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Sunday 23rd May 2021 - Settle and Rathmell Circular.

Leaders - John and Pam. We were pleased to welcome two guest walkers on holiday from Norfolk who were intrigued and fascinated by the centuries old stone houses of Giggleswick as they were with the barns and farms passed on our walk. Our dry stone walls and ancient stone step stiles encountered held an equal interest as we made our way around the rarely walked but really attractive area around Rome Farm and Rathmell. It was so good to meet up again with friends old and new as we're gradually easing our way out of Covid restrictions. Great to be back!

Saturday 8th May 2021 - Walk the Line.

Leader - Andrew. Ten walkers set off in the pouring rain to "walk the line". They included welcoming Sara, a member of the Ramblers' team (and for whom Craven is her local group), as well as two relatively new members to Craven Ramblers' led walks - with both having recently moved to the Skipton area.Sara wrote a blog about the walk https://volunteer.ramblers.org.uk/portal/news/walking-the-line-with-craven-ramblers.

Saturday 10th April 2021 - Clapham and Crummack Dale.

Leaders - John and Pam. At last, at last we can get out and enjoy our wonderful countryside. Our first Craven Group walk in this re launch of activity was in the glorious limestone landscape between Pen y Ghent and Ingleborough. From Clapham the five of us crossed to the geological oddities of the Norber Erratics before dropping down to the clapper bridges at the end of Crummack Dale and then on up the dale to Beggar's Stile. The natural limestone pavement amphitheatre of Moughton Scar was next on the route before our climb to Thieves Moss and our long descent back into Clapham. Ideal weather for walking combined with clear, extensive views and a few hours in some of the best scenery Yorkshire has to offer made an unforgettable day out. We look forward now to meeting up again with more of our Craven friends and add more similar walks to our memory box.

Saturday 12th December 2020 - Walk the Line - Bolton Abbey return.

Leader - Andrew. With current tier three restrictions impacting on those able to attend the last Craven Ramble of their 2020 programme, five walkers set off to "walk the line", two of whom were relatively new to Craven Ramblers led walks. The eight mile circular walk left the village of Embsay towards Draughton with the activity on the Embsay and Bolton Abbey steam railway line in view for much of the walk. After the group reached Bolton Abbey, the return route after lunch took them via Hesketh Farm and Halton East before picking up Lady Anne's Way through to the village of Eastby prior to the walkers' return to Embsay. All pesent enjoyed a socially distanced walk in line with all Ramblers' Central Office requirements. Although current restrictions precluded the usual end of walk cuppa and cake, the end of the walk conversations were all looking forward to Craven Ramblers' planned activities for 2021.


Saturday 10th October 2020 - Bordley and Beyond

Leaders - John and Pam Our Covid restriced number of friends had an amusing start to the walk when the planned parking area on an isolated spot on the top of Boss Moor was fully occupied by the vehicles of a shooting party. Oh Crikey! Alternative and good natured arrangements were made and apart from the sound of distant guns the shooters had thankfully no more part to play in our day. Good spirits and fun prevailed for the length of the walk - a circuit over high moorland above the remote hamlet of Bordley and its picturesque valley. Big skies with fleeting clouds and extensive views across to Pendle Hill, Pikedaw Hill beyond Malham and Cracoe War Memorial on its high ridge were taken in as plans to re-visit this scenic corner were in the minds of more than one of us. Apart from four or five mud spattered mountain bikers no other characters were encountered which contributed nicely to our absorbing enjoyment of such a quiet and largely unknown but oh so attractive area of Craven. What a treat for the ten of us. Great!

Saturday 5th September 2020 - Rail Ramble

Our first rail ramble proved to be a real winner for the ten friends who took part in this innovative trip from Garsdale Station. On leaving the train we passed Dandrymire Viaduct and down to the Moorcock Inn before the more demanding fells of Grisedale Common were encountered with Wild Boar Fell looming ahead. We crossed to the western flank of the wonderfully scenic Upper Eden Valley at the cascading Hell Gill Force for the climb up to the return route along Lady Ann's Way and on to the welcoming Moorcock Inn for the most fulfilling feast of a wholesome meal. Congratulations and thanks Andrew for organising and leading this successful new venture which must surely be repeated.

Sunday 16th August 2020 - Two Ways around Kettlewell

The second walk of Craven Ramblers' summer programme had double digit attendees, with Craven Ramblers present welcoming three who were new to Ramblers Group walks. The 10 mile circular walk from Conistone village went up Conistone Dib to follow the Turf Road to Capplestone Gate where a coffee stop took place picturing what superlative views that vantage point offered on a clear day. The route took in the glorious sites of Wharfedale during the long gradual descent following Lady Anne's Way to Kettlewell where a socially distanced lunch was taken. The return to Conistone from Kettlewell was along the Dales Way with yet more wonderful scenery all the way. All the walkers enjoyed it so much they continued their conversations over a cuppa and cake at the Kilnsey Trout Farm cafe on the picnic tables outside overlooking the fishing lake and watching the very tame robin which clearly liked cake! Everyone agreed they are looking forward to joining the next Craven Ramble.

Sunday 2nd August 2020 - Barden Moor

In the midst of this pandemic, a small number of friends led by Andrew took part in the first walk of Craven Ramblers' summer programme which was undertaken in line with all Ramblers' Central Office requirements. Although the local lockdown, relatively short notice of arranging the walk and booking arrangements significantly reduced the number of walkers it aided social distancing and met with test and trace obligations. My how different things are from the last Craven Ramble on 15th March 2020. The 10 mile circular walk left Embsay on Lady Anne's Way and then followed Moor Lane to Barden Moor. After traversing the moor, the lunch stop by Upper Barden Reservoir provided superb views, notably of Simon's Seat. The walk returned via Embsay Crag and the glorious afternoon sunshine made for some absolutely splendid views all round.

Sunday 24th November 2019 - Another Skipton Surprise!

As hundreds of Santas gathered in Skipton for their annual 5km fun run, eighteen Ramblers left Skipton on the canal towpath towards Keighley. Leaving the towpath, the chosen route took us to High Bradley and then over Silsden Moor and Woofa Bank to join the Dales Highway route at the roman road near Addingham. Following the roman road route back to Skipton, we were joined by a pair of paragliders flying overhead and arrived back in Skipton in good time to enjoy the festive atmosphere of the Skipton Christmas Lights switch - on ceremony.

Sunday 27th October 2019 -Worston, Twiston and Downham.

Twenty eight Ramblers, including several from other Ramblers Groups or new to walking, joined us on a six mile circular walk from Worston before returning to the Calf's Head at Worston where we held our annual dinner. The walk in the foothills of Pendle Hill provided excellent scenery throughout, along with an opportunity to explore the ancient village of Downham. Well whetted appetites for twenty five diners were soon satisfied by the chef's excellent carvery enjoyed by members and guests alike. A post meal raffle raised sixty five pounds to support a future donation to a suitable charity. Thanks go to all who supported the event on what was another momentous day.

Saturday 28th September 2019 - Crummackdale from Clapham.

A brief history of the Dalesman magazine which began life in Clapham and a highly satisfying leg stretch in the unexpected sunshine were in store for us on Linda's six mile circuit from this lovely village. The route led us towards the Ingleborough Cave before turning back to Thwaite Lane which led along towards Austwick. Broad field paths were then followed to eventually pass Ingleborough Hall and on to the start of this short and sweet stroll. Let's do it again Linda. It's a little beauty.

Sunday 22nd September 2019 - Aysgarth, Carperby and Askrigg.

Following a week of unseasonal sunshine the weather for our walk was euphemistically atmospheric with Addlebrough Hill wearing a cloudy cap as it stood like a sentinel over Upper Wensleydale. For all the sometimes soggy conditions our walk in this part of Herriot country was thoroughly enjoyed by twelve friends as we walked upwards from Aysgarth and then higher still from Carperby to contour along tracks and bridleways to the hamlet of Newbiggin before dropping down into Askrigg, the fictional home of the famous vet. A stretch of the Herriot Way then led us back along the course of the River Ure to the much photographed Upper Falls at Aysgarth at the end of a most companiable day's walking. Great!

Sunday 28th July 2019 - Fountain's Fell Again.

Foreboding forecasts failed to deter our second attempt at Fountains Fell with the notion of fortune favouring the brave ringing loud and clear. The boardwalk across Tarn Moss led us to the Pennine Way which eventually led upwards ever upwards where better than expected conditions allowed distant views of the Three Peaks. The marker for the start of the descent was missed but navigational skills and the determination to press on took us to a clear path down to provide an enjoyable scenic diversion for the return route. Well done to the thirteen sturdy souls who disregarded the prospect of poor weather and the minor problems encountered and who were rewarded with a far better day out than anticipated and a well earned cuppa to end the day!

Sunday 21st July 2019 - Great Clowder and Parson's Nose. 11 miles.

