Colne to Padiham 28-07-2017 – Leader Derek

Colne to Padiham 28-07-2017 – Leader Derek

The forecast for today was rain up to lunchtime or so, then pleasant, then rain from around 4 pm.  Knowing this, Derek hatched a cunning plan; we caught the bus in Padiham shortly after 9.30, and alighted a couple of miles south of Gretna, by which time the rain had stopped!  The result was that not a drop of water fell on us until we left the café in Padiham – hard to believe looking at the weather outside as I type this.  Oh, in case you are wondering, I WAS actually on this walk, even though Judy’s start pic suggests only 13 people!  Off we set from the main road, west through Greenfield Local Nature Reserve, with the biggest mare’s/horse tails that I have ever seen – prehistoric!   Then it was north between the canal and Barrowford Reservoir to our coffee break at a lock.

From there it was open fields, lovely views (Blacko Tower, Pendle, etc), sunny weather, and at least the 27 stiles that Derek promised us.  Heading west through Higherford Bridge  took us to near Old Hall Farm, overlooking Roughlee, when we hung a left down to Noggarth and Spen in the Forest of Pendle.  Through the oddly named Rigg (ridge or furrow) of England, we then came to a trig point at a little over 900 feet – the highest point of the walk.  Shortly after, we had our lunch in a grassy field, with glorious views.

Negotiating several fields full of horses and cows, plus one particularly muddy kissing gate (where was our leader when we needed him?) we arrived in Higham, and most took a sneak peek at Higham Hall, the residence of you know whom – but they were unfortunately not at home, so no free drinks.  Descending from Higham on the Pendle Way, we crossed the fast-flowing River Calder, went past the splendid pile of Hunters Oak, and thence west on the Bronte Way (yes!) to the grounds of Gawthorpe Hall – an inspired finish to a wonderful walk, of which I enjoyed every step.  Lovely refreshments were taken at the Mooch Café, to end a quite stonking day, thanks to Derek.  Thanks also to David for back marking, and to Judy for taking splendid photos.

(Write up Arnold, pics Judy.  Appended here are the route stats and profile; as you will see, we came down more than we went up, for a change!)

Slideshow below, but if you wish to see a static view of the pics all in one go, then click here.


  1. Thanks yet again to Arnold for the report and Judy for the photographs ~ very grateful.

  2. Thanks for such a lovely picturesque walk. Where was our website manager when we needed him (start photo)?

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