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 Blackpool and possibly even to Barrow. Basil described it as the best winter’s walk he’s done for some time.

This was a complicated route with a few navigational challenges which Ursula successfully overcame, leading 9 of us from The Game Cock in Great Harwood. Initially we walked beside the fast flowing River Calder where even the ducks were struggling with the current, and we faced crossing swollen tributaries (after our practice last Wednesday!). We went southwards towards Squires Farm before heading to Hindle Fold, through a Memorial Park and across to Lowerfold Road. We approached Dean Clough Reservoir before climbing up through pine woods, stopping there for our coffee break.

After we headed to Black Low and Middle Mickie Hey, before skirting Parsonage Reservoir and across Wilpshire Moor to Snodworth, passing a barn built over an existing building!  Just above York Road we met some quizzy belted galloway cattle and the bronze effect man, who had a great view of the Ribble valley through all weathers! We stopped for lunch soon after in a hollow sheltering us from the breeze.

Next we passed the north side of Dean Clough Reservoir, heading up to Sunny Bank and following the Lancashire Way, which those present knew little about. We wiggled our way through gorse in bloom before descending to Heys Farm and back down to the river.  We then all expected a flat saunter beside the river, but Ursula had a surprise with another steep but short ascent through woodland before dropping alongside the river and back to our cars.

Read Garden Centre provided excellent refreshments as usual.

Write up and pics – Judy

Distance 10.42 miles.    Total ascent – 1365 feet .   M/h including breaks – 2.1      Stiles – loads – we lost count!

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

“There is a link to the slideshow here. You may need to click within the black page that opens up to see the show – but at least it is full screen! “

 

1 Comment

  1. Arnold Sampson

    The pics do justice to what looks like an excellent walk. The Lancashire Way looked interesting also. Well done to Ursula and Judy.

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