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 open fields, we reached Cotton Tree, where we turned west along Colne Water – a lovely stretch.  At Carry Bridge we halted for coffee before turning south again towards Mire Ridge (!) and a small ex-Quaker cemetery near Hill Top Farm.  Here there was a plaque commemorating the restoration work carried out in 1926 by Dame Martha Hartley, who Rosemary informed us was the wife of William Pickles Hartley, of jam fame.  After passing through the edge of Trawden, where my Maureen once had relations, we headed east and upwards, with lovely views.  At the very top of this ascent, near Raven Rock Farm, we encountered a field with a pulpit stile at both ends.  These stiles have a high central area which, like a pulpit, is large enough for a preacher to address an open air congregation.  According to the Visit Pendle website, it is thought that some of the famous itinerant preachers, such as George Fox and John Wesley, preached from these pulpit stiles.

We then dropped nicely down into the delightful village of Wycoller, where we had lunch in some comfort, but in a cool breeze.  It turns out that Wycoller Hall was built by the aforementioned Hartley family in the 16th century.  After the ducks had had a good feed, it was very pleasantly north along the Brontë Way / Pendle Way to Colne Water at Laneshaw Bridge.  By this time the sun was shining brightly and the clouds were lovely, so the final part of the walk via Noyna Hall Farm back to Foulridge was a delight.  Refreshments were very efficiently served at Café Cargo to end a great day, thanks to Jean and all the chatty folk who turned out today.  Many thanks to Mark for his lovely photos again, and to Mike for his back marking – not easy with such large numbers.

Write up Arnold, pics mainly Mark.  Appended here are the route stats and profile.

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1 Comment

  1. Having read the write up, and having been told how lovely this walk was, I forced Tom to take me this weekend. I cobbled together a route, following Arnold’s pointers, and can agree with the description. Who knew that there was such wonderful countryside within minutes of Colne and Trawden! Thank you, Jean!!!!

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