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Walk Reports 2018

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 styles 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.

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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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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.

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1st May 2018

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.