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 http://westerndalesbus.co.uk/

Guided Walks

Format: 2016-07-24

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 2016 the tours will take place on the following dates:
April 27th (as part of the Ride2stride festival);

May 25th;

June 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th;

July 6th, 13th, 20th, & 27th;

August 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st

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).

Clapham - Norber - Crummack Dale - Sulber Gate - Selside - Colt Park - Ribblehead.

Alight Clapham (09.28) & return Ribblehead.
Grade: MS (12 miles)
IB, JL

Meet at Ribblehead Station Visitor Centre (12.02) for a short talk and then walk to the Ribblehead Viaduct (one mile) to learn how the railway was built and how the navvies lived and worked. Return to station for short journey to Garsdale (fare payable), passing the site of the real Jericho.
Return on 15.13 train from Garsdale back to Ribblehead/Leeds.
Please bring packed lunch and waterproof clothing. For more details
ring 01524 811 492. The walk is not suitable for people with limited
mobility. Connects with 10.49 train from Leeds.

Meet at Ribblehead Station Visitor Centre (12.02). Connects with 10.49 train from Leeds.
Grade: E (2 miles)
N/A

Windermere - Orrest Head - Troutbeck - Wansfell - Ambleside.

 

Meet Lancaster (07.50) for onward connection. Service bus from Ambleside to Windermere station. (Connects with 05.54 train from Leeds)
Grade: MS (10 miles)
PW

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 2016 the tours will take place on the following dates:
April 27th (as part of the Ride2stride festival);

May 25th;

June 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th;

July 6th, 13th, 20th, & 27th;

August 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st

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

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

Settle - Attermire - Malham
 

Alight Settle (10.44), return Skipton. Service bus from Malham to Skipton. Connects with 09.47 train from Leeds.
Grade: M (8 miles)
DW, JD

Sell Gill Holes - Birkwith Moor - Cam End - Ribblehead.

Alight Horton (10.54) & return Ribblehead. NB Catch 08.56 rail replacement bus from Carlisle if line still blocked.
Grade: M (8 miles)
DS

Gunnerside - Blades - Surrender Bridge - Fore Gill - Arkle Beck - Reeth.

Alight (10.28) & return Ribblehead. Service bus to Gunnerside & return from Reeth.
Grade: MS (8 miles)
St&SuW

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 2016 the tours will take place on the following dates:
April 27th (as part of the Ride2stride festival);

May 25th;

June 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th;

July 6th, 13th, 20th, & 27th;

August 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st

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

Garsdale Station - East House - Shaw Paddock - Hell Gill - High Dyke - Ure Force - Moorcock Inn - Garsdale Station.

Alight (10.21) & return Garsdale.
Grade: MS (10 miles)
IB, JL

Meet at Ribblehead Station Visitor Centre (12.02) for a short talk and then walk to the Ribblehead Viaduct (one mile) to learn how the railway was built and how the navvies lived and worked. Return to station for short journey to Garsdale (fare payable), passing the site of the real Jericho.
Return on 15.13 train from Garsdale back to Ribblehead/Leeds.
Please bring packed lunch and waterproof clothing. For more details
ring 01524 811 492. The walk is not suitable for people with limited
mobility. Connects with 10.49 train from Leeds.

Meet at Ribblehead Station Visitor Centre (12.02). Connects with 10.49 train from Leeds.
Grade: E (2 miles)
N/A

Giggleswick - Rome Farm - Rathmell Common - Resting Stone - Whelp Stone Crag - Higher Brayshaw - Boostagill - Cappleside - Ribble Way.

Alight (09.50) & return Settle. (BC/LC)
Grade: MS (14 miles)
BC/LC

Hawes - Great Shunner Fell - Muker.

Alight (10.28) & return Ribblehead. Service bus to Hawes and return from Muker.
Grade: S (10 miles)
IB, 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 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 2016 the tours will take place on the following dates:
April 27th (as part of the Ride2stride festival);

May 25th;

June 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th;

July 6th, 13th, 20th, & 27th;

August 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st

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

Grange over Sands circular via Cartmel

Meet Carnforth (10.00) for onward connection to Grange.
Grade: M (10 miles)
PW

Grange over Sands circular via Cartmel

Meet Carnforth (10.00) for onward connection to Grange.
Grade: M (10 miles)
PW

Dent Station - Cowgill - Dales Way - Dent Village.

Alight (12.12) & return Dent. Service bus from Dent village to station (limited capacity - ring or text 07754 993 483 to secure place. Connects with 10.49 train from Leeds.
Grade: M (7 miles)
DW, JD

Ribblehead - Selside - Ingleborough - Simon Fell - Park Fell - Ribblehead.

Alight (10.06) & return Ribblehead.
Grade: MS (12 miles)
AP

Broadrake - Ellerbeck - Twisleton Scar End - Twistleton Scar - Winterscale Beck - Ribblehead.

Alight (09.04) & return Ribblehead. NB Catch 07.24 rail replacement bus from Carlisle if line still blocked.
Grade: M (11 miles)
BS, DS

Visit some of the remains and learn the geological and social history of a once important local industry. Garsdale - Thwaite Bridge - Cotterdale -
East Side - High Dyke - Garsdale.

Alight (10.43) & return Garsdale.
Grade: MS (12 miles)
BF

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 2016 the tours will take place on the following dates:
April 27th (as part of the Ride2stride festival);

May 25th;

June 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th;

July 6th, 13th, 20th, & 27th;

August 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st

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

Holmes Moss - Uldale House - Bluecaster Side - Fawcet Bank - Underbank - Sedbergh.

Alight Garsdale (10.21), return Dent. Service bus from Sedbergh to Dent.
Grade: MS (13 miles)
BC/LC

Ribblehead Quarry - Viking Farmstead - Hill Inn - Whernside - Force Gill - Ribblehead.

Alight (10.06) & return Ribblehead.
Grade: S (10 miles)
A&RF

Bentham - Low Gill - Tatham Fells - Burn Moor - Bentham.

Alight (10.06) & return Bentham.
Grade: S (13 miles)
AP, IB
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