|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|
|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 . . .
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
Return to 2010 Diary Return to top