|Walk:||Langcliffe, Catrigg Force, Stainforth, Stainforth Force, Smearsett Scar, Feizor Scar, Giggleswick Scar|
|Start Point:||Langcliffe car park||Grid Ref:||SD 823 651|
|Distance:||12 miles||Ascent:||2,050 feet|
|Weather:||Mainly dry with a little sun|
On my own
|Comments:||Having previously walked in this area I decided to return and adapt the route so that I could use it for a group walk. Setting out from Langcliffe, where there is a free car park, I headed up to Catrigg Force. With all the rain we have been having it was putting on quite a show. Rather that take the direct path to Stainforth I made my way through pasture which turned out to be rather muddy in places, but more interesting than the alternative. Passing through Stainforth (where there are public toilets) I diverted from the route to visit Stainforth Force - a good spot for elevenses. A short road walk soon gave way to an enclosed green track which eventually allowed access to Smearsett Scar. After visiting the trig point I made my way along the ridge, past Pot Scar and onto the limestone pavement at the end of the ridge. From here I had to head north to join the track leading into Feizor which is a tiny hamlet of just a few houses - and a cafe. I then took the path signposted to Stackhouse but left this at a junction of paths to head across to Giggleswick Scar. After descending past the quarry it was necessary to head north again so that I could cross the River Ribble before turning south to Langcliffe. A very enjoyable walk with only a few muddy sections in the mainly dry, green terrain.|
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With no leaves on the trees much more of the woodland is seen as I head for . . .
Catrigg Force . . .
and experiment with the camera to photograph the movement of the water . . .
and try out different angles . . .
plus one as I leave
Stainforth Beck becomes Catrigg Force
We've all got our eyes on you!
Stainforth Force - shame about the photographers . . .
so I'll go for a shot a little upstream - and include the bridge
While eating lunch on the banks of the beck . . .
I decided to experiment . . .
zooming in on the top of the Force
A green lane heads up to Hargreaves Barn - but it's wetter than it looks
Pen-y-Ghent hides in clouds, from the slopes of Smearsett Scar
The sun peeps out for a shot on Smearsett Scar . . .
but it's quite windy up here . . .
and it's even sunnier looking along the ridge to Pot Scar . . .
and across the valley to Moughton Scar
The rocky top of Pot Scar . . .
and limestone pavement overlooks Feizor Wood
An unusual garden (water) feature
Pot Scar in the centre and Smearsett Scar to the right, from the path to . . .
Looking down the Ribble Valley, Settle can just be seen
You can do a little cave exploration en route . . .
but I'll just zoom in on it today
There is still a little Autumn colour around
The weir on the River Ribblw
War memorial in Langcliffe . . .
and the village green