13th November 2011
The Singing Ringing Tree, the panoptican above Burnley , was the goal of eighteen Ramblers who set off from Townley Hall picnic site. The route followed the Burnley Way past the old coke ovens and up hill to the golf course. This route is part of the Wayside Arts Trail and is adorned with wooden carvings of animals and birds on posts. The Burnley Way offers a choice here and we took the path which avoids crossing the golf course through Copy Clough Plantation to Crown Point Road. Although the forecast had been very promising the day was misty and we saw little of the extensive views all around.
Some moorland walking brought us to Clowbridge Resevoir where we made a circuit of the resevoir passing through the ruins of a deserted village. A gravel track brought us back to Crown Point Road and we followed the concessionary path to the Singing Ringing Tree, which is an impressive structure of pipes which are supposed to make sounds when the wind blows. On this occasion they were neither singing nor ringing although it was quite windy. The mist was getting worse so we hurried down through Dixon Hill and Dyneley and returned to Townley Hall via Broad Ing.
This walk is varied with many interesting features both artistic and historical. On a good day it has excellent views. It was a pity that we saw so little of them.
A dozen Clitheroe Ramblers set out from Hurstwood near Worsthorne on Sunday for a 10 mile ramble into the Pennine moorlands. Led by John Webb the group walked alongside Hurstwood reservoir before going on the Burnley Way over to Widdop reservoir.
The day was fresh and sunny in contrast to when this walk was done three years ago in driving rain. On that occasion the five reservoir walk became a four reservoir one. This time after admiring the sun shining on Lower and Upper Gorple reservoirs a peaty path led past the unusually shaped Gorple Stones and on to the more isolated and less visited Cant Clough reservoir. The consensus of opinion at the end of the day was " What a Good Day ! "
Clitheroe Ramblers ascent of Rye Loaf Hill proved to be a splendid walk, full of interest, in contrasting scenery. Rye Loaf Hill is the most prominent of the many summits on the high plateau rising between Settle and Malham and is an excellent viewpoint. It is however rarely visited as there are no public rights of way on it and prior to the access legislation, which came into effect in 2004, the summit could only be reached by means of trespass.
Setting off from Long Preston railway station, Scalehaw Lane (track) and field paths were used to reach Bookilber Barn. Langber Lane was crossed and the route continued its uphill trajectory turning north just before Crake Moor Farm and proceeding to cross the road at Ebor Gate. A track led up to some unusual derelict iron constructions and pylon on High Greet and a faint path then was followed across marshy ground along the shoulder of Rye Loaf Hill with a sharp climb at the end to reach the large cairn and O/S trig point on the summit. (1794ft/547m)
Lunch was taken in a sheltered spot and then the long descent began. The wall between Rye Loaf Hill and Kirkby Fell was followed to its conjunction with the bridleway from Malham, which was then followed westwards past Stockdale Farm onto Stockdale Lane. Stockdale lies on the Craven Fault and the contrast in terrain is very marked with the limestone scars and caves on the north side and the peat covered gritstone on the south side.
The long descent down Stockdale Lane to Lambert Lane was made and then there was another undulating track south, from which a short detour was made to the summit of Hunter Bark( (1033ft/315m), for the second O/S trig point of the day and a fine local viewpoint overlooking the Ribble Valley between Settle and Long Preston. Then it was just a hop, a skip and a jump down Edge Lane to the village of Long Preston
A select party of Clitheroe Ramblers led by John Webb set off for their 11 mile weekend walk from Abbeystead to walk along the Wyre Way towards Dolphinholme. Woodland and fields led them to the nearby gravel-pit lakes beloved by fishermen where the packed lunches were enjoyed in the sunshine.
Very muddy yet attractive pathways were followed by views of a very up-market mobile home site, and an old drovers route called Waste Lane led them back to the River Wyre at Abbeystead. A final treat yet in store was the semi-circular weir giving a cascading curtain of white water lit by the late afternoon sunshine - an absolute treat ! More muddy woodland continued to the car park, and preceded the exciting drive through the Trough of Bowland back to Clitheroe.
On a warm and sunny day twenty one ramblers set out from Plain Quarry to explore Hutton Roof and Farleton Fell. These two areas are access land with few footpaths marked on the map but a maze of paths on the ground. There is an abundance of limestone pavements and rich habitats for flowers and butterflies.
