Sunday 16th March 2014 - Dent, Yorkshire Dales

This month our walks are based on the quaint village of Dent, in The Yorkshire Dales. The coach will leave school as usual at 8.00 am prompt. There will be a toilet stop at M6 Burton-In-Kendal services enroute.  All walks start and finish at Dent where there are cafes and pubs. We plan to leave   at 5.00 pm to be back in Formby about 7.00 pm.  Boots are essential on all walks.   

The cost of travel will be £10.00 for members, £13.00 for non-members and £5.00 for Leaders, children and students in full time education. Please make your cheque payable to Range Walking Club and ensure it is signed as it is inconvenient for the Treasurer to chase up such omissions.

Please send in your return to the Treasurer at 19 Burlington Ave Formby before 6th March places will be booked on the coach by the treasurer on a first come first served basis.

Cancellations: if you need to cancel or make a late booking, please contact the Treasurer on 01704 871308 who will endeavour to substitute your booking from the waiting list.  If you cancel after      6th February and it is not possible to fill your place on the coach, regrettably, we will not be able to give you a refund as coaches will have been booked on initial returns.

Club Weekend 2014: 27th-29th June 2014 Braithwaite Lake District
The weekend will be based at the Coledale Inn, Braithwaite in the Lake District. The weekend will commence on Friday evening with a meeting at 9pm to discuss the various walks on offer on Saturday and Sunday.  On Saturday evening there will be a group meal at the Coledale Inn.  There may also be walks arranged for the Friday for those who are able to get there on Friday morning.

When booking rooms at the Coledale Inn Tel No: 017687 78272 please tell them you are a member of the Range Walking Club as rooms are being held for us.  Alternative accommodation available in Braithwaite is The Royal Oak 017687 78533, Middle Ruddings 017687 78436 and a camp site   We do hope you are able to come.

‘A’ Walk
Distance: 12.5 miles
Ascent: 2500 ft
Gordon Spence
John Hughes

There is a pleasant walk along Dentdale to Boot of the World before turning up hill on an intermittent path to Whernside Tarns.
We then follow a  good path to Whernside summit( approx 2415 ft) with excellent views during lunch.
Refreshed we descend westerly to High Pike to pick up Green Lane (more brown mud than green on the very wet recce) and soon descend further on Nun House Outake to Peacock Hill.
From here it is  a quiet road walk  back to Dent.



‘B+’ Walk
Distance: 11 miles
Ascent: 1553 ft
David Neale
Helen Neale

A circular walk around Dentdale, taking in Frostrow Fells, the Dales Way and River Dee.  We start and finish at the charming village of Dent, probably most notable as the birthplace of the eminent geologist Adam Sedgwick (1785 – 1873).  From the car park and WC’s we follow the River Dee to the north-west crossing at  Barth Bridge then climbing to the 15th century house of ‘Lunds’ with its interestingly shaped mullioned windows.
Onwards to the open fell beyond where as we meet the rise (weather permitting) we should get great views of the Howgills in the distance.  We cross this wild, exposed and in places boggy fellside until we reach the crest of Frostrow Fell. Here we stop for coffee and take in the views of the Rivers Clough and Rawthey in the valley below.
Turning west we follow the ridge of Long Rigg and looking down on Sedburgh, we descend through a disused quarry and abandoned golf course, swinging on to the Dales Way. We follow the long distance path passing through farms and fields heading back towards Dent.  Leaving the Dales Way we head down into the valley in order to cross the Dee via the footbridge at Ellers where we stop for a short lunch break.
Suitably rested and refreshed we gradually climb up the valley towards ‘Toft’s and after passing through the yard of the house we cross the steep sided beck by a narrow footbridge and then ascend to Coombe House on a vehicle track.  The path then rises gradually to Stone Rigg, passing many ‘Shake Holes’ as we begin to descend towards the Barbondale Road.  We follow the road down eventually swinging west and on towards High House, crossing the steep and slippery ravine and beck that runs through Gillmire Wood just above the village of Gawthrop.  From there we cross fields, styles and several becks (by stepping stone and the occasional jump) as we descend via Mill Beck and back into the village of Dent using the tower of St Andrews Church as our marker.



‘B’ Walk
Distance: 9 miles
Ascent: 1400 ft
Pam Mutch
Joe Pearson

Leaving the car park at Dent to pass Mill Beck and up a steep stone strewn path SW towards Sappy Moss, the main ascent of the day. The path follows the contours south to High Pike then east to join a tarmac road for the descent to Dentdale (there is an option of a precipitous footpath to Deepdale Head, but best avoided in favour of the easier descent by road) The intention is to cross to a riverside path on the north side, but, depending the rainfall the previous week the ford may not be passable. Continuing on to Scow to a footpath on the south side which we follow in a north–westerly direction to join the Dales Way into Dent.

‘C’ Walk
Distance: 5 miles
Ascent: 300 ft
Denise Nunn
Linda Trollope

Leaving Dent via Church Bridge, we follow the lively Keld Beck through a nature area, passing a small tarn which hopefully should provide some interest in March.
We cross farm land to join the Dales Way to Bridge End and then go a short way down a minor road until we break away over the rougher terrain of Woman’s Land.
Next, after passing Rise View, we descend to reach the River Dee at Larry’s Leap to begin the return journey.
For those with an interest in geology, this area is full of waterfalls shake holes springs, and caves.
We cross 2 footbridges and follow the far bank of the Dee downstream, on a well defined path with attractive views all around.
When we reach Tommy Bridge we rejoin the Dales Way to return to Dent.
On the initial part of our walk the ascent is gradual and without stiles and there are only two more short climbs throughout.  Unfortunately there are a few stiles later but not as fearsome as some we have encountered. 
Weather permitting this should be a pretty walk with lots of interest, much of it besides lively water courses.