Whalley 01-03-2017 – Leader Tom

Whalley 01-03-2017 – Leader Tom

The forecast of sunshine and showers seemed hard to believe as 29 of us were battered by rain while we were getting ready in Spring Wood car park, but it stopped before too long, with the weather after that being showery – often of hail – but with more and more blue sky as the day wore on.  I hope the pictures show the weather variations during the day.

We had another new walker with us today, David R from Rawtenstall, who knows several of our group.  Nice to see him, and we hope to see him again, even though he is a United supporter!  Another bit of newness today was to see red Roger in his winter plumage of high vis canary yellow – we certainly couldn’t have lost him on the walk today.  There was also some discussion about whether we had all said ‘rabbits, rabbits, rabbits’, it being the first of March, which is also St David’s Day, hence the featured picture.

Anyway, Tom took us up along the edge of the golf course and into Deer Park Wood, before turning east to a disused quarry and Wiswell Wireless Station, near where we had our first break.  It was clear that conditions underfoot were going to be slutchy and treacherous, and indeed several people did go down during the day, though with only dignity hurt, I believe.  After coffee we continued east across the fields, often with lovely views, to Lamb Row and thence into Sabden, passing the Antiques Centre in the village.  Turning a little to the east, we skirted Robinson’s Wood and the strangely-named Hodgeon Stone Plantation, where we had lunch.  Then it was west to cross the busy A671 to reach Cock Bridge over the River Calder.  (My map says that the wood near Cock Bridge is called Dionysius Wood, possibly relating to the Roman occupation of the area.  Perhaps Roger can find the answer in the Roman museum in Ribchester?)

We followed the Calder for a little way, negotiating a tricky crossing of a swollen stream, and turning north to Whalley Banks on the side of Whalley Nab.  Then it was down to the road into Whalley, with a cracking view of the many arches of the railway viaduct.  Leaving the road, we skirted the weir and the Whalley Community Hydro scheme, and were soon back at Spring Wood.  My personal thanks go to Tom for avoiding a couple of very slippery areas, and to all who helped me stay upright along the way.  Refreshments were very pleasantly taken at Read Garden Centre, to end a really enjoyable day, thanks to Tom.

(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. Tom Hughes

    Thanks for the pics and write-up, Arnold – a sterling effort In view of the conditions underfoot and in spite of your dodgy shoulder.

  2. Great to see so many out. Lovely write up and pictures, as per, Arnold. I see that one of us is really embracing the new guidelines for 10 a day!

  3. Graeme A

    Great walk although somewhat muddy in places. Thanks Tom.

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