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- by Mike Crickett
- Jan 28, 2016
January 28th, Rivington.
A total of 13 hardy souls turned up to brave the poor weather and even worse conditions under foot. Thus we only travelled locally to Rivington kept to reasonably good paths and covered a distance of approx. 6.5 to 7mls. The usual refreshments were enjoyed on our return to the Delph Tavern. Here's hoping for better weather in February.
February 25th, Long Causeway.
A good turnout this month saw us make our way to Hurstwood Resvrs climbing up to Long Causeway returning part of the way following and walking on a huge iron water pipe. The weather was dry but very windy with rain just starting as we returned to the car park. With rose pink windblown cheeks being sported back at base the usual refreshments were enjoyed by all. Walk distance 7 miles.
March 25th, Darwen Tower.
Poor weather forced a change to our original walk so the closer venue of Darwen was chosen. Lunch was eaten in the tower during a brief respite from the rain which continued all day. Then a thankfully brisk walk down hill round the reservoirs back to the car park just off the Belmont road and out of the rain. It was more enjoyable getting wet inside back at The Delph Tavern while we dried out in more comfortable surroundings. Here's hoping for more favourable weather in April.
April 22nd, Halo Panopticon.
We parked at the East Lancashire Steam Railway station in Rawtenstall. The walk starts with a steep climb up to the Halo past the dry ski slope with excellent views to be had from the Halo site. Further climb up to the moor where lunch was taken and the rain started. Across the moor and down the valley on the other side, took us back into Rawtenstall where the rain actually stopped as we made our way back to the station car park. We were unlucky not to see any steam engines as there were no trains running that day. We walked a distance of about 7.5 miles. The usual refreshments were partaken back at base The Delph Tavern.
May 27th, Great Hill
Weather forecast not good so we decided on an old favourite Abbey Village over to White Coppice and return via Brinscall and Withnell. On our way over the moor the weather stayed fine so we altered the route to go over Great Hill and return to Abbey Village through Roddlesworth Reservoirs. A total of 8miles. A pleasant day had by all who attended with the usual quenching of thirst back at base, The Delph Tavern.
June 24th, Frodsham.
Parking in the centre Frodsham a walk through the town takes you down to the river Weaver. A short distance along the river we turn away and walk across country behind the town going round to join The Sandstone Trail. This follows the escarpment above Frodsham with stunning views over to Wales, the Mersey estuary, Liverpool and beyond. A last stop at the memorial, overlooking the town, for a photo opportunity and quick break, before making our way back to the car park. Needless to say the usual refreshments were enjoyed on our return to The Delph Tavern. We covered a distance just short of 8 miles.
July 22nd, Winter Hill.
In view of the continuing heat wave, twelve members made the short, relatively easy ascent of Winter Hill from Barrow Bridge. Total mileage - 6.27, ascent - 925 ft.
August 26th, Bradford Fell.
No not that Bradford, the fell above West Bradford village to the east of Clitheroe. We set off from Bradford Bridge through the village and not long into the walk were approached by an elderly lady who asked if she could join us. Carole had got lost on her way to Stocks Reservoir due to a road closure and diversion. Having come all the way from Rossendale we could only agree and welcomed her to our merry U3A group. So off we set once again climbing continuously to the top where we had lunch. Weather was sunny except for a cold wind, views were most enjoyable and the only other incident was Kathy having a fly in her eye. We said our goodbyes to Carole back at the village and returned to base The Delph Tavern where the usual refreshments were also very much enjoyed.
October 28th, Barley
As it was approaching Halloween the obvious choice was Pendle area and of course the witches. The walk taking in the historical buildings around the area dating back as far as the 16th century. The old church cemetery in the village of Newchurch claims to be the burial place of Alice Nutter one of the so called witches condemned at Lancaster. Weather was intermittent rain but not heavy downpours and a distance of 7miles was covered. The usual refreshment was enjoyed back at The Delph Tavern.
November 25th, Cinderbarow.
A very good turn out for our last walk of this year heading north not far from Yealand Redmayne to park at the sight of the miniature railway at Cinderbarrow. A nice stroll along the Lancaster canal to Holme around Clawthorpe through Burton in Kendal with a short return along the canal to the start. Fine weather was enjoyed which of course made for a pleasant day out. To round off the year and due to the generous hospitality of Mike Crickett drinks hotpot and desserts were enjoyed at his home. Thank you Mike once again for your warm and kind invitation. Maybe this was why the turnout was so good. A thank you also to all our members who come along in all weathers to make the ramblers a success. Lets hope for a continued enjoyable rambling experience for 2015.