Our coach leaves Central Square at 8:15 am via M58,M6 to Lancaster services, arriving 9:05 for a short stop. Continues on M6 to junction 34 then via A683 and A687 to A65 near Ingleton and B6265 to Ribblehead Inn where A and C Parties alight at about 10:40. Coach continues on B6479 to Horton-in-Ribblesdale where B party alights at about 10:55. Then follows B6479 to Settle coach park, where D party alights at about 11:15 am. Coach then returns to park at Horton-in-Ribblesdale.
A Party: Whernside and Ingleborough: Rob Culkin
14.5 miles, Strenuous, 2800 ft of climbing.
This is a challenging walk and those taking part should be reasonably fit. From the road junction at Ribblehead the first leg of the walk climbs for 1400 ft via Knoutberry Hill to reach the summit of Whernside (2415’). From here the walk drops down to the Hill Inn and another steep climb to the summit of Ingleborough (2372’). The final leg of the walk is downhill to reach the coach park at Horton-in-Ribblesdale at about 6pm (or possibly a little earlier).
B Party: Pen-y-Ghent & Helwith Bridge: Ken Price
9.9 miles: Hard; 1550 ft of climbing.
Although this is not as challenging as the A walk there is still quite a lot of climbing involved. The start of the walk climbs past Horton Scar and Hull Pot to reach the cairn on the summit of Pen-y-Ghent (2273’). The return leg is downhill via Churn Milk Hole and Helwith Bridge, arriving back in Horton at about 5 pm.
C Party: Dales Way and Pennine Way: Jackie and Jim Cumiskey
9.3 miles: Easy/Moderate; 750 ft of climbing.
This walk has not as much climbing as the B walk and it starts by walking alongside Blea Moor Road to Gearstones, where the route follows part of the Dales Way to Cam End (1436’). Here it turns south to join part of the Pennine Way. This route is followed over limestone country via Ling Gill Bridge, Old Ing and up to Birkwith Moor, The route the turns south via Red Moss Pot and Sell Gill Holes to reach Horton in Ribblesdale at about 4 pm.
D Party: Ribble Way : Peter Neild.
8 miles: Moderate : 825 ft of climbing.
This walk starts at the coach park in the town of Settle (toilets) and follows the valley of the River Ribble northwards. to the hamlet of Stackhouse. From here it drops down to the river and follows it to a mill until it reaches the waterfall at Stainforth Force. From here the road is crossed into the village of Stainforth. The route then climbs up to Moor Head Lane then drops down again to get back to the river at Helwith Bridge. The final leg is alongside the river to reach Horton at about 4:15 pm.
Our coach will be parked near the railway station at Horton. There is the Pen-y Ghent café in the centre of the village and pubs (Golden Lion and Crown) at either end. Our coach leaves at 6:45 pm and is estimated to be back in Maghull at about 9:15 pm.