Holcombe 25-06-2017 – Leader Josie

Holcombe 25-06-2017  –  Leader Josie

10 valiantly turned up in the pouring rain, including Avril who was walking with us for the first time, thanks to learning about us from Zoe.

Firstly, a classic photographer’s error – camera out of charge ( Just listen to Arnold tut)!  Mobile phone to the rescue.

We headed up to Peel Tower with disappointingly poor visibility, but our spirits weren’t dampened as we headed over to Harcles Hill and the Pilgrims Cross stone, taking coffee at the latter. Josie had several possible options from here and there was no shortage of ideas from others as well!  She elected to head across Holcombe Moor to the Ellen Strange memorial stone.  It started to brighten as we dropped down to Lumb where there was a black boar, and some black piglets in a barn.  We stopped for lunch under the impressive railway bridge.  We then picked up a path full of verdant growth running alongside the railway line, as the rain stopped and the sun appeared spasmodically. We admired plants in the Stubbins Memorial garden, and the lamp post originally from Stubbins Vale Terrace dating back to the 1920s.  We then followed the river Irwell into Ramsbottom and went down into Nuttall Park, passing the little free library at the bottom of a garden. We passed the only remaining mill house, now renovated, from the original Nuttall Village.  A drink stop was taken in Brooksbottom before cutting up to Holcombe Brook and then up to Holcombe Old village on the way back to the cars.

Drinks and either toasted teacakes or ice cream were taken in Mrs P’s luxury ice cream shop/cafe in Ramsbottom – a good suggestion by Hazel.

Thanks to Josie for a lovely walk in difficult conditions

Distance – 9.77 miles   Total ascent – 1287 feet

Write up and pics – Judy

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

1 Comment

  1. Arnold

    Tut, tut, Judy – but you recovered well! Congratulations on getting the report and pictures on the site on the same day, especially with it being Sunday.

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