Higham 20-08-2017 – Leader Gill

Higham 20-08-2017 – Leader Gill

The morning was dry, and 11 happy ramblers posed for a picture taken by a local dog walker (thank you!).

The Four Alls Inn opened in 1792 and the name ‘Four Alls’ Inn denotes:
The King rules all.
The Priest prays for all.
The Soldier fights for all.
The Common Man pays for all.

The 11 commoners set off through the village, down Gawthorpe View (from which there is no longer a view of Gawthorpe Hall) to the A6068, where we took our lives in our hands to cross to a new stile and gate into a reedy field that lead us to West Close Farm.  Further reedy, but boggier fields, led us to High Whittaker Farm where we met firmer ground on our trek to pick up the Burnley Way at the edge of Grove Lane Plantation.  We passed the former Potterton Baxi works (always a bit of an eyesore on this route but now ear marked for 250 houses) and crossed the Calder to walk through the woods up to Gawthorpe Hall.

The tea shop was open, so some of the group took advantage and bought refreshments and sat in the little enclosed picnic area.  Others enjoyed the peaceful setting of the lawns immediately in front of the hall, which opened at exactly 12 noon.

As Derek had walked round here not long ago, I introduced him to a different route (not the one I’d originally planned, as the permissive river route I’d intended was closed due to a landslide) and we proceeded along the Brontë Way past Top o’th’ Close and then down the old King’s Highway to the bridge over the Calder (known locally as The Stepping Stones).  It seems strange to have links to the Brontës in this area, but Charlotte had visited the the Hall in 1850 just five years before she died.  I erroneously spouted that she was a friend of the last incumbent of Gawthorpe Hall, Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth, but Charlotte was dead by the time Rachel was born.

From the ‘Stepping Stones’ it was an ‘easy’ 1 mile uphill along the Pendle Way back to Higham.

A good walk, with lovely company.   6 and a bit miles – longer than advertised due to the forced diversion.


NB.  From 7 – 10th September there is a variety of places open free of charge to celebrate our heritage.  As part of this, Gawthorpe Hall will be open on Saturday 9th September from 12.00 till 5.00 p.m. and it will include access to the kitchens which are not normally accessible to visitors.

(Write up and pics Gill (sorry there aren’t many photos – I was talking!))


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

1 Comment

  1. Nice pics, Gill. Clever of you to do a different route at a moment’s notice. See you soon.

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