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. This secluded valley 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
24 February 2018
TOP LOCK, WHEELTON, CHORLEY - Ann Jolly
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!
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.
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.
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.