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Walk Reports 2018

Clitheroe Ramblers on camera

A few month’s ago we were approached by a TV company making a documentary about walking along the River Hodder. They asked if two of our members would walk an upper stretch while being interviewed about its beauties. Roger nominated us for this. (Sorry chaps but they wanted ladies!)

We did the filming on Wednesday 7th November, meeting the crew at Dunsop Bridge. The interviewer turned out to be Stuart Maconie who is President of The Ramblers Association.

The programme will go out on BBC North West on December 10th at 7.30. It was an enjoyable experience and Stuart Maconie was interested in all that Clitheroe Ramblers are doing. We presented him with a copy of our own book of walks-“The Hodder Way.”

Our photos show us with Stuart Maconie at the start of the walk and the TV crew at work.

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Saturday 8th December 2018

Barley - Led by Derek Russell

Despite the poor weather forecast 11 hardy souls joined Derek Russell for a 9 mile walk which commenced from the centre of Barley at approximately 9.45am.

Heading off towards Pendle Hill the group was soon subjected to rain squalls and blustery winds. Undeterred they reached the base of Pendle after 40 minutes, where they regrouped and took a short break to recuperate before tackling the ascent up Pendle. Taking the left hand route, rather than the notorious “steps”, the group soon were able to appreciate the improvement work that has recently been applied to the pathways of Pendle. Whilst the weather conditions and the angle of ascent did not making this part of the walk easy, the solid footing underneath meant this part of the walk was merely taxing rather than arduous.

High winds bombarded the party at the end of the path, and it was with some relief that they headed down off of the hill, towards Ogden Reservoir, rather up towards the trig point on Pendle’s summit.

After approximately an hour and half, and with just over a quarter of the walk completed, the group stopped for a much needed comfort and coffee break. Refreshed, and with a slight improvement in the weather – the wind dropped, the rain ceased and the sun made a short but much welcomed appearance – they completed the descent off Pendle, and crossed over the stream which joins the two reservoirs. The ascent through Fell Wood, whilst demanding was nonetheless enjoyable, because of the beauty of the Wood, some great views of the surrounding valleys, and the opportunity to indulge in some banter.

On leaving the wood they progressed through sodden and very muddy fields to arrive at Newchurch. Whilst they had only completed about 45% of the walk, they had conquered the most testing parts and were able enjoy an early luncheon in the grounds of the church. This short rest was further enhanced by availing themselves of the local toilets, the weather continuing to remain clement, and some members taking delight in searching for “witches” graves!

However this was as good as it got for the rest of the day! Shortly after setting off, through gently declining fields, the weather began to worsen, and over the next hour or so, as they headed towards Roughlee, the group was subjected to dropping temperatures and constant and increasing levels of rainfall.

Arriving above Roughlee the group had two decisions to make, in short succession. The first, was whether to cross over the stream via the stepping stones, or to take a slight detour and cross over a bridge. The group consensus was to err on the side of caution and avoid the stepping stones. Heading back towards the centre of Roughlee the weather took a turn for the worse, and the group was subjected to heavy, constant rainfall!

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After seeking the opinions of his fellow walkers Derek decided to change the route back to Barley, and rather than lead them across further fields and up another hill, to take a more gentle, and direct route. This involved walking through Roughlee, and then following the path to White Hough and onto Barley car park. Whilst the weather continued to deteriorate, the group was sheltered from the worse of the conditions, due to the final stretch from Roughlee being through heavily wood grounds.

5 and a quarter hours after setting off from Barley, the group arrived back at their cars, cold, wet but safe.

Despite the weather conditions all of the party seemed to enjoy the walk; its varying landscape and numerous stunning views more than made up for the inclement weather, and explained why it is one of Derek’s favourite local walks. He commented, “I have completed this walk a number of times and think it exemplifies all that wonderful about our part of the country.”

Walk Saturday 24th November

Stocks Reservoir led by Peter Raywood

The above photos are from Peter’s walk on a fabulous Autumn day showing Bowland at its best. We were accompanied by Mark Sutcliffe from Salar Media. Mark recorded interviews with several of the members on the walk and took plenty of photographs (having asked our permission first, of course!) The material he gathered will be used by Ribble FM and in publications produced by the Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty administration in forthcoming tourism publications.

