The March Ramble – Leader John Dixon

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On a drab cloudy Saturday six ramblers assembled at Buck Haw Brow a mile from Settle and set off along the side of Giggleswick Scar, passing three caves, and reaching the the Schoolboys’ Cairn which owes its existence to new boys at Giggleswick School each adding a stone to the Cairn.

Skirting around the edge of a large quarry, the group worked their way downhill a little, passing above Stackhouse, a farmstead, climbing up Reinsber Scar then downhill to Little Stainforth. Lunch was taken sitting on an outcrop of limestone nearby. Afterwards walking uphill in a westerly direction, with Smearset Scar on the right, a wall was observed on the escarpment on the left. It was decided to investigate the remains of what the great and good A. Wainwright called the Celtic Wall. The remaining limestone wall is 22 yards long, 5 feet high and 5 feet wide. It is more than 2000 years old, and may have protected an encampment or a burial ground.

Walking on, the pleasant hamlet of Feizor was reached, and turning left through a gate and uphill again, over Feizor Thwaite, and back down to Buck Haw Brow. After completing six and a half miles the rain started.

Jim & Janet Sommerville

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