Rawtenstall 27-12-2017 – Leader Roy

Rawtenstall 27-12-2017 – Leader Roy

Those who arrived for this extra walk, recently added to the programme, were only too glad for some exercise and fresh air after enjoying a few days mostly sitting around with various excesses.

The weather forecast promised it would be dry and sunny but cold, the latter certainly being true as we shivered in the hailstones at Whitaker Park.  Conditions underfoot were interesting with snow and ice one minute, switching to mud, bog and more mud the next (well, it was a Roy walk!).  By the afternoon the sun did shine in contrast to the cool wind and scattered snow on the ground.  None of this took away from some great views of “our” valley, and a lovely varied walk with plenty of undulation.

Roy initially led us in a north easterly direction above Haslingden Old Road, before dropping down to cross the Burnley Road and through the Rossendale Memorials and Cemetery. We headed up to Waingate village and then on to Hurst Lane. From here we circumnavigated the Marl Pitts Driving Range and Sports Centre and on through woods to cross Edge Lane at Higher Cloughfold.  We then had a steep climb up Far Height Side and on to just below Seat Naze before heading north to Whitewell Bottom and Top of the Height. Roy found a hollow providing shelter from the chilly wind where we were warmed by coffee and Diana’s amazing home made chocolate brownies – absent friends missed a treat! From here we headed above Lumb and on to Bank Top, past curious and frisky Alpacas and Llamas.  We encountered some tricky stiles (2 photographed and to be reported) before heading across Swinshaw Moor, including part of the Round The Hills route, where a quick lunch was taken on a much less sheltered wall.  

After descending into Crawshawbooth we climbed up to Pinner Lane and on to Cribden Lane, skirting Cribden Hill.  From here we descended through mud and streams to Oakenhead Wood Old Road and past the dry ski slope back to the cars.  In the slippery conditions there were a couple of fallers, thankfully not hurt, and a certain walker who unknowingly dropped glasses while concentrating on nose blowing and then later a hat – I was waiting for more to be shed but it was too cold!  The motto is have eagle eyed Linda and Roy walk behind you.

Distance – 9.37 miles    Total ascent 1693 feet

Write up and pics – Judy

There is a link to the slideshow here, as for some reason Flickr is not managing to embed the slideshow at the moment.  You may need to click within the black page that opens up to see the show – but at least it is full screen!  If you wish to see a static view of the pics all in one go, then click here.

1 Comment

  1. Well done all you fitties and toughies. I feel like a fattie, having just stuffed myself with a 3 course dinner in the city of my birth, but we have done a bit of a marathon around the Walker Art Gallery. Well done also to Judy on some cracking pics. I can’t tell on my phone if the slideshow works, Judy, but if it does you have circumvented the need for me to insert an external link to it.

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