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Walk Saturday 10th November

Led By Nan Errington

This walk began at Hollingworth Lake Visitor Centre, Littleborough, near Rochdale, where parking is readily available for a modest fee. Located at the foot of the Pennines, Hollingworth Lake was originally built to supply water to the Rochdale Canal. The lake now forms part of a popular Country Park with excellent oppotunities for walking, cycling and water sports.

Our walk initially went south easterly from the Visitor Centre on the lane skirting the edge of the lake and then further on to the rugby club. Here a waymarked path skirted the sports field before passing beneath the menacingly noisy M62.  A steady ascent took us away from the traffic rumble with views of Hollingworth Lake behind.
Having achieved the contour, a named track - Tunshill Lane - was the way past disused mine shafts, with splendid views of Rochdale to the west.  Then down across grassy fields to meet the Rochdale Way in Spring Mill village, once a thriving community around a water-powered textile mill.
Now turning east, the 16 ramblers proceeded along a tarmac lane with Ogden, Kitcliffe and Piethorne reservoirs to their left, this area being the largest water catchment area in the borough of Rochdale.  Having reached the head of Piethorne, a sharp left turn and steep ascent of Turf Hill gained good views of the valley below, and a windy lunch stop.
Refreshed, we began the return leg of this nine and a half mile walk on a stretch of stoney track, still the Rochdale Way, around the contour of the hill, followed by a slow descent into a valley with the motorway once again looming above.  Climbing steeply to a bridge over the M62 we hurried onwards, eager to leave the noisy traffic behind.
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Now the way was easy to follow.  A line of pylons nearby, regular waymarks and a clearly defined track enabled good progress along the edge of Syke Moor, as Hollingworth Lake once again came into view in the valley below.
Reluctantly leaving the Rochdale Way the walkers turned west, and made their gradual descent alongside the local golf course and through a picturesque autumn woodland by Owlet Hall, until reaching the valley floor.  From here the return path to the Visitor Centre was clear ahead, and all returned safely.

Walk Tuesday 6th November

Hurst Green Led by Gordon Woodward

Thirty two ramblers left Hurst Green village hall On a cloudy but dry November morning led by Gordon Woodward.After passing in front of the magnificent Stonyhurst College we headed up to Kemple End where we met up with friends of our leader who provided us with tea and biscuits in their delightful garden in return for donations to the poppy appeal.Our host joined us for the rest of the walk accompanied with his Golden Retriever which very much enjoyed playing with Andrew’s Jack Russell,Buddy.

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On then past Leeming Quarry and into the forest to emerge at our lunch stop at the trig point overlooking the Hodder Valley.
Suitably refreshed it was back into the trees for a while and downhill to Old Clitheroe Road and then the steady decent back to our starting point.
An enjoyable eight mile walk with great views.

 Walk Tuesday 23rd October.

Spring Wood Led by Anne Hardacre

More than twenty of us were at Spring Wood, Whalley to be taken round it on a blustery autumn afternoon, looking for and learning about different fungi. Our expert leader was Irene Ridge.

I will not give a detailed account of all we were led to discover but I can say that we found it an enlightening experience and were in agreement that so often as we walk we are guilty of taking for granted these exciting and strange parasites.

Significantly, the first fungus brought to our attention was the terrible “Honey Fungus” which with its treacly black rhizomes spreads to kill living trees. It was to happier thoughts after that, though not necessarily to more pleasant common names; many of which were quite graphic. ‘Dead man’s fingers’ was probably the most horrid! Many other names had a fairy-tale quality about them. Try these- “Candle Snuff”, ‘Angel’s Bonnet”, ”Coral Spot”, “Porcelain Fungus” “Deer Shield” and “Artists Bracket”.

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We learnt that fungi play a vital part in breaking down dead matter to give us the mulch, which in time becomes soil. On finding a ‘Horses Hoof Fungus’ (and very like a horses hoof it was too) we were told that Neanderthal man used it as fuel. We also learnt that although we associate fungi with Autumn, many fungi are at their best at other times of year.

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There are plenty of photos with this report . (Thank you Nan.) We all enjoyed having these interesting fungi brought to our attention. A woodland walk will never be quite the same again! Thanks to Anne for organising it.

Walk Tuesday 16th October

Barnoldswick Led by Roger Sagar

On a breezy,cloudy Tuesday morning 23 members left the cenotaph in Barlick for the first part of the walk,the ascent of Weets Hill,height 397metres.
We were joined by new walker Paul from Clitheroe and his lovely dog (sorry forgot his name).Coffee stop was at the trig point where we were hoping for spectacular views but had to put up with mist and strong winds.As we headed west along the Pendle Way the mist cleared and the wind subsided a little.

