Saturday 21 August 2021
A challenging, but scenic guided walk as part of a small group of no more than five people plus your guide, over the hills on both sides of beautiful Barbondale. This is in the part of Cumbria that falls within the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and is usually fairly quiet, avoiding the crowds of the popular tourist hotspots.
Starting from the village of Barbon, we take a path that leads up the hillside onto the hills known as Castle Knott, Calf Top, and then Barkin Top. If it's a clear day we'll enjoy stunning views across Barbondale, and ahead to Dentdale and the mountains beyond.
After descending to cross the valley on rough pathless terrain, we then follow a green lane, before heading up the hillside, again over pathless terrain. For the best views, we avoid Great Coum summit, but head along an area known as The Crag, and eventually arrive at the summit of Crag Hill. From here on a clear day you can see for miles - even as far as Morecambe Bay.
From Crag Hill, it's a long but gentle descent down the hillside, back into Barbondale, and our walk ends on a woodland path.
This is a challenging walk of just under 15 miles/24km with approximately 1,100 metres of ascent/descent. Some of the route is across pathless, grassy and often boggy terrain which can be quite difficult underfoot. A good level of fitness and previous hill walking experience is therefore required.
The price is £40 per person. Please book and pay below. You are booking with Cath Lee who will guide the walk on the day.
We meet at about 8:45am to be ready to set off at 9:00am on the roadside in the village of Barbon between The Barbon Inn and the church. Post code LA6 2LJ. There is free car parking on the roadside wherever you can find a space. The nearest town is Kirkby Lonsdale.
If you would like to stay locally the night before or after this walk, the villages of Barbon, Casterton or the small town of Kirkby Lonsdale are ideally located.