2nd July 2017

Coach Trip to Sedbergh 

The small town of Sedbergh now lies within the Yorkshire Dales National Park altough it sits in the county of Cumbria.  It has become the centre for walking on the fells known as the Howgills.  George Fox the founder of the Quaker movement, spoke to a large gatherings in and around ths area in 1652. 

A special “Thank You” to our leaders today, as  many of the footbridges are still missing due to  the winter floods and as a consequence a lot of the footpaths unusable, and so making it much harder to plan and reccy todays walks.  The town may be busy today due to a cycling festival being held this weekend.

A Walk –  ​​Tony Culverhouse​      12 miles​​       Strenuous

From Sedbergh we climb 1107ft to the summit of Winder Fell, with panoramic views including the highest Lakeland peaks and the Howgills. We then descend on a good path to head north-west and then downhill alongside Settlebeck Gill. After crossing the Gill we head into open fields gradually descending into the Rawthey Valley and eventually to the River Rawthey. We follow the river downstream into Sedburgh encountering on the way a rather steep and rocky section of path (If it has been a wet day we can avoid this path).  Although this is the longest walk today it includes a challenging climb to the summit of Winder Fell, anyone who is particularly fond of fell walking may want to consider the “B” walk.  8 stiles including 2 ladder stiles.


B Walk Leader Michael Counter Walking Distance 9 mile Strenuous

IWe alight from the coach in Sedbergh and walk along the road to Lockbank Farm.  The walk skirts along the edge of the access land boundary passing Craggstones and Eller Mire and over Swang Head.  Unfortunately, we now loose the height as we descend to Bram Rigg Beck.  The next section of the route involves a steep and steady climb up the flank of Bram Rigg to reach the summit of The Calf (2220ft).  The route now becomes undulating and turns into a broad high level walk, passing Calders and Arant How to reach Winder (1551ft). A final steep descent takes us down into Sedbergh.  This is a strenuous walk, but offers some spectacular views of the Lakeland and Yorkshire Dales fells and incorporates a memorable high level traverse.


C Walk                                Barbara Sharples                       8.5 miles                Moderate with one climb.

Today we 'bag' Winder Trig Point.  Starting from the car park we pass Castlehaw Tower and then begin a steady climb up the Dales Highway, alongside Settlebeck Gill, but we use wide and clearly marked tracks so the terrain is good. The views from the Trig Point and Millennium Cairn at Winder Summit are spectacular taking in the Lake District, Morecambe Bay and the valleys of the Lune, Dent and Gardale with the Howgills in the background. Certainly worth the climb.  We then descend to the River Lune and  Waterside Viaduct on the Dales Way. We use low lying footpaths paths and bridleways/tracks to Lincoln/s Inn Bridge, Ingmire Hall and the Quaker Village of Brigflatts, the  Friends Meeting House built in 1675, the burial ground and andthen fields back to Sedbergh via the hamlet of Birks.  There are several stiles on this walk. 


D party ​​Moderate ​​6 ½ miles Leader Paul Brown

Starting from Joss Lane car park in Sedbergh we walk to St Andrew’s Church then through the grounds of the well known Sedbergh Public School to Birks to join the Dales Way, which we follow alongside the tumbling waters of the River Rawthey. We leave the Dales Way to walk to Ingmire Hall, cross some meadows, then join it again to walk to Lincoln’s Inn Bridge, then along the east bank of the River Lune to reach the impressive seven arch Lune Viaduct.  Continuing to Low Branthwaite we then climb to Slacks Lane and Ash-hining , descend to Underwinder, then climb again to reach Howgill Lane. We follow this lane downhill for about ¾ mile back to Sedbergh for well earned refreshments. Lovely pastoral countryside, railway viaducts to see, some stiles and steps to manage, rough and muddy in just a few places.



Pickup Time for the Return Journey    6.00pm  from the coach park in Sedbergh.

Morning (Outward) Pick-Up Points

Blackburn Coach

08:00     Darwen : Boots Duckworth St

08:05     Darwen : Lynwood Avenue

08:10     Ewood : Empire Theatre

08:15     Blackburn : Penny Street

08:20     Oswaldtwistle : Black Dog

08:25     Oswaldtwistle : The Civic Theatre

08:35     Accrington : Whalley Rd, opposite Music Box 

08:40     Accrington : Victoria Hospital

08:50     Clayton : Hare and Hounds

08:55     Harwood : Nightingales Garage

09:00     Whalley : King Street

09:05     Clitheroe : York Street

Burnley Coach

08:15    Nelson : Walton lane, Leeds Road

08:20     Colne : Colne Bus Station

08:20     Colne : Library

08:25     Colne : Alkincoates

08:30     Barrowford : Heritage Centre

08:40     Nelson : Bus Station

08:45     Brierfield : Town Hall

08:50     Burnley : Brennard Street

08:55     Burnley : Bus Station

08:55     Burnley : Tim Bobbin

09:00     Padiham : Whitegates

09:05     Padiham : Town Hall

09:10     Clayton : Hare and Hounds

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