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.

Guided Walks

Format: 2014-04-17

Settle - Giggleswick - Rome - Whelp Stone - Ribble Way - Settle.

Alight (09.50) and return Settle
Grade: MS (13 miles)

Kirkby Stephen Station - Tommy Road - Lammerside Castle - Nateby - Eden Viaducts - Kirkby Stephen.


Return to Kirkby Stephen Station on a vintage bus or visit the classic vehicle rally at Brough (again travel by vintage bus).

Alight (10.34) and return Kirkby Stephen. Vintage service bus from Kirkby Stephen town to station. Connects with 09.47 train from Leeds.
Grade: M (7 miles)

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.
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.

Dent Station - Dentdale - Great Coum - Whernside - Ribblehead.

Alight Dent (10.16) and return Ribblehead.
Grade: VS (15 miles)

Garsdale - Lady Anne's Way - Hell Gill - The Thrang - Kirkby Stephen.

Alight Garsdale (10.21) and return Kirkby Stephen
Grade: S (17 miles)

Oxenholme - Sizergh - Scout Scar - Kendal.

Alight Oxenholme (08.21), change Lancaster (07.52) and return Kendal. Connects with 05.55 train from Leeds.
Grade: M (12 miles)

Horton-in-Ribblesdale - Moughton Nab - Crummack Dale - Sulber Nick - Horton-in-Ribblesdale.


This walk visits exposures of the oldest rocks in the Dales which tell a story of deep oceans, submarine avalanches and colliding continents.

Alight (10.19) and return Horton-in-Ribblesdale
Grade: M (8 miles)

Appleby - Bandley Bridge - Hoff Beck - Rutter Force - Ormside - Appleby.

Alight (10.07) and return Appleby. Connects with 09.25 train from Carlisle
Grade: M (10 miles)

Appleby - Flakebridge - Dufton - Long Marton - Bampton - Appleby.


This walk is part of the Ride2stride festival.  Music from 4pm at the Midland Hotel, Appleby. 

Alight (10.47) and return Appleby.
Grade: M (10 miles)

Join Jeff Wright and the Ride2stride singers for a walk around Kirkby Stephen ending at the Black Bull in town where taxis can be booked to return to the station.


This walk is part of the Ride2stride festival.  Music from 4pm at the Black Bull, Kirkby Stephen.

Alight (10.34) and return Kirkby Stephen
Grade: M (6 miles)
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