Downham 07-02-2018 – Leader David C

Downham 07-02-2018 – Leader David C

What a wonderful day on which to lose one’s virginity – in terms of leading a Rossie Ramblers walk, that is!  A turnout of 23 today, in brilliant sunshine, but with a temperature of -1°C as we set off from Downham car park, with its very interesting public toilets.  For those who are not familiar with this lovely village, the village website is worth a visit.  Surprisingly, there was less snow here than in Rossendale, but we soon had snow underfoot as we ambled east to Clay House, then south to Hookcliife and Angram Green, where we had our coffee stop, with the sun in our faces.   Despite having climbed very little up to now, by this time we were all lovely and warm.

We continued south, contouring to Little Mearley Hall and then Mearley Hall, before starting to climb up onto Mearley Moor.  It was difficult to see where we were walking, as we were heading directly into the low sun.  As you will see, photographer Mark took some beautiful arty shots of the snow, the shadows, and the sun, with David H contributing also, especially with a panoramic shot.  The climb continued onto Pendleton Moor, with cracking views of Pendle itself, and the distant snow-covered Yorkshire hills, soon to be attempted/conquered by the fitter ones amongst us!  This brought us to the road up from Sabden, near Pendle Ski Club.  Lunch was taken here, still with sun in our faces, but becoming hazier and cooler.

As we set off, we passed a sad memorial to two airmen who lost their lives in the area in WWII, before crossing the road and descending on a slightly difficult path down towards Pendleton, passing a cottage with a blue plaque commemorating the founding by Thomas Jollie of the first Congregational church in the area in 1667.  As we entered Pendleton, Roger F pointed out a building that he believed had been owned by a fellmonger.  Then it was through Pendleton and past Pendleton Hall, where we came across a recumbent sheep that appeared to be on the verge of death, so Red Roger manfully trogged back to the farm to raise the alarm, and – with practised ease – hoisted the animal into the arms of the farmer.

After that it was plain sailing as we repeated the part of the path between the two Mearley Halls, before veering off left across the fields to Worston and then across more fields past Worsaw Hill and back to Downham.  I had arranged for us to take refreshments in the Assheton Arms, an interesting old hostelry in the village, but it was unfortunately not a success, though we did enjoy seeing the inside of the pub.  Nevertheless, I hope this took little away from a brilliant day, thanks to David.  They say you always remember the first, and we will all remember this one, I think.

Write up Arnold, pics mainly Mark.  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. Excellent walk David. Cheers. 🙂

  2. Thanks David (and Arnold) for a very good walk on a lovely day. Unfortunately it highlighted how unfit I am at present. We had amazing views which were beautifully captured on camera.

  3. Congratulations David on a really great walk. I will forward on my completed ‘Walk Leader Appraisal Form’ in due course!

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