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.

To download a printed copy of the current leaflet click here.

For further important information about the walks (including travel details) please click here.

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

Some walks use additional bus journeys.  Normal fares and concessions apply on these journeys, though North Yorkshire is withdrawing subsidies from some leisure bus services from April 2015.

FoSCL supports the 564A service from Dent Station to Dent and Sedbergh, for timetable details see http://westerndalesbus.co.uk/

Guided Walks

Format: 2017-06-25

Gunnerside - Calver Hill - Reeth.

Alight (10.28) & return Ribblehead. Service bus to Gunnerside and return from Reeth.
Grade: S (10 miles)
AP

Jericho shanty town experience at Ribblehead.

Meet at the Ribblehead Visitor Centre for a talk about the shanty towns. Following this a stroll will be taken to the Ribblehead Viaduct to hear how the railway was built and how the navvies lived and worked in the shanty towns.  Return to the station for a short train journey to Garsdale (fare payable) passing the sites of the shanty towns.  Return on the 15.13 from Garsdale to Ribblehead/Leeds.

Please bring a packed lunch and waterproof clothing.
The event is not suitable for people with limited mobility.
No booking necessary.

For further information www.sandctrust.org.uk/Jericho or email ruth.evans@settle-carlisle.com or phone 01524 811 492
 

Alight Ribblehead (12.02). Connects with the 10.49 train from Leeds. Return on the 15.13 train from Garsdale to Ribblehead/Leeds.
Grade: E (3 miles)
N/A

Garsdale - High Dyke - Hell-Gill - Lady Anne’s Highway - Pendragon Castle - Kirkby Stephen station

Alight Garsdale (10.21), return Kirkby Stephen
Grade: MS (13 miles)
M&AH

Wharton Hall - Pendragon Castle - Lady Anne’s Highway - Hell Gill - Ure Force - Garsdale station.

Alight Kirkby Stephen (10.21), return Garsdale. Connects with 09.24 train from Carlisle.
Grade: MS (12 miles)
BS, DS

Walk the Line 2: Carlisle to Armathwaite 14m S

Carlisle - Wetheral - Great Corby - River Eden path - Holmwrangle - Armathwaite.

Celebrate the re-opening of the line following the Eden Brows closure by walking from Carlisle to Skipton in sections during the next few months.  Northern Rail have offered to give everyone who completes all sections a Day Rover ticket as a reward.  Please ask the walk leader for details.

In addition to today's walk the other sections will be walked as follows.

Armathwaite to Langwathby Saturday 8th July

Langwathby to Appleby  Saturday 22 July

Appleby to Kirkby Stephen Saturday Saturday 2 September

Kirkby Stephen to Garsdale Saturday Saturday 9 September

Garsdale to Ribblehead Saturday 7 October

Ribblehead to Settle Saturday 14 October

Settle to Skipton Saturday 11 November

 

It is hoped that all sections will be repeated.  Dates confirmed so far are -

Carlisle to Armathwaite Saturday 5 August (Leaders Stephen & Susan Way)

Armathwaite to Langwathby Saturday 19 August (Leaders Stephen & Susan Way)

Alight Carlisle (11.32), return Armathwaite. Late train return.
Grade: S (14 miles)
BC/LC

The Ribblehead Viaduct is the highlight of the route with its magnificent 24 arches spanning Batty Moss over 100 feet below. Join the Ribblehead Heritage 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 a.m. 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.

Trains from Leeds arrive 10.06 and trains from Carlisle arrive 10.17.
Participants who wish to undertake an extended tour of the Ribblehead Viaduct site and visit Blea Moor Tunnel should also meet at 10.25 a.m. Participants wishing to visit Blea Moor Tunnel should bring a packed lunch. All tours are free of charge but donations will help the development of tours in future years.

Groups of ten or more can be accommodated by arrangement at times other than those advertised.  Please telephone 01524 811492 (answerphone) if you wish to arrange a tour.

N/A

Ingleton - Kingsdale - Whernside Flank - Winterscales - Ribblehead.

Alight Giggleswick (09.25), return Ribblehead.  Service bus from Giggleswick to Ingleton (fare payable).

 

Special note:

Due to planned industrial action by members of the RMT Union this walk may have to be cancelled or amended.  Further information will be posted here as soon as details of any amended timetables are available.

For information about the planned industrial action please see the Northern web site here

Alight Giggleswick (09.25), return Ribblehead. Service bus from Giggleswick to Ingleton (fare payable).
Grade: S (12 miles)
A&RF

Walk the Line 2: Armathwaite to Langwathby 13m MS

Armathwaite - Longdales - Ruckcroft - Staffield - Kirkoswald - Long Meg - Little Salkeld - Winskill - Langwathby.

Celebrate the re-opening of the line following the Eden Brows closure by walking from Carlisle to Skipton in sections during the next few months.  Northern Rail have offered to give everyone who completes all sections a Day Rover ticket as a reward.  Please ask the walk leader for details.

In addition to today's walk the other sections will be walked as follows.

Langwathby to Appleby  Saturday 22 July

Appleby to Kirkby Stephen Saturday Saturday 2 September

Kirkby Stephen to Garsdale Saturday Saturday 9 September

Garsdale to Ribblehead Saturday 7 October

Ribblehead to Settle Saturday 14 October

Settle to Skipton Saturday 11 November

 

It is hoped that all sections will be repeated.  Dates confirmed so far are -

Carlisle to Armathwaite Saturday 5 August (Leaders Stephen & Susan Way)

Armathwaite to Langwathby Saturday 19 August (Leaders Stephen & Susan Way)

Special note:

Due to planned industrial action by members of the RMT Union this walk may have to be cancelled or amended.  Further information will be posted here as soon as details of any amended timetables are available.

