Old Cobblers 03-05-2018 – Leader Arnold

Old Cobblers 03-05-2018 – Leader Arnold

Our first Thursday evening walk was well supported, as 16 people turned up, though one old gentleman and his dog dropped out very early.  Jean is kindly going to steer him in the direction of local health walks.  Six of those turning up (inc Maureen) were new to walking with our group, while the rest were existing members.  The support from the committee and the evening walks team was brilliant, and I would like to thank you all for coming, and for making the visitors feel welcome. The route chosen was a 3 mile walk around the centre of...

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Simon’s Seat 02-05-2018 – Leader Arnold

Simon’s Seat 02-05-2018 – Leader Arnold

Days definitely do not come any better than this: the forecast rain did not fall upon us, we had a brilliant turnout of 25, we all got parked up at Barden Bridge, the views in the sunshine were superb, we saw some bluebells, we were well looked after at the Strid Wood Café, and Liverpool only lost 4-2, so we are in the Champions’ League final on May 26!!! The walk started gently enough as we headed north along the River Wharfe on the Dales Way for a bit over a mile before turning onto Howgill Lane and north again to our banana break at...

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Cowling to Ball Grove Park 27-04-2018 – Leader Derek

Cowling to Ball Grove Park 27-04-2018 – Leader Derek

The damp drizzly day, interspersed with rain showers, did not stop 9 enthusiastic walkers joining this linear walk. Despite the weather, it was a great walk including parts of the Pennine Way, the Bronte way, the Pendle Way (very briefly) and Pennine Bridleway, predominantly over moorland and farmland. We saw plenty of new lambs, calves, and donkeys, smelt the sweet spring blossom and witnessed newly opened tree leaves all around. We also saw grouse, pheasant, skylarks, curlews, a heron and possibly a tawny owl, plus had the real bonus of...

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Long Preston 25-04-2018 – Leader Jean

Long Preston 25-04-2018 – Leader Jean

On a pretty miserable morning, with a somewhat iffy forecast ahead, 21 ramblers turned up at Long Preston Methodist Chapel, which had very kindly granted us permission to park in their car park.  Shortly after setting off, the hailstones were bouncing off us, and it was rather cold, but the hailstones didn’t last for long, giving way to a mixture of showers, wind and sunshine.  Mark came with his camera tee shirt on, all ready to perform, and I pretended to back mark.  He did his job a lot better than I did mine!  Jean led us east...

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Brun Valley Trail 22-04-2018 – Leader Dougie

Brun Valley Trail 22-04-2018 – Leader Dougie

On a humid and showery morning, yours truly and 3 other ramblers departed from the Centenary Way car park in Burnley and ascended onto the banking of the ‘Straight Mile’ of the Leeds & Liverpool canal.  After half a mile we went left through a gate into Thompson Park, which was conceived in 1920, when James Witham Thompson left £50,000 in his will for the Council to build a public park.  Following the River Brun, from which Burnley derives its name, we walked under the canal aqueduct into Bank Hall Park, the site of a...

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Blackstone Edge 18-04-2018 – Leader Judy

Blackstone Edge 18-04-2018 – Leader Judy

                          OFFICIAL MET OFFICE NOTICE                                    SPRING IS CANCELLED, SUMMER STARTS TODAY Well, the forecast looked as though this would be the case, yet it was early afternoon before the sun came out – but then it shone for all it was worth, giving us a lovely finish to the walk, and alfresco refreshments at the Visitor Centre café.  The temperature shown by Barry’s car on the way home was 22°C!!  Another good reason for making a note of today’s date...

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