Rossendale GC & Lunch 19-12-2018 – Leader Jean

Rossendale GC & Lunch 19-12-2018 – Leader Jean

As Frank Carson was wont to say – “what a cracker”!  A scenic walk that went from grey and cool to blue and warm, with no rain; a lovely Christmas lunch with excellent quizzes and a matching craic; and – for some – a Rawtenstall pub crawl afterwards.

Of the 35 who turned out to walk today, it was lovely to see Andy and Graham again.  Andy brought Roy a surprise Christmas present of a pheasant, which he apparently does NOT have to pluck.  From the golf club we headed west along the road past ‘Hassie High’, before crossing the course towards Helmshore, passing something of a menagerie en-route, complete with a donkey in a stable!  Heads and Christmas hats held high, it was then through a small and exclusive housing development (with a sad recent history) to cross a road to our first climb of the day.  This took us steadily south and upwards across fields in quite thick mist.

Eventually, Peel Tower appeared out of the mist, at over 1100 feet the highest point of our walk today.  Our break was taken here, with various delicious edible and drinkable items being dispensed – to ward off the cold, of course!  Then it was down the steep track to the base of the hill at Holcombe and the Shoulder of Mutton, a very popular local for many.  The well-named Rake took us steeply east into Ramsbottom, with extensive views across the valley, now bathed in sunshine.  Here David C advised Jean on an alternative route to Irwell Vale, to which Jean – ever for the easy life – readily agreed.

The new route brought us through the Tanners area of Ramsbottom into Carr and the beautifully-situated Old Mill Hotel, before taking us north through scenic Oxhey Wood into Stubbins.  Here we spotted the amusing site of ‘St Ubbins’ organic farm and apiary, with available allotments for anyone who is interested.  Then we were soon crossing the River Irwell on the old railway line to reach Irwell Vale, from where it was a short stroll along the road and back to the golf club.  Back marker Judy was assiduous in her duties, and brought all 35 of us back.

With some changes of clothes, and welcoming others to the lunch who had not walked, we were very well looked after by the golf club steward and staff, in a function room with lovely views across the course.  40 sat down for lunch, with Auntie Linda giving us lovely little cards to remind us of what we had ordered!  The convivial atmosphere, the quizzes, and the very nice and efficiently served food ended a brilliant day at the end of a brilliant year for Rossie Ramblers.  Many thanks to Jean, David C & Judy for the walk, to Linda for the arrangements, to Diana and Sue for excellent quizzes, and to all who came for making it such a memorable occasion.  I would like to wish all of our members a Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year.

PS Hop and Northern Whisper that 9 of us researched ready for the 2019 pub walks were excellent.

Pics & write up Arnold.  Appended here are the route stats and profile.

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  1. Thanks to Linda, Jean,and all who made Wed.
    such a success.A merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year to all Rossie Ramblers.

  2. Tom Hughes

    Just a quick ‘thank-you’ to everyone who helped make yesterday’s walk and meal so enjoyable, and a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all the Rossy Ramblers.

  3. So Jean led her caravan of weary walkers back to the Inn but this time there was plenty of room and no one was placed in the manger. What an excellent day and what a great venue for our Christmas dinner, ’twas indeed a right treat ! Thank you everyone for a seamlessly organised day.

  4. Susan Holden

    The hill and mountain quiz raised £20 for the Lifeboats charity.
    Many thanks to everyone.
    Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

  5. Lovely to see everyone yesterday. Thanks to Linda for organising an excellent lunch. I’d like to thank you all for your good wishes and to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful and healthy 2019.

  6. Thank you to everyone who organised yesterday. Great walk, great meal and not a bad pint to finish the day off. Merry Christmas to everyone and a Happy New Year.

  7. Graeme Adlum

    What a great day. I can’t believe we managed 9.2miles before our Christmas lunch but well done to Jean (and David) for the route planning.
    The choice of venue was excellent, with a good meal and great company. Thank you to Linda for organising this. Then finished off with a few beers in Rawtenstall and some good chat.
    Have a great Christmas everyone and all the best for the New Year.

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