Barley to Weets 03-05-2017 – Leader Arnold

Barley to Weets 03-05-2017 – Leader Arnold

An experiment today, with a longer and a shorter walk, both from the same place.  In the event, it worked very well, with 11 on Judy’s shorter walk, and 20 on my walk.  Judy’s team dawdled, and my team raced, so the difference in finish time was only 1 hour 15 minutes, and the lovely weather meant that this time was easily spent outside the pub in the sunshine; more on that when Judy puts up her report.  Before setting off, Rosemary demonstrated the contents of her first aid kits, to help others decide what to carry.

From the Pendle Inn, we headed east to White Hough Outdoor Centre, which was scheduled for closure by Lancs CC until Burnley FC in the Community stepped in at the end of March and signed a 125 year lease on the facility.  Coincidentally, on 6 May, yours truly is taking part in a walk from Rawtenstall to Turf Moor in aid of this very charity!  Onward we went, through woods and across open, bone dry fields to our coffee break at the side of Blacko Water, where a couple of horses joined us as we basked in the sun.  After crossing Wheathead Lane, we took the Pendle Way to Admergill Hall Farm, a grade II listed building that is now used as a B&B, while farming over 200 acres, including a herd of water buffalo!

Climbing away from the farm, we spotted some distant roe deer before crossing the road to Blacko, with splendid views back from whence we came.  Continuing north on the Pendle Way, we soon came to Weets House Farm, with possibly the woolliest alpacas we have ever seen!  Then it was a short pull up to the summit of Weets Hill (397 m, 1302 ft), with the wind now coming in very strong gusts.  This meant that even a photo at the trig point was not easy, and there was no chance of lunching on the actual summit.  Instead, we dropped a few feet below for lunch, but even here it was clear that some of the ladies were having a bad hair day.  For me, if my hat had not been tied on, I would certainly have lost it, as Tom nearly did.  However, the wind did not detract from the wonderful and very clear 180º view of Pendle, Longridge Fell, Parlick, and the Yorkshire peaks of Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent.  These views were to stay with us for some time afterwards.

Dropping west to join the Pennine Bridleway for a short while, we then executed almost a 180º turn to head south east along the A682 to Craven Laithe.  On the way from the A682 across the field to the farm, my map says there is an area called Rough Pasture Spa, which certainly well describes the terrain we then crossed for the next mile or so, even managing to find a tiny bit of dampness!  Once over, we were on easy fields again, passing some young calves, and finding a couple of delightful goat kids at Mountain Farm.  Then it was past the two Black Moss reservoirs and back to the Pendle Inn, where we were served in the conservatory with what can only be described as an afternoon tea – first class service!  Thanks to all who came, to Mike for his superb camera work, to Rosemary for the recce and back marking, to Graeme for acting as my porter, and to Carol J, who took us on this walk in February 2012.  At that time I described the walk on my computer as ‘wonderful’, and the same applied today GT.

(Write up Arnold, pics Mike.  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.

3 Comments

  1. Rosemary

    Great walk Arnold. This was the first time we have tried two different length walks on a Wednesday and it all went very well. Pendle Inn was an inspired choice as venue to meet up afterwards. We enjoyed tea,sandwiches and cakes. Thanks go to Arnold and Judy the walk leaders for making the day such a success.

  2. Thanks for the walk. Another brilliant one. 🙂

  3. Derek

    Excellent walk followed by an excellent venue for tea. Can we have a few more walks from Barley!

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