Clowbridge 06-12-2017 – Leader Dougie

Clowbridge 06-12-2017 – Leader Dougie

A cool and breezy start today, but the forecast was good, and we soon warmed up.  The turnout was 22, including Ellen, a young new walker with us, who knows red Ribchester Roger.  As well as reducing the average age by a few years, Ellen ingratiated herself with us by bringing a rather large box of delicious flapjacks and chocolate brownies.  We hope to see her again soon!  We turned east off Limey Lane, following Limy Water uphill into woods, with very pleasant and quite extensive views along the way.  We soon crossed Crown Point Road to walk through the ‘Life for a Life’ memorial garden and thence to the path leading to the Singing Ringing Tree, one of the 4 Lancashire Panopticons (viewpoints with pieces of public art).  In 2007, this incredible structure won the National Award of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for architectural excellence.  It was singing well today, so I recorded it, but unfortunately it just sounded like a wind noise when I played it back.

After this excitement we paralleled our outward route south across moorland and past White Hill to our first break on the Rossendale Way, at the site of Compston’s Cross, of Round the Hills Walk fame (so Judy told me).  It was erected in 1902 by Samuel Compston, a former Mayor of Rawtenstall.  Dougie had conveniently(!) arranged for 2 toilets to be placed nearby for us, but unfortunately  he didn’t have a key; you can’t get the leaders these days, can you?  Anyway, we continued south west across the moor on the Rossendale Way to reach Goodshaw, where Dougie told us about the history of Swinshaw Hall – a dowry house for Towneley Hall – with Swinshaw Barn opposite having been the stables.  We then crossed the A682 into Loveclough, and soon took an early lunch in a lane near a fishery.

Now came the second climb of the day, up to Dougie’s advertised golf ball, i.e. the radar weather station on Hameldon Hill, the highest point of our walk at almost 400 metres (1300 feet).  Joe made a valiant attempt to drive the golf ball into the far distance, and was well captured by Graeme’s excellent picture, one of many he took today.  The views up here were superb. marred only by a burned out car near the top, full of bags of rubbish!  We now dropped east on the Burnley Way to Clowbridge Reservoir, with its sailing club.  After crossing the A682 again, we reached the site of Pumping Pit, part of Gambleside Colliery, now used as a pump house by the water company.  Dougie expounded at length about Gambleside Colliery, which you can read about here.  A little later, we had a late break, as there was to be no tea shop.  Dougie told us that we were on the site of the old Gambleside Chapel, part of Gambleside Village, since pulled down.  I don’t know if all of our walkers were listening to Dougie’s information, but you will see from the photos that the local sheep population were certainly paying attention!  Then we were back at the cars, dry as a bone after a splendid walk, mostly on good tracks, thanks to Dougie.  The bonus was getting home before the rain started!  Thanks to Graeme for his photos, and to Judy for back marking.

(Write up Arnold, pics Graeme.  Appended here are the route stats and profile.)

Slideshow should be below, but presently Flickr is not working properly.  However, if you wish to see a static view of the pics all in one go, then click here.

1 Comment

  1. Graeme Adlum

    An excellent walk made better by the Dougie’s encyclopaedic knowledge of the area.

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