Walkers step out to mark book launch

Date: Friday 12th July 2013
Kirkby Stephen group, launch of new pictorial guide, Howgills and Limestone Trail
Kirkby Stephen group, launch of new pictorial guide, Howgills and Limestone Trail

A GROUP of 23 people (below) gathered by the cloisters of Kirkby Stephen parish church to launch the Howgills and Limestone Trail pictorial guide book, which has been published by Frances Lincoln Limited.

The group included the guide’s authors, David and Heather Pitt, of Latrigg, Rosgill, near Shap, illustrator Colin Bywater and Ron Scholes, who drew the route maps. Also in the party were personal friends, members of Bampton Amblers, representatives from the Kirkby Stephen Walkers are Welcome Group and members of the Pennine Journey Supporters Club.

A coach took the party to Bowderdale Foot to start a six-mile walk up the valley and over Bowderdale Head to the Cross Keys Inn at Cautley.

During the walk, a small group of stronger walkers branched off for the summit of The Calf and a descent past Cautley Spout, to meet up with the others at the Cross Keys for refreshments.

After being watered, fed and rested the party boarded the coach for the return trip to Kirkby Stephen.

The Howgills and Limestone Trail is a 76-mile walk between Kirkby Stephen and Settle and draws its inspiration from Alfred Wainwright’s Walks on the Howgill Fells and Walks in Limestone Country, published in the early 1970s.

Copies of the guide book can be obtained from booksellers and, hopefully, in the near future, tourist information centres within the area of the walk.