Next we turned along Lister Well Road back towards Salterforth, a welcome lunch stop was a taken near the end of the lane.Heading downhill now and onto the Leeds to Liverpool Canal for half a mile ,passing the marina and on our right the excavation of a fishing lake and eventually lodges surrounding it.We also spotted a herd of deer that are also farmed here.
A stiff little climb up Bob Preston Hill and onto Salter lane took us back onto the canal,coming off at Coates Bridge and back up to our starting point.
An enjoyable seven and a half mile walk and all back safe ,despite nearly losing Josie, was followed by a well earned drink in The Fountain Inn.


Walk Saturday 15th September 2018

Led by Roger Sagar

Sixteen Ramblers set off from Halton Gill on a bright and clear Saturday morning.Unfortunatly Ben cricked his back while putting on his boots and felt he was unable to carry on so we were down to fifteen.We had done this walk twelve months previously with Ben but conditions were poor and visibility down to a couple of hundred metres so Roger had decided to give it another try.
It was a stiff climb up past Horse Head Gate along the Pennine Journey to Horse Head and the descent into Yokenthwaite.
Next was a well earned lunch at Top Farm,we then followed the river along the Dales Way to Beckermonds and to our dismay it started to drizzle.
A left turn took us up a long incline,but the icing on the cake was it stopped raining and it was waterproofs off.Now a steady couple of miles gradual descent over Eller Carr and Great Pasture down to our starting point with great views of Ingleborough and Pen y ghent.Our leader must have been a bit fitter the previous year when he did the walk as he had told some of our walkers it was a reasonably easy walk but it proved anything but.Apologies for that.

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Walk, Tuesday 11th September 2018

Led by Frances Prince

After raining all morning, the sun shone on the nearly thirty walkers who assembled (after much car sharing to enable us to fit in the tight space) beside the camping barn on Twiston Lane, Downham. Thanks are due to Downham Estate for making a little more room available to us.

We set off past New Close and across pastureland before climbing slightly to appreciate views across the valley in the direction of Waddington Fell with Pendle looking equally stunning behind us. Then it was down to cross Twiston Beck before arriving in Twiston village. From there we walked to Clough Head, pausing to look at the curious memorial there and appreciate the abundance of fruit trees. We narrowly avoided being rounded up with the sheep as we descended via a few interesting stiles to cross Ings Beck and gain the road close to Ings End.

From Ings End we took an old path passing Lead Mining works and spoil heaps to gain Hollins where we crossed back over Ings Beck. After a short, sharp ascent we turned West and having viewed more sheep gathering, this time from the safer distance of a few fields away, we re-crossed Twiston Beck to make for a fairly leisurely walk in the shade of elm trees to our parked cars.

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Sunday 12th August

Dent to Ribblehead Led by James Jolly

As the published Sunday Dalesrail service had been hit by cancellations all summer, the walk was changed, and we drove to Ribblehead station instead. Fortunately, the Leeds to Carlisle service was running, so twelve of us caught the 10.24 train to Dent and walked back to Ribblehead.

Dent is a small station, 600 feet above, and four miles away from the village of Dent. At a height of 1150 feet above sea level, it is the highest station on a main line in England, and the station buildings are now holiday lettings.

We climbed east from the station (on deserted and beautifully tarmacked Coal Road!) for about a mile, and then followed a track south until we reached the Pennine Bridleway, turning west down to Arten Gill Viaduct, where lunch was taken.

Near Stonehouse Farm, we turned left on a quiet lane, then we turned right to start the climb up and over Blea Moor tunnel, which is the longest tunnel on the Settle to Carlisle Railway. It took almost five years to build, finally being completed in 1875 and due to boundary changes in 1974, you leave North Yorkshire and enter Cumbria, or vice-versa, as you pass through the tunnel.

Built by the Midland Railway, it took more than four years to complete and passes some 500 feet below the moor after which it was named. It was built with the aid of seven separate construction shafts sunk from the moor above. Four of these were subsequently filled in, but three were retained for ventilation purposes, and we walked past them all on our climb over the moor.

We were fortunate to see trains going into the tunnel, and going over Ribblehead Viaduct at the end of the walk.

