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.

Special note summer 2014

Please note that some leaders have reported a significant number of paths are very overgrown - especially around stiles etc.  Walkers are advised to wear long trousers to avoid stinging nettles and brambles etc.

Guided Walks

Format: 2014-08-23

Langwathby to Armathwaite
Please see dedicated web page

Alight Langwathby 11.02
Grade: S (13 miles)

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

Coombs Wood - Longdales - Ainstable - Armathwaite.


Get walking
Introductory walks using the Settle to Carlisle Railway
Join us on this less strenuous shorter walk that is suitable for all the family. Children welcome, (but no prams or buggies please as there will be stiles to cross).
These walks use later trains than the usual 08.49 from Leeds.

Alight (11.37) and return Armathwaite. Return to 17.14 train to Leeds. (For signal box visit only return on 13.13 train). Connects with 09.00 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.
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 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. (Long tours return to 15.27 to Leeds and 16.01 to Carlisle).

Pudding Howe Hill - Bullgill - Nateby - Winton - Hartley.

Alight (10.34) and return Kirkby Stephen station
Grade: MS (13 miles)

Ribblehead - Colt Park - Park Fell - Simon Fell - Ingleborough - Gaping
Gill - Sulber - Horton-in-Ribblesdale.

Alight Ribblehead (09.15), return Horton-in-Ribblesdale. Connects with 07.52 train from Carlisle.
Grade: MS (10 miles)

Nateby - Birkett Hill - Nine Standards Rigg - Tailbridge Hill -
Nateby - Kirkby Stephen Station.

Alight (10.34) and return Kirkby Stephen.
Grade: MS (12 miles)

Dent - Whernside Manor - Great Coum - Dent.

As it climbs out of Deepdale the walk crosses limestone and shale sequences that give much of the Dales their characteristic 'stepped' scenery. Binks Quarry below Great Coum was a source of the fossiliferous Dent Marble, blocks of which lie in abundance. It also lies alongside a corrie carved by ice during the last stages of the most
recent glacial event.


Limited bus capacity to/from Dent. Booking essential. To reserve a place email (BF)

Alight (10.37) and return Dent. Service bus to Deepdale and return from Dent Village. Limited bus capacity to/from Dent. Booking essential. To reserve a place email (BF)
Grade: M (6 miles)

Gargrave - Weets Top - Hetton.

Alight Gargrave (09.05) and return Skipton. Service bus from Hetton to Skipton.
Grade: MS (12 miles)

Langwathby to Armathwaite
Please see dedicated web page

Alight Langwathby 11.02
Grade: S (13 miles)

Garsdale - Cotterdale - Hardraw - Hawes.

Alight (10.21) and return Garsdale. Service bus return from Hawes to Garsdale.
Grade: MS (11 miles)
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