The monks of Fountains Abbey, Oliver Cromwell and Bracken the dog were distant forerunners (or fore walkers)of our group on this superb circuit between Littondale and Malham Tarn. The pull up from Arncliffe was along the Monk's Road and led us to the site of Middle House Farm where the Lord Protector is reputed to have stayed prior to the marriage of the yeoman farmer's daughter at Kirby Malham. From there Ian led us down to join the recently instigated Bracken Way which the faithful dog first walked with its owner on the eponymous route from Settle to Wensleydale and back. A first time walker among other friends old and new clearly enjoyed the walk around the two hills in the title, along green tracks and on the banks of the river Skirfare where a kingfisher flashed by to the delight of those who saw it. A tremendous walk Ian - many thanks!

Windermere Walking Weekend 12th July - 14th July 2019.

The Lakeland hills standing supreme in their summer grandeur were an abiding memory for the friends who met in Windermere to experience two walks of contrasting character. Following the ferry crossing from Bowness, Saturday's route climbed to the hills overlooking the largest lake in England and on to the picturesque Moss Eccles Tarn from where Beatrix Potter drew inspiration for many of her stories. Sunday's walk went along the banks of the river Kent and across the more undulating countryside between Burneside and Bowness, the ultimate stretch of the Dales Way. Both walks were enhanced by our viewing of some gems of Cumbrian regional architecture in the form of the sturdy slate built farmsteads and cottages with their gardens resplendent with ferns and flora of every hue. Ideal weather for walking certainly contributed to our memorably wonderful weekend in the Lakes as did the surge of national elation when the English team won the Cricket World Cup while we were up there. England at its unbeatable best - in more ways than one!

Sunday 23rd June 2019 - Stainforth Circular.

The chef and staff at Knight's Table, Little Stainforth, did sterling work to serve up a tasty termination to today's walk. The wholesome Sunday roast certainly went down well following our visit to the network of paths and tracks linking Little Stainforth, Feizor and Stackhouse with the fields in their best summer greenery overlooked by high Pen-y-ghent and more distant Ingleborough. Many thanks to Tracy, Spencer and Andrew for a senses satisfying and tummy topping experience.

Saturday 15th June 2019 - If You Go Down in the Woods Today.

There were no picnic taking teddy bears to surprise Karen and the other dozen friends for today's walk through Skipton Woods which began an enjoyable six mile circular walk in our own "back yard". From the woods we walked down past the centuries old farmsteads of Stirton and across to the canal for the tow path stroll back to Skipton and Cooper's Cafe for a convivial cuppa. And what a bonus to avoid the torrential downpours which arrived later - great timing and many thanks Karen.

Sunday 19th May 2019 - Giggleswick Scar.Leaders Pam and John.

Our stroll through Giggleswick's serene streets and churchyard were but a deceptive prelude for what lay ahead - one of the steepest climbs encountered on any of our short walks. This demanding ascent took us to the top edge of Giggleswick Quarry where near bursting lungs were given a grateful rest. Easier paths along the top of the scar led us to overlook Buck Haw Brow, infamous for overheated car engines in times past on their way to Ingleton and beyond. Field paths then led us back down to Stackhouse to meet the Ribblesdale path for the return to Settle and the enticing tea rooms of The Naked Man. The initial effort certainly justified another good walk. Great Stuff!!

Saturday 11th May 2019 - Coach Ramble - Herriot Way - Aysgarth to Reeth Section.

The imposing remains of Bolton Castle, once home to the imprisoned Mary Queen of Scots, made an impressive backdrop to the start of the nine mile section of the famous vet's way for the ten walkers who selected this option which ended near Grinton. Eleven other friends took on the harder challenge of the full length of the route from Aysgarth, with its spectacular and much photographed falls to Reeth. This section of the Herriot's Way which starts in Wensleydale tracks over to the remote and virtually unknown Ape Dale and Harkerside Moor with its panoramic views over Swaledale before dropping down to Grinton and across to Reeth with its welcoming pubs and tea houses. A contrast in climatic conditions accompanied both parties before we all gathered together for the warmth, hospitality and the culinary delights offered at the C.B. Inn in Arkengarthdale. A terrific day out yet again.

Sunday 28th April 2019 - Malham and Rye Loaf Hill.

Once again it was encouraging to have new friends among the group of twenty four for our walk over Rye Loaf Hill. This aptly named hill dominates the area between Malham Cove and Settle and provides extensive three sixty degree views over Stockdale immediately below and the better known peaks further afield. The return stretch by way of field paths and along the edge of the infant River Aire from Kirby Malham to its bubbling source completed a superb circuit of this lesser known area of Malhamdale. Wonderful!

Sunday 21st April 2019 - Skirethorne and Threshfield Moor.

For two of our members it was a matter of feeling on top of the world in preparation for a Race Across the World, as they hope to take part in this televised event. They shall certainly need to crack on at a brisker pace than today's leisurely amble should success beckon them. Our walk from Skirethorne up to and around Threshfield Moor was a sedate stroll which gave regular members and two very welcomed new walkers a real on top of the World feeling whilst enjoying extensive views across to Pendle Hill in one direction and Upper Wharfedale in the opposite direction. This six mile gentle perambulation was spot on for one of the hottest Easter Sundays and was another highly enjoyable days walking in our spectacular landscape.

Saturday 13th April 2019 - Horton in Ribblesdale.

At the start Horton was full to overflowing with Three Peak walkers, but within minutes our group of thirty was away from the madding crowds for a walk of the highest quality along the Ribbleway to High Birkwith. Selside was the next village before we passed by Alum Pot and on to Sulber Nick for the return to Horton. A walk through glorious scenery in chilly but sunny weather enjoyed in convivial companionship hopefully heartened the several new friends to join us for future walks - you're always welcome.

Saturday 9th March 2019 - 3 Crags, 2 K'S, 1 Cross.

Despite the driving rain and sleet, twenty four people braved the walk. With winds gusting us up to the top of Embsay Crag, bag rain covers were acting as parachutes. Then the sun came out. A beautiful ramble over Barden Moor, with panoramic views, showcasing the purple heather and the glistening waters of Upper and Lower Barden Reservoir. The bright sunshine highlighting the views to Simon's Seat, the Yorkshire Dales, Cracoe War Memorial and even Longridge Fell in the distance beyond Pendle Hill. We had lunch in style in shepherds' huts - although the central heating we were promised wasn't working and the waitress service non-existent, the reviews stating 5 star scenery certainly did not disappoint. A lovely walk, not only with friends, but also newly discovered relatives, finished off by yomping back down to the reservoir.

Sunday 27th January 2019 - Paths, Ways and Tracks.

Leaving Foulridge Wharf by the canal towpath to Salterforth, the twenty one Ramblers followed the Pendle Way to the twelfth century St Mary Ghyll Church with its historic box pews and three tier pulpit. Lunch was taken by the Holy Well in the grounds of the St. Mary Virgin Church, Thornton in Craven.Leaving Thornton in Craven via a short section of the Pennine Way, the return to Foulridge Wharf was along the old track beds of the Skipton to Colne railway line. Closed in 1970, the prospect of this line re-opening by 2025 recently moved a significant step closer. Following the path, ways and tracks, a cuppa and a cake was a great way to round off the day.

Saturday 10th November 2018 - Five Wharfedale Villages.

A kaleidoscope of autumnal colour provided a vibrant backing to the five gems of Wharfedale we saw today. Burnsall, Thorpe, Linton, Grassington and Hebden looked as lovely as ever as did the cascading cataracts of Linton Falls, Tinkers Lane and the ever attractive Hebden Gill. Our group of fourteen, including two new friends, were please to thank Susan and Robert for leading such a splendid ten miles circuit in our own "back yard".

Sunday 28th October 2018 - Poachers' Pathways.

Andrew led our six mile circular walk from Threshfield before returning to the Gamekeeper's Inn at Long Ashes where we hosted our annual dinner. Well whetted appetites were soon satisfied by the chef's excellent carvery enjoyed by our members and guests alike. The meal was followed by an illustrated talk by Ian Watson of the Cave Rescue Organisation about his work in the world's largest cave in Vietnam where he acts as guide and safety officer. A cheque for the Cave Rescue Organisation for £100, the proceeds from a generously donated raffle, was handed by Andrew to Ian to conclude yet another first class venture for the Craven group. Thanks to all for your generous contributions on another memorable day.

Sunday 21st October 2018 - Gargrave Circular.

The traditional stone crafted cottages of Bell Busk, Airton and Calton along with the historic architectural gems of Friar's Head and Brocklebank provided a visual delight for our walk in this quiet undulating corner of the Craven District. Tracey and Spencer led the group and, once again, we were heartened to meet new friends who clearly felt at home with us. We look forward to your company in future walks ladies and gentlemen. Welcome.

Saturday 13th October 2018 -Settle, Stainforth and Feizor.

The Ancient Mariner himself would have felt quite at home on our walk today. With water, water everywhere the wet stuff made quite demanding going in places as it hammered down from up above and burst up from below. Nevertheless the eleven sturdy souls strode purposefully on to thoroughly enjoy mastering the day's testing conditions with smiles all round. As we've said several times before - "If we do this for pleasure, what do we do for penance?" Thanks a lot Tony, it was great!

Sunday 23rd September 2018 -Coach Ramble to Hawes.