A winding path through the limestone outcrops led to the first objective, the trig point on Hutton Roof Crags. There are extensive views in all directions from here. The next section required careful route finding to reach the road which divides Hutton Roof from Farleton Fell. From the road the group crossed more access land to join the Limestone Link path for a short distance passing behind Holme Park Quarry. They then climbed up the grassy slope which rises to the top of Farleton Fell. This was a natural rock garden with Wild Thyme, Rock Roses, Harebells and many other flowers.
The group had lunch at the summit while admiring the views of Morecambe Bay with the Lake District hills in the distance. They then made their way down the North end of the fell to reach Puddlemire Lane which was followed to Town End Farm and via a bridleway to the road. Another section of the Limestone Link over Uberash Plain led to Hutton Roof village from where field paths brought the group back to the starting point. There was quite a lot of up and down for a hot day but the views and flowers made it very enjoyable.
After meeting at Chester Street car park in Clitheroe the group drove to Hellifield. 14 walkers set out and 14 returned! The weather did not look promising but the rain held off until after lunch and then was only showery. The walk passed Hellifield Peel a renovated building that featured on the television programme ‘Grand Designs’. The main house dated from 1314 to 1330. The name Peel is a corruption of pale; a safe enclosure. These would have been wooden fencing, palisades; to be outside the safe area would have been ‘beyond the pale’.
The route then went towards Swinden and then over the beck and fields to cross the A682 and down to Halton West Bridge. Along the road to Halton West, then along Brook Lane, where a stop was made for lunch. On to Deepdale Head and Stubb. The route then proceeded to Cow Bridge and along Flat Lane to Bendgate, over the A682 and back to Hellifield through Galliber Park and along the fields to Back Lane in Hellifield. Some badly maintained stiles were negotiated but the one near Stubb also had barbed wire on the rear side of the wall. (A report will be made)!
Nineteen lucky souls took advantage of a wonderful sunny weather forecast to walk ten miles from the pier at Arnside, and enjoyed stunning views on the route, led by James. This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a favourite destination, and the first section was all uphill, skirting Dobshall Wood and climbing Red Hills to the trig point on the top of Arnside Knott, where the peaks of the Lake District could be seen in the distance.
Descending through Arnside Knott Wood and the edge of Arnside itself, and Hagg Wood, then crossing the railway line at Black Dyke, we followed field paths until we reached Gait Barrows Nature Reserve, which contains the most notable pavement flora in Britain, and is important for its rich invertebrate communities. Wooden boardwalks surrounded the edge of Hawes Water and Hawes Water Moss, making easy walking to Red Bridge, where lunch was taken amongst the trees.
Some road walking brought us to Eaves Wood Nature Reserve and the outskirts of Silverdale, before reaching Far Arnside Caravan Park and heading to the coast again. Cliff paths took us to Park Point where a welcome rest stop was taken at one of the most picturesque places in the area before woodland paths and the shoreline took them back to Arnside. It has been a wonderful day - good compensation for those wet days we all hate!!
Meeting at Hornby, which is a village divided in two halves by the River Wenning, the party set out down a surfaced track by the village Institute. Our way then progressed over several fields to cross the route of the former Lancaster to Wennington railway line, a victim of the Beeching cuts in 1966. Soon the second river of the walk, the Hindburn, came into view. By-passing the village of Wray, the route took us through several fields and over stiles to eventually emerge on the road near to the station in picturesque Wennington. We left the village heading north west and here passed an interesting building with a crenelated roof-line, Wennington Hall. Now a residential school for boys, it was first erected on 1345 and rebuilt in the mid-1800s. The party ascended the small hill behind this building where a welcome lunch break was enjoyed by all, especially the nosey cows which crept nearer and nearer as we ate.
The next objective was the village of Wrayton, achieved by following the line of an old hedgerow interspersed with bits of wall. One large field presented walkers with the opportunity to walk waist deep through the crop of wheat, as the landowner had failed to restore the line of the path after planting his crop. A narrow green track took the party to a wall beside the river Greta, before crossing the busy A683. The remainder of the walk followed a series of level paths across fields, down a green lane and on an embankment to reach Loyn Bridge near Castle Stede, probably the best example of a Norman motte and bailey castle in Lancashire. From this point the village of Hornby was in sight. However, the route took the ramblers in a loop along the bank of the river Lune to its confluence with the Wenning. At this point the humid weather became quite thundery, and some of us were caught in a brief shower of rain. Despite the sticky conditions, the horseflies and midgies, an enjoyable day was had by all.
