Stainforth, near Settle
We were fortunate that Pat and John Wilson were able to lead last Saturday's walk from Stainforth following the indisposition of Kevin Murphy. On a beautiful summer day, fourteen walkers left the village car park to ascend the delightful ridge known as Stainforth Scar. The ridge path offers glorious views of the three peaks with the occasional glimpses and sounds of trains on the Settle-Carlisle line. Our descent into Langcliffe was gentle in comparison with the ascent and led us to cross the River Ribble to the hamlet of Stackhouse. Another Scar awaited us, that known as Giggleswick Scar which leads in a north-westerly direction along the line of the B6480 road. Lunch was taken at the high-point of this well-used track which leads to the delightful hamlet of Feizor, a settlement of norse origin once an important stopping place for traffic from Fountains Abbey to the granges in The Lake District. From Feizor our route followed the much improved Hale Lane heading west to join Wood Lane and the footpath around Oxenber and Wharfe Woods. A tiring group of walkers were treated to a sheep shearing demonstration at Smearset, how much better the animals must have felt on such a hot day! The final stretch of our walk was over delightful limestone pavements to Little Stainforth and our starting place.
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