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Tuesday 24th July 2018

Gisburn Forest Led by Derek Russell

On a gloriously sunny afternoon 19 “Ramblers” set off for a 5.2 mile walk through part of the beautiful Gisburn Forest.

The circular route was far from difficult; at best it could be described as mildly undulating and followed well marked and maintained pathways – a real credit to the work of the local Forestry Commission.

The casual pace meant the “Ramblers” were able to appreciate the character and charm of the Forest, take in some stunning views, enjoy the bright weather and because of plentiful shade from the trees to do so without feeling uncomfortable or overly hot, and to be able to socialise with fellow members.

Led by Derek Russell, many of the “Ramblers” were surprised by his choice of walk. His previous ones have been quite demanding and involved a lot of hills, challenging terrain and steep slopes. Answering some of the queries he received, on why such a change? Derek commented – “I love Forests, and what better way to share that love than to plan one that enabled everyone enjoy the experience, and to do so in a leisurely manner. It certainly will not be the last I plan, in what, for me is a very special place, and one we are so lucky to have on our doorstep.”

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Saturday 21st July 2018

Buckden Led by Ben Brown

The 8 mile walk provided stunning views of Wharfedale, Langstrothdale and Great Whernside, scaled the heights of Buckden Pike (2302ft/702m), passed a war memorial to some Polish pilots, who were killed in a plane crash during World War 2 and observed a “Phoenix Tree”on the Dales Way.

Setting off from the car park in Buckden, we climbed steadily on a good path, becoming much steeper over the last 500ft of ascent, to reach the summit of Buckden Pike After a quick refreshment stop, we crossed the summit plateau to reach the Memorial Cross.

The cross stands as a memorial to the Polish crew of an RAF plane, which crashed at this spot in a severe snow storm in January 1942. Fragments of aircraft parts are embedded in the base of the cross, which also bears a small figure of a fox. There was only one survivor, the gunner Joseph Fusniak from the crew of six. The plane had clipped the top of a 6ft wall near the summit and then started to break up. with the rear gunners turret splitting away from the fuselage.

He had sustained a badly broken ankle and was in a confused state. After sometime he managed to find the fuselage, where he found four of the crew were dead and the wireless operator seriously injured. His only option was to go and search for help or they both might die. He had no idea which way to go and was heading further out onto the moor away from civilisation, when he collapsed with exhaustion. Instinctively he retraced his footprints back to the fuselage for shelter. He could see no further than 6 feet, but amazingly he spotted the faint animal tracks of a fox. He knew from his boy scout days that a fox would head downhill for shelter and food. In desperate conditions, sliding and crawling with searing pain in his leg , he followed the footprints down into the valley and after several hours he reached a farm near Cray. The fox had saved his life! The rescue services were unable to go out until the following day and when they finally reached the wireless operator, he was dead.

In May 1942, King George V11 awarded Joseph Fusniak the British Empire Medal for bravery. He died last year at the age of 95.

From the cross, a short descent, to a gate was made. Normally this is very muddy terrain across peat bog, but today provided littler difficulty in the very dry conditions underfoot, which were experienced throughout the walk. At the gate the bridleway coming down from Walden Moor is joined. The Walden Road is then followed all the way to Starbotton. Lunch was taken during the descent at a very fine viewpoint, by a gateway overlooking the “V” shaped valley containing Cam Gill beck – no water flowing down there today!

From Starbotton, a walled bridleway led to a footbridge over the River Wharf and the Dales Way was then followed for just over two miles to Buckden. Along this stretch of the route a willow tree had fallen flat onto the ground with new branches growing vertically out of it. This phenomenon is known as a “Phoenix Tree”

Like the mythical bird, a phoenix tree rises up after death – from falling over or snapping off near the ground.. Both these occurrences would normally kill a tree, but sometimes the tree lives on. In the case of trees, which fall over normally from a strong wind, if there are still sufficient live roots attached, the tree can continue to live. What were once side branches become new trees growing along the fallen trunk. Over time roots are created beneath each branch, where the trunk is in contact with the soil and eventually, the original trunk can decay and disappear leaving a row of trees arising from the one fallen tree.

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Tuesday 22nd Jul 2018

Settle - Led by Roger Sagar

22 ramblers set off from the centre of Settle for an eight mile circular walk. Fortunately the high temperatures of the past week had subsided slightly and there was a pleasant breeze.
After negotiating through the town we arrived the river Ribble and began to follow it up stream. Due to the prolonged dry spell there was very little water in the river and many parched fields. We arrived at our welcome lunch stop at Stainforth Foss and I can say in the sixty years I have visited there, its the least flow I have seen coming over.