Twenty-five members met in Hanlith on this fine sunny morning. The walk followed the Pennine Way as far as Mires Barn and, luckily, a white-albino crow flew across the track and was seen by most members of the party. From Mires Barn, we took the paved track to Janet's Foss stopping to examine the two 'wishing trees' into which many hundreds of copper coins had been knocked. At the Foss, where the Fairy Queen Janet had lived in the cave behind the waterfall, we took some refreshment before continuing the uphill walk on to the side of Malham Cove. From here, we could see the three peregrine fledglings sitting on a ledge by their nest. After crossing Ings Scar, we climbed the steps on to the side of Coombe Hill where we had lunch.
We continued to Water Sinks and onward over open moorland to Langscar Gate and on to the medieval Nappa Cross. Afternoon coffee was enjoyed on the side of Pikedaw Hill which commands stunning views over the surrounding lush green countryside divided by a maze of white limestone walls. The track down to the village of Malham ensued.
The walk had crossed buttercup filled meadows, lush green grassed tracks and some limestone outcrops. We had seen many wild flowers including tiny yellow pansies and mouse eared hawkweed. Skylarks sang continuously throughout the day augmented in places by curlews, stonechats and wheatears.
Twenty seven Clitheroe Ramblers set off to Kirkby Lonsdale by coach to walk the twelve miles from Kirkby Lonsdale to Arnside. This linear route known as the Limestone Link proved very popular and some late bookers had to be turned away. The route starts from the Devil's Bridge and goes across fields through High Biggins to the hamlet of Hutton Roof. From here a moderate climb leads to a delightful path over Hutton Roof Fell. The views were good but we did not have the distant views of the Lake District hills as the weather was overcast. Hutton Roof is an area renowned for wild flowers. There were bluebells, orchids and cowslips but they were past their best.
After crossing Clawthorpe Lane we had lunch and then continued through Holme Fell, behind Holme Fell Quarry, under the M6 and over the Lancaster canal to the village of Holme. Field paths brought us via an impressive footbridge over the railway line to Hale. The next section twists and turns through woodland and over limestone pavement to emerge at Slack Head. The route continues through woodland to Fairy Steps which we descended carefully and then to Hazelslack Tower. A few more fields were crossed to bring us to Arnside and our waiting coach for the return journey to Clitheroe. The weather stayed dry all day and the walk with its varied limestone scenery was very enjoyable.
The weatherman predicted rain in late afternoon as twenty three of us set off from Clitheroe for a layby below Giggleswick Scar – the mission, to walk through a wood full of spring flowers that we had been told about, but had never been to before (as there was no footpath through it on the map). We climbed up from the road, and followed a track to Feizor and then headed towards Austwick, stopping for coffee with some very nosy calves, before climbing up to the quarry at Oxenber Wood.
We then followed footpaths and road, skirting Swarth Moor, and crossing the River Ribble at Helwith Bridge, to join the Ribble Way to the village of Stainforth where there was a short break, with some relaxing more than others!!
Leaving the village, a few walkers went to view Stainforth Force waterfall, before joining the main group again to pass through Little Stainforth, and start the last climb of the day along footpaths strewn with mountain pansies, back to Giggleswick Scar after ten miles. It had proved surprising that, amongst so many experienced walkers, the wood had not been walked by any before, and also that the rain managed to hold off until the car journey home!!
Twenty-one members met at Mill Side for this walk up Whitbarrow. The weather was quite mild with a pleasant warm breeze blowing in from Morecambe Bay. The moderately level track from Mill Side took us through Low Fell End farm, along to Raven's Lodge and onward to Rawsons corner. From this point we started to climb through a wooded area to a convenient place where we had a coffee break. Being refreshed, we continued along the track to the end of the woods where the countryside opened up with lovely views along the Lyth Valley. At this point Lakeland drizzle started to fall and after passing through Row Village, we took lunch under the shelter of trees on Fellside Plantation. The drizzle continued for a short period in the afternoon, but it was of little significance.
The walk over Whitbarrow via Lords Seat and Farrer's Allotment was really enjoyable even though the views over Lakeland and Morecambe Bay were somewhat restricted by low clouds. At the end of this track we stood on top of the precipitous rocky headland looking down over and beyond Witherslack. A difficult track took us from this point down through a wooded area and back to Mill Side'.
86 year old Norman Thorpe was one of 9 members of Clitheroe Ramblers, who completed the Three Towers Challenge walk over three days. They were joined by 11 others, who participated in some sections of the walk. The 34 mile walk crossed the West Pennine Moors linking the popular landmarks of Rivington Pike Tower, Darwen Tower and Holcombe Tower.