In the early sixteen hundreds, the twice widowed Lady Anne Clifford was determined to reclaim her castles which ranged from Skipton to Brough in Westmoreland. To enable this she established the route now known as Lady Anne's Highway. The longer of our two walks followed the section of this from just beyond Hawes to Pendragon Castle, supposed birthplace of Uther; father of King Arthur. After an initial uphill climb the walk levelled out with views of Upper Wensleydale, Garsdale, Wild Boar Fell and Mallerstrong Edge. The highwayman "Slick Nick Nevison" was brought to mind at Hell Gill where he daringly rode his mount over the fearful ravine. Fortunately a bridge now spans this chasm for us to continue easily on to a prominent piece of modern sculpture "Water Cut" where we dropped down to cross the river Eden and head on to Pendragon. The shorter walk started at Hawes and took in the scenic grandeur of Hardraw Force, the Pennine Way and Applesett before the return to the celebrated Hawes Creamery. Our two groups re-gathered at Hawes for a ride up to the Station Inn at Ribblehead for an exchange of the day's experiences and to enjoy a wholesome meal together to cap another great day out. So thanks once again to Andrew for his committment and organisational skills.

Sunday 16th September 2018 -Malham and Janet's Foss. Leader Chrissie Watson

What a cracker of a walk this was when Chrissie and her impishly irrepressible Watto took us on a short walking tour of the Malham highlights. Thirteen walkers including our new friend Cheryl who clearly enjoyed her soggy start to walking with us, took in Janet's Foss, Malham Cove, Watlows, Napa Cross and the seemingly bottomless shaft of Pike Daw Calamine mine. The persistent precipitation failed to dampen our spirits so Mrs W. let's have another Chrissie Cracker a.s.a.p.

Saturday 8th September 2018 - Cowling No Cows.

Unnervingly for Kelly, our joint leader along with Kath, the walk title didn't quite work out as several of these beasties were encountered on the way. Happily they didn't detract from the enjoyment of the walk which took in the sights of Upper Airedale. Neither did the persistent rain put off the good natured resistance to the soggy conditions by the sixteen walkers which included Chris and Nicky who had travelled up from down south to join us again.

Sunday 26th August 2018 - Fountains Fell. Leaders Pam and John.

Forecast of dire weather failed to deter sixteen stalwarts from our walk up Fountains Fell. The boardwalk through Malham Tarn Nature Reserve and the stretch of field paths to Tennant Gill Farm offered no clues of conditions to come. The higher we walked up the Pennine Way the worse the weather grew until low cloud and driving rain determined that common sense prevail for a safe descent down the well established route we had already used to the fell top. A walk when cordial companionship coped comfortably with demanding conditions. Well done everyone, you deserved your tea and cake at Airton.

Sunday 19th August 2018 - Settle Circular. Leader Philip.

One of the enjoyable points of this six miler was that paths we took out of Settle and up to Attermire Scar were new to most of the seven friends who had started from the Naked Man cafe. This made a good start to the walk before the more recognisable limestone areas and paths came into view. At Attermire Cave the Dales Highway was joined to take us steadily and then steeply down to Settle where we called in at the Naked Man for our regulatory cuppa! A short but satisfying walk.

Sunday 22nd July 2018 - Great Whernside.

Extensive views over Wharfedale, Nidderdale and Coverdale were the rewards as Julia and Andrew led our group of twenty one plus two welcomed guests to make the steep and scrambly climb up the slopes of Great Whernside to the commanding viewpoint at its peak.The descent was across the tussocky northern flank of this biggy before reaching Tor Dyke and the final stretch down the little walked paths and almost vertiginous hillsides near Park Rash. A real bonus was the sighting of the ghostly form of a Barn Owl gliding away from the ruined remains of East Scale Lodge to add to the memories of another supremely scenic walking experience. Great stuff!!

Walking Weekend, Windermere 13th, 14th, 15th July 2018.

Once again we were so pleased to welcome friends from Wetherby, Keighley and Lower Wharfedale groups to our weekend in the Lakes where three walks featured. On Saturday Kath led a group of twelve from Ambleside to the base of Loughrigg Fell and its terraces before passing Grasmere and Rydal Water for the return to Ambleside. On the same day Andrew and John led thirteen friends on a longer route which went from Grasmere along the historic Coffin Route past Rydal Hall to Ambleside before the climb to Jenkin's Crag. It was on then to delightful Troutbeck and upwards to Orrest Head with its spectacular views of the distant hills of the Lake District to complement the overview of Windermere. On Sunday morning Jeff and Judith took us from our hotel in Windermere and down through Bowness to the stone seat where the Dales Way ends. A circular route round the rural fringes of Windermere eventually led us up to Orrest Head for more scenic delights. Yet another time of superb walks in glorious scenery enjoyed in a spirit of genuine friendship. Memorable.

Sunday 24th June 2018 - Pendle Hill.

Another imaginative innovation instigated by our treasurer Andrew and Linda saw twenty two friends, including two young lady guests from Blackburn, leave Worston near Clitheroe for a strenuous but ultimately stimulating walk up the hill of the witches. The unusually early start on this gloriously sunny summer's day was made clearly evident by our timely arrival at the finale of the walk for an excellent carvery at that notable hostelry - The Calf's Head at Worston. Let's have another one Andrew!

Sunday 17th June 2018 - The Vale of Wycoller.

Twelve Ramblers left the ancient village of Wycoller to explore the surrounding witch and Bronte countryside. The walk started with a short climb to Pendle's Panopticon or "Atom", and continued along the valley of Wycoller taking in panoramic views of Pendle Hill, Boulsworth and rolling farmland before descending through woodland and back down to Wycoller village. As is tradition the walkers finished in the village tearoom with a bewitching brew of tea and cakes.

Saturday 19th May 2018 - A Wharfedale Wander.

Eleven Ramblers, including three new to walking with the Craven Ramblers left the Old Bridge in Ilkley to follow the Dalesway to Bark Lane in Addingham. After crossing the suspension Bridge the Ramblers returned to Ilkley via Nessfield and Owler Park Woods which was full of bluebells in full flower. This leisurely paced six mile walk enjoyed several refreshment stops, notably at the historic "Postman's Shelter" at Nessfield, as well as pausing to admire the views and local wildlife such as a heron along with a family of ducks and ducklings swimming down the river Wharfe. All agreed at the end this was a great alternative to the Royal Wedding and FA cup final!!

Saturday 12th May 2018 - Coach Ramble to Grinton and Reeth.

The remote solitude of the upland stretches of Swaledale was clearly characterised by the silence of the isolated valley of Apedale which provided the final leg of the circuit of Harkerside Moor - the route for the longer of our two walks. The shorter walk began with a stroll from Reeth along the banks of the river Swale to Marrick Priory before climbing to Marrick village. High Fremington was then walked through before the tea shops of Reeth provided an enticing end to the walk. An excellent meal at the renowned C.B.Inn in Arkengarthdale was enjoyed in a spirit of genuine friendship to cap a memorable day away for our Craven members and guests from other groups who were, as always, made welcome to join us.

Sunday 22nd April 2018 - Knights and Falls.

The waterfalls of Walden Beck, the remains of the Chapel of the Knights Templars, distant Bolton Castle and the cascading waters of the Ure at Aysgarth were among the visual delights of our walk from West Burton led by Lesley and Keith. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed this delightful walk in this stretch of Wensleydale and look forward to a repeat. Let's have another one Lesley and Keith!

Saturday 12th April 2018 - Austwick and Moughton.

The green lanes of Crummackdale and the ever attractive area of limestone pavements of Moughton Scar with its imposing backdrop of Pen y Ghent to the east and Ingleborough to the west provided us with another first class walk. Pam and John led twenty one friends on the route from Austwick across to the ancient clapper bridge before the climb up Capple Bank to reach Moughton Scar. Lunch was taken at Thieves' Moss before the return trek through more enticing scenery to the starting point.

Sunday 25th March 2018 - Horton and Crummackdale.

The walk saw a complete contrast to the severe snowy conditions of last weekend when twenty three friends enjoyed a highly satisfying walk in the limestone landscape between Pen y Ghent and Ingleborough. Alice and Russel did an excellent job in leading the walk which went from Horton in Ribblesdale to Sulber Nick, Thieves' Moss and Beggar's Stile before looping round to cross the clints and grikes of the descent back to Horton. Superb!

Saturday 17th March 2018 - Threshfield.

Regrettably our short walk over Threshfield and Malham Moors had to be cancelled. After much deliberation the leaders, Pam and John, took note of amber weather warnings of severe weather and snow, and phone calls to Grassington endorsed their decision. Many thanks to Andrew and Linda for publicising the cancellation at short notice. A virtual white out on the drive home from the starting point clearly justified the cancellation. Roll on summer.

Saturday 10th March 2018 - Ribblesdale.

Streaming melt waters following days of heavy snowfalls made the going decidedly daunting at times for the eight walkers who, under Martin's lead, took the route from Ribblehead to Dent Head viaduct. From there the way was across the remote upland of Blea Moor before the descent back to the Ribblehead viaduct. Although strenuous in stages, the walk was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone and capped by a cuppa and smiles all round at the Pen y Ghent cafe in Horton.

Saturday 11th November 2017 - Noyna Hill and Winewall.

