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

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: 2016-08-25

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)

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

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

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

Alight (10.06) & return Bentham.
Grade: S (13 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 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).

Twistleton - Kingsdale - Yordas Cave - Turbury Road - Tow Scar Road - Thornton Hall - Ingleton.

Alight Ribblehead (10.06), return Settle. Service bus from Ingleton to Settle.
Grade: S (15 miles)

Wydon - Park Burnfoot - Blenkinsop Castle - Walltown - Great Chesters - Haltwhistle Burn.

Alight (10.11) & return Haltwhistle. Connects with 09.43 train from Carlisle to Newcastle.
Grade: MS (11 miles)

Kirkby Stephen station - Pendragon Castle - Thrang - Watercut - Hell Gill - Garsdale.

Alight Kirkby Stephen (10.34), return Garsdale.
Grade: MS (13 miles)

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

Alight (10.47) & return Appleby (Possible late train return).
Grade: S (13 miles)

Gunnerside Gill - Keld - Muker.

Alight (10.28) and return Ribblehead. Service bus to Gunnerside and return from Muker.
Grade: M (8 miles)

Wennington - Fourstones - Bentham.

Alight Wennington (09.44), return Bentham.
Grade: M (11 miles)

Ribble Way - Helwith Bridge - Long Lane - Churn Milk Pot - Pen-y-Ghent - Old Ing - New House - Horton. Alight (09.58) & return Horton-inRibblesdale. (BC/LC)

Alight (09.58) & return Horton-inRibblesdale.
Grade: MS (12 miles)

Richmond - Round Howe - Billy Bank Wood - Easby Abbey - Richmond.

Alight (10.28) & return Ribblehead, Service bus to and return from Richmond.
Grade: E (5 miles)

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

Coombs Wood - Longdales - Ainstable -

Due to line closure north of Armathwaite the
following travel arrangements are in place. Alight Appleby (10.46)
& transfer to bus for Armathwaite (11.45). Return by bus at 16.01 to
Appleby for train at 17.01 (For signal box visit only return on 14.04
bus). Connects with 08.49 train from Leeds. (J&TJ) Check web site
for further updates.

Alight Appleby (10.46) & transfer to bus for Armathwaite (11.45). Return by bus at 16.01 to Appleby for train at 17.01
Grade: M (7 miles)

Ribblehead - Whernside - Great Coum - Dent village.

Alight Ribblehead (10.06) & return Dent. Service bus from Dent village to station.
Grade: S (11 miles)

Kirkby Stephen station - Bullgill - Birkett Common - Thringill - Nateby - Kirkby Stephen town - Kirkby Stephen station.

Alight (10.34) & return Kirkby Stephen.
Grade: S (11 miles)

Settle - Lambert Lane - Scaleber Force - Victoria Cave - Stainforth - Hoffman Kiln - Settle.

Alight (09.29) & return Settle. NB Catch 07.24 rail replacement bus from Carlisle if line still blocked.
Grade: M (10 miles)

Langho - York - Dean Clough Reservoir - Cock Wood - Whalley.

Alight Langho & return Whalley. Meet Hellifield (10.02) for onward connections. Connects with 09.00 train from Leeds.
Grade: M (6 miles)

Stenkrith Bridge - Long Rigg - Howgill Syke - Heggerscales - River Belah - Belah Bridge - Winton - Wingill - Franks Bridge - Bollam Bridge - Halfpenny House.

Alight (10.34) & return Kirkby Stephen.
Grade: S (15 miles)

Garsdale - Garsdale Valley - Sedbergh.

Alight Garsdale (10.21), return Dent. Service bus from Sedbergh to Dent. Limited bus capacity, please ring 01274 594668 to book a place.
Grade: M (11 miles)

Horton - Churn Milk Hole - Penyghent Gill - Foxup Moor - Horton.

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

Beetham Fell - Fairy Steps - Wharton Cragg.

Meet Carnforth (10.00) for onward connection & return Carnforth.
Grade: M (10 miles)

Horton - River Ribble - Crag Hill Farm - Helwith Bridge - Wharfe - Crummack Dale.

Alight (09.58) & return Horton-in-Ribblesdale.
Grade: M (8 miles)

Kirby Stephen - Wharton Hall - Lammerside Castle - Pendragon Castle - Lady Anne’s Way - Hell Gill - High Dyke - Garsdale. Alight Kirkby Stephen (10.56), return Garsdale. (StW/SuW)

Alight Kirkby Stephen (10.56), return Garsdale.
Grade: S (13 miles)

Shipley - Saltaire - Shipley Glen - Rombalds Moor - White Wells - Hebers Ghyll - Ilkley.

Alight Shipley (09.02), return Ilkley.
Grade: M (11 miles)

Kirkby Stephen station - Halfpenny House - Stainmore Line viaducts - Kaber - Sowerby Mill - Winton - Kirkby Stephen - Kirkby Stephen station.

Alight (10.34) & return Kirkby Stephen.
Grade: MS (11 miles)
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