Holcombe Moor Skylarks 09-04-2017 – Leader Roy

Holcombe Moor Skylarks 09-04-2017 – Leader Roy

Nine walkers, plus one man and his dog, started from the Anacapri on a beautiful warm spring day.  We climbed gradually up to Robin Hood’s Well and Buckden Wood, where deep inside the wood we had that wonderful moment when all one can hear are birds and a burbling stream.  (Research suggests that the well has nothing to do with Robin Hood, though there was apparently an annual Robin Hood festival in Bury until 1810.)  This is where we parted from one man and his dog – Arnold & Ruby – and soon after we took our first break at the tenter house on the tenterfield, where long ago cloth was treated and hung on the tenter hooks to dry in the sun and wind.

Proceeding onwards, we passed many small lodges, evidence of past times and water-powered industry.  Passing by The Rake in Ramsbottom, we entered Tag Wood, where bluebells are gathering for their display in May.  Now it was past the Shoulder of Mutton in Holcombe village, where we turned to begin a steady climb towards Holcombe Hill, where we took our second break in balmy warm weather.

After passing Pilgrims’ Cross, the sound of skylarks filled the air, and blue skies were apparent.  Then it was over Beetle Hill and Alden Brook to Fall Bank Farm, and finally Sunnybank, returning to the Anacapri.  The café of choice was Musbury Fabrics, where there is always good quality and friendly service.

(Write up Roy, pics Jean.)

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


1 Comment

  1. arnolds

    Ruby says thanks for making her so welcome. She enjoyed meeting you all.

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