Twenty Ramblers left Foulridge Wharf on a circular walk and enjoyed the panoramic views from Noyna Hill. A silence was observed for Armistice Day at 11.00am. The walk continued through Trawden and Winewall, passing close to Wycoller Country Park before returning via Ball Grove Country Park.The range of wildlife observed during the walk included a deer and heron. Freshly baked scones were awaiting at the cafe for the end of the walk refreshments - lovely!

Sunday 24th September 2017 - Sharp Haw.

Nineteen Ramblers left Skipton, walking by the historic Skipton Castle, through Skipton Woods to go up Sharp Haw. All enjoyed the panoramic views whilst having lunch on the top of Sharp Haw. After descending to Flasby the Ramblers returned to Skipton along the towpath from Gargrave. Over the post walk cup of tea all agreed that the wonderful weather meant for tremendous views of beautiful countryside and that along with the camaraderie made for a very enjoyable day.

Sunday 25th June 2017 - A Malham Classic.

In addition to the nine Ramblers who enjoyed the shorter walk, seventeen Ramblers had the pleasure of the Malham Classic which was also a circular walk from Street Gate, near Malham. The seventeen Ramblers enjoyed all the highlights of Malham; namely Malham Tarn, Malham Cove, Janet's Foss and Gordale Scar; along with the wildlife seen at each of these beauty spots. A family of stoats and Peregrine Falcons were a delight to be seen at the cove. Both sets of walkers met up in the tearoom afterwards for a deserved cup of tea and cake to share the highlights of their respective walks. Everyone agreed a good time was had by all!!

Sunday 28th May 2017 - Oxenber Woods.

This walk was not one for the dedicated weight watcher as an extra ingredient was added to the pleasures of walking in cordial company through the lovely limestone countryside between Stainforth and Feizor. This took the tasty form of flapjack donated by co leader Judith and brownies provided by birthday girl Pam. These goodies went down very well at the lunch stop in the delightful setting of Oxenber Woods before the final few miles of calorie burning effort to our post walk cuppa at Knight Stainforth Hall. A real treat of a day for all the twenty eight members.

Sunday 14th May 2017 - Coach Ramble to High Cup Nick near Dufton.

The sterling organisational skills of our Tour Manager, Andrew Gold, led to a full day of real enjoyment for our trip to the North Pennines. The superbly spectacular glacial valley of High Cup Nick was a real reward for members who went on the longer walk whilst the shorter walk took in the delightful views around Dufton Pike. Time allowed for everyone to take advantage of the hospitality of the village either in the sunny forecourt of the Stag Inn or the cosy tea room of the Old Post Office before driving to Appleby for an excellent meal at the Royal Oak. Thanks to all behind such a memorable day.

Sunday 23rd April 2017 - Capplestone Gate.

WOW - WHAT A REMARKABLE RAMBLE! Fantastic fellowship; superb scenery along with wonderful wildlife and weather! Thirty four Ramblers left Conistone Bridge to go up the Dib. Following the turf road the walkers reached Capplestone Gate , enjoying the great views all the way. After walking along the ridge they then gradually descended to pick up the Dalesway returning to the bridge via Conistone Pie and Scot Gate Lane. All the enjoyment continued over cuppas and cakes at the Kilnsey Trout Farm - a truly remarkable day.

Saturday 8th April 2017 - Horton Circular.

Glorious Spring weather and spectacular scenery were the order of the day for the walk with friends old and new which Pam and John led on Saturday 8th April. Starting from Horton in Ribblesdale the route followed the Pennine Way to Old Ing and on to the gorge of Ling Gill where lunch was enjoyed at Ling Gill Bridge. The return leg was by the aptly named God's Bridge (no human hands could have moved those rocks in its construction) and then along the Ribblesdale Way to New Houses where the traffic free lane led back to the start of the walk. The unanimous agreement was that walking just doesn't get better than this. Excellent!

Sunday 26th March 2017 - Trekkies.

Twenty intrepid Craven Ramblers enjoyed the best walk of the season under the superb leadership of Keith Wilman. The highlight of the trek was Patrick Stewart's former country residence (shame he is a Huddersfield fan!!) Other places visited included Hebden, Bare House (former nudist colony?) and the finale - a visit to the farm shop cafe at Cracoe for refreshments.

Sunday 25th September 2016 - Holme Sweet Holme.

Karen led her very first walk which was a huge success. The route started by following the River Rawthey for approximately half an hour before climbing to walk along a disused railway. The railway was closed in 1965 and it took passengers and freight; especially coal and quarry stone; between Clapham and Low Gill in Cumbria where it joined the West Coast main line. On leaving the railway we then ambled over fields to join a path which took us to Abbott Holme where we crossed Sedbergh Golf Club. From there we headed to New Bridge before joining a lane which took us to the foot of Frostrow Fell. We walked along Frostrow to join the Dalesway path. After following the Dalesway for a short distance we descended to Rash Bridge where we crossed the River Dee. After a short while we deviated from the road and took a footpath back to Abbott Holme where we retraced our steps to Holme Open Farm for a welcome cup of tea and a delicious well earned slice of cake.

Saturday 11th June 2016 - Up the Howgills.

Craven Ramblers made their annual pilgrimage to Sedbergh on the 11th June to scale "The Calf"; at 676 metres the highest point in the Howgill Fells. As is usual on our trips to walk the Howgills, the weather was dreadful - rain, mist, low cloud and a humidity level that meant everyone was as wet inside their waterproofs as out. Despite the condtions, the objective was reached in time for a late lunch followed by an undulating descent through the murk to Sedbergh. Very few views on this occasion, but everyone agreed (mostly in retrospect) that the effort had been worth it. Thanks to Keith for planning and reconnoitering the route, and to Trevor and Nick for providing invaluable GPS support and reassurance to the leader. Footnote - those on the walk would particularly like to thank Jeff Halden for standing in as walk leader at short notice. We all felt he did admirably.

Saturday 14th May 2016 - Goathland.

For our Spring coach ramble we travelled to Goathland for two walks on the North Yorks Moors. The longer walk took the route along the rocky gorge below Goathland to pass the impressive waterfall of Mallyan Spout before climbing up to Wheeldale Moor for a bracing stretch on the old Roman road and farm tracks to Beck Hole and the fairy tale hostelry of Birch Hall. The final leg back to our coach was a minor sting in the tail as it was by way of the old incline, but this wasn't to detract from the pleasure of a walk of rich variety. The meal was admirably capped by a good meal at The Angel at Topcliffe. Truly memorable.

Sunday 24th April 2016 - Ingleborough.

Sunday 24th April saw twenty seven friends accepting the challenge of a walk up Ingleborough. Starting from Clapham the route led past Ingleborough Cave, through the impressive limestone cliffs of Trow Gill and on past Gaping Gill to the daunting slopes of Little Ingleborough. From there everyone proved their fitness for the final ascent of Ingleborough itself where a well earned lunch stop was taken. The route back to Clapham was by contouring Simon Fell to access Long Lane before dropping down to cross Clapham Beck for the final stretch. A well earned cuppa was then enjoyed at Jenny's excellent tea room in the village. What a great day's walking!!

Saturday 9th January 2016 - A Walk on the North Side.

Despite the recent aberrant and abhorrent weather and the awful ground conditions, fifteen intrepid walkers began a seven mile hike from Ilkley Old Bridge beneath yet more rain. Making our way upstream along the footpath beside the swollen River Wharfe the overhanging branches of bankside trees were untidily decorated with litter and debris sieved from the recent flows of floodwater. We made our way then by road and footpath through Owler Park, woodland and soggy grassland to Nessfield and a brief, uncomfortable refreshment break in the rain. From this hamlet, by path and field, we gained height via High Laithe. Close to Langbar we abandoned the claggy ground and , beneath improving skies , took benefit of firmer footing along the tarmac road to Ling Park Plantation, where we lunched at the large pile of felled timber. The rain had stopped but the temperature dropped as we edged onto open access moorland and began a descent taking us through Middleton Woods and a return to the Old Bridge. So, far from idyllic conditions then, but feelings of some defiance at the early leaden and wet skies, some cobwebs blown away and a sense of achievement at the walk's end. Oh! And did I mention the rain?

Sunday 27th September 2015 - Coach Ramble to Hawes.

Once again we were massively indebted to Lady Anne Clifford who, in the early years of the seventeenth century, established her castle visiting route. Our walk took us eventually to the ruins of Pendragon Castle and once the initial slog up to the lime kiln at Cotter Riggs was behind us the way ahead was on broad green tracks which were a pleasure to tread. The views up the Eden Valley and across to Wild Boar Fell were bathed in autumnal sunshine and were enjoyed by all especially when lunch was taken at the ruins of High Dyke Farm. An interesting diversion was provided by a brief visit to St. Mary's church at Outhgill which houses various mementos of Lady Anne's Highway. From here the riverside paths led us to the end of our walk at Pendragon Castle. Walking doesn't get much better than this and our memorable day was admirably capped by a sumptuous supply of gourmet goodies a the Wensleydale Creamery.

Saturday 12th September 2015 - Halton Gill.

