Stile

Introduction

Great care has been taken to ensure that the following walks are all on public rights of way — please stay on the path and follow the instructions carefully. We have tried to make the instructions as clear and detailed as possible, but landmarks can change and footpaths can be diverted. (Diversions are generally well signposted). All the walks can be found on the Ordnance Survey Outdoor Leisure map 7.

Kissing Gate

Because the public footpaths were originally routes between farms and ways to get to church, some of them pass through yards and gardens: please keep dogs and children under close control when passing near buildings and be as unobtrusive as possible. Gates should be left as you find them. All litter should be taken away with you.

Farmers are allowed to keep bulls in fields with footpaths (with certain restrictions) and they should not cause a problem, but particular care should be taken if going through fields with a dog. Cattle of both sexes can get aggressive with dogs. Farmers are entitled to shoot dogs seen worrying their sheep.

Stiles come in many shapes and sizes and are frequent on many of the walks. They may be a problem for large dogs. Some walks have fewer stiles and more kissing gates.

All the walls have potentially wet or muddy patches and boots or wellies are recommended except during a summer drought. Whitbarrow and Scout Scar are limestone hills and the porous rock means that they are generally drier underfoot, but the approaches may be on clay.

Glossary

Beck

The local name for a stream or small river.

Tarn

A small lake.

Road

Used in these descriptions only for tarmac surfaces.

Track

Used to denote a route which is, or could be, used by farm vehicles.

Path

A route which is too narrow for vehicles.

Footpaths

Rights of way which are often signposted with yellow arrows.

Bridleways

Rights of way which are often signposted with blue arrows.

 

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