On then to a stiff climb out of Stainforth on the Pennine Bridleway past Catrigg Force where we didn’t see any point in walking down to view due to lack of rainfall and then past Winskill Stones to the Arncliffe to Malham Road. It was an easy walk back down to Settle passing Blue Craggs and Castlebergh plantation and on into the market place.
A most enjoyable day and one again back with clean boots.


Wednesday July12th 2018

Chatburn - Led by Roy Porter

We were pleasantly surprised & delighted  be joined by 12 members-on an evening when we had serious competition from the England v Croatia game. We started from CHRIST CHURCH gates in Chatburn & walked across the playing fields past the site of the village corn mill, along the riverbank to Grindleton bridge which we crossed & followed the other side of the Ribble towards Sawley-via the Ribble Way. We passed Bowland High School & Bank House to Sawley Bridge. At the Spread Eagle car park we headed towards the old & new A59's which we crossed & on to Swanside pack horse bridge. We then followed Swanside Beck, (the old Lancs/Yorks border), to Smithies Bridge & back to Chatburn & this leader`s customary “late finish”. Thanks to all for your support, especially Jim Robertson for being my “recce mate” & backmarker! 

Tuesday 10th July 2018

Slaidburn - Led by Frances Prince

Those of us who met to car-share at Chester Avenue had a view of a wildlife rarity before we started. The albino crow (pictured) squawked lustily at us as we made our plans. Later, from Slaidburn, over thirty Ramblers set off down the River Hodder before turning from it across fields, passing through the churchyard and, after crossing the road reached Battersby Barn via a Permissive Path. Briefly entering the village once again we then followed the Croasdale Brook up stream via Myttons, Bridge End and Simfield; finally crossing it close to Croasdale House.

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We had had super views of Croasdale Fell as we’d walked North. Now, as we turned to follow the other bank of the brook back to Slaidburn we had fabulous views of Waddington Fell and Pendle beyond. There were plenty of stiles of different types to tax our climbing skills, and an unexpected field of wheat, which we negotiated carefully, but it was otherwise a relatively gentle walk suitable for a hot day. It was good to relax in Slaidburn afterwards.                                                                                                                                                   


Tuesday 5th June 2018

Chorley - Led by Bill Cawley

On a lovely warm and sunny day, Bill Cawley led 20 ramblers on a walk starting from the picturesque White Coppice cricket ground near Chorley.
Starting with a constant and steady climb we ascended to the walk’s high point of Great Hill. We then followed the stone paved path across undulating moorland heading in the direction of Winter Hill. Along the path we had excellent views towards the Lancashire coast to the west and Holcombe hill to the east. During lunch the main talking point was the fledgling owl which was perched at the base of a wall next to us.
In the afternoon we descended down a wooded valley to Yarrow reservoir and then along a path around the Upper Anglezarke reservoir before completing our walk back to White Coppice.

June 2018 - Llandudno Weekend away

The weather was fantastic for our annual weekend away, and we enjoyed some stunning walks.
On Saturday, thirty-three of us caught the train from Llandudno to Abergele, and walked nine miles back to Colwyn Bay following the North Wales Coastal Path, which included a climb away from the coast, and a loop around inland before coming back to the promenade again. Then ten energetic souls amongst us continued the walk back to our hotel, climbing up and over the Little Orme on the way, a total of fifteen miles in all.

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On Sunday thirty walkers were going to catch the bus to Conway, when a “non existent plan B” had to be brought into play, as we found another big walking group at the bus stop ahead of us!! We arrived later on at Conway, and covered a ten mile walk over Conway Mountain, and looping back down into the town. The weather was hazy, but the views were still good, and there was a surprising variety of landscape on the walk.

On Monday, before we left, twenty-three of us walked up the Great Orme, for stunning views on a seven mile walk. The whole weekend was very enjoyable.

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22nd May 2018 - Nick O'Pendle

17 people gathered in glorious sunshine at High Moor car park Clithroe for a Tuesday afternoon ramble up to Nick O'Pendle. A gentle breeze prevented us from getting overheated as we walked up through fields of sheep with their lambs. From the Nick we had excellent views up the Hodder valley toward Parlick and Beacon Fell and the Ribble Valley spread out below us.
The secluded valley, in the accompanying photograph, was one known only to one or two of the group and those who hadn't known it marvelled at its proximity to a road they frequent. The walk back took us past Great Mearly Hall as we made our way back to High Moor. Then, just as we readied ourselves to ease back into the hubbub of daily life we came upon this field of gold - and for once it wasn't oil-seed rape but the very British buttercup.

