Sedbergh, Cumbria Sunday 26th July 2009

Today’s Walks

Strenuous Leader: Rowland Nock     Distance: 9.5 miles

This is a circular tour round Sedbergh, taking in part of the Howgill Fells. From the car park we head out via Castlehaw up onto the Howgills, trending our way round to Arant Haw. This is a height gain of approx 470 metres. We then walk the ridge onto Winder, taking in spectacular views. Our descent is then via Underwinder, passing by the boundaries of Ingmire Hall Estate until we finally reach the banks of the River Rawthey.

We mainly stay by the river, initially passing the tiny settlement of Brigflatts. This was once a flax weaving settlement and includes the first non-conformist meeting house built in 1675. We continue along the river, passing the confluence of the Rivers Dee and Rawthey back to Sedbergh.

Please bear in mind that this walk does include some initial gentle stream crossing on quite good footings.

Moderate Leader: Chris Cox     Distance: 8.5 miles

Sedbergh – Lockbank Farm – Winder Hill – Height of Winder – Low Branthwaite – Lune Viaduct – Lincoln’s Inn Bridge – The Oaks – Brigflatts – Sedbergh School.

We leave Sedbergh, and climb approx 300m to the top of Winder Hill, where we should enjoy nice views and a rest! The ascent is in the most part fairly gradual, and there is no need to rush. There is one difficult stile in the early part of the walk, but an adjacent gate and a bit of team work will get us through! Having taken in the views, we join the Dales Way and follow the River Lune and Rawthey back to Sedbergh.

Please note there is a short section of road walking (about 5 minutes) where the Dales Way runs along the A683. Please keep to single file or walk on the verge when we get to this road. We should get back to Sedbergh in time for scones and tea!

Leisurely Leader: Philomena Walker     Distance : 7 miles

From Settlebeck Bridge we will be taking the path along the River Rawthey to Millthrop, keeping to the Dales Way. A short steep climb takes us up to Riggs and stunning views. A good spot for an early break. We continue through Gap Wood crossing over the River Dee (looking out for low flying herons). Continuing along lane and path to Abbot Holme, before once again joining the Dales Way at Birks before returning through Sedbergh.

A very pleasant leisurely walk with lots to see..

Easy Leader: Adelaide Houghton     Distance: 5 miles

After an initial climb up Castlehaw we follow field paths down to the River Rawthey, passing through Sedbergh School back into town. A pleasant walk but, bearing in mind this is sheep country, there are several stiles.