HORTON to HAWES 18th August 2019

The enthusiasm of the Fell Walkers could hardly be questioned when 50 of them covered approximately 70 miles between them in spite of a dismal forecast of strong winds and rain.
But it wasn’t all bad and most set off in breezy sunshine.
Four groups chose different sections of the Pennine Way from Horton to Hawes.
Both Stuart’s and Geoff’s groups left Horton at a brisk pace to follow the Pennine Way, then the Roman Road, then the Dales way along limestone tracks, with its caves, sink holes, bridges, waterfalls  and long sweeping ridges to Hawes, 14/15 miles.
When both groups arrived in Hawes ahead of time, Geoff’s group detoured to the impressive Aysgill Force near Gayle while Stuart’s group explored the falls in Hawes.

Mike’s group also found the beautiful Aysgill Force at the end of their trail along the Pennine way from Gearstones Farm just north of Horton. 13 miles
Also from the start at Gearstones, Paul led his group off west to explore the Ribble Way route to the summit Stones of Blea Moor. From there they crossed by West Cam road to the Pennine Way and completed their planned route of 12 miles
The other four groups started from Hawes.

Anne and Helen made a circuit of Hardraw Falls, Simonstone, High Shaw and slightly amending their route returned across the fields to Sedbusk and Hawes. 7 miles
Marcia also took her group up to Hardraw and again yet again were impressed by the grandeur of the Falls in full flow. They then followed the river upstream, heading  for Cotterdale where there were more waterfalls at Cotter Force! A round trip of 11 miles.
John G's group made Smerwater their target – the impressive natural lake of Rydale between Marsett and Bainbridge – new territory for him but well ‘worth a 10 mile hike’.
The strong winds and the intermittent rain clearly did not detract from the day, and there was an expressed wish to return to Hawes at another time. An excellent venue with plenty more to explore.
Mike B

Another set of  dramatic photos thanks to our photographers - Marcia, Geoff, Mike B, Mike C, Mike J, Mike K, Rick, and Stuart. Thanks to their generous expetise.
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We start the new Fell Walking Year on 1st September 2019
Club Subs are due - £10.00. They can be paid on the next walk to Glenridding. 

Next Walk

Sunday 1st September 2019 - Glenridding
5.30 p.m. departure

Northbound to Preston, M6 north to junction 36, A590/A591 to Windermere, A592 over the Kirkstone Pass to Glenridding. Park in Glenridding. Morning coffee stop at Burton services.

Sunday 15th September 2019 - Llanuwchllyn
6.00 p.m. departure

M57, Runcorn Bridge, M56, then on to the A494 through Bala and past Bala Lake, B4403 into Llanuwchllyn. The coach will drive through Llanuwchllyn to the coach turning-point just before Pont y Pandy, then turn round and return to Bala. Park in the car park at the S end of Bala. At 6pm, the coach will return to pick up in Llanuwchllyn. Morning coffee stop at Elton services, M56.

Sunday 29th September 2019 Coniston via Torver
5.30 p.m. departure

Northbound to Preston, M6 north to junction 36, A590 through Newby Bridge and Penny Bridge, A5084 to Torver, A593 to Coniston. Park in Coniston. Morning coffee stop at Burton services.


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