Eight regular walkers were pleased to welcome a new friend, Sadie, for what was to be a demanding walk in almost constant low cloud and rain from Halton Gill in Littondale. The route led ever upwards to Horse Head Gate before dropping steeply down to Yockenthwaite where we sheltered for lunch in a convenient barn. An easy stretch by the emergent Wharfe led us to Beckermonds from where a second tough climb up Eller Carr Moss was demanded before the final drop down back to Halton Gill. Tea and scones with ample dollops of jam and cream were never more deserved than those finally enjoyed at the Queen's Arms at Litton where a well merited rest and natter was enjoyed by us all.

Sunday 23rd August 2015 - "Late Curlew Call".

Slated for eight miles, this walk came with a 10% discount as the tracker belonging to one of our number (21 in all) recorded it as having been only 7.2 miles upon our return to Grassington Yorkshire Dales National car park! In fine, temperate weather the party had headed from the car park indirectly along pavement and alleyway to Town Head, before taking a back footpath up to Moor Lane via Bank and Intake Laithes. Although no curlews had been heard at all on a "walk out" a week or two before, one bird briefly greeted us with its plaintiff call on this stretch and so validated the title for this walk. A refreshment break was taken at the site of the old lead smelting furnaces at Cupola Corner before the party headed down alongside Hebden Beck to lunch beside the babbling waters at Hole Bottom. The return leg to Grassington used the multi - stiled path through Hebden Meadows and Halfway House Farm to Linton Falls, which were in force following rains the previous day and overnight. Sedber Lane, aka Snake Path, provided the final leg-stretch back to the car park. To conclude the outing, many in the party rounded off what had proved a comfortable and enjoyable tour in good walking weather at the Cafe Eco. For those using National Park car parks, it may help to be aware that not only has the "all day"fee risen to £4.50 but a 20p charge is now made to use the toilets. "Austerity" perhaps has a lot more to answer for!

Sunday 26th July 2015 - Around the Settle Round.

Despite a grim forecast of dreadful weather a pleasing number of members met at Settle for a walk around the Settle Loop - a splendid route to the north of this lovely market town. Twenty six walkers climbed steadfastly upward and ever upward for the first stretch of the walk before easing off for a couple of miles on a fine grass track which led to the convenient shelter of a wall where a most interesting lunch stop was taken. Apart from the obvious pleasure of lunch munching, additional interest was provided by a rather large and curious bull and its attendant ladies, one of whom was clearly ignorant of the bovine protocol by attempting what the big fella himself should have been up to! This proved too much for some of our members who decided that discretion was the better part of valour by de camping to the other side of the wall to complete their munchies. Nicely fuelled up our group then proceeded on the track for a good view across Malham Tarn before turning right for the return leg towards Stockdale Farm passing the ancient way marker of Nappa Cross on the way. About three miles up from Settle we were all delighted to meet our Chairman, Henry Mason, who is now well on the road to fitness after a lengthy spell of being unwell. He accompanied us back via Attermire Scar to Settle where many of us capped a splendid day out with a well deserved cuppa at The Naked Man. Another first class day's walking for the Craven Ramblers.

11th April 2015 - Halton Gill and Horsehead Moor.

Saturday 11th April saw eighteen members walk upwards ever upwards from Halton Gill to reach the roof of Littondale at Horse Head Gate. From there the walk led on to the summit plateau to Birks Tarn and to the bridle path which led eventually down to Litton for the final two miles of riverside walking to the end of the route. Despite buffeting strong winds and the occasional hail shower everyone enjoyed the day with the bonus of superb views of Penygent and Ingleborough on one side and Buckden Pike and Great Whernside on the other. Even distant Castle Bolton in Wensleydale was visible from the tops. Wonderful walking enjoyed by all!.

23rd March 2015.

Although this blog has been dormant for several months, never fear, the Craven Ramblers have been marching on and , to date, their published programme of walks has been fulfilled. Most recently, on Sunday 23rd March, twenty three of us gathered near to Coldstones Quarry, Greenhow, under a daylongdry and fine sky for a just over 8 mile walk among Nidderdale's impressive vistas. En route down into Ashfold Side Beck we scared off a few buzzards which perhaps allowed for our later enjoyment of the occasional company of lapwings and curlews among the moors. Our mid morning break was taken on the grassy knolls of old quarry workings just below Spring Hill, overlooking the southern end of Gouthwaite Reservoir, itself resplendent in the good weather. Then back up and down into Ashfold Side Beck for the stretch along the Nidderdale Way into the old mine workings and spoil mounds below Merryfield, where there is now some early suggestion of the old industrial, ruined buildings being restored. More uphill legwork followed before we reached the evidence of other workings below Cock Hill and then the long climb back up to Coldstone Cut and refreshments in the (highly recommended) Toft Gate Barn Cafe. At Toft Gate we were joined by long time members of the group - Lesley and Henry. Henry, the regular correspondent to this blog, has been unwell in recent months so, having missed his leadership, encouragement and humour, we were all really pleased to see him and Lesley again and to learn that he is beginning to feel a little better in what may be a prolonged period of recovery. For anyone, particularly those who love to walk the hills, dales and countryside hereabouts and who may chance across this site and blog, please be assured of a positive welcome and interesting, entertaining company to any of our twice monthly walks. As the song says, "You"ll Never Walk Alone".

23rd November 2014 - By Glen and Canal.

On Sunday 23rd November a party of fifteen members enjoyed a seven mile walk in the Shipley Glen area. They walked past the Three Rise Locks on the outskirts of Bingley and then back through Hirst Woods along the River Aire.

8th November 2014 - Litton and Pen-Y-Ghent Gill.

On Saturday 8th November a party of fifteen walkers left Litton for an eight mile walk through Nether Hesledon and along Penyghent Gill to Giant's Grave. The walkers enjoyed dramatic views in spite of rain from noon onwards. The return route took the group along Dawson Close track back to Litton. Light refreshments were enjoyed at The Queens Arm pub at the end of the walk.

26th October 2014 - Nidderdale Greenway and Gorge.

On Sunday 26th October Craven Ramblers hit Lower Nidderdale, venturing away from their usual stamping ground of the Yorkshire Dales. Thirty three walkers sampled the delights of Ripley, The Greenway over the viaduct and the autumn finery of the Nidd Gorge. Lunch was taken at the pretty hamlet of Knox and then on to Killinghall before heading towards Hampsthwaite, returning on the Nidd to the start. A good time was had by all. When asked by the leader (Keith!) if he had enjoyed the walk, the walker commented "Good walk shame about the (leader's) trousers!"

18th October 2014 -Annual dinner at Skipton Golf Club.

On Saturday 18th October the group held their annual dinner at Skipton Golf Club. Thirty four members enjoyed an excellent evening which was attended by Mr Mike Church, the Chairman of the West Riding section of the Ramblers Association. The evening was rounded off with a quiz and a raffle.

12th October 2014-A rather strange phenomenon witnessed by Richard.

I left cool, misty Grassington at 9.30 and headed up towards the old lead mining area. As the mist cleared behind me on higher ground and with the sun directly behind me, but still relatively low in the sky, I looked into the remaining mist bank ahead and , to my astonishment and disbelief, there appeared to be an arch or bow of what seemed to be fluffy, white cloud within it, just a few yards in from the edge. It literally curved up from the ground at each end, was about two to three feet wide and the arch peaked some forty feet or so above. Really peculiar and couldn't believe my eyes; it was spooky, ethereal somehow and persisted for several minutes. HAS ANYONE ELSE ENCOUNTERED THIS PHENOMENON? I had wondered whether it was going to develop into some kind of Brocken spectre, but there was no evidence of my silhouette to be seen beneath the arch and certainly no rainbow colours. The rest of the walk was magnificent, but without apparition.Misty cloud remained in the valley bottom until early afternoon and above, in the blue rinse of sky, fairweather cumulus was bubbling up into dramatic, fluffy towers. Took a breath by a small tarn whose surface, beneath the almost still air, mirrored perfectly the picture above it. After a toasted teacake and coffee in Burnsall. I followed a route back through Thorpe and returned across Linton Falls to Grassington. Once again Upper Wharfedale looks amazingly beautiful in the light of autumn. The warm sunshine on my shoulders lifted spirits too. The hay is in from the fields some weeks ago and they are back, with new growth, to their rich emerald grassiness and the walls etched such striking shapes, like jigsaw pieces in the landscape. Magic! Next time - take the camera! Richard

24th August 2014 -Rylstone and Boss Moor.

On Sunday 24th August thirty ramblers walked from the duck pond at Rylstone along Chapel Lane track to Cracoe. They turned right up Swinden Lane before heading north east along Moor Lane and up onto Threshfield Moor. From the top there were lovely open views to be admired for miles. The group then headed south to Boss Moor and down to Moor Lane into Hetton and back to Rylstone.

9th August 2014 -Ingleton.

On Saturday 9th August twenty six ramblers walked from Ingleton; under the railway viaduct; before heading north towards Thornton Hall and up Kingsdale. The group left the road and cossed limestone outcrops to Turbary Road track. The walkers then headed south west down to Masongill, crossing fields to Thornton in Lonsdale. Refreshments were enjoyed at a cafe situated at the approach to Ingleton Falls. The walk was enjoyed by all with magnificent views.

