Weets from Barrowford 28-11-2018 – Leader Stephen

Weets from Barrowford 28-11-2018 – Leader Stephen

It was a very interesting day today, for a variety of reasons.  The first is that it was Stephen’s baptism of fire (of water, actually); the second is that several of us counted 23 in the car park, yet the group photo, if you add invisible Ann and Roger P behind the camera, comes to 25; the third was just how quickly a tea shop can serve 20 people when they are due to close in 30 minutes!  In the post before the walk I had asked the group to be gentle with Stephen, but he was even more gentle with us, giving us a varied and interesting walk with nice long breaks and frequent stops to allow slow coaches like me to catch up.   All in all, an excellent day despite some inclement weather, so ‘well done, Stephen’.

From the Heritage Centre it was north along Pendle Water on the Pendle Way, before branching off to climb gently across the fields to Blacko, where we crossed the main road to circle around the south and east of Blacko Hill and the iconic tower, a folly built by grocer John Stansfield in 1899.  Soon we had our coffee stop behind a wall out of the wind, before continuing to climb northward to Admergill Pasture, with very pleasant views along the way.  The weather was  unseasonably warm, so it wasn’t long before layers were being removed.  Now on the Pendle Way again, we had cloudy views of Pendle itself to the west.  Soon we were on Gisburn Old Road, which led us to Weets House Farm and their delightful herd of gentle alpacas, who appreciated a good old sniff at us.

Following the Pendle Way still, a little more climbing – now in quite strong wind and rain – took us to the summit of Weets Hill at 397m (1300 ft), where we were really battered by the weather – storm Diana?  Off the top, it was north east and down (properly down in my case!) to reach Folly Lane, at the end of which we turned sharply south and more or less contoured to Moor Side Farm, where we had lunch in an idyllic spot.  After lunch it was east to Dye House Farm and then south to the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, with rain in our faces for much of the way.  Following the canal southward took us to Foulridge Wharf and a sneaky toilet stop for some, before we reached Foulridge Lower Reservoir, where Roger got some excellent shots in relatively sunny conditions.

Passing Ball Bridge, we walked south along Wanless Water for a stretch before cutting off across the fields to continue southward to Higherford and Barrowford, making a quick change and a dash to the Heritage Centre café.  In difficult conditions, Roger P’s pictures were remarkably good, showing the best of an excellent walk, thanks to Stephen.  The back marker (guess who?) didn’t do so well, losing two people after the Foulridge stop.  Finally, we hope that Tom is OK after a heavy early fall backwards on a slippery stone stile.

Write up Arnold, pics mainly Roger P.  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.


  1. Well done Stephen on leading your first walk. It was varied & full of interest. Many thanks to Arnold for an excellent write up & to Roger for some fine photos in difficult conditions.

  2. Congratulations all round – to Stephen for leading an excellent first walk, to Roger for some great photos in difficult conditions and to Arnold for his usual super write-up. For those who’ve asked about my back, it isn’t too bad, thanks, but it becomes REALLY bad when Gill says ‘Tom, can you do this….?’ and even worse when it’s ‘Tom, will you do this….?’ Could be a long job….!

  3. Adam Brockbank

    Well done Stephen on leading your first walk with Rossendale Ramblers. You’ve passed the test.
    As always an excellent write up, I think you got one of the biggest write ups I’ve seen for a while.

  4. Many thanks Arnold for your excellent review of my performance and also to Roger P for getting some good photos in difficult conditions – there’s a couple from me included here also.

    Also many thanks to everybody who came out and supported me, gave me words of encouragement and wished me well, everybody was so nice and it made the day special for me.

  5. Great write up, Arnold, and well done to Stephen – a difficult day, weather wise, but I was told you did a good job!

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