Colne to Barlick linear 06-10-2017 – Leader Derek

Colne to Barlick linear 06-10-2017 – Leader Derek

Rossie rambles do not get any better than this: beautiful sunny weather; an interesting town to begin; glorious, rolling, quintessentially English views all day; excellent company; and a lovely café experience to finish.  I’m tempted simply to say that you should just look at Diana’s happy pics (so good that I could not restrict myself to the usual 40), cast your eyes over the route profile to see how Derek punished us at the end, and then join me in thanking Derek for giving us such a wonderful day – but I know you want more!

So, as briefly as I can, 11 of us took the bus from Barnoldswick, with the limp white rose flying (indicative of the state of God’s own country at present?), to Colne bus station.  Walking through the town centre, we were amazed at the number of interesting buildings, many with blue plaques attached.  A larger feature was a statue of Wallace Hartley, a local lad whose final job was bandmaster on the Titanic!  Diana also spotted a poster at the Muni theatre for a show that she clearly means to attend – it’s on in Blackburn on 12 October, Diana.  We headed north out of town into the country past Alkincoats Park and briefly on Wallness Water, before going around the top of Foulridge Lower Reservoir – the path diverted because of works going on – to our first break in a bus shelter, but with lovely views of the fields and sunny sky.

After the break it was through Foulridge village and a climb of 400 feet to the top of Graham’s favourite Noyna Hill – around 1000 feet high.  The views on the way up were spectacular- back to Pendle, and across to the Yorkshire Peaks.  We then contoured east across the fields to the edge of Kelbrook Moor, where we had lunch in a lovely spot, prior to attempting the crossing of the moor; shades of Graham’s walk the other week!  In the event, Derek kept to the edge of the moor, so nobody ‘did a Bonner’.  We skirted the edge of Roger Moor and then north into Kelbrook village, to marvel at the weird and wonderful decorations and the garden of a lovely old farm house.  We chatted to the owners, who told us that the house is haunted, but assured us that the ghost is friendly!!

From Kelbrook it was down to Salterforth on another diverted path – not Derek’s day, pathwise.  Then, instead of an easy stroll down the canal towpath back into Barnoldswick, Derek decided he would appease ‘Big Mac’, so took us up a 350 foot climb to Moor Side and the well-named Folly Lane.  All that time we could see the town shimmering tantalisingly below us like a mirage, and – just like a mirage – it never came any closer!  Of course it did in the end, and we descended past the 1829 Quaker Meeting House to our favourite Victoria’s café to end a brilliant, feel good day, thanks to Derek.

(Write up Arnold, pics Diana.  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. Great walk, weather and company. Fantastic photos Diana. Oh happy days….

  2. Diana Maddison

    Booked my front row ticket months ago Arnold!!

  3. Thanks Arnold for doing the write-up – much appreciated. Thanks also to Diana for the great photographs. But special thanks to Maureen for letting Arnie come out to play – hope you enjoyed the date & apple slice. PS: have chosen to ignore the derogatory comment about Yorkshire!

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