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5th May 2018 - Brindle

Our warm and sunny walk from Brindle was kindly led by Derek from Chorley Ramblers, who had been on one of our walks earlier in the year. Eight of us started at the Community Centre in the village, going south until we reached Top o’ th’ Lane where we turned left onto a footpath. Along it, Derek pointed out a plaque relating to the old Brindle Workhouse, which used to house over 200 “paupers and lunatics” from across Lancashire in the mid 1800’s.

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Tuesday 8th May

Garstang Led by Derek Russell

From there, we climbed Hough Hill for wonderful 360 degree views and then passed Denham Hall, before walking on the road to the Leeds Liverpool Canal at the Top Lock bridge. We followed the canal south for a while, before looping back to Top Lock where we rejoined the canal and walked in the opposite direction towards Withnell Fold. Here we left the canal and followed field paths and country roads back into Brindle. The weather had been perfect, and thanks to Derek for leading us, and also Jeanette from Fylde Ramblers for all her “local” knowledge too.

The 5 mile circular walk, led by Derek Russell, commenced from Garstang High Street and primarily followed pathways through the local farming countryside; although the final stretch did follow the local canal.

Despite the good weather forecast, the dozen or so ramblers set off from Garstang in light drizzle and completed the walk in torrential rain.

Despite the rain the views throughout the walk were relatively good, especially from the ridge alongside Delph Quarry, where the panorama provided vistas of Morecombe Bay and The South Lakes. Two of the highlights of the walk were undoubtedly the stunning church at Barnacre, and the Garstang aquaduct, which transports the canal across the River Wyre.

Finishing with a short trail back through Garstang High Street, before following the Wyre back to the starting point, the walk provided a good picture of how Garstang has evolved and why it has grown into such an affluent and attractive area to live in.

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Gargrave led by Roger Sagar

Twenty three Ramblers arrived at Gargrave,some a bit late having been held up due to a serious accident at the junction with the A59 at Broughton.
It was a bright sunny morning a We set off over the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and onto Mark House Lane towards Bell Busk.After crossing the River Aire we turned left into the fields towards Airton.Everywhere there were lambs enjoying the spring sunshine.
After another couple of miles we arrived at our lunch stop on daffodil covered roundabout at Airton.Suitably refreshed we wandered down the village where Paul showed us round the Quaker Friends Meeting House and bunkhouse.Next down over the river and then follow it down on the Pennine way for a couple of miles before taking off over Eshton Moor and back onto our starting point at Gargrave.      34105120 Unknown 
A very enjoyable day and most members ended with clean boots. Thanks to everyone.

25th April 2018

Rimington Led by Roy Porter

19 members enjoyed their walk taking in the North & West side of Rimington, crossing under the railway & heading to Swanside Pack Horse bridge via the rear of Cowgill, Sawley Grange & Greenhead farms. From Swanside we headed towards Chatburn briefly before crossing under the railway again & past Green Lane Farm & up a stiffish climb onto Downham Green where a good number of us witnessed Pendle Hill turn from a glorious sunset-red  to it`s more usual grey-green. We then via Hey House & Spring`s farms came back down & over Swanside beck & up the other side past Stubbs Wood & back to base in increasingly darkening conditions. The weather was nigh perfect & we took in some great views. Lastly, thanks to Jim Robertson for help in reccying & being back-marker.

18th April 2018

Waddington Led By Bill Cawley

On a glorious spring evening Bill Cawley led a group of 24 walkers around the village of Waddington.
Setting off from the sports field car park we headed down Twitter Lane and across a couple of stiles into the boggy fields. Heading back towards the village we walked past the Higher Buck and turned left after the old cottage hospital. We then walked across fields of newly born lambs heading up towards Eaves Barn. Around the back of Eaves Barn we carried on across some very boggy ground towards Eaves Hall lane, tackling a couple of tricky stiles on the way. Up the lane we turned left towards Dove Syke nursery and then on towards Feazer farm. We followed Waddington brook back towards the cottage hospital grounds through more fields of frolicking lambs. Turning left on West Bradford Road we then climbed in to a field on the right to walk back towards Waddington Old Hall. After passing through the passage way adjacent to the Hall we visited the Coronation Gardens and then across the Croft and back to the cars.
It had been a wonderful very warm sunny evening and we completed the 4.5 miles in 2 hours.

