Worston 21-12-2016 – Leader Rosemary

Worston 21-12-2016 – Leader Rosemary

Hail, wassail would be a good description of today for Rossie Ramblers and friends.  We certainly had tempestuous hail in the middle of the walk, and a good deal of wassailing in the Calf’s Head afterwards.  My dictionary has several definitions of wassail, including spiced ale or mulled wine, and making merry with much alcohol!  In truth, although spicy drinks were certainly quaffed, there wasn’t much alcohol supped, though there was a lot of making merry, including the rather beautiful singing of ‘Silent Night’ (I’m filling up!).  31 of us turned up at the start, including Mark’s two sons Andy and Stephen.  Sadly, David Hodgson could not be with us due to sickness, so we hope he is OK.

In rather dull and overcast conditions, Rosemary led us east along Worston Brook, with the bulk of Pendle on our right, and Worsaw Hill on our left.  We were soon at the pretty village of Downham, with the ducks on the river, as ever.  (More about ducks later.)  Heading north from Downham, the sky cleared to bright blue, and we soon came to the ruins of Downham Mill, now a farm building.  Here we took our first break, with yours truly foolishly removing his gloves before continuing.  Within minutes we were in a violent and very cold hailstorm, as you may see from the pics.  Fortunately, it did not last very long, though we did have rain afterwards.  Soon after the break, we arrived at the spot where we nearly lost Diana on the first walk of 2016, but happily the mud was passable this time.

Contouring southward, we passed Twiston Mill and crossed Twiston Beck, now heading back towards Worston.  When we reached Lane Head, we had a short break for me to dispense some medicinal brandy, not only to our members, but to some in a small shooting party in a hut there.  It turned out that they were feasting on Christmas cake and sloe gin, having been out after pheasants all morning.  They told us that they were planning to shoot ducks in the evening, when the birds apparently fly to other lakes to feed (aah!).  Then it was beautifully along the edge of Downham Moor under the Big End of Pendle, and back to Worston, just in time to catch another hail shower as we were changing.

As previously indicated, we had a superb time at the Calf’s Head, where we were joined by Mike’s wife Janine – last seen waving at us from a window! – and by Jean, looking extremely well after her knee job.  Lovely to see them both, and to enjoy a superb Christmas lunch, with excellent service from the staff.  Thus ended a really excellent day, for which thanks are due to Rosemary for the walk and for choosing the venue, to Linda for the faultless organisation and the quiz, and to all who attended with their Christmas hats, earrings, jumpers, and high spirits.  I wish everybody a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  Don’t forget – the first walk in 2017 is on Wednesday 4th January.

(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. A really good walk Rosemary. Excelent photos Arnold. A very good lunch organised by Linda. What more can we ask?
    To paraphrase a Strictly Come Dancing slogan ‘Keep Walking!’
    Happy Christmas to you all.

  2. Graeme Adlum

    Great walk by Rosemary – thank you.

    Excellent write up and photo’s by Arnold.

    Special thanks to Linda for organising the Christmas lunch.

    Wishing my walking friends a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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