27th July 2014 -Emily's Ramblings - 3rd Attempt!!

On Sunday 27th July twenty eight ramblers left Haworth towards Oldfield and Top Withens for an 8.5 mile walk over Haworth Moor. Spectacular open views were enjoyed by all in the basking warm sunshine .

11th July to 13th July 2014 - Walking Weekend at Ullswater.

On Friday 11th July twenty ramblers descended onto the Patterdale Hotel in Ullswater for a weekend of walking. There was a choice of two walks on Saturday - a 10 mile walk taking in Aira Force and a slightly shorter walk of 8 miles which included Boredale House and Brotherswater. Sunday involved a 5 mile walk from the hotel to Grisedale which followed the road towards Helvellyn for 2 miles. The walkers went round Lanty's Tarn before returning to Glenridding. The weekend was a great success made all the better by the perfect weather and lovely, welcoming accommodation.

22nd June 2014 - Bah'at.

On Sunday a party of fifteen members enjoyed a 9 mile walk in the lovely summer weather onto Ilkley Moor. The route took the walkers through the woods of Sunny Dale returning along Grass Road. A perfect day ended with a delicious barbecue held in the lovely setting of Silver Well Cottage.

27th April 2014 - Buckden, Yockenthwaite and Hubberholme.

On Sunday a party of twenty two walkers left Buckden for an 8 mile walk to Yockenthwaite and the Dales Way. The Ramblers went up onto Buckden Raikes and then down to Cray. From here they proceeded to Scar House enjoying dramatic views across to Kirk Gill Moor before dropping down to Yockenthwaite. The return journey took the group via the river valley and back to Hubberholme and Buckden.

12th April 2014 - Crummackdale.

On Saturday a party of twenty one Ramblers left Horton - in - Ribblesdale for an 8 mile walk onto Thwaites Moss. The walkers ascended Sulber Nick in wet and windy conditions before turning left along to Thieves Moss and then down to Crummackdale. The return journey went via Hunterstye and over the moor back to Horton.

23rd March 2014 - Skipton Moor.

On Sunday a party of twenty five walkers left Addingham for a 9.5 mile walk onto Skipton Moor. Open moorland and extensive views from the trig point were enjoyed before returning along the old Roman Road.

23rd February 2014 - Trollers Gill and High Skyreholme.

On Sunday a party of twenty nine Ramblers left Burnsall for an 8 mile walk to Trollers Gill. The party followed the river Wharfe downstream for half a mile before turning left up the hill and onto moorland track towards New Road. The walkers crossed onto open moor and down Trollers Gill to Parceval Hall for a picnic lunch. The return journey was via Howgill, along the riverside and back to Burnsall. The weather was blustery but dry and extensive views were enjoyed of the rolling countryside.

8th February 2014 - Hazlewood Moor.

On Saturday a group of fifteen members met at Bolton Abbey Bridge for a 7.5 mile walk onto Hazlewood Moor. The Ramblers walked along the riverside to Cavendish Pavillion for a coffee break before going over the bridge and up to Bolton Park Farm and then onto open moorland. It was a relatively easy walk on tracks where the ground was almost free of mud despite the adverse recent weather. The walkers enjoyed open views towards Lancashire and the surrounding areas. The route took the group through Storiths and ended the walk with refreshments at the Abbey Tea Rooms.

26th January 2014 - Emily's Ramblings.

Unfortunately this walk had to be abandoned due to adverse weather.

11th January 2014 - Thieves Moss and Norber Erratics.

On Saturday a party of thirty four walkers left Clapham village for an 8.5 mile walk onto the moor in bright wintry weather. The walkers enjoyed views over Thieves Moss and had their lunch at Beggars Stile before continuing down Crummock Dale. En route a detour to the Norber Erratics was made to see the unusual glacial rocks perched on underlying limestone supports. Refreshments were enjoyed at the Bunk House cafe in Clapham.

14th December 2013 - High Brown Knoll.

On Saturday a group of eleven walkers left Hardcastle Crags National Trust car park for an 8 mile walk onto Cock Hill Moor. The walkers climbed up steep rocky paths to Brown Knoll trig point where in spite of misty and windy weather conditions, they enjoyed extensive views towards Heptonstall, Ovenden Wind Farm and the Emley Moor TV mast. The Ramblers then walked down to Lumb Falls for lunch before taking the Pennine link path to Walshaw and back via Gibson Mill.

24th November 2013 - Smearsett Scar.

On Sunday 24th November a party of twenty one walkers left Stainforth for an 8.5 mile walk in the National Park in cold but fine weather. The walkers climbed up Smearsett Scar to admire the stunning views towards Pendle Hill and the Three Peaks. They then proceeded to walk to Feizor and onto open moorland down to Giggleswick Scar. The walk continued to Stackhouse and back along the river bank to Stainforth.

27th October 2013 - Grassington/Mossdale Scar.

On Sunday 27th October a party of twenty seven walkers braved extreme weather conditions for an 8.25 mile walk from Grassington. The group walked along the Dales Way down the Dib to Conistone, returning through Grass Woods and along the river side past Gaistrell Strid.

19th October 2013 - Annual Dinner at Skipton Golf Club.

On Saturday 19th October the group held their annual dinner at Skipton Golf Club. Thirty three members attended, accompanied by Mr Mike Church the Chairman of the West Riding Ramblers section. An excellent meal was enjoyed followed by some light hearted entertainment and reminiscing.

12th October 2013 - Darnbrook.

On Saturday 12th October a group of twenty walkers left Malham Tarn car park for an 8.25 mile walk over to Darnbrook. The ramblers passed the derelict farm of Middle House and across the moor and into the valley bottom. Lunch was eaten in the field and then the group continued along the road to join the Pennine Way. Although the weather was misty with a strong wind, spirits remained high and everyone enjoyed the day.

22nd September 2013 - Coach ramble to Castleton.

On Sunday 22nd September the group left Ilkley in a full twenty nine seater coach for a days rambling in the Castleton area of the Peak District. Two walks were enjoyed in glorious sunny weather,visiting Hope Village, Lose Hill and Hollings Cross. The longer walk returned via Mam Tor, with the shorter walk travelling along the Limestone Way up to Mam Tor in the opposite direction. An excellent meal was enjoyed at the Bull's Head, Castleton before departing for home at 6.45pm. The homeward journey was quite eventful with the coach breaking down, causing a lengthy delay. However spirits remained high and everyone arrived back safely just after midnight.

25th August 2013 - Fountains Fell.

On Sunday 25th August a party of twenty three members left the Quarry car park near Malham Tarn, walking through Tarn Moor Nature Reserve and on to the Pennine Way. The party climbed up Fountains Fell and enjoyed extensive views of the Three Peaks and surrounding countryside from the top. From this vantage point lunch was enjoyed. The group then followed the ridge and turned south for the descent over open moorland and then back to the start. This was a distance of 8.5 miles in total.

10th August 2013 - Quarry.

On Saturday 10th August seventeen ramblers, waved off by Henry - the group's injured chairman, departed Grassington via "the snake path" for a 9.8.mile walk taking in both eastern and western flanks of Upper Wharfedale. Crossing Linton Falls, the route led on through Threshfield and Skirethorns into Threshfield Quarry - opened to the public a year or so ago. Taking the optional route along the rim, the party eventually left the quarry and ascended to approximately 382 metres, passing an otherwise hidden limestone pavement, and then tracked the bridleway leading down to and along Mastiles Lane. After the lunch break, the route passed through Conistone Village and onto the limestone ground east of Bastow Wood, before returning to Grassington and refreshment at one of the town's many cafes. No one went missing and seventeen were counted back in, but Henry's jokes were sadly missed en route (honestly!) Despite a cool and rather cloudy day, the consensus was this had been a lovely walk, offering new ground to a number of the group.

28th July 2013 - Langerton Hill and Appletreewick.

On Sunday 28th July a party of twenty eight members left Burnsall for a ten mile walk to Dibbles Bridge. The route went over Appletreewick Pasture returning via Grimwith Reservoir and Hartlington Raikes.

12th July 2013 - Walking Weekend, staying at the Patterdale Hotel near Ullswater.

On Friday 12th July a group of twenty one Ramblers met for dinner at the Patterdale Hotel which was to be their base for Friday and Saturday nights. Walks were arranged for Saturday and Sunday. The Saturday walk comprised of one group ascending Place Fell in glorious sunshine whilst a second group walked along Grisedale Valley. All the Ramblers walked together on Sunday to Glenridding and back via Lanty's Tarn.

22nd June 2013- A walk from Grassington

On Saturday 22nd June a group of seventeen ramblers left the YDNP car park at Grassington for an eight mile ramble. They headed up the hill through Grassington and then along High Lane and Edge Lane to High Garnshaw House. The sun came out to brighten spirits as the walkers continued to Yarnbury and through the fields and moorland to Bycliffe Road. At the top of Conistone Dib the ramblers turned east along the Dales Way and back into Grassington.