There was wall to wall sunshine throughout with strong easterly winds, particularly on the second day, when some of the group were almost blown over on the high ground at Rivington Pike and Darwen Tower. These same strong winds had fanned the flames of the moorland fires, which raged across a 4 mile square area of Anglezarke Moor. This was much in evidence on the second day, with the whole area blackened and some parts still smouldering and smoke rising. Six fire engines were positioned at Horden Stoops and firemen were seen out on the moor. A day earlier and this section of the walk would not have been possible
The first day was the toughest with a 13½ mile walk from Holcombe to Rivington - an undulating walk with a steep climb up to Holcombe Tower, a descent to the Wayoe and Entwistle Reservoirs, another up and down over Turton Heights and finally an ascent to the wireless station on Winter Hill and down again over Rivington Moor to Rivington.
The steepest climb on the second day was the first mile of ascent from Rivington to Rivington Pike Tower. This was followed by 2 miles of flat walking along the edge of Rivington Moor and then down to the Belmont – Rivington Road at Horden Stoops. The wild and fire ravaged Anglezarke Moor was then crossed along a splendid two mile long ridge and on the high point of Spitlers Edge, all three towers could be seen for the one and only time on the walk. Lunch was taken at the summit of Great Hill, followed by a descent to the A675 road at Picadilly. The final part of the day’s walk passed ruined Hollinshead Hall near Tockholes then continued upwards over Darwen Moor to the tower, before descending to the road in Bold Venture Park.
The final day of the walk was the easiest with the hardest part soon out of the way with the climb back up to Darwen Tower to rejoin the Three Towers route. An elevated path was followed south along the edge of Darwen Moor and a descent made to the A666 road at Cadshaw. Edge Lane was then followed back to Entwistle, with lunch taken at an idyllic spot in the woodland by Wayoe Reservoir. Then reversing the outward route of the first day, a track was followed contouring around the southern edge of Holcombe Moor back to Holcombe.
Sixteen members met at 10.30 am on the Fluke Hall Lane car park on this lovely Spring morning. Earlier in the week there had been a heavy rainfall that had left some of the tracks very muddy and in one instance, the walkers had some difficulty in crossing a very muddy area. However, light work was made of these difficulties and the walk proceeded in brilliant sunshine. The ramble followed the track through fields from Fluke Hall via Pilling Ridge, Holmes Farm, Bibby's Farm and Ashleigh Farm to Stalmine. From Stalmine to the Wyre Way, we took the country roads passing Brine Wells from which ICI had extracted salt. Lunch was taken at 1.00 pm by The Heads.
During the afternoon, we followed the Wyre Way into Knott End, passing through the local Golf Course and the old Fishermens Cottages. Some members enjoyed ice creams on a brief sit-down in Knott End, before continuing along the Lancashire Coastal Path back to Fluke Hall. The total distance walked was 10.75 miles.
On Saturday 16 Clitheroe Ramblers, plus one each from Blackburn, Hyndburn and Fylde, enjoyed improving weather and a 10¾-mile circular walk, starting from The Inn at Whitewell. This route is documented in John Dixon’s Historic Walks around Bleasdale, published in 1988. The day started out cloudy and the first point of interest was the Inn itself, which had been a Keeper’s House, then a Manor, parts of which date from c.1400. They then followed the concessionary path to Burholme Farm, which contains traces of even more relics of historical or architectural interest, of which there are at least eleven on the walk. Following the Hodder toward Dunsop Bridge, they came into the village from the Thorneyholme Hall direction. After a short break, the walk continued up to Beatrix Farm and then swung in a more easterly direction. They stopped at the top of the hill above Rough Syke Barn and there enjoyed their lunch, the improving sun and more magnificent views across the Hodder Valley.
Their route then took them on to Gamble Hole Farm, which name is said to be derived from a Norse name of Gamel, plus the sink holes that results from underground erosion of the local limestone. It was Robert Parker from Gamblehole who was the main force behind the breaking of the 'Cragg Coiners' gang during the second half of the 18th century. After passing John Brabbin's Old School House in Newton, they crossed the Hodder Bridge to swing to a south-westerly direction, crossing the fields towards Foulscales. Their route then went west toward Giddy Bridge and turned southwards past Higher Birkett and across Birkett Fell, picking up the road briefly at Marl Hill. The ramble then followed the footpath via Crimpton, past Hell Hole Pot and Fairy Hole Caves (access is only allowed for BCA member clubs with PLI cover) and the Raven Scar Plantation and down Seed hill back into Whitewell. Overall, it was reckoned to be one of the more beautiful routes walked in recent times by the group, as well as giving some surprisingly interesting insights en route.
