Sunday 19th November 2017 - Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Yorkshire Dales

This month our walks are in the Yorkshire Dales.  The coach will leave school as usual at 8.00 am prompt and travel direct to Settle where the A walk starts. The coach will then continue to Horton-in-Ribblesdale where the other three walks start. There will be no toilet stop enroute as there are adequate toilets in both Settle and Horton-in-Ribblesdale.  Boots are essential on all walks.  There is a good choice of refreshments in Horton-in-Ribblesdale where all walks finish. We will depart at 5.00pm arriving back in Formby about 7.00pm.

The cost of travel will be £11.00 for members, £14.00 for non-members and £5.00 for Leaders, children and students in full time education. Please note the changed coach fare. 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 Monica Sealey before 9th November; 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 809287 or by email who will endeavour to substitute your booking from the waiting list.  If you cancel after 9th November 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.

‘A’ Walk
Distance: 11 miles
Ascent: 2,300 ft
Shaun Rollinson
Trevor Ludlow

A linear walk starting from Settle (toilets available), from where we will head north/north east on the first of the two climbs of the day.
This is a moderate 600ft before we descend to Stainforth taking in Catrigg Force waterfall.
We now take the Ribble Way north east to begin the steady climb towards Pen-y-ghent.
The gradient increases when we reach the Pennine Way and then a short steep section with some gentle scrambling takes us to the summit.
We then follow the Pennine Way easily down to Horton-in-Ribblesdale.


‘B+’ Walk
Distance: 10 miles
Ascent: 1,200 ft
Sarah Broad
Ray Webb

Leaving Horton-in-Ribblesdale we will head north up the Pennine Way. 
As we gain height we should soon have views of Pen-y-ghent to the east and Ingleborough to the west.  As usual, all promises of views come with the caveat, subject to the weather
After around 2½ miles the Pennine Way swings west and takes us to Old Ing (804773) and then High Birkwith, from where we will drop down to cross the River Ribble. 
Walking beneath the Settle/Carlise railway line close to Selside (783757) we will then swing south to Suber (778735) where we will join a track descending from Ingleborough.
With Pen-y-ghent ahead of us we will follow this track through Suber Nick back to Horton-in-Ribblesdale.



‘B’ Walk
Distance: 8 miles
Ascent: 1,640 ft
Liz Bellman
Gill Hickmott

Starting at Horton in Ribblesdale, we ascend Pen-y-ghent which is a fell in the Yorkshire Dales.
It is the smallest of the Yorkshire Three Peaks the others being Ingleborough and Whernside.
We take the classic route up Pen-y-ghent via Brackenbotten.
On investigation Pen-y-ghent could mean ‘Head of Winds’.
It was very windy at the top when we did our reccie.
We will take our time going up stopping to appreciate the views.
On reaching the top we turn northwards to Plover Hill returning back to the Pennine Way and then descend to Foxup Moor finger point before a short detour to Hull Pot which is the largest hole in England!  
We then return to Horton-in-Ribblesdale ending up opposite the Pen-y-ghent Cafe.
This is a more difficult than usual 'B' walk as it involves a short scramble three points of contact and a steep descent which thankfully is now stepped.

‘C’ Walk
Distance: 6.5 miles
Ascent: 900 ft
Anne Belcher
Denise Nunn

Starting at the small village of Horton-in -Ribblesdale, we walk along a quiet lane slowly ascending to Brackenbottom and continue on to Dub Cote, where we continue to ascend through fields to meet Long Lane.
We are now at our highest point and can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
We should have good views of Pen-y-ghent and numerous quarries on a clear day.
We descend along a good gravel path to Helwith Bridge where we join the Ribble Way which follows the River Ribble along paths and fields back to Horton.
The route has some uneven paths and can also be muddy in places so good boots and trekking poles are advisable.