Arncliffe 30-08-2017 – Leader Rosemary

Arncliffe 30-08-2017 – Leader Rosemary

To avoid me repeating myself too often, I will just say at the outset that this was a wonderful walk, in wonderful walking weather, in a wonderful part of the country (which unfortunately was Yorkshire!), with 22 wonderful people, wonderfully led by Rosemary, and wonderfully well recorded today by Diana!  (My  fingers first typed ‘today’ as ‘toady’, which is pretty accurate.) Our starting point today was Arncliffe (‘eagle cliffe’), which is the capital of Littondale, and is now a conservation area. ...

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Buckden 27-08-2017 – Leader Jean

Buckden 27-08-2017  – Leader Jean

11 arrived at Buckden for Jean’s walk, with the promise of good weather, although it took a while to warm up. We set off in a north westerly direction, rising between Buckden Wood Lane and Rakes Wood.  Then, heading north easterly and climbing steadily over Buckden Out Moor, we ascended Buckden Pike at 702 metres, which sits at the head of the Wharfedale valley. The views during the climb and at the top were stunning, including  Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent sharply in focus to one side, and the Vale of York in the distance...

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Dunscar to Darwen 25-08-2017 – Leader Derek

Dunscar to Darwen 25-08-2017 – Leader Derek

In very pleasant weather, and with a good forecast, 11 of us caught the bus from Darwen (aka Cotton Town) to Dunscar Bridge, Bolton, where we started the walk by going north across Dunscar Golf Course to the delightful Walmsley Unitarian Chapel and Hall.  A lady there told us some of the history, especially about the longest serving Minister, William Probert, a Welshman who wrote the runes shown in the picture, which mean ‘Learning is more valuable than riches or wealth’.  The motto inside the chapel – ‘Enter as...

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Todmorden 23-08-2017 – Leader Judy

Todmorden 23-08-2017 – Leader Judy

18 arrived to drizzle and low cloud, but the rain and mist did clear, and the sun decided to join us in the afternoon, giving lovely clear views. We looked at the Waterside Mill Sluice previously used to try and control water flow at times of flooding, which Todmorden is prone to and we quickly reaffirmed why, as we began ascending one of the steep slopes that surrounds the valley, to join the Calderdale Way. We soon cut up a somewhat muddy path to Lumbutts Road, amidst cries from some about a less muddy alternative! We continued upwards to...

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Higham 20-08-2017 – Leader Gill

Higham 20-08-2017 – Leader Gill

The morning was dry, and 11 happy ramblers posed for a picture taken by a local dog walker (thank you!). The Four Alls Inn opened in 1792 and the name ‘Four Alls’ Inn denotes: The King rules all. The Priest prays for all. The Soldier fights for all. The Common Man pays for all. The 11 commoners set off through the village, down Gawthorpe View (from which there is no longer a view of Gawthorpe Hall) to the A6068, where we took our lives in our hands to cross to a new stile and gate into a reedy field that lead us to West Close Farm....

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