Sunday, 16th February 2014

Walk:
Ribble Way, Lodge Farm, Sugar Loaf Hill, Attermire Scar, Victoria Cave, Catrigg Foss, Feizor, Giggleswick Scar
Start Point:
Settle swimming pool
Grid Reference: SD 815 642
Distance: 14.5 miles Ascent: 2,300 feet
Time: 7 hours
Weather: Surprisingly sunny
Comments:

Nine walkers and one dog (Meg) set off along the Ribble Way, crossing the river by the A65 road bridge and heading up a walled lane to Lodge Farm. We continued up Lambert Lane to Stockdale Lane End, where we stopped for elevenses on some comfy bales, only to be cut short by a lady farmer retrieving the bales to feed her sheep. We then headed for Sugar Loaf Hill with an optional climb to the top. Passing through the valley between Warrendale Knotts and Attermire Scar we briefly visited Victoria Cave before descending to Catrigg Foss, a lovely waterfall which is privately owned. Dropping down into Stainforth we had a late lunch at Stainforth Foss. From here we headed up and over to Feizor, then returned to Settle along Giggleswick Scar. Hopefully everyone enjoyed my first walk as a leader.

'You humans don't half mess about, I'm ready'

Setting off along the Ribble Way

Queen's Rock along the River Ribble

Plenty of water in the river today . . .

and evidence of the recent stormy weather

Giggleswick School Chapel

Even the tracks are flooded . . .

as we climb higher up Lambert Lane

Further along the views begin to open up

But what's this - a canal?

No - it's just another flood . . .

which the group has to negotiate

Soon after the group spots some comfy bales (an ideal spot for elevenses)

But not for long - as the farmer collects 'our seats' to go and feed his sheep . . .

leaving the group to improvise!!

Heading towards Sugar Loaf Hill . . .

which some decide to climb . . .

as we continue towards Attermire Scar

The Warrendale Knotts

An old trough stands by a wall stille

Outside Victoria Cave

A short climb

A lonely hiker and his dogs admire the view of Pendle

Snowy Ingleborough . . .

and sunny Pen-y-Ghent . . .

as we drop down towards . . .

Catrigg Force where Stainforth Beck enters a ravine

A brief stop at Catrigg Foss

and the ladies pose for a photo shoot at the foot of the force . . .

which is fairly spectacular today

Dropping down to Stainforth we reach the River Ribble once more . . .

to have lunch . . .

at Stainforth Foss . . .

where the Ribble is forced through a narrow gorge

One of the two weirs on the Ribble at Settle

The spillway of the weir

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