Sunday, 21st March 2010

   

            

 

Walk: Langcliffe, Catrigg Force, Stainforth, Stainforth Force, Smearsett Scar, Pot Scar, Feizor, Giggleswick Scar
Start Point: Langcliffe car park Grid Reference: SD 823 651
Distance: 10.8 miles Ascent: 1,930 feet
Time: 5.75 hours    
Weather: The early morning mist lifted to leave a fine day with sunny spells and a cold breeze
Comments: 10 members joined the leader on a varied walk that included waterfalls, pasture land, limestone pavement and escarpment. Heading north from Langcliffe the group was pleasantly surprised when the full view of Catrigg Force was revealed. Visiting this wooded dell in winter has the benefit of the open aspects seen through the bare trees. A small boggy area (there always has to be one) was soon navigated and after a few stiles and fields we followed Stainforth Beck into Stainforth, and the luxury of toilets en route! Carefully crossing the main road we made a short detour to Stainforth Force, where we had a pleasant coffee stop in the sun. A green lane took us past Hargreaves Barn and a pathless route led up to the trig point on Smearsett Scar. With a cold wind blowing we were soon on our way along the ridge to Pot Scar a rocky summit surmounted by a shelter. Joining a track through Feizor the group was rather disappointed that the leader did not stop at the tea rooms - well, there weren't any free tables anyway! After heading up to Feizor Thwaite we then took a southerly route to walk along Giggleswick Scar. Here some of the group explored a couple of caves - while the less adventurous members took time out for a chat! After passing a large quarry we then headed down to the road back to Stackhouse. From here a bridge took us across the River Ribble at the weir and a short stretch along the road led back to the car park. The walk seemed to be thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Scroll down to see photos of the walk

Looking back down to the Ribble Valley as we make our way to . . .

 

Catrigg Beck . . .

 

and marvel at the picturesque Catrigg Force . . .

 

situated in a wooded dell

 

Lining up for lunch

 

John takes a close look at Stainforth Force

 

Wooden stile or wall stile - take your pick!

 

Pen-y-Ghent looks quite different from this angle, as we climb up to . . .

 

Smearsett Scar

 

Nearing Pot Scar, the view back to . . .

 

reveals its steep limestone face

 

Eric checks the shelter on Pat Scar

 

A group of rock climbers prepare for their adventure

 

John takes it easy over the stile!

 

An unusual garden feature in Feizor . . .

 

with an equally unusual chimney pot

 

Pot Scar can just be seen on the horizon as we head to Feizor Thwaite . . .

 

for our lunch stop

 

The route along Giggleswick Scar . . .

 

is a pleasure to walk on

 

Where there is limestone there be caves

 

Ray checks out the passages . . .

 

but decides they are too small to navigate . . .

 

so we head out to join the rest of the group

 

A one-sided stile leads us out of the woodland . . .

 

and across fields to the weir . . .

 

where a bridge takes us safely . . .

 

across the River Ribble

 

Only half a mile left to walk

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