Salterforth 17-01-2018 Leader Ursula

Salterforth 17-01-2018 Leader Ursula

Defiantly, but quite possibly in fear and trepidation, 19 ramblers met up near the Anchor Inn in Salterforth in surprisingly benign conditions, given the weather forecasts over the last few days.  The 19 included Paul’s brother-in-law John, back walking with us today after a knee operation – nice to see him again.  Were I one to make New Year resolutions, one would definitely have been to ignore the forecast, and go on the walk anyway, as otherwise one could very well regret not going.  It is quite a while since we had a good snowy walk, so it was lovely to find oneself sinking into deep snow today – rather than deep mud.

From Salterforth, Ursula led us north along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and past the marina, before coming off at Cockshott Bridge, where we joined the Pendle Way and followed it westward to Letcliff Country Park.  After wandering through a bit of Barnoldswick, we continued on the Pendle Way along Folly Lane.  We were climbing steadily by now, and the snow was deepening underfoot.  Showing the caring nature that she used to show to the children at Stonyhurst, Ursula suggested that we stop for a break against a wall, as we would soon be exposed to the elements – isn’t she lovely?

Break over, we ventured into those elements, soon losing our right eyeballs as we trogged up through the deepening snow, with a strong wind buffeting us from the north, climbing steadily to reach the windy summit of Weets Hill at almost 1300 feet.  Up to this point we had had fleeting glimpses of sun to lighten the leaden clouds, but from here on in we saw a good deal more sun, as you will see from David C’s superb photos.  From the summit, we followed the Pendle Way south past Weets House Farm and some invisible alpacas towards Admergill, with Blacko Hill and Tower in view ahead to our right.  Along this stretch there were some wonderful stretches of deep virgin snow – but it wasn’t so virginal after 19 of us had tramped through it!  We left the Pendle Way near Admergill to go past Greenbank Farm, near which we had our lunch against another wall.   After lunch it was plain sailing on tracks and roads – that were more like rivers, really – past Slipper Hill Reservoir and Foulridge Lower Reservoir to the Leeds & Liverpool Canal at Café Cargo.

A couple of miles fast walking along the canal took us back to the cars and thence a drive back to Café Cargo for refreshments.  Thus ended a wonderful day, thanks to Ursula, and also to Roger for back marking.  Thanks are also due to David for accepting the camera duties on such a day, though he did seem to have a fascination with what he called my ‘Toad of Toad Hall’ hat; bless!

Write up Arnold, pics David C.  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!

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