Long Preston 25-04-2018 – Leader Jean

Long Preston 25-04-2018 – Leader Jean

On a pretty miserable morning, with a somewhat iffy forecast ahead, 21 ramblers turned up at Long Preston Methodist Chapel, which had very kindly granted us permission to park in their car park.  Shortly after setting off, the hailstones were bouncing off us, and it was rather cold, but the hailstones didn’t last for long, giving way to a mixture of showers, wind and sunshine.  Mark came with his camera tee shirt on, all ready to perform, and I pretended to back mark.  He did his job a lot better than I did mine!  Jean led us east out of the village via New House Lane, across the fields to Little Newton.  By this time it was clear that one of the delights of the day was going to be young lambs – amazing how they survive in the conditions.  Continuing more or less eastward across undulating fields, we had our coffee break against a wall near Wenningber Hill.

After the break, it was off again, still broadly eastward, to the small and pretty village of Otterburn; had we blinked, we would have missed it!  However, what Mark did not miss was the opposition to a planned waste incinerator in the Aire Valley.  At Otterburn we turned north and climbed gently up to Scosthrop Lane, which we briefly followed until turning west on Orms Gill Green Lane, on which we had our lunch.  After lunch the wind and rain were quite keen for a while, but we bravely soldiered on.  At this point we were doing the biggest climb of the day across Crake Moor, reaching the ‘summit’ at around 1150 feet – the highest point of the walk today.  The big landscapes as we climbed were spectacular, with views back to Pendle Hill.

Then it was downward and southward as the weather became sunnier and warmer, with the splendid views continuing.  Kicking left at the edge of Newton Moor, we reached the impressive house that is Bookilber Barn, where we turned left to return to Long Preston along Scalehaw Lane.  Refreshments were taken at our favourite Delicious Deli and Café in Gisburn, to end a really good day, thanks to Jean.

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

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