Salterforth 17-01-2018 Leader Ursula

Salterforth 17-01-2018 Leader Ursula

Defiantly, but quite possibly in fear and trepidation, 19 ramblers met up near the Anchor Inn in Salterforth in surprisingly benign conditions, given the weather forecasts over the last few days.  The 19 included Paul’s brother-in-law John, back walking with us today after a knee operation – nice to see him again.  Were I one to make New Year resolutions, one would definitely have been to ignore the forecast, and go on the walk anyway, as otherwise one could very well regret not going.  It is quite a while since we had a good...

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Textile Trail 14-01-2018 – Leader Dougie

Textile Trail 14-01-2018 – Leader Dougie

A cheerful group o 8 ramblers ascended Alder Bank from Kay Street in Rawtenstall, where a group photo was taken.  The mill in the background was Ilex Mill, a cotton mill built in 1856.  Soon we arrived at a new housing development, which was the original site of Whitehead Brothers Higher Mill, built in 1824, and attacked in the power loom riots of 1826.  Down in the valley bottom was the site of David Whitehead’s Lower Mill, which closed in 1967 ad was demolished in 1980. We then walked up Springside to Hurst Lane and took the...

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Hurst Green 10-01-2018 Leader Roy

Hurst Green 10-01-2018 Leader Roy

Against all the odds, the weather today was extremely pleasant – dry, unseasonably warm, but a bit misty for some of the time, so the lovely rolling views that we might have seen were not in evidence, which was a shame.  There is some dispute about whether we had 26 or 27 on the walk today.  Various people counted 27 on a number of occasions during the walk, and became worried when they could only count 26.  Yet the start photo – on which you can even see Ann (hiding behind Dougie) – only shows 25, giving 26 when...

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Clowbridge 07-01-2018 Leader Roy

Clowbridge 07-01-2018  Leader Roy

What a fantastic day for our walk! On a crisp, but fabulously sunny morning, we met on Limey Lane, a little unsettled by the number of cars present. Poor Angela had cracked a rib while gardening, so Roy lead us down the track, past all the dog walkers who weren’t destined to join us, and up onto the moor. The sun was directly in our eyes, so despite the opportunity for amazing views, we had our heads down, avoiding the sun, and watching where we put our feet in what were at times, treacherous conditions. We soon arrived at Compton’s Cross,...

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Barrowford 03-01-2018 – Leader Rosemary

Barrowford 03-01-2018 – Leader Rosemary

Rosemary might say that the power of  positive thought can move mountains, but today it moved a dreadful weather forecast into one that said ‘what’s all the fuss about?’  Certainly 23 ramblers were thinking positively about getting rid of some of the holiday excess and ennui, including Jenny, whose New Year resolution is clearly to keep us guessing about whether or not she will turn out for a muddy moorland walk!  In fact, this walk was a lot less muddy than might have been expected, in part due to the route that Rosemary...

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Rawtenstall 27-12-2017 – Leader Roy

Rawtenstall 27-12-2017 – Leader Roy

Those who arrived for this extra walk, recently added to the programme, were only too glad for some exercise and fresh air after enjoying a few days mostly sitting around with various excesses. The weather forecast promised it would be dry and sunny but cold, the latter certainly being true as we shivered in the hailstones at Whitaker Park.  Conditions underfoot were interesting with snow and ice one minute, switching to mud, bog and more mud the next (well, it was a Roy walk!).  By the afternoon the sun did shine in contrast to the cool...

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