12th May 2013- A coach ramble from Robin Hood's Bay

On Sunday 12th May the Craven Group enjoyed a wonderful days coach ramble to Robin Hood's Bay. A party of forty three ramblers left Ilkley at 8:30am arriving at Robin Hood's Bay at 11:00. Two walks were organised, both using the nearby disused railway track. The longer walk of 9 miles ventured south down the track to Ravenscar and back along the Cleveland Way coastal path and beach. The shorter walk was 6.5 miles and went northwards to the village of Hawsker and back along the Cleveland Way. After refreshments in the local tea shops the party then travelled to Thirsk and enjoyed an excellent meal at the Golden Fleece. The weary party arrived back at Ilkley at 21:00..

13th April 2013 - A walk from Kettlewell

On Saturday 13th April a group of twenty walkers met at Kettlewell for an 8 mile ramble over the hill and down to Hawkswick. From there they followed the river Skirfare to Arncliffe where they had lunch. They then followed the steep track onto the top of Hawkswick Moor and then back down to Kettlewell.

9th March 2013 - A walk from Barden Bridge

On Saturday 9th March fifteen walkers left The Strid car park for a 9 mile walk across Middle Hare Head and along the track to Broad Park House. From Halton Heights the walkers travelled south to Halton East then along the road to Bolton Abbey and by the riverside back to The Strid. Everyone enjoyed the exhilarating walk despite the drizzle and wind.

24TH February 2013 - A walk from Gargrave

On Sunday 24th February a group of thirty four walkers met at Gargrave for an 8 mile walk entitled "Double Arch Surprise". The walkers went along the Pennine Way through fields and enjoyed the very welcome sight of newly born lambs in the clear but cold countryside. The walk joined the Leeds - Liverpool canal and then continued up to the double arched bridge which is a construction of one arched bridge on top of another. This feature was apparently built to raise the level and take the steep dip out of the main road above. From there the walkers went up into East Marton and then continued to Ingthorpe Lane where they stopped for lunch. The walk proceeded through fields to Bank Newton where it re - joined the canal towpath and then back to Gargrave.

9th February 2013 - A walk from Grassington

On Saturday 9th February, a group of twenty one members left Grassington for a 9.5 mile walk along the River Wharfe, past Ghaistrills Strid and into Grass Woods. They continued on through Bastow Wood and onto the Dales Way and then North along Bycliffe Road. At Kelber on the open moor they ventured South to Bare House and then back to Grassington. A very enjoyable walk with extensive views of snowclad hillsides was much appreciated on a dry and wind free day.

12th January 2013 - A walk from Settle

On Saturday 12th January, twenty members left Settle to walk through Upper Settle and up to Scalebor Force waterfall where they enjoyed extensive views in the cold clear weather. From there they walked south down Langber Lane track through farmland on to New Pasture Lane and then back into Settle, a distance of 8.5 miles mailnly on track to avoid the mud which is everywhere at the moment.

28th October 2012 - A walk from Linton Falls

On Sunday 28th October, a group of 18 walkers met at Linton Falls for a ramble up onto Boss Moor. Despite the deteriorating weather conditions; with wind and rain steadily strengthening; spirits remained high. The Autumn colours displayed by the trees and countryside were enjoyed by all. 

9th September 2012 - A walk from Dent

 Dent village was once the busy centre of the hand knitting industry with typical stone houses and a narrow cobbled main street. It was to this most beautiful corner of the Yorkshire Dales that Craven Ramblers journeyed for their 8 mile walk on Saturday 8th September. Although the ascent of Flintergill out of the village to the tops was made in early morning mist, long distance views of Whernside soon opened up as the sun broke through. A circuit of north east Dentdale, taking in part of the Dales Way, completed the expedition.

1st September 2012 - Coach Ramble to Arnside

On Saturday 1st September a group of 29 people left Ilkley by coach for a coach ramble to Arnside. It was a beautiful sunny day and a walk along the shore at Arnside, including seeing the Bore coming in to Silverdale and back via the Knott was enjoyed. Marvellous views extending to the Lake District were enjoyed from the top of the Knott. 

22nd July 2012 - A walk from West Burton to Pen Hill...

West Burton, thought by many discerning Yorkshire folk to be one of the most beautiful villages in England, rests at the junction of Walden Dale, Bishopdale and Wensleydale. The village surrounds a green, complete with ancient market cross, and it was from here on Sunday 22nd July that a group of Craven Ramblers set out to scale Pen Hill. Topping out at 526 metres, Penhill is famous not only for its spectacular views but also for its beacon. Part of a chain of bonfires, strategically placed throughout the country to warn of invasion, it has been lit twice - once in 1588 when the Spanish Armada was sighted in the Channel and again during the Napoleonic Wars.

14th July 2012 - A walk from Barden Bridge to Simon's Seat on Barden Fell...

On Saturday 14th July, 17 Craven Ramblers set off from Barden Bridge in Wharfedale to scale the 485 metre sandstone outcrop of Simon's Seat on Barden Fell. Well known to generations of walkers this 8.5 mile classic route, after a gentle riverside perambulation, ascends gradually through the Valley of Desolation out onto the open fell where an undulating path leads to the summit. The Valley of Desolation, so-called after a great storm in 1826 stripped it of its vegetation, is now a beautiful area where thousands of trees have been planted by the Devonshire Estates. 

22nd/23rd June 2012 - A 2 night stay at Keswick Country Hotel...

Last weekend a party of 18 walkers enjoyed a 2 night stay at Keswick Country Hotel.

On Saturday they walked along the Cumbrian Way & Lonscale Fell, enjoying dramatic scenery in spite of inclement weather. They  then descended to the Blencathra Centre and back to Keswick via the disused rail track a distance of 9 miles.

On Sunday they climbed Walla Crag and continued down to  Ashness Bridge and then back to Keswick via the side of Derwentwater a distance of 6 miles.

In spite of the weather  a thoroughly enjoyable weekend was had by all.

9th June 2012 - A walk from Steeton Railway Station to Rombalds Moor...

On Saturday 9th June, a group of walkers met at 10.00am at Steeton railway station for a 9.5mile walk towards Silsden and Rombalds Moor.

They enjoyed extensive views over the Aire Valley and the Bradley area in a circular route through farmland

27th May 2012 - A walk from Loftshaw Moss to the Forest of Bowland...

On Sunday 27th May, 16 Craven Ramblers set off from Loftshaw Moss, just south of High Bentham, to explore the northern edge of the scenic and unspoilt Forest of Bowland. In unbroken sunshine, their 10.0 mile walk took them south in a wide sweep over Tatham Fells returning north along the River Hindburn valley, calling in at the beautiful Mill Bridge church on the way.

12th May 2012 - A walk from Arncliffe to Middle House...

On Saturday 12th May, 20 walkers left Arncliffe for a 10 mile walk along the Monk's Road, over Clowder Moor to Middle House. Lunch was had at Malham Tarn.

The return journey took them over High Cote Moor to Arncliffe Cote and back.

5th May 2012 - A coach outing to Helmsley...

On Saturday 5th May, Craven Ramblers held a coach outing to Helmsley.  27 members enjoyed a choice of two walks. One a linear walk from Sutton Bank Visitor Centre, through Cold Kirby and Old Byeland, with a visit to Rievaulk  Abbey and along the Cleveland Way.

The other walk followed the Ebor Way by the river visiting Sproxton.

On the return journey an enjoyable meal was had at the Golden Fleece in Thirsk and we returned home at 8.30pm.

The next walk is a 10mile walk from Arncliffe on Saturday 12th May.

Details Tel: 01332632172.

22nd April 2012 - A walk from Middlesmoor Vollage through Nidderdale...

On Sunday 22nd  April, 23 walkers met at Middlesmoor village for an 8 mile walk in Nidderdale.

They walked along the track to Scar House reservoir and up onto Dale Edge, where glorious views of Nidderdale and Little and Great Whernside formed an impressive backdrop.

Craven Ramblers continue to enjoy increasing numbers on their walks and are having a coach ramble to Helmsley on May 5th.

The next walk is on Saturday May 12th starting at Arncliffe.  For details ring 01132632172

26th March 2012 - A walk from Malham, "Far from the Maddening Crowd"...

On Sunday 25th March, 32 walkers left Malham for an 8 mile walk entitled "Far from the Maddening Crowd"

They walked through fields and tracks to Kirkby Malham enjoying glorious sunny weather and extensive views. Continuing through Airton and then through the hamlet of Hanlith, coming back along the Pennine Way.

They were joined by a party of Australians, who were most impressed with the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales.

The next Craven walk is on Saturday 14th April in the Barnoldswick area.  Details from 01535632825

10th March 2012 - A walk from Hardcastle Crags...

On Saturday 10th March 17 members left Hardcastle Crags for an 8 mile walk into some of Calderdale's old industrial past. They climbed up to Peckett Well and onto moorland to the Trig Point at High Brown Knoll.

They then tramped on through the mist and down to Lumb Falls for lunch, returning along Crimsworth Dene and calling at Gibson Mill for a well earned cup of tea.

An exhilerating walk was enjoyed by all.

The next Craven walk is from Malham National Car Park on Sunday 25th March.

29th February 2012 - An 8 mile walk from Crosshills...

