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 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: 2017-07-25

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

Ribblehead - Blea Moor - Craven Wold - Mill Bridge - Dales Way -
Dent Village.

Due to limited bus capacity please book by phone or text to 07754 993483.

Alight Ribblehead (12.02), return Dent. Service bus from Dent Village to station (fare payable). Connects with 10.49 train from Leeds. Due to limited bus capacity please book by phone or text to 07754 993483.
Grade: M (8 miles)
DW, JD

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 -

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

Alight Carlisle (11.32), return Armathwaite. Late train return.
Grade: S (14 miles)
St&SuW

Kirkby Stephen Station - Nateby - Bells - Mallerstang Edge - High Dyke - Moorcock Inn - Garsdale.

Alight Kirkby Stephen (10.34), return Garsdale.
Grade: S (14 miles)
JWo, JL

Reeth - Fremington Edge - Arkengarthdale - Reeth.

Alight (10.28) & return Ribblehead. Service bus to Fremington and return from Reeth (fare payable).
Grade: S (8 miles)
JC, St&SuW

Settle - Winskill Stones - Victoria Cave - Scalebar Force - Lambert Lane - Settle.

Alight (10.11) & return Settle.
Grade: E (7 miles)
BF, SW

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

Bandley Bridge - Hoff - Rutter Force - Ormside.

Alight (10.08) & return Appleby. Connects with 09.24 train from Carlisle.
Grade: M (10 miles)
DS&AS

Kentmere Valley - Garburn Pass - Orrest Head.

Alight Staveley (08.40), return Windermere. Meet Lancaster 07.50 for onward connections to Oxenholme & Staveley. Connects with 05.54 train from Leeds.
Grade: M (10 miles)
PW

Low Row - Whitaside Moor - Apedale - Greets Hill - Grinton - Reeth.

Alight (10.28) & return Ribblehead. Service bus to Low Row, return Reeth (fare payable)
Grade: S (9 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 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

Clapham Station - Newby - Laithbutts Lane - Thwaite Lane - Wharfe
- Feizor - Austwick.

Alight Clapham (11.33), Return Settle. Service bus from Austwick to Settle (fare payable). Connects with the 10.19 Morecambe Line train from Leeds.
Grade: M (8 miles)
DW, JD

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. 

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)

Alight Armathwaite (11.15), return Langwathby.
Grade: MS (13 miles)
St&SuW

Settle - Lodge Farm - Sugar Loaf Hill - Catrigg Force - Stainforth Force - Langcliffe - Settle.

Alight (09.50) & return Settle.
Grade: MS (12 miles)
BH, SW

Gunnerside - Swale riverbank - Reeth.

Alight (10.28) & return Ribblehead. Service bus to Gunnerside and return from Reeth, (fare payable).
Grade: E (7 miles)
DW, JC

Gargrave - Bell Busk - Otterburn - Scaleber Force - Pennine Bridleway - Settle.

Alight Gargrave (09.32), return Settle.
Grade: M (11 miles)
PD, SH

Dent Station - Coal Road - Pennine Bridleway - Arten Gill - Dent Head
- Blea Moor - Ribblehead.

Alight Dent (10.40), return Ribblehead Connects with 09.24 train from Carlisle.
Grade: MS (10 miles)
BS, MT

Kirkby Lonsdale - Sealford - Farleton Fell - Newbiggin Crags - Hutton Roof - Kirkby Lonsdale.

Alight Giggleswick Station (09.25), return Settle. Service bus from Giggleswick to Kirkby Lonsdale - return Kirkby Lonsdale to Settle (fares payable).
Grade: S (11 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

Dent village - Frostrow - Dent village.
 

Alight (10.16) & return Dent. Service bus to and return from Dent Village (fare payable).
Grade: M (9 miles)
AP

Walk the Line 2:

Appleby to Kirkby Stephen 16m S Hoff Beck - Rutter Force - Great Asby - Potts Valley - Crosby Garrett.

 

Celebrate the re-opening of the line following the Eden Brows closure.  Remaining sections of this walk will be -

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

Alight Appleby (10.47), return Kirkby Stephen.
Grade: S (16 miles)
BC/LC
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