19th February 2012.

Today the club visited Sedbergh. The conditions were fantastic, sunshine and clear blue skies, a complete contrast to earlier in the week. As usual there were three walks.

The ‘A’ party was led by Les Thomson and was 10.5 miles. The walk was similar to the recce (see previous post) except that today the group did not climb to the top of Winder.

Barbara McMorran led the B group.  9 miles. This is her write up.

I am leaving the big hills to the ‘A’ party. Our walk is still up but gently and only to 950ft.We leave the road east over New Bridge and by side roads through Frostrow to High Side Farm and on to the fells. We follow a sort of minor ridge and then a path above Holbeck Gill to a wall on the watershed. The views here of the snow covered Whernside, Great Coum and Middleton Fell were really good on the recce. Along the wall now to a stile and a green path by the wall towards Dentdale. We soon leave this turning right following another wall and down to Helmside. From here we take the valley road for 3/4 of a mile then through fields passing several farms, Gap Wood and the old golf course to Millthrop. Millthrop is a tiny mill settlement with old mill workers cottages and a curiously shaped Methodist Chapel. The walk back to Serbergh is via a wood, a river and the grounds of Sedbergh school

The ‘C’ group was led by Allen Carter. 8 miles.

From Sedbergh we make our way to the River Rawthey and follow beside it. Then across fields to Thursgill and Hobdale Bridge. On to lunch near a ford at Beckside. Further along we join Cautley Holme beck which runs down from Cautley Spout waterfall. The return is along a back lane.

All the groups were back in good time to enjoy refreshments in Sedbergh.

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