Range Walking Club
Sunday 16th March 1997-Yorkshire Dales-Wharfedale-Kettlewell
 
Wharfedale in the Yorkshire Dales is the venue for the next club walk on Sunday, 16 March 1997. All walks will finish in Kettlewell where there are refreshments and toilet facilities. As usual the coach leave school at 0800 hrs prompt returning from Kettlewell at 1730 hrs and should be back in Formby before 2000 hrs. There will be a short 'toilet stop' only on the outward journey. The cost of travel is 5.00 for adults and 3.00 for children and students in full-time education. Please return slips for travel and meals with cheque (not cash) to the school office by Thursday, 6 March, in an envelope marked "Range Walking Club". Walking boots are essential for all walks.
 
'A' Walk
Starting by the bridge in Kettlewell we follow the Dales Way and the River Wharfe up the valley to Buckden and then, via Redmire Farm, take the bridleway over the summit of Old Cote Moor Top (607 m) to the village of Litton. Littondale is a gem of a valley offering the full delights of the ales - including 'The Queens Arms' where many a walker has been known to settle a thirst! We follow the River Skirfare to Arncliffe before climbing over Old Cote Little Moor (480 m) back to Kettlewell.
 
Distance: 12 miles
Ascent: 2000'
Leaders: Ken Bryning and David Poole
 
'B'+ Walk
The B+ walk makes use of an ancient drove road and a monastic trackway across exposed limestone uplands. Given good weather, the views are spectacular from start to finish but, be warned, there is a 1 mile long ascent near the end of the walk! Starting from the Tennant Arms at Kilnsey we climb steadily for 2 miles, heading westwards along Mastiles Lane. At GR 920655, within sight of Malham Tarn, we turn north and, passing a Roman Camp and Great Close Mire, join the Monk's Road at Middle House Farm. This grassy track is then followed northeast, descending gradually into the village of Arncliffe in secluded Littondale. Having lost all our altitude, we now have to climb 800' again to cross Old Cote Moor before the final steep descent into Kettlewell.

Distance: 11 miles
Ascent: 1800'
Leaders: Glennis Poole and Dave Purdy

'B' Walk
Using a football analogy, this is a walk of 2 halves: low level pre-lunch, higher level post-lunch. Commencing at Kilnsey we cross the Wharfe at Conistone and amble south along the lower slopes of the valley. Joining the Dales Way we then head north, climbing steadily from Bycliffe Road to the higher slopes at Capplestone Gate (001700). We remain at this level for a couple of miles before dropping down into Kettlewell above Dowber Gill Beck. Hair pieces should be firmly secured for the afternoon session!

Distance: 9 miles
Ascent: 1100'
Leaders: Mike Wood and Ray Webb
 
'C' Walk
Starting at the turning for Arncliffe we follow the River Skirfare upstream to Hawkswick. From here the main day's climb begins as we head steadily upwards to reach the day's highest point above Knipe Scar. Given a fine day your efforts will be rewarded with some excellent views. A gradual descent then takes us to Kettlewell in time for lunch. A less energetic afternoon is now in prospect as we explore both sides of the dale by walking to Starbotton and back.
 
Distance: 7½ miles
Ascent: 850'
Leaders: Barry Whitby and Peter Houghton