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A winter scene in the Dales. Looking towards Ingleborough from Sulber Nick. Climbs of Ingleborough start from Horton or Ribblehead. We run these walks throughout the year.

Wharton Hall in the valley visited on walks from Kirkby Stephen. A favourite venue for many easier walks.

 

 

Train Walks 2008

 

Below are reports and photos of selected train walks from 2008, with the most recent appearing first. Please click on the appropriate links to view these.

 

6 December - Settle to Threshfield via Malham Tarn

8 November - Cullingworth to Clayton via Bronte Way & Great Northern Trail

30 August - Ribblehead to Bentham via the Scars of Whernside

23 August - Haworth Circular via Top Withins

9 August - Lazonby Circular via Raven Beck

2 August - Garsdale to Kirkby Stephen via Mallerstang & Nine Standards

19 July - Gargrave to Barnoldswick via Priest Holme Bridge & Higher Clough

22 March - Clapham to Bentham via Ingleborough & Ellerbeck

19 January - Skipton Circular via Carleton and Elslack

12 January - Skipton to Steeton via Lothersdale

 

6 December - Settle to Threshfield via Malham Tarn

1. Climbing out of Settle
2. Snow on the open moor above Settle
3. Stockdale Lane
4. Still going up above Stockdale Farm
5. Overlooking Malham Tarn
6. View down into Langcliffe Valley

This strenuous walk from Settle was one of the more spectacular walks for a long time. 11 hardy souls set off, not really knowing what they would find. The lanes out of the town were bad enough, covered in slippery ice. However we made it to the moors and the deep snow. The views as you will see were terrific. However wading though the snow took its toll on the walkers and it took an hour longer than planned to reach Malham Tarn. The leaders then suggested we return along the minor roads to Settle. This was quickly accepted. The walking was now much easier and the views, different, but just as good. Arrived safely in Settle before darkness. Thanks to Diane & Bill for good, sensible leadership.

Photos and report by Dave Sherborne

 

8 November - Cullingworth to Clayton via Bronte Way & Great Northern Trail

Great Northern Trail website - please click here to view

1. Hewenden Viaduct (1)
2. Hewenden Viaduct (2)
3. Llamas (1)
4. Llamas (lots)
5. Autumn Colours

Photos by Eric Bottomley

On Saturday November 8th 2008, Friends of DalesRail led a guided walk along the trail.

We have the distinction of being the first recognised walking group to organise a walk from Cullingworth, where the trail begins, to the final stretch which ends at the site of the long-gone Queensbury Station. The most recent addition crosses the Thornton Viaduct, giving extensive views down the valley towards Bradford. We used existing rights of way to link the three sections now open for recreational use.

This walk was listed in our programme and web-site as well as in the Bradford Telegraph and Argus (T & A), thanks to the support of Mike Priestley, their recently retired journalist and feature writer.

The result was that 28 people set out on the trail - it would have been 32 but for a mishap in timing on connecting public transport. 28 people finished the walk at Clayton although the leader mysteriously disappeared at Hewenden Viaduct only to reappear, as if by magic, in Thornton Road ready to lead the party over Thornton Viaduct and eventually to the end of the walk. This was due to the onset of the dreaded virus that hit quite a few people in FODR. It was a strategic move to conserve energy for the final romp into Clayton! Many thanks to Angela Kay who moved up a notch from back-up to leader and to Glennys who became temporary back-up.

The official opening of the Thornton stretch of the trail over Thornton Viaduct took place at the end of November when all the staff and pupils at Thornton Primary School came out to take part in the ceremony. The ribbon was cut and a speech made by Alan Whitaker, son of the last Station Master at Thornton. Alan grew up in the Station Master's house and witnessed the demise of that particular line. He was a journalist with Bradford T & A some years ago. A keen naturalist, he along with the late Bob Cryer MP , had a deep concern for the preservation of the ground the line occupied.

This was a different concept of walking from the train and I knew it was achievable. However, it was a great act of faith for the brave souls who put their trust in the organiser, especially as I abandoned them on the bus down to Bradford! Any rumours being spread around that I only organised that walk so that for the first time in nearly 35 years of walking from the line, I could be the first one home are just not true!

Many thanks to all who supported the walk and a Happy New Year to all our members.

