Village Link Pt 2, 28-09-2016 – Leader Roy

Village Link Pt 2, 28-09-2016 – Leader Roy

At 27, the turnout today was one more than last week.  Even though some of our regulars were absent, Beth and her friend Gabi from Clitheroe area, and Debbie, who has walked with us once before, kept the head count up and the average age down.  Talking about head count, observant ones amongst you will notice only 25 heads in the starter photo; but if you count the legs and divide by 2, and then look very carefully, you will see camera-shy Ann’s legs behind those of Mike T.  Before setting off, looking at the cricket club’s sponsor board, Sue commented that you would need Slimming World if you visited the butcher’s once too often!  As a fan of their home-made pork pies, I can vouch for that.

Anyway, in some unexpected drizzle, we went down the disused railway line (Totty lines, as it is called locally), and soon reached Tower Farm again, where Roy told us a bit more about Joshua Hoyle, who had it built.  We then headed through a multitude of mill lodges to reach the railway line again, and then cut through to Woolfold and the Bolholt Hotel, where we were rewarded by a full rainbow, though only faint.  Soon after, we stopped for a brew under the shelter of some trees.

By this time we had seen a good few horses, some quite frisky.  By the time we got to the end of the walk, I regretted not counting, as I think we saw more horseflesh than I’ve ever seen on a walk before – and in Bury, not the flesh pots of the Ribble Valley!  We continued west through the fields to Walshaw, and then south through some nice woods to Starling and Ainsworth, seeing some very nice des reses en-route, plus some young lambs.  This prompted the question whether spring lambs are those born in the spring, or those sold in the spring?  The answer is here.  After passing the Duke William with its psychic promise, we once more occupied a children’s playground for an early lunch (more of a late breakfast, really), and this time some genuinely young ones enjoyed themselves.

Thus far the walk had been mainly agricultural and fairly flat, but later we had some gentle climbing to do, and were rewarded by lovely views as the sun began to show its face a little.  Along the way we came to Barrack Farm, which Roy told us was named for the place where Lord Derby assembled his army for an attack on Bolton in the first English Civil War.  As Roy added, he later lost his head!  Continuing north through pleasant countryside, we reached the delightful village of Affetside, on a Roman Road (Watling Street?), with its beautifully kept village green.  This was the highest point of the walk at almost 900 feet, and while descending from here through Two Brooks and into Hawkshaw, we enjoyed the best views of the day over to Holcombe Hill and Peel Tower, which we saw last week.  (In case you are puzzled by the sight of Judy carrying a small tree, it was one that I found abandoned in a hedge 2 miles from the end of the walk – but Judy took pity on me and carried it for a good deal of that distance – cheaper than the gym!)  A final stroll through Greenmount Golf Club ended a splendid walk, thanks to Roy.  Refreshments were taken at Summerseat Garden Centre.

(Pics & write up Arnold.  Appended here are the route stats and profile.)

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


  1. Looks like a great walk, but who was Ebenezer?

  2. Jenny Bruffell

    A true Roy walk, lots of mud and stiles! Excellent photos Arnold, including the wall that Barry built. Intersting to do two such good walks in our local area. Thanks Roy and Arnold.

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