Bradford Fell 10-05-2017 – Leader Derek

Bradford Fell 10-05-2017 – Leader Derek

David could not make the walk today, as he has unfortunately broken both wrists falling off a 7 foot high fence onto tarmac!  We will keep our fingers crossed for a quick recovery.  However, he asked me to look  out for a sighting of a Pallid Harrier in the area.  Well, we did not see a Pallid Harrier, nor any pallid ramblers in the superbly sunny and warm weather.  An unusual walk profile again today, as 16 of us set off from almost the highest point of the walk at just short of 1200 feet, before contouring east past The Wife (apparently a pile of stones – diamonds, mostly!) and through woodland on Grindleton Fell to our first break at the Beacon Hill trig point.  Up to this point, the views of Pendle Hill had been hazy, but as the day wore on they became much clearer, with the whaleback of Pendle being the backdrop to our walk all day.

We continued east and then descended south, with the landscape opening up to make us feel really insignificant, as Roger’s excellent pictures demonstrate.  At the bottom of Rodhill Lane, we crossed a beck next to some burgeoning wild garlic.  This was one of many signs of May today, as we saw lots of lovely mayflowers, as well as a number of bluebells, with cotton grass appearing on the later moorland.  As we approached Hill House Barn, we came across some sheep quietly munching mangel wurzels.  This must have made us peckish, as we had lunch shortly after, soaking up the sun and enjoying the view.  Both here and at the first break, John offered us all some delicious biscuits cooked by Jean.  Turns out that this largesse may have had something to do with the fact that John will be ‘celebrating’ a big birthday on Saturday.  Thanks, John, and happy birthday to come.

Heading west after lunch, we passed through the edge of Grindleton village, and through a couple of farms with healthy looking livestock, especially at Lowcocks, where some lambs were being reared inside by an automatic feeder, with heat lamps to keep them warm (ahh!!).  At this point I often say ‘it was all downhill from here’, but Derek changed that to ‘it’s all uphill from here’, as we climbed up Moor Lane onto the Bradford Fell access area.  Normally this would be extremely soggy, but today it was virtually dry – amazing.  When nearing the cars, Derek pointed out that the path was partly paved with Accrington brick, which has the word ‘Nori’ etched into it – the backward spelling of iron, to illustrate the strength of the brick.  Walk over, we headed back to Waddington to sit in the sun outside our favourite Country Kitchen café, to end another really superb day, thanks to Derek and the weather gods.

(Write up Arnold, pics Roger P.  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.


  1. Looks like we missed a great walk in an area I know well. Sorry to hear about your accident, David, and hope you have a speedy recovery.

  2. Jenny

    The softy southerners seemed to have transplanted very well ‘up north’. Like plants, they seem to have hardened off well.

  3. The Pallid Harrier had been sighted in Whitendale at the end of April,There was more Twitchers than Ramblers.

  4. Derek

    Thanks again Arnold for the report, and also thank you Rodger for the photos.

  5. Sorry I wasn’t able to join you all yesterday, looks like a great walk on a lovely day. I’m off to France today till mid-September, thanks for welcoming into the group since I became a token northerner. Hope to see you all in sunny September. Mark

    • Diana

      You are not the only token northerner. Maybe we could form a sub group for softy southerners!

  6. Jenny

    Looks like a great walk. Lots of knees on show, must be the sunshine. Sorry to hear about your accident David, get well soon.

  7. Looks like I missed a great walk. Will be back soon

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