‘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 word ‘go’, and they remained so throughout the walk, as I hope the photos testify.

From Peersclough we continued west to the highest point of our walk at a little over 1000 feet, where Carol pointed out a stone plaque in the wall – see featured photo.  One would never guess that the words on the plaque are Lancashire dialect for ‘Larks of Dean’, but that is what they mean.  Our very own Edwin Waugh wrote about this local quire (choir), who are now based in Bury.  You can listen to them singing at Peersclough here.  Excitement over, we turned south across Swinshaw Moor to a very tight pinch stile in the corner – one of a few awkward stiles on the walk today; Judy’s footpath officer camera clicked quite a few times!  Just after leaving the moor, we had a short break for refreshments against a wall at Higher Bank Top.

After the break, it was pleasantly downhill to Burnley Road East again, past a small lodge park and a number of poppies on lampposts.  The one I show has another at the back of it with the same surname – presumably two brothers who very sadly perished in WWI.  On crossing the road, we headed south on the Pennine Bridleway to Shaw Clough, where we turned north to pass Dean Height Farm and Hoyle Dean in the Forest of Rossendale, though there were not many trees about, only pregnant ewes.  Continuing north and then west, we passed the interesting glamping pods of Rossendale Holiday Cottages, and thence back to the start.  All in all, a bracing and scenic walk, in very pleasant company, to end the year’s Sunday short walks in fine style, thanks to Carol and all who came.

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

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 will need to click within the black page that opens up to see the show.

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