Guided Walks

All FoSCL guided walks are free of charge and there is no need to book in advance.  The current programme is shown below. You can browse through all the walks, or search for specific walks matching your criteria. Walks are automatically removed a day after they take place. Some walks involve the use of an additional bus service. In these cases normal fares and concessions will apply.

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Please note that on days when engineering work causes alterations to the published timetable planned walks are likley to be cancelled.  Please check details of individual walks for up to date information.

Special note summer 2014

Please note that some leaders have reported a significant number of paths are very overgrown - especially around stiles etc.  Walkers are advised to wear long trousers to avoid stinging nettles and brambles etc.

Guided Walks

Format: 2014-07-29

The Ribblehead Viaduct is the highlight of the route with its magnificent 24 arches spanning Batty Moss over 100 feet below.  Join the Ribblehead Tours to look at the archaeological sites and the history of the Viaduct.  Hear how the navvies lived and built this tremendous structure with assistance from steam cranes and muscle power.  Places of interest that will be visited are the site of the Batty Green Shanty Town including the site of the hospital, the narrow-gauge tramway, the maintenance shed for the steam locomotives, the brickworks, lime kilns, the stone sorting area and the Viaduct itself.
To join a tour, meet at the Heritage Centre on Ribblehead Station at 10.25 am. for a tour of the Viaduct site which lasts about 2 hours.  The tours cross rough moorland and all participants should wear stout footwear and bring warm and waterproof clothing.
 
A longer tour is available (also starting at 10.25) which, after visiting the viaduct continues past the Blea Moor signal box and on to view the southern entrance of Blea Moor tunnel.  Anyone joining this longer tour should bring with them a packed lunch.
 
All tours are free of charge.
Trains from Leeds arrive at 10.06 and from Carlisle at 10.17
In 2014 the tours will take place on the following dates:
June 11th, 18th, & 25th;
July 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, & 30th;
August 6th, 13th, 20th, & 27th;
Short tours will also take place on Sunday 16th March and Sunday 20th April.

Alight Ribblehead (10.06 from Leeds, 10.17 from Carlisle). Returns for 13.18 to Leeds or 14.05 to Carlisle. (Long tours return to 15.27 to Leeds and 16.01 to Carlisle).

Kirkby Stephen to Appleby
 
Please see dedicated web page
http://www.foscl.org.uk/guided-walks/2014-25th-anniversary-walks

Alight Kirkby Stephen 10.34
Grade: S (14 miles)

Get walking
Introductory walks using the Settle to Carlisle Railway
Join us on this less strenuous shorter walk that is suitable for all the family. Children welcome, (but no prams or buggies please as there will be stiles to cross).
These walks use later trains than the usual 08.49 from Leeds.

Alight Gargrave (11.05) and return Skipton. Connects with 10.19 train from Leeds. Service bus from Malham (16.55) to Skipton.
Grade: M (7 miles)
DW, JD

Horton-in-Ribblesdale - Ribble Way - Helwith Bridge - Long Lane -
Pen-y-ghent (summit) - Hull Pot - Horton-in-Ribblesdale.

Alight (10.56) and return Horton-in-Ribblesdale. Connects with 09.26 train from Carlisle.
Grade: M (9 miles)
DS, MT

Kirkby Stephen - Bolam Bridge - Rob Ridding - Belah
Bridge - Winton - Kirkby Stephen.

 

** Please note.  The leader has checked this route and advises anyone joining the walk to wear long trousers - not shorts.  Many of the footpaths and especially the stiles are quite overgrown with nettles in profusion.

Alight (10.56) and return Kirkby Stephen station.
Grade: MS (13 miles)
A&RF

The Ribblehead Viaduct is the highlight of the route with its magnificent 24 arches spanning Batty Moss over 100 feet below.  Join the Ribblehead Tours to look at the archaeological sites and the history of the Viaduct.  Hear how the navvies lived and built this tremendous structure with assistance from steam cranes and muscle power.  Places of interest that will be visited are the site of the Batty Green Shanty Town including the site of the hospital, the narrow-gauge tramway, the maintenance shed for the steam locomotives, the brickworks, lime kilns, the stone sorting area and the Viaduct itself.
To join a tour, meet at the Heritage Centre on Ribblehead Station at 10.25 am. for a tour of the Viaduct site which lasts about 2 hours.  The tours cross rough moorland and all participants should wear stout footwear and bring warm and waterproof clothing.
 
A longer tour is available (also starting at 10.25) which, after visiting the viaduct continues past the Blea Moor signal box and on to view the southern entrance of Blea Moor tunnel.  Anyone joining this longer tour should bring with them a packed lunch.
 
All tours are free of charge.
Trains from Leeds arrive at 10.06 and from Carlisle at 10.17
In 2014 the tours will take place on the following dates:
June 11th, 18th, & 25th;
July 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, & 30th;
August 6th, 13th, 20th, & 27th;
Short tours will also take place on Sunday 16th March and Sunday 20th April.

Alight Ribblehead (10.06 from Leeds, 10.17 from Carlisle). Returns for 13.18 to Leeds or 14.05 to Carlisle. (Long tours return to 15.27 to Leeds and 16.01 to Carlisle).
N/A

Appleby to Langwathby
 
Please see dedicated web page
http://www.foscl.org.uk/guided-walks/2014-25th-anniversary-walks

Alight Appleby 10.48
Grade: S (13 miles)
N/A

Horton - Pennine Way - Ribble Way - Pennine Bridleway - Sulber
Nick - Crummackdale - Horton.

Alight (09.58) and return Horton-in-Ribblesdale
Grade: MS (12 miles)
MH&DH

Horton - Horton Moor - Foxup - Halton Gill - Beckermonds - Cam
Houses - Ribblehead

Alight Horton-in-Ribblesdale (09.58), return Ribblehead - Possible return to late train.
Grade: VS (17 miles)
JL

Batty Green navvy settlements - Winterscales - Chapel-le-Dale
church - Great Douk Pot - Gauber (nature reserve and Viking farmstead).

Alight (10.06) and return Ribblehead.
Grade: M (10 miles)
M&AH
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