Rawtenstall 15-04-2018 – Leader Judy

Rawtenstall 15-04-2018 – Leader Judy

In reasonably warm conditions, there was an excellent turnout of 15 for Judy’s short Sunday walk, of which 5 were walking with us for the first time.  Two of these (Josie & Susan) were from Rossendale Golf Club, Karen is a friend of Carol, Motti is a friend of Sara, and Amanda is a Ramblers member who was giving us a go today.  Nice for yours truly is that some of the new walkers had seen my pieces in the Rossendale Free Press, and were interested in our upcoming Thursday evening walks, so 5 posters were given out.

We set off up the hill alongside the Ski Slope, noticing some rather nice clay sculptures of shoes and boots.  These are part of The Shoe Trail, which celebrates Rossendale’s famous shoe industry.  The sculptures were produced by students at All Saints High School and Haslingden High School in Rossendale, under the supervision of artist Julie Miles.  We then headed east above the slope and contoured around the side of the valley. with pleasant, though somewhat hazy, views.  We then climbed again to Cribden End, and continued north to Laund Farm, with an odd collection of vehicles, hence the somewhat weird skull & crossbones picture!  It was then a gradual descent across the fields to Goodshaw and the Rossendale Pet Cemetery, which tugged at the heartstrings.

Our break was taken in comfort at the cemetery, before continuing south along the bank of Limy Water, then across Burnley Road to Rake Foot, still following the stream.   Along the way we saw that the redundant church of St John the Evangelist is now up for sale – a snip at £75.000.  This took us to the oddly-named Rush Bed area, looking little different now from the photo here.  Then it was south through housing in Reedsholme and back across Burnley Road – now in quite heavy rain – and back to the car park to end an excellent and thoroughly convivial walk, thanks to Judy and all who came.

Write up & pics Arnold.  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 Comment

  1. Thanks Arnold for great photos given the limited visibility and for the write up – I’m impressed you found an old photo of Rush Bed.

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