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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‘The Larks of Dean’ 18-11-2018 – Leader Carol

‘The Larks of Dean’ 18-11-2018 – Leader Carol

On a bright and breezy autumn morning, 14 walkers turned up at Water to find out what on earth Carol meant by ‘the Larks of Dean’.  The assembled company included Alison and friend Norma; Janet & Pauline, who joined us for a walk last year; plus Karen, Gerard and Brian (‘good ole Brian’) – friends of Carol.  Introductions over, Carol led us west and gently upwards to join the Pennine Bridleway, which took us south to the splendidly-converted Peersclough Farm.  The views were very extensive almost from the...

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Foulridge & Wycoller 14-11-2018 – Leader Jean

Foulridge & Wycoller 14-11-2018 – Leader Jean

What a wonderful day!  Lovely weather, 31 walkers (including Beth, still looking about 14), plus a beautiful yet easy route taking in 3 pretty villages.  With our coats off in the afternoon it was hard to believe that it is the middle of November.  Despite the number of walkers and the plethora of stiles, we still managed a good pace and were back at Café Cargo by 3 o’clock. From the canal we crossed the busy A56 and headed south to skirt Foulridge Upper Reservoir, looking very short of water.  Continuing more or less south over...

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Malham 11-11-2018 – Leader Jean

Malham 11-11-2018 – Leader Jean

It was raining as 9 of us arrived at Malham, so it was waterproofs from the start.  We left the village and walked down the river to Hanlith Bridge. We then headed north past Hanlith Hall and over Hanlith moor to Weets Gate.  It was raining steadily as we observed 2 minutes silence, high up on the moor. From Weets Gate we followed the track up to meet Mastiles lane, then over High Stoney Bank and Great Close towards Middle House Farm.  The rain had stopped, and there were glimpses of sun as we stopped for lunch.  We then set off for Malham...

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Langcliffe 07-11-2018 – Leader Ursula

Langcliffe 07-11-2018 – Leader Ursula

A great turnout of 23 today, against a rainy sort of forecast, but – as is often the case – the weather was actually quite benign: warm, with intermittent and sometimes quite heavy rain up to lunchtime, but fine after that.  The upshot was a very nice walk indeed, with strong autumn colours, beautifully captured by volunteer cameraman Mark, despite the difficult conditions.  Before we set off, Mark took shots of the lovely knitted poppies that decorated the church and gardens, in front of which we had the group photo.  Rosemary...

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Halton Green 31-10-2018 – Leader Derek

Halton Green 31-10-2018 – Leader Derek

Halloween today, and Derek promised us no tricks, but instead he gave us treats.  Not only did he provide us with another brilliant walk in perfect conditions, but at the coffee break he passed around some delicious organic chocolates – yum, yum!  The turnout of 27 today was the best for a while, and – wonder of wonders – I actually had two volunteers for the camera!  Mike was in first, so Mark will have to wait his turn.  As you will see from the walk profile, today’s walk was something of an upside down one, as we...

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