10th April 2018

Chatburn led by Frances Prince

Nineteen members met in Chatburn on 10th April for an afternoon walk on a slightly extended ‘Chatburn Round.’ Our leader Frances explained that there were two hazards early in the walk. The first was crossing the busy A59. The second was ascending Worsaw Hill on a path over exposed, wet limestone. We managed the first without mishap, and most of us having chosen the less rocky but less direct route up Worsaw, were able to enjoy the rest of the walk.

The route is full of historical interest. It crosses the Roman Road (from Ribchester to York) twice. Our first encounter with it was close to the A59. From Worsaw Hill we turned towards Downham , passed through the village and thence down Twiston Lane opposite the church. After a few hundred yards we took a path to the west of Hey House Farm and once more met the Roman Road on the crest of the rise.

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Damaged styles on the descending path had been reported to our Footpath Officer who had negotiated for us to have permission to divert to an alternative route. Having reached the valley we admired the restored Mill Pond and Downham Mill itself before crossing Rimington Lane, delighting in a gaggle of lambs on our way to the medieval foot bridge across Swanside Beck. After briefly following in the footsteps of our ancestors we turned for Chatburn.

All were agreed that on a sunnier day and with an earlier Spring, this walk would have been full of colour and extremely pretty. We had to be thankful that despite leaden skies and strong wind it did not rain!

Tuesday 27th March
Downham Led by Nan Errington
A group of Clitheroe Ramblers gathered on a cold March afternoon to enjoy a tried and tested 5 mile walk in the shadow of Pendle Hill.  The route started at Downham car park, went around the base of Worsaw Hill and skirted Worston, before heading south easterly to Little Mearly Hall on the lower slopes  of Pendle Hill. 
The return journey stayed in the shadow of Pendle until Clay House where a sharp left turn took walkers to Downham Beck and back to the village. Although somewhat muddy underfoot there were clear views, and the afternoon remained mostly free from rain.
The route can be found in the publication  25 walks in the Ribble and Hodder Valleys'  a handy book of local walks compiled by members of Clitheroe Ramblers and available from Clitheroe Tourist Information Office.
The photograph shows the walkers at the start of the walk with St Helens Church at Downham in the background.


Saturday 24th March 2018

Austwick led by Paul Ribchester

Paul Ribchester led thirteen ramblers from Austwick on a clear,sunny March morning.
After steady climb up to Thwaite Lane it was a quick stop to remove some clothing now everyone had warmed up.Next we turned right onto Long Lane where we had a coffee stop overlooking Ingleborough Cave .We carried on towards Trow Gill and then right on Long Scar along the Pennine Bridleway.

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Next and most important was lunch at Thieves Moss.Suitably refreshed ,down over Beggars Stile and past Crummack and a steady strole down the lane into Austwick where a few members took advantage of refreshment at the local hostelry.
Many thanks to Paul for a most enjoyable day.

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Tuesday 20th March 2018

Knowle Green - George Woodward

This was an eight and a half mile walk along with twenty two Ramblers.The walk consisted of quite a few paths and lanes and five hundred and fifty feet of ascent,just right for this time of the year when it can be quite muddy.

We set off down the road from the village hall turning left at the church along the path,over the ford and on to Ward Green.Then on Hothersall lane and past Hothersall Hall leading on to the Ribble Way and on to Ribchester where we took lunch on seats overlooking the river.

Suitably refreshed we carried on through the village turning left at the end and up past Stydd Gardens leading to Boyces Farm,Kellet Farm and back across the fields to the village hall. 

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24 February 2018


Nineteen of us set off from outside the Top Lock pub for a ten and a half mile walk, on a very cold, bright day. One consolation was that all the mud was frozen, which can never be a bad thing!

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We walked along the canal for a mile and a half, before walking through Withnell Fold and over Snape’s Heights and into Abbey Village. There was a cold wind around Rake Brook and Roddlesworth reservoirs, so we stopped for lunch in the surrounding woods before crossing the edge of Withnell Moor and skirting Wheelton Plantation. Passing through Brinscall Hall Farm, we then followed the roads back to the start. A visit to the busy Top Lock pub finished off a very enjoyable day.


