Slaidburn 09-10-2016 – Leader Rosemary

Slaidburn 09-10-2016 – Leader Rosemary

8 walkers and Rosemary the leader met up at Slaidburn.  It was a clear bright autumnal morning.  Alison was welcomed; it  has been over a year since she last came with us.  Roger, who came on Wednesday for the first time, decided to give us another try.  

We set off along the road to Townhead and then followed a path that led to open countryside.  The sky was blue, with big cumulus clouds.  The surrounding hills and fell looked a picture, the brown of bracken and the green of forested areas.  We continued to Croasdale House, a farm that lies at the foot of Croasdale Fell.  A path to Clough was taken which led us out to a minor road.  Cyclists and motorcyclists shared the road with us, enjoying the weather and fine views of the area.  We turned off  the road and followed a path past a whitewashed cottage – Kenibus.  Lock Bridge was our next place to visit, under which the  River Hodder flowed.  

A track was then taken that led across open land with fine views of Pendle Hill and Stocks Reservoir.  We walked  down to a  forested area and to a bird hide.  Most of the birds seen were cormorants.  There were some interesting news of Larry, a male cuckoo that was tagged at Stocks Reservoir in June 2015, and is currently in Africa north of the equator in the  Congo.  The berries on the hawthorn were in abundance, as were those on the rowan trees.  A visit was made to St James church, which had historical facts about the submerged village of Stocks-in-Bowland.  Finally we continued our way to Black House and then on to Hammerton Hall, a fine Elizabethan Mansion.  Slaidburn soon came into view and we were back at the cars.  Tea and cakes were taken at the café in Waddington,  who as usual looked after us well.  Thanks to Ursula for being photographer for the day.

(Write up Rosemary, pics Ursula.)

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

1 Comment

  1. Glad you had a nice day. Some very evocative pictures, Ursula – well done. The wide angle of the phone camera shows up well, especially on the static view.

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