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.

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

Guided Walks

Format: 2015-03-29

Hellifield - Otterburn - Bell Busk - Eshton - Flasby - Skipton

Alight Hellifield (10.02) and return Skipton
Grade: S (14 miles)

Kirkby Stephen Station - Lammerside Castle - Eden Viaducts - Kirkby Stephen town

Return by vintage bus to station or visit nearby Brough also by vintage bus.


Join us on this less strenuous short walk that is suitable for all the family (no prams or buggies please - there will be stiles to cross).

Alight (10.44) and return Kirkby Stephen. Connects with 09.47 train from Carlisle.
Grade: M (7 miles)

A guided tour of Kirkby Stephen town with added attraction of visiting the annual classic vehicle rally and a ride back to the station on vintage buses.


Join us on this less strenuous short walk that is suitable for all the family.

Alight (10.44) and return Kirkby Stephen. Connects with 09.47 train from Leeds
Grade: E (2 miles)

Settle - Stainforth - Smearsett Scar - Feizor - Stackhouse - Settle

Alight (09.50) and return Settle
Grade: M (9 miles)

Whalley - Whalley Viaduct - Whalley Abbey - Clitheroe

Alight Whalley (11.01, change Hellifield), return Clitheroe change Hellifield.
Grade: M (7 miles)

Ribblehead - Twistleton Scar - Kingsdale - Yordas Cave - Turberry Road - Ingleton

Alight Ribblehead (10.06), return Settle. Service bus from Ingleton to Settle
Grade: S (14 miles)

Garsdale - High Dyke - Cotterdale - Thwaite Bridge - Yore House - Garsdale

Alight (10.35) and return Garsdale.
Grade: M (8 miles)

Ribblehead - Littledale - Blea Moor - Ribblehead.

A look at materials used in railway structures around Ribblehead and the quarries that sourced them.

Alight (10.27) and return Ribblehead
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.


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 2015 the tours will take place on the following dates:
April 29th;

May 4th, 27th;

June 3rd, 10th, 17th, & 24th;

July 1st, 15th, 22nd, & 29th;

August 5th, 12th, 19th, & 26th;

Sept 2nd;

A short tour will also take place on Sunday 12th 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).

Lazonby - Eden Bridge - Kirkoswald - Old Parks - Glassonby - Long Meg - Little Salkeld - Lacy's Caves - Lazonby

Alight (11.07) and return Lazonby & Kirkoswald
Grade: MS (11 miles)
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