Haslingden 21-05-2017 – Leader Carol

Haslingden 21-05-2017 – Leader Carol

On a lovely morning, 10 lucky ramblers set off from urban Haslingden, to find themselves instantly in open fields, with lovely views.  Heading north, we were soon at Pike Law, above the site of the old workhouse and hospital, recently demolished for housing development.  We came upon a large open metal structure, which Carol thought was the water storage cistern for the workhouse.  Then we were briefly on Haslingden Old Road, spotting a couple of intriguing gypsy style caravans, before cutting off, still heading north, to meet the shoe trail.  This is a series of clay shoe/boot sculptures produced by students at All Saints High School and Haslingden High School, under the supervision of artist Julie Miles.  The Shoe Trail celebrates Rossendale’s famous shoe industry, now very much in decline.  The shoe trail took us to the wonderful Halo, one of the 4 Lancashire Panopticons, where we admired the structure itself, and the extensive views all around – hence panopticon.

Leaving the Halo, we headed east for a short while, watching model aircraft enthusiasts in the field above, while Carol pointed out the old motor cycle scrambling course on the hillside.  We turned north along the bottom of this hillside – Cribden Hill – to take our break in the wooded area of Duckworth Clough.  Continuing in the same direction, we had a view of some intriguing  patterns in a field, before passing through another clough to reach Sherfin.  It was around here that the wild flowers that had been evident throughout the walk became really abundant, as can be seen in Viv’s lovely pictures.  Then the highlight of the day, when we watched two farmers trying to persuade the mother of a one day old calf to take its maternal duties seriously.  Certainly the animal had enough milk to give, but one farmer on a quad bike and another on foot could not easily separate the mother from the herd!  Let us hope all worked out well in the end.

Turning back on ourselves, we headed through Acre and then hung a left to Brow Edge Farm, sporting a Scouts logo.  Then we were past the Halo again, and retracing our steps back to the start.  We had had a varied and interesting walk, on a lovely day, so our thanks go to Carol for taking us around her area.  Thanks also to Viv for her pics; it was not easy to pick the best 40.

(Pics & write up Arnold.  Appended here are the route stats and profile.)

Slideshow below, but if you wish to see a static view of the pics all in one go, then click here.


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