Great Harwood 09-12-2018 – Leader Ursula

Great Harwood 09-12-2018 – Leader Ursula

What a change in the weather! After a very wet Wednesday, this was a glorious winter’s day with spectacular far reaching views and the low sun creating some interesting lighting conditions. It was a varied walk to include pastureland, woodland, parkland, reservoirs and river, with plenty of farm animals and birds, such as murmurations of starlings, a kestrel and herons. At different points we had clear views of Pendle (both with and without cloud), Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent, Longridge Fell and  Beacon Fell, as well as the coast at...

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A Heartwarming Christmas Story

A Heartwarming Christmas Story

A message from Paul. When we had the walk from Rufford in the summer, we raised nearly £80, and we topped it up to £100.  The Ramblers said donate it to our favourite charity.   We do a few things with guide dogs and bake-off, etc, but we never got round to giving the £100 anywhere.  Anyway, recently I’ve been taking my daughter to hospital in South Liverpool and dropping her off before taking my grandson to Sefton Park.  I went for refreshments in the little café there and we met ‘the Angel of Sefton Park’.  Serving...

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Summerseat 05-12-2018 – Leaders Steve & Viv

Summerseat 05-12-2018 – Leaders Steve & Viv

What a watery Wednesday walk!!  Poor Steve & Viv, to get a day of uninterrupted heavy rain on their first walk leading experience with us.  But what a brilliant turnout of 21 in support of them on a predictably awful day, and what an excellent walk it was, showcasing the wildness that is so close to their home in Summerseat.  And what luck for yours truly, that I could slope off home a mile before the end of the walk, so that I was showered, warm and dry by the time you were in the café! After admiring John’s vividly-coloured...

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Weets from Barrowford 28-11-2018 – Leader Stephen

Weets from Barrowford 28-11-2018 – Leader Stephen

It was a very interesting day today, for a variety of reasons.  The first is that it was Stephen’s baptism of fire (of water, actually); the second is that several of us counted 23 in the car park, yet the group photo, if you add invisible Ann and Roger P behind the camera, comes to 25; the third was just how quickly a tea shop can serve 20 people when they are due to close in 30 minutes!  In the post before the walk I had asked the group to be gentle with Stephen, but he was even more gentle with us, giving us a varied and interesting...

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Eccleston 25-11-2018 – Leader Roy

Eccleston 25-11-2018 – Leader Roy

This was a walk of varied woodland, furrowed farmland with fields of winter wheat or barley, grazing land, and many farm animals.  For a Roy walk, there was relatively little mud and only 23 stiles! Blue skies at the start soon clouded over, but it remained dry. 9 of us set off from Bygone Times ( a huge store not unlike a giant car boot sale) in a north easterly direction, passing Bradley Hall and Wood End Farm.  After Joe spotted some deer in the distance, we went through a lovely oak wood to then follow the River Yarrow for a time before...

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Bacup 21-11-2018 – Leader Judy

Bacup 21-11-2018 – Leader Judy

Judy showed us today what real walking is like – not that namby-pamby stuff we’ve been doing all summer!  Early on, it looked like Scout Moor Mk2, but once the sleet had stopped, the 23 who bravely turned out today heaved a collective sigh of relief, knowing that they might be cold, but not wet.  Having just returned after 2 months in warmer climes, Steve was reluctant to accept the proffered camera, but accept it he did; he got his own back by giving me 118 pics to whittle down to the excellent 40 that you will see below! From...

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