Clitheroe Ramblers completed the West Craven Way, a 24 mile walk encircling the whole of the West Craven area, over two days spread over two weekends. The first day was damp and overcast but never really rained. Although there were no big climbs, it was a demanding walk and proved very enjoyable in spite of the lack of views.
Setting off from Salterforth, the towpath of the Leeds- Liverpool canal was followed for about a mile, then from Mill Hill Bridge, field paths were crossed to pass through the farmyard at New Hague. The Lancashire Ghyll was followed and then crossed to reach Cob Lane, where a concessionary path led to Throstle Nest. The group climbed up and traversed Great Edge, but were robbed of the expected views as the day was overcast. Descending from Great Edge, field paths led to Black Lane Ends, where the route joined the Pendle Way. After a short break, the group passed through Scald Bank Farm, where llamas were seen, and then went through the garden at Harden Clough. Leaving the Pendle Way, a mini switchback through the field led to Procter Heights. After some easier walking on Dodgson Lane, the ups and downs began again until Thornton in Craven was reached on Booth Bridge Lane. The final part of the walk followed the Pennine Way at first on Cam Lane and then with more undulations to reach the canal at Langber Hill and finally past St Peter’s Church to finish opposite the Cross Keys at East Marton.
The second day was blessed with much better weather – blue skies and sunshine and splendid views throughout. Skylarks and curlews were back on their nesting territories, with celandines the most prolific of the spring flowers on display.. Although slightly longer than the first day, the going was easier underfoot, with less ups and downs and just one significant climb.
Starting at East Marton, Ingthorpe Lane was followed to Ingthorpe Grange and then over Cranoe Hill to the road near Gledstone Hall. This was followed by easy walking on a good track past Marton Scar to Horton Pasture and along Rakes Lane to Horton. The A59 was crossed and a short climb made onto Stock Hill, overlooking Stock, once the site of a much larger settlement during medieval times,. Stock Beck was crossed to reach Bracewell, where lunch was taken. Field paths were then followed past an attractive “reservoir”, hidden in the trees and onto Brogden Hall and Coverdale to Coal Pit Lane. Here the main climb of the day followed, with a gradual ascent over 1½ miles to Weets House, where a final stop for food and drink was taken. There was some loss of height on Old Gisburn Road to Starr Hall all of which was regained on the climb up to the farm of Duck Pond, with its large sculptured heads. It was then downhill virtually all the way via Higher View and Moor Side to the road and through Letcliffe Park to the canal and back to Salterforth.
The walks were led by Jane Donnelly and Ben Brown
Ten members met in Elterwater Village, at 9.30am, for this re-arranged walk. From Elterwater we took a track over the fell to the Three Shires Inn in Little Langdale. From there we went down to the ancient Slaters Bridge and onward into Cathedral Quarry where we enjoyed a coffee break. With Little Langdale Tarn on our right-hand side, we took the track via Fell Foot and onward over Blea Moss to Blea Tarn, where we sat in a wooded area overlooking the tarn for lunch.
In the afternoon, surrounded by spectacular scenery, we continued down to the Old Dungeon Ghyll and onward along the Cumbria Way back to Elterwater. The weather had been variable with the mountains often shrouded in mist, but all ten ramblers said that they had enjoyed the walk.
21 ramblers met on a glorious day. As Flasby has now become such a difficult place to park, an arrangement had been made to park at Spinning Jenny a nearby specialist embroidery shop.
The afternoon walk began by celebrating one member’s special birthday. Chocolates before a walk, quite a treat. Then it was necessary to walk those pounds away.
There was a little road walking as we dropped into Flasby village and then up the fields into the woods. The lower track towards Stirton was then taken, with good views across to Rylstone Fell. A short stop was taken where the forestry road meets the lower track. A short walk along the forestry road before the group branched off onto open access land, to meet the bridleway from Stirton. A turn was taken towards Sharp Haw where the party agreed to a split. The energetic climbed Sharp Haw and enjoyed magnificent views. The rest of the group continued along the path between Sharp Haw and Rough Haw. The groups met to wend their way down into Flasby and back to the start.
A wet walk from Cononley
Rain, mud and some blustery moments accompanied a Clitheroe ramblers walk from Cononley in February. Setting out from the station, the group headed towards Glusburn, passing an old reservoir and crossing a number of fields. They then turned westward to follow a good track and small streams to Gill, where the route joined the Pennine Way. Heading north, a stop was made for lunch by an abandoned farm house which gave some shelter from the rain, and they then continued on the Pennine Way to Lothersdale. From there, the route led up to Tow Top Moor, before turning eastwards along a bridleway past Street Head farm to join the road leading back down to Cononley.