Colne 23-11-2016 – Leader Graham

Colne 23-11-2016 – Leader Graham

What can we say about today’s walk?  Superbly sunny – yes.  Sensationally slippery – yes.  Mega muddy – yes.  So just another day out for Rossy Ramblers, really.  Graham had a turnout of 25 today, even without the six Scottish stalwarts; we must be doing something right!  Having all found the correct car park this time, we set off along the edge of the lake in Ball Grove Park and then south into Cotton Tree, where the planters along the wall are sponsored by local businesses – and even the police!  Then it was left and immediately south, rising through muddy fields, but with lovely views back over Colne.  We passed through a few farms, one of which was obviously in the scrap metal business, to reach a signpost pointing to – among other things – Miry Ridge!!  By now we were heading west towards Fox Clough, with splendid views of Pendle ahead of us.  This brought us to our first break, during which I asked David about his unusual gaiters, which turned out to be Berghaus yetis.  He agrees with the writer of that article about the struggle to get them on, so perhaps he will post a comment to say if it was worth it?

Moving on, we continued to Little Gib Hill, where we turned north to encounter the most treacherous underfoot conditions of the day, as we descended quite a steep, very muddy slope.  I stayed vertical for a change, but at least one other did not.  This took us into Colne itself, under the impressive railway viaduct, and past the end of a short steep terraced street, with remarkable buttresses at the end, presumably to stop the street sliding down the hill!  The route now went through Greenfield local nature reserve and briefly onto the Leeds-Liverpool canal, with lovely reflections.  After leaving the canal, we were soon at the Pendle Heritage Centre in Barrowford for lunch, where Tom dispensed some lovely Eccles cakes baked by Gill, after they went down so well at the AGM; very kind of you, Gill.  Also here, Dougie ventured into the car park, and happily found his favourite stick in exactly the place where he left it 2 weeks ago!

After our repast, Graham led us south and across the M65, then past an interesting cycling development track, before following the canal up to Barrowford Reservoir, to where we arrived an hour before.  Climbing up from here towards Higherford, we had the best views of the day – magnificent.  Swinging up and around past Alkincoates Park, we came across some more sports facilities, including a signpost on route 68 of the National Cycle Network.  We have passed this numerous times before, but Roy read it this time, to discover that this is one of 1000 such signposts funded by RBS; so that’s where my money went!  Then it was back through Colne, passing the interesting question mark sculpture, with the legend saying ‘THOUGHT – DELIBERATION – IDEA – CONCEPT’ (these words seem to me to be in the wrong order).  I have not been able to find anything out about this, but – while looking – I found a Daily Mail article about a brilliant arts trail spoof, which is well worth a read – shades of Yorkshire Sculpture Park.   Then we strolled pleasantly along the wooded banks of Colne Water back to our starting point.

Having (re)discovered my camera’s creative mode on Sunday, I took another on this stretch, so the final pic shows what the bank might look like in winter.  I may keep on doing this until we all get fed up!  Finally, because the café in the park was closed, many of us decamped to Sainsbury for very good value refreshments, to end a very nice but somewhat challenging (underfoot) walk, thanks to Graham.

(Pics & write up Arnold.  Sorry about the blurred Mandarin ducks – early onset of DTs!  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. Jenny Bruffell

    What a difference a couple of days makes. Today’s weather was a lovely sunny autumn day after a miserable few days. Lots of slippery, dodgy stiles (well at least from my point of view). Excellent photos Arnold. Thank you Graham.

  2. Yetis. Very good in the deep mud but a bit of overkill later on in the walk.

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