Horton-in-Ribblesdale 23-05-2018 – Leader John

Horton-in-Ribblesdale 23-05-2018 – Leader John

First of all, Derek was quite correct, as John’s early start DID mean that he could bag a free spot in the layby before the Golden Lion!!  In fact, only one car (ours) parked where suggested and paid the £2 – but it is all in a good cause.  The rear car park of the Golden Lion had an interesting boot & shoe tree, with some of the articles being in good condition, while others had obviously suffered from the rigours of the 3 Peaks Challenge! Secondly, given the walks and the weather we have had in recent weeks, I have run out...

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Padiham 20-05-2018 – Leader Derek

Padiham 20-05-2018 – Leader Derek

12 arrived for this Sunday short walk led by Derek and his assistant “Jacquie, darling”!!  This was a varied walk in beautiful sunshine throughout, which was a celebration of both local history and late spring, with blossom and spring flowers all around. We started going up Mill Street with Derek drawing our attention to the plaque outside the former Master’s house of the Padiham Old National School built in 1830.  Next we came to The Old Black Bull, now the Cellar Restaurant, with our leading pair explaining that it dates...

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Black Dog, Crawshawbooth – 17-05-2018

Black Dog, Crawshawbooth – 17-05-2018

The evening walk from the Black Dog was very well attended, with 23 people in total.  We welcomed some people back from our previous evening walk, and also a number of new people.  The weather was fantastic, and we had amazing 360 degree views once we had climbed up Bonfire Hill.  The views were worth the two hills to get there. We had a short break near the top of the hill, and this was an opportunity to discuss some interesting sheep facts that had been researched by the walk leader!  There were lots of sheep and cute lambs around as we...

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Pateley Bridge 16-05-2018 – Leader Derek

Pateley Bridge 16-05-2018 – Leader Derek

Derek first did this walk for us in April 2011, and I have been waiting ever since then for him to do it again!  I was not disappointed today, and I hope that those who had not seen Coldstones Cut before felt the longish journey was worthwhile. On a cool and breezy morning, 17 of us set off north from the lovely town of Pateley Bridge briefly along the River Nidd on the Nidderdale Way, before turning west along Foster Beck and through the first of several pleasant caravan parks, passing a rather large sow in a very recumbent posture...

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Mellor Brook 13-05-2018 – Leader Roy

Mellor Brook 13-05-2018 – Leader Roy

A beautiful spring day was in the offing when we started the walk.  Three new walkers joined us, but very soon received an urgent call to return home – a disappointment for them and for us. Walking towards the River Ribble through woods of bluebells and wild garlic was a delight, especially with the weather improving all the time.  After our first break on the bank of the Ribble just before Osbaldeston Hall, we continued through more woods full of bluebells and wild garlic – a magic moment indeed!  We took our second break just...

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Marple Bridge 09-05-2018 – Leader Roy

Marple Bridge 09-05-2018 – Leader Roy

Today Roy promised us bluebells, wild garlic, new leaf beech trees, Etherow Visitor Centre, Werneth Low, Great Wood Nature Reserve, and Sandylane.  He delivered all of this in spades, except for the nature reserve, which he omitted in order to save about half an hour after yours truly – and several others – wasted 15 minutes at Etherow by waiting for bacon butties to be prepared!!  (Actually, the time wasn’t wasted, as the bacon butties were excellent, even though we had to eat them on the hoof, as you will see.)  In the...

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