West Bradford 07-03-2018 – Leader Mike T

West Bradford 07-03-2018 – Leader Mike T

Despite his engineering background, we now know that Mike is a psychologist, for he warned us alarmingly about loads of mud on this walk, so that we would not complain when we encountered the gloopy stuff.  Well, he was nearly right!  On a fine morning, 27 of us set off from West Bradford Village Hall after something of a dressing-down about parking there without asking, and ascended north across the fields to Whittaker’s Farm below a covered reservoir.  We continued climbing past several more farms, with Pendle Hill a constant in the view, to the splendid pile of Cob House, with its interesting statues.  Soon after, we took our first break at the edge of a pine wood, where Liz F gave us her blessing, probably knowing what was to come!

Break over – almost before it began – we continued to climb through the woods onto Grindleton Fell and the highest point of the walk at almost 1200 feet, with a cool breeze becoming evident, though with increasing amounts of blue sky.  We then turned almost 180º back southward before turning onto West Bradford Fell, skirting Sour Dock Hill en-route.  Shortly afterwards we had our lunch just before Seedalls Farm.  After our repast, we continued through Seedalls and Mill Farm to Daisy (today daisyless) Hill, before turning due south along the edge of another wood to Whinny Lane.  Here Mike pretended to give us the choice of a shorter – and less muddy? – route back, but there were no takers, so down muddy Whinny Lane we proceeded, with Derek consoling us by saying that he has seen it much worse than it was today!

Whinny Lane safely negotiated, we travelled pleasantly across some attractive fields towards the pretty village of Waddington, where Mike again gave us the choice of a short cut along the road instead of more muddy fields.  This time several wimpy but wise people took him up on the offer!  The rest of us left Waddington across more fields to Lane Side Farm, with a huge slurry tank towering above a more than muddy stretch that we somehow had to cross in order to continue.  Unfortunately, Joan become stuck in this deep and very smelly mud, and fell sideways onto it.  Back marker Jenny bravely pulled her out, becoming not a little muddy herself in the process.  Nothing daunted, both were cheerful as we took our afters in our favourite Country Kitchen Café in Waddington, so clearly no lasting damage was done.  Overall, thanks to Mike we had an excellent sunny and scenic day out, despite the mud, with Roger’s sometimes arty pics showing it off well.

Write up Arnold, pics Roger P.  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!

4 Comments

  1. Great walk, magnificently led, but suggest you give up on the democracy bit. Numerous quotations on the subject – consider the following: “The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter.” Winston Churchill. May wish to substitute ‘rambler’ for ‘voter’!!

  2. arnolds

    One point I omitted in my write up is the fact that Andy has now joined Roger F as a wind-up merchant – something I have long suspected. Talking to him about his squeaky rucksack led, bizarrely, to him telling me that WD-40 is good for arthritic HUMAN joints!! He even suggested that I Google it, so I did – and here is the result – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2470140/Can-WD-40-cure-arthritis-Wacky-home-remedies-test-panel-doctors-new-TV-Health-Freaks—surprising-results.html. You have been warned!

  3. What a difference a day makes! Snowing hard this morning. Thankfully yesterday gave promise of spring making the walk very pleasant (apart from the slurry flooded field). Thanks Mike for a good walk, although your democratic decision making is suspect. Great photos Roger and excellent write up Arnold.

  4. Graeme Adlum

    Great walk in excellent conditions. Many thanks Mike.

    Well done to Roger with the photos and Arnold with the report.

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