On Sunday 29 walkers left Crosshills for an 8 mile walk through Glusburn and on to Bent Crag, stopping for lunch in the woodland area of Sutton Clough. They then followed the stream and onto Eastburn Moor.

Craven Ramblers are enjoying an upsurge in popularity, with people joining walks from other areas.

A coach ramble to Helmsley has been booked for Saturday 5th May. Anyone interested can call 01756 700248.

The next Craven walk is on Saturday March 10th at Hardcastle Crags.

For details ring 01943 876713

11th February 2012 - A lovely walk at Howarth...

On Saturday 11th February 14 walkers left Haworth for a hike along The Slack to Bronte Waterfalls and then up to Top Withens.  Due to the Artic conditions, with ice on the paths, it was decided to shorten the walk.

The Pennine Way was followed down to Ponden reservoir and along to Stanbury, staying with the road back to Haworth.

In spite of the conditions the walkers enjoyed a bracing and exhilerating 6 mile walk.

The next Craven walk is to Bent Crag and Eastburn Moor on Sunday 26th February. Further  details are available from the leader on 01535 630260.

22nd January 2012 - A 10 mile ramble at Kildwick...

On Sunday 22nd January a group of 29 walkers met at Kildwick for a 10 mile ramble along the canal side and up through Farnhill and along to Low and High Bradley, pausing at the Jubilee Tower.

From the elevated position they enjoyed clear open views over the Aire valley and surrounding hills.

The next Craven Walk is on Saturday February 11th in the Haworth Area.

Details are available from 01274 822370

14th January 2012 - A walk from Otley along the river Wharfe...

On Saturday , 23 walkers left Otley town centre for a 9 mile walk which took them along the river Wharfe to Pool Bank and on to Bramhope, returning through fields to Otley Chevin. 

The group enjoyed open views in glorious sunny weather over the frozen ground.

The next Craven walk is on Sunday 22nd January, called Jubilee Tower and the Bradleys.

Details from 01274 596846



10th December 2011 - A walk on Middleton Moor...

On Saturday 13 walkers left Ilkley Old Bridge for a walk on Middleton Moor.  They braved a chilling wind and muddy conditions and enjoyed dramatic views over the surrounding countryside.

The next  Craven walk is on Saturday Jan14th. entitled Bramhope round.  Details are available on 01943 876713

27th November 2011 - A walk from Embsay Reservoir to Barden Moor...

On Sunday last 20 walkers met at Embsay Reservoir for an 8 mile walk on to Barden Moor.  They faced strong winds going up Crook Rise, over Waterfall Crag and on to the track across Barden Moor.

They came back over Embsay Crag feeling   invigorated despite the wind and muddy conditions.

The next Craven walk is on Saturday 10th December. Meeting at Ilkley Old Bridge at 10.00am.  For further details ring 01943 605150

12th November 2011 - A walk from Airton Village to Weets Top...

On Saturday 12th November, 27 walkers met at Airton village for a 9mile walk up to Weets  Top.

They enjoyed beautiful sunny weather, going through the village of Calton then  up onto the moor to Weets Top and down via Hetton Common to Winterburn reservoir.  They were treated to the rare sight of a barn owl which flew off into woodland.

A couple of tricky crossings over streams were encountered before the party reached Cowper Close and back to Airton.

The Autmn colours and views were magnificent.

The next Craven Ramblers walk is on Sunday 27th November from Embsay Reservoir CP.

Details are available from 01756 791511

22nd October 2011 - Annual Dinner at Skipton Golf Club...

On Saturday 22nd October, Craven Ramblers held their Annual Dinner at Skipton Golf Club.  38 members enjoyed an excellent meal followed by light entertainment and quizzes

On Sunday 23 October 16 members left St. Ives, Bingley, car park for a 9 mile walk in beautiful sunny weather, across fields and woodland through Goitstock valley, passing waterfalls and across the Hewenden Viaduct.

The next walk is on Saturday 12th November starting from Airton Village Green at 10.00am. The walk is entitled Airton, Weets Top 9.0miles. For further details ring 0113 2632172



13th November 2010 - A walk to Hellifield

To the south of Hellifield is an almost unknown area of rolling fields and grassland where walkers can enjoy mile after mile of pastoral tranquillity. Leaving this once busy railway town the group of twenty six ramblers made its way past the recently rebuilt fifteenth century Hellifield Peel Tower and through its parkland to reach the agricultural acres of Swinden. With this Doomsday settlement behind them, the group then contoured the green drumlin of Mallardale Hill to encounter the elegant architecture and gardens of Stainton Cote.

Woodland tracks and minor byways then took the walkers on to Coniston Hall before a goodThe Group at Hellifield stretch of the old road over Coniston Moor and field paths let back to the Peel Tower and onto Hellifield.

Our customary cup of tea and reflections of anothernotable walk was enjoyed in the tea room of the Victorian station there. Excellent!

Our next walk on Sunday 28th November is 10 miles moderate to Carleton Glen and Pinhaw Beacon. Meet at 10.00 a.m. on road opposite the mill in Carleton. Further details from the leader on 01274 596846.


24th October 2010 - A walk from Embsay Reservoir to Barden Moor...

Friar’s Head, one of the finest seventeenth century houses in the Craven District, was the main focal point on our walk this weekend . Leaving the village of Hetton with its celebrated Angel Inn we made our way by green lanes and field paths to this gem of architecture before passing the even older farmhouse of Brockabank.

The imposing Eshton Hall was the next on a list of fine buildings which came into view beforewe made our way through the peaceful hamlet of Flasby and back to the walk’s starting point at Hetton.

An excellent walk on a glorious Autumn day was enjoyed by a strong number of walkers, which included new friends and guests from other Ramblers groups.



11th September 2010 - “B’aht ‘at”...

“B’aht ‘at” was the title of today’s walk so there are not prizes for guessing where we started.

Following the Millennium Way on the edge of Ilkley Moor we passed the prehistoric rock carvings on the Swastika Stone before walking perilously close to the dogs and guns of a grouse shooting party. Safely past we left the moor by way of Windgate Nick with its high level views of lower Wharfedale to drop down by field paths to Addingham where we joined the Dales Way for the riverside return to Ilkley.


29th August 2010 - A walk around Ripley...

Barrels of best Yorkshire bitter would no doubt have occupied members’ minds on our latest walk as the gravestone of the celebrated brewer Joshua Tetley was passed in the churchyard at Hampsthwaite, on of the villages in lower |Nidderdale around which our route took us. Starting at the gateway to Ripley Castle we made our way to Hampsthwaite where work by another notable Yorkshire craftsman, Thompson the Mouse Man can be seen on the lych gate of the church of Thomas a Becket.

The Nidderdale way then led us to the Nidd itself where we followed the river up to New Bridge which, ironically, is almost two centuries old and so called as it replaced a much older pack horse bridge. A steady walk up fields then took us to the curiously called village of Burnt Yates.

The return to Ripley with its distinctive French provincial architecture, including its own “Hotel de Ville”, or Town Hall as we’d call it, was by way of Ripley Park. Here we enjoyed views of the Ingilby family’s caste set in its majestic acres of parkland with its lakes and grazing deer to add to this pastoral idyll.

14th August 2010 - Yarnbury Walk...

From the derelict lead mine workings of Yarnbury above Grassington our group made its way along an old walled track, the fascinating aspect of which is that the north wall is built of grit stone but the southerly wall is of limestone. A clear indication that we were on the very edge of the geological phenomenon of the Craven Fault. This fine old track eventually ended to give way to open high moor land from which we had extensive views over Upper Wharfedale and beyond. The ancient track of the Bycliffe road was soon joined to lead us on to Mossdale Scar where a metal plaque on the rock face is a constant reminder of one of the worst caving tragedies in our region.
The Ramblers at Yarnbury
With this evocative place behind us we made our way up the edge of Coniston Moor, fortunately without a shooting party in sight. After all, it was the first Saturday after the “Glorious Twelfth”.

Lunch was enjoyed at Capplestone Gate, the highest point of the walk from which we could easily pick our distant Pendle Hill and Pen y Gent. The green sward of Conistone Turf Road then led us easily down to the top of the spectacular Coniston Dib where we joined the Dales Way for our return to Yarnbury by way of the deserted old farmstead of Bare House.

All the group, which included three new friends, agreed that it had been an exhilaratingly enjoyable walk in this eye-catching corner of Craven. Wonderful!



10th July 2010 - A coach ramble to the Lakes....

A new venture was launched today when the Craven Ramblers left home turf for a coach trip to the Lake District. Grasmere in the heart of Lakeland was the destination and it was from Wordsworth’s beloved home that our walk started. Passing the poet’s Dove Cottage the group left the village to follow the eastern shore of the lake to reach the curiously named Coffin Path which led us under the cloud covered Nab Scar and on to Rydal. Our way then skirted the southern edge of Rydal Water before the lake and village of Grasmere once again came into view.
Beautiful View, Despite the Cloud!
All day long low cloud and persistent rain restricted views of the surrounding peaks but did nothing to dampen the spirits of the walkers. Our group capped this first ever coach ramble with a convivial drink and carvery meal at the Whoop Hall hostelry. We all agreed that hopefully there will be many more coach rambles in the future.



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