Cowling 31-01-2018 – Leader Jean

Cowling 31-01-2018 – Leader Jean

I’m becoming quite tired of typing ‘terrible forecast, super walk’, but I have to say it again today.  Equally, an amazing turnout of 32 today, with Rogers P & D back with us after a break.  Unfortunately, only 31 walked, as Jenny couldn’t find her house keys, so returned home to find them – and happily did find them – so she joined us at Sainsbury, looking very soigné, unlike the rest of us.  In the very raw conditions, everyone was avoiding my eye as I swung the camera to and fro, so I rather pressed it upon Judy – unfair, really – but she rose to the challenge magnificently, as you will see.  Rosemary had sent me a high-vis gilet to try for size, which set me up as the back marker – necessary with so many walkers.

Anyway, off we went up Gill Lane to the Pennine Way, which we followed northward, climbing gently across the fields, slipping and sliding around, but with lovely sunny views.  That description, with the addition of a few hail showers, just about sums up today’s walk.  Despite Jean’s best efforts to avoid them, we did have a lot of muddy fields to traverse, with the inevitable consequences, though the falls were gentle ones.  The Pennine Way took us across Surgill Beck, where the gentlemanly Roy helped many of us safely across.  Then it was into the pretty village of Lothersdale – with some industrial relics! – to take our banana break.

Leaving the Pennine Way, we crossed Stansfield Bridge and headed up Tow Top Lane, where we could see a hailstorm heading for us, though it was fortunately not too heavy.  Then it was east through Street Head Farm and onto Cononley Moor.  As we were dropping into Cononley itself, eagle-eyed Red Roger pointed out a grey heron at the top of a bank, nowhere near any water.  Judy cleverly zoomed in to get a good picture, and I have zoomed in some more.  I can now tell you, dear readers, that IMHO Red Roger was very well aware that this was a legless, stuffed heron on a pole – in fact an ex-heron!!!  Lunch was taken in a sheltered spot just before the village, with Mike’s gloves being manoeuvred into some interesting shapes, as you will see.

After lunch, we swung southward, paralleling the nearby River Aire, and soon met the heaviest and most unpleasant hailstorm of the day, blowing right into our faces, though it didn’t last for too long.  After that it was plain skating across more muddy fields to Glusburn and thence back to the cars.  The thighs felt it, but it was a lovely walk.  As I said earlier, we repaired to Sainsbury, in my case for a very nice chip muffin, to end a really excellent day, thanks to Jean.

Write up Arnold, pics Judy.  Appended here are the route stats and profile.

If you wish to see a static view of the pics all in one go, then click here.

There is a link to the slideshow here.  You will need to click within the black page that opens up to see the show – but at least it is full screen!



  1. Graeme Adlum

    Oh my thighs!!

    Thanks for a great walk Jean and hope you are feeling better today.

  2. Thanks Jean. Enjoyed the walk, but my legs feel it today. 🙂

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