Wintry Rimington 12-02-2017 – Leader Roy

Wintry Rimington 12-02-2017 – Leader Roy

8 hardy walkers donned their thermals and multiple layers to overcome challenging weather conditions including freezing temperatures, driving winds, sleet and snow. Even Roy couldn’t stop the mud from freezing on the moors, but we were not deprived as there was plenty of squishy stuff lower down! Typically, when Roy recced this walk it was a lovely sunny day – the cry of many a walk leader. Facing the elements proved well worthwhile to experience a winter wonderland, great views and plenty of farms.

From Rimington we headed in a south easterly direction to Hollins Farm, passing an unusually placed lampost. Then we climbed gently but steadily to Ings End and Clough Head, looking at the remaining evidence of past lead mining as well as a snow clad Pendle Hill. We had coffee in a dip, additionally sheltered from the wind by a wall, before heading up onto Rimington and Twiston Moors. Here the views disappeared as it started sleeting, then turning to snow –  which was magical, despite the wind. We descended, passing through the wonderful Helliwell Wood, and at Mountain Farm turned north east towards Higher Wheathead. Roy again found us a wall sheltering us from the wind and snow for a lunch stop. Afterwards we went northwards through Higher Gills and Lower Gills, where several frolicking hares were spotted, before going via Middop Hall, with Gill recounting tales from her youth (hmm – Arnold). We passed through Howgill Farm and Gazegill Organic Farm with lots of rare breed pigs and cows.
We returned to Rimington via Dudland and Halsteads Farm.

Tea and cakes were enjoyed at Shackleton’s Garden Centre in Chatburn, where we all sported rosy cheeks.

A very spectacular day, thanks to Roy. The walk was so good that Tom requested it be repeated in the summer, so let’s hope Wednesday walkers can enjoy it, too.

Distance 9.5 miles (average between Steve and my gadgets). Total ascent 1780ft / 543m.
Pics and write up – Judy

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

1 Comment

  1. Brrr! I look forward to doing it in summer. Brilliant effort by Judy on the pics and write up – well done.

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