For information about the planned industrial action please see the Northern web site here

Alight Armathwaite (11.15), return Langwathby.
Grade: MS (13 miles)
BC/LC

Gunnerside - Gunnerside Gill - Kisdon Force - Muker.

Alight (10.28) & return Ribblehead. Service bus to Gunnerside & return from Muker (fare payable).

 

Special note:

Due to planned industrial action by members of the RMT Union this walk may have to be cancelled or amended.  Further information will be posted here as soon as details of any amended timetables are available.

For information about the planned industrial action please see the Northern web site here

Alight (10.28) & return Ribblehead. Service bus to Gunnerside & return from Muker (fare payable)
Grade: S (8 miles)
BC, JC

The Ribblehead Viaduct is the highlight of the route with its magnificent 24 arches spanning Batty Moss over 100 feet below. Join the Ribblehead Heritage 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 a.m. 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.

Trains from Leeds arrive 10.06 and trains from Carlisle arrive 10.17.
Participants who wish to undertake an extended tour of the Ribblehead Viaduct site and visit Blea Moor Tunnel should also meet at 10.25 a.m. Participants wishing to visit Blea Moor Tunnel should bring a packed lunch. All tours are free of charge but donations will help the development of tours in future years.

Groups of ten or more can be accommodated by arrangement at times other than those advertised.  Please telephone 01524 811492 (answerphone) if you wish to arrange a tour.

N/A

Kirkby Stephen Station - Wharton Hall - Little Fell - Wild Boar Fell
- Swarth Fell - Moorcock Inn - Garsdale Station.

 

Alight Kirkby Stephen (10.34), return Garsdale.
Grade: S (13 miles)
JL, SH

Appleby - Flakebridge - Town Head - High Cup Nick - Harbour
Flatt - Appleby.

Alight (10.46) & return Appleby (possible late train return).
Grade: S (13 miles)
JWo, JL

Helm - Sizergh - Scout Scar - Kendal Fell.

Alight Oxenholme (10.28), return Kendal. Meet Lancaster 10.13 for onward connection. Possible late train return.
Grade: M (10 miles)
PW

Appleby - Shepherds Cottage - Murton - Trundale Gill - Murton Pike
- Murton - Red Brow - Langton - Appleby.

Alight (10.06) & return Appleby. Connects with 09.24 train from Carlisle.
Grade: MS (12 miles)
JW, MT

The Ribblehead Viaduct is the highlight of the route with its magnificent 24 arches spanning Batty Moss over 100 feet below. Join the Ribblehead Heritage 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 a.m. 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.

Trains from Leeds arrive 10.06 and trains from Carlisle arrive 10.17.
Participants who wish to undertake an extended tour of the Ribblehead Viaduct site and visit Blea Moor Tunnel should also meet at 10.25 a.m. Participants wishing to visit Blea Moor Tunnel should bring a packed lunch. All tours are free of charge but donations will help the development of tours in future years.

Groups of ten or more can be accommodated by arrangement at times other than those advertised.  Please telephone 01524 811492 (answerphone) if you wish to arrange a tour.

N/A

Bingley - Five Rise Locks - East Morton - Sunny Dale - Rombalds Moor - Swastika Stone - Ilkley.

Alight Bingley (10.06), return Ilkley. Connects with 09.47 train from Leeds.
Grade: M (10 miles)
JL, SH

Langwathby - Culgaith - Newbiggin - Kirkby Thore - Roman Road.

Alight Langwathby (11.01), return Appleby.
Grade: MS (14 miles)
BC/LC

Kirkby Stephen Station - Smardale Fell - Smardale Bridge - Smardale
Viaduct - Smardale Gill - Kirkby Stephen Station.

Alight (11.22) & return Kirkby Stephen. Connects with 09.47 train from Leeds.
Grade: M (8 miles)
DW, JD

Visit the restored signal box and for those who want, join a short circular walk.

Coombs Wood - Longdales - Ainstable - Armathwaite.

Alight Armathwaite (11.15) & return 16.32. For signal box visit only return on 14.21 train to Leeds.
Grade: M (7 miles)
JJ&TJ

Farfield Mill - Cautley Spout.

Entrance charge to Mill is £3 with bus ticket.

Alight (10.38) & return Dent. Service bus to Farfield Mill and return from Cautley (fare payable). Note: Numbers limited, please ring 01943 875445 to book a place.
Grade: E (5 miles)
AP, JC

Skipton - Carleton - Lothersdale - Cowling - Lunds Tower - Cross Hills. 

Alight Skipton (09.24), return Keighley. Service bus from Cross Hills to Keighley, (fare payable).
Grade: MS (12 miles)
PD/SH

Dent station - Dales Way - Craven Way - Whernside Tarns - Force Gill waterfalls - Ribblehead.

Alight Dent (10.16), return Ribblehead.
Grade: MS (12 miles)
M&AH

Hawes - Burtersett - Countersett - Semerwater - Wether Fell.

Alight (10.43) & return Garsdale Service bus to Hawes and return from Garsdale, (fare payable).
Grade: S (10 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 Heritage 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 a.m. 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.

Trains from Leeds arrive 10.06 and trains from Carlisle arrive 10.17.
Participants who wish to undertake an extended tour of the Ribblehead Viaduct site and visit Blea Moor Tunnel should also meet at 10.25 a.m. Participants wishing to visit Blea Moor Tunnel should bring a packed lunch. All tours are free of charge but donations will help the development of tours in future years.

Groups of ten or more can be accommodated by arrangement at times other than those advertised.  Please telephone 01524 811492 (answerphone) if you wish to arrange a tour.

N/A

Birkwith - Far Moor Bridge - Thieves Moss - Crummackdale.
 

Alight (09.58) & return Horton-in-Ribblesdale.
Grade: MS (13 miles)
MH&DH
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