries such as coppicing where the wood was used for bobbins for the cotton industry, charcoal, wickerwork, besoms and fencing. Other industries such as tanning and iron works were also in the locality. Bring some lunch and drink to have for a picnic on the way.

If you have time after the walk, there are local attractions at Lakeside, with the Aquarium of the Lakes and also the Lakeside and Haverthwaite railway. Also there is a Woodland Heritage Exhibition at George Barkers and Sons nearby at Backbarrow or a cruise on the lake. Stott Park bobbin mill near the start of the walk is an exhibition of a working bobbin mill but isn't open on Saturdays

The Arrangements

The family walking group will depart from the Lake District National Park Authority car park at High Dam near Finsthwaite at 10:30am. The grid reference is 369882. To get there from the M6, take the A590 South Lakes road at junction 36. After 3 miles keep left and continue on the South Lakes road towards Barrow, signposted Lake District Peninsulas. Follow this across the Lyth Valley to Newby Bridge, some 12 miles away. Go straight on at the roundabout with the A592, don't turn right to Bowness. At Newby Bridge, turn right towards Lakeside signposted to Stott Park Bobbin Mill. This is an unclassified road over a narrow bridge followed by a sharp left hand bend. Follow the road round to the right passing the Lakeside Hotel after a mile. A futher half mile brings you to a fork in the road, take the left fork. and keep left 100m after that. After 100m turn right uphill on a narrow lane to the car park. You should see a sign for High Dam on the left as you go up the hill. The car park is 130m on the right. There is a large bobbin orientation table in the car park. Obviously depending on the weather you may need some waterproof clothing, hat and gloves or you may need sunscreen and sunglasses. The path for a large part of the walk is under the cover of trees. There are some boggy places on the route. Stout shoes or walking boots are advisable.

If you are joining us, it is always helpful to know roughly how many will be coming on the walk especially if we need to wait a few minutes for anyone before setting off. If you are definitely coming along then please email us

Walking News : April 2008

SEGS Family Walk - A Waddington Amble. Saturday 26th April 2008 10:30am

Next Saturday the SEGS family walking group will walking from Waddington on a leisurely stroll towards the Moorcock Inn on Waddington Fell. The route takes us through wooded valleys, past streams and over open farmland giving fine views of Pendle and the Ribble Valley. The walk is suitable for all and is just over 5 miles in length. This is an ideal walk to get children interested in walking and the outdoors so please bring them along, you'll all be very welcome.

We will stop along the route for lunch and refreshments so bring along something to eat and drink. Hopefully we will have some fine warm spring weather, but if it is anything like this week, you'll need some windproof clothing, hat and gloves. Stout shoes or walking boots are advisable.

The Arrangements

We will start at 10.30 am from the centre of Waddington (GR728438). To get there, go to Clitheroe and take the B6478 to Waddington. Park in the village and meet near the Waddington Arms by the stream that runs through the centre of the village.We plan to return to the same place around 3pm.

If you are joining us, it is always helpful to know roughly how many will be coming on the walk especially if we need to wait a few minutes for anyone before setting off. If you are definitely coming along then please email us

Other SEGS news

In March a group of around 30 members enjoyed a weekend in Borrowdale and had two excellent walks, one of which included a visit to a secret cave. Some photos from the trip are now in the gallery.

Walking News : March 2008

This coming weekend 14-16th March.is the YHA weekend in Borrowdale. Details below for anyone who fancies some walking in the Lake District. As of Monday the 10th, The youth hostel had a 6 bed room and some other dorm beds available, so it's not too late for anyone who wants to join us at the last minute. The YHA direct number is 01768 777257.

For those that are coming along, the plan will be to do a walk on Saturday 15th, meeting at the Youth Hostel at Longthwaite for 10am. There are numerous options for either valley walks or something higher on the fells. The choice of walk will depend on the weather, but as ever, people are free to do their own thing and meet up later in the day. Everyone is welcome, so why not join us for the day?

We'll be doing a shorter walk on the Sunday.

Walking News : January 2008

Happy new year to all our walking friends past and present. We hope you've made room in your diaries for some SEGS activity in the coming year. On Saturday 12th January we have a nice local walk to start the new year. Details are below. We hope to see you there.