Report by Joyce Broughton


30 August - Ribblehead to Bentham via the Scars of Whernside

1. Ingleton Falls 1
2. Ingleton Falls 2
3. Ingleton Falls 3
4. View from above
5. In Brief, Twistleton Scare
6. The Phantom Flasher on his birthday

Photos 1-5 by Eric Bottomley. Photo 6 by Penny Smith

 

23 August - Haworth Circular via Top Withins

1. Morning Break
2. Lunch at Withins
3. Round t'back end
4. Late summer heather
5. View from the top

Photos by Eric Bottomley

 

9 August - Lazonby Circular via Raven Beck

1. Joyce going over the top
2. Pat going over the top
3. Jenny going over the top
4. On the march again

Photos by Penny Smith

 

2 August - Garsdale to Kirkby Stephen via Mallerstang & Nine Standards

1. Heading up to the High Way
2. Motoring along the High Way
3. Crossing the infant River Ure
4. Branching off to Mallerstang
5. Approaching Mallerstang in the sun!
6. Mallerstang Edge
7. Lunch, sheltering from a shower near Gregory Chapel
8. Excellent views from Gregory Chapel
9. Making tracks towards High Seat
10. Coming off High Pike Hill
11. Crossing the B6270, a couple of people try and flag down a car, without success
12. Ordnance locator column, near Nine Standards Rigg
13. Heading down to the Nine Standards
14. Faraday Gill
15. Ladthwaite Beck, on the way to a well-deserved pint in Nateby

Photos by John Wood

 

19 July - Gargrave to Barnoldswick via Priest Holme Bridge & Higher Clough

1. Waterproofing at Gargrave
2. To Stainton
3. Views above Horton
4. Sunshine around Stock
5. Stock Hill
6. Marching on
7. Pendle Hill from Stock
8. View across to Weets Hill
9. Church at Bracewell
10. Brown Hill with Pendle in background
11. Across The Edge heading for Barnoldswick
12. Not far now
13. Nearing Barnoldswick

Sporting waterproofs the As set off from Gargrave heading for Lancashire...would we be stopped at the border? Slippery stiles & fiddly gates successfully negotiated as sun turned to heavy rain then back to sun & so on with unerring regularity every ten minutes throughout the morning. Morning refreshments taken during a dry spell near Stainton Hall then onwards to Horton (not in Ribblesdale) & across fields on little used paths with few waymarks. The afternoon brought a welcome upturn in the weather, mostly dry & warm with good views across to Pendle Hill & Weets Hill; depsite requests for an added loop our leader declined the offer & headed for Barnoldswick along a fine edge with Pen-Y-Ghent visible in the far distance. Thanks to David & Carola for a very good walk in a little used area with fine views between the showers & the added bonus of an early bus to Skipton.

Photos & report by Ian Hull




22 March - Clapham to Bentham via Ingleborough & Ellerbeck

 

Photos by Tony Smare

 

 

19 January - Skipton Circular via Carleton and Elslack

Photos by Eric Bottomley

 

 

12 January - Skipton to Steeton via Lothersdale

1. As & Bs at Skipton
2. Leaving Carleton
3. Morning Coffee near Burnt Hill
4. En Route to Lothersdale
5. Descending to Lothersdale
6. ...& Up the other side
7. Backmarker waymarking
8. Ickornshaw Moor (1)
9. Ickornshaw Moor (2)
10. Pennine Way
11. Above Cowling
12. Around Hallan Hill
13. Wainman's Pinnacle (1)
14. Wainman's Pinnacle (2)
15. Above Earl Crag
16. Lund's Tower (1)
17. Lund's Tower (2)
18. Lund's Tower (3)
19. Heading for Intake Lane
20. Peacocks

15 "A" walkers set off from Skipton , our leader wisely following the road to Carleton as the tide was in & nobody had brought snorkels & flippers for the waterlogged fields around Skipton .

A couple of greasy climbs to Carleton Park brought us to morning coffee near Burnt Hill & clearer views as sun replaced rain . Thick mud averted eyes downwards over fields to a steep down & up around Lotherdale ; then across a tangle of paths towards Gill .

After lunch leaving lckornshaw lovely views on the Pennine Way passing Winman's Pinnacle to Lund's Tower ; finally along country lanes & squelchy fields to hospitable Steeton Hall with it's gastronomic delights & real ale .

Prizes surely should have been awarded to Diane T for the muddiest trousers & jacket ( there were several contenders ) , to our cheery leader & backer up for an excellent walk & horse / dog taming skills , plus a wooden spoon sent to the local weatherman for once again getting his forecast hopelessly wrong !

Photos & report by Ian Hull



















 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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