Tuesday 27th February 2018 - Roy Porter

A dozen hardy souls gathered @ Chester Ave. car park,having collectively decided because of the on going snow showers(& having consulted a Long Preston resident who assured me conditions were worse there than here)to “cobble together between us”a local walk-my thanks to Anne,Derek,Roger,& Jim for their help.So we set off to Salthill nature reserve,on to Bellman,then Worston,via Middlewood Lane,then along the old road past Standen Hall,where we turned down,& back towards Clitheroe.Quite a mix of rural & urban paths,the weather varying between blizzards & glorious sunshine,the combination showing how beautiful Pendle can look with a cover of the “white stuff”.Thanks to all for their tolerance of a much changed walk,Long Preston can wait for another time.Sincere apologies to anyone who might have gone direct to Long Preston.


Saturday 10th February 2018.

Clitheroe 6 mile circular walk led by Derek Russell

Originally the walk had been planned to depart from Clapham, taking in Ingleborough, and covering a distance of approx 10 miles.

However the weather conditions were not good, and the forecast was for them to deteriorate significantly throughout the day. Having recc’ed the walk in snowy and foggy conditions I knew the walk would prove strenuous.  In consequence I allowed the gathered walkers the option of completing the planned walk or to switch to an alternative, local, less testing walk, (from Clitheroe to Grindleton and back) – the majority vote was NOT FOR TACKLING INGLEBOROUGH!

3 of the group who met at Chester Avenue decided to complete a walk of their own,  leaving just 8 to walk to Grindleton.

The outward route followed the Ribble from the weir at Waddow Hall, through Brungerley Park and onto to Grindleton alongside the banks of the River Ribble. The return journey followed the opposite bank, (on the Castle Cement side).

The group, which included 2 visitors, set off in good heart. However, within 10 minutes it became obvious one of our visitors’ boots were just not suitable for the wet and muddy conditions. Rather than proceed with the proposed walk, they decided to turn back, whilst it was easy to find their way back to Chester Avenue.

After such an in officious start I began to wonder whether the walk was doomed to failure and that I might regret my route choice.

Despite being a shorter route, than originally planned, the walk was quite quite testing. It rained for most of the time, the route was very muddy and boggy underfoot, and because of the conditions the time taken to complete the walk was considerably longer than I anticipated.

However the company was good throughout, with plenty of interaction and goodwill, and I think it is fair to say all enjoyed the 3 or so hours we spent together, especially  some of beautiful winter views we had along the River Ribble.

We arrived back at Chester Avenue at about 1.00pm damp, but safe and sound, (despite my falling over and returning heavily caked in mud).

Tuesday 6th February 2018

Gisburn Walk led by Roger Sagar

A group of 30 hardy ramblers and one four legged friend set of from Gisburn in wintry conditions.After crossing a couple of fields we joined Coal Pit Lane and followed it round till it joined Brogden Lane and headed towards Barnoldswick.Walking on good surfaces was much appreciated after the muddy fields.Just before Barnoldswick we took a left across to Bracewell where we stopped for lunch in the church yard.Suitably refreshed and with snow falling we headed back to Gisburn passing by Wedacre and Bomber farms and on to our starting point.
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 Sunday 28th January 2018.

Reedley 9 mile circular walk led by Tony Mountain

Our walk started from Higham (SD81242 36697). The weather forecast was not very favourable with wind and rain likely for most of the day. So, for our 14-brave people it was a grey and damp start to the walk.

Leaving Higham almost due South wee joined the Pendle way and continued past Pendle Hall. It is near Pendle Hall that the witches Chattox and her daughter Anne Redfearne were though to have lived in a hovel.

Joining the Bronte way and turning East the route continued past Holme End Farm where we left the Bronte way and made our way North past Waterside and onwards to Wheatley Lane. On this section we came across some deer, possibly fallow deer, as they were dashing in and out of the woodland.

From Wheatley Lane we continued North west to Spen Brook. We had our lunch on this leg huddled behind a wall as and Easterly wind blew rain at us. When behind the wall there was a degree of comfort compared with western side.

We continued to pass through Newchurch noting the 18th century church where Alice Nutter, one of the witches is reputed to be buried. At the lower side of Newchurch we joined the Pendle way again to bring us back to Higham via Higher Town and Higher White Lee.

Fourteen brave people set out and after 9 miles fourteen slightly wet and very muddy people returned in good spirits after a most enjoyable day.  

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