Youth Hostel weekend 15/16th March 2008

This year's spring break is to be at Borrowdale Youth Hostel in the Lake District. The hostel has 88 beds in a mixture of room sizes to suit all. The YHA website states:

Set in a superb location by the river Derwent and surrounded by some of the Lake District's finest fells, YHA Borrowdale offers four star comfort and facilities in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. Enjoy home cooked meals with many local specialities on the menu and a range of Cumbrian ales, organic wines and soft drinks to accompany your meal. YHA Borrowdale is a recommended stop on Wainwright's Coast to Coast Walk and the Cumbria Way. Great walks for all levels leave from the front door. It makes a great venue for special occasions, conferences or club dinners and is perfect for couples and family weekend breaks.

The March weekend away is a good opportunity to enjoy the increasing hours of daylight and observe the countryside making the transition from winter to spring. We usually arrive on Friday night after having something to eat on the way. We organise walks for both the Saturday and Sunday but everyone is free to organise their own activities. Generally we come together to eat in the hostel on the Saturday evening. All are welcome to come along and enjoy a sociable weekend with friends and family.

The cost for B&B will be £45 per person for the two nights. Unlike previous years, where we have been able to make a group booking, this weekend needs to be booked individually by those interested in going. This is quite easy to do using the YHA on-line booking system. Alternatively, phone or letter can be used. A number of bookings have already been made but there are plenty of beds currently available for that weekend, so you are encouraged to join in and make your booking. Remember we're staying on the nights of Friday/Saturday 14th/15th March. If you reserve a place at the hostel, can you please email walks@segs.org.uk so that we can coordinate numbers and organise the Saturday evening meal.

Youth Hostel details:

			Borrowdale Youth Hostel
			Longthwaite
			Borrowdale
			Keswick
			Cumbria
			CA12 5XE

			Telephone no: 0870 770 5706
			Fax no: (+44) 17687 77393
			Email: borrowdale@yha.org.uk
			Main YHA site : www.yha.org.uk
			Booking online: www.yhabooking.org.uk
			

Please consider joining us for what should be a very enjoyable weekend. You'll be more than welcome. See you there (or in Hurst Green on the 12th!)

Walking News : December 2007

Next Walk - 12th January

The next walk will be early next year around Stonyhurst and the Three Rivers. The walk will start from Hurst Green. Meet in the car park for a 10:30am start. Further details will be sent via email.

If you would like to receive details by email, send a message to walks@segs.org.uk to be added to the mailing list.

Walking News : November 2007

Next Walk - 1st December 2007

The next walk this year is a local walk on the 1st December. Entitled 'Doctor's Rake' it will be a short walk from Wilpshire over to York and via Old Langho and Dinkley. We will finish with pie and peas for anyone who would like some. The start is at 10:30am from the Whalley New Road end of Somerset Avenue.

If you are joining us, It always helps us greatly if we know roughly how many people are likely to be turning up for the walk; otherwise we have no idea if we need to wait a few minutes longer at the start. If you are definitely coming along, please email us on: walks@segs.org.uk

If you would like to order pie and peas, please also indicate how many portions you require by Monday 26th November, so that we can tell the Wilpshire Hotel how many people to cater for.

2007/2008 programme starts in fine fashion

This year's programme got underway on Saturday the 3rd November. Around 30 people of all ages and a number of dogs enjoyed sunny autumn conditions for a short walk through the woods and valleys to the west of Blackburn following the Beamers' Trail, part of the Witton Weavers' way. If anyone missed it and wants to try the walk, there is a leaflet describing the walk available from the visitor's centre at Witton. The route will also be on this site in the future. Photos from the walk are here.

Programme flyer

A flyer for the programme this year was sent out to people who have registered their interest. Anyone who missed it can download the pdf here.

Walking News : October 2007

2007/2008 programme

Check out the dates for this season's walks and make space in your diary. This year's walks combine local walks with some trips further afield. A weekend away in March is also being arranged. If you're interested in a relaxing weekend away with similar families, be ready to book, we'll be posting more details soon.

Next Walk

The first walk this year is a local walk on the 3rd November. Check the walks page for further details.

This is the map to the start of the walk. Meet for a 10:30 start on Saturday the 3rd.