2018 09 01 The West Craven Way

SP Beneath Kelbrook Moor

SP Approaching L&L Canal At East Marton


Goats Milking Carousel


Sunnybank’ Horton


Llamas/Alpacas At Weets House
Heads Or Tails At Duck Pond Cottage Near Barnoldswick


Setting out from Salterforth at 8.30am with good numbers, a mixed group of twelve including a recent LDWA recruit and favourable weather, we strode along the L&L towpath at a lively moderate pace towards County Brook at Mill Bridge.

Left here through fields and across to the A56, crossing the road to more fields, over Lancashire Ghyll, up to Oxenards Farm, crossing track and taking path to Noyna End with views now beginning to open up all around.
Dropping down and across to the climb up Great Edge, where vast areas of Lanc’s & York’s can be seen.
Across to the back of Black Lane Ends Pub, left and over moorland to Scald Bank Farm, dropping down to Harden Clough under the shadow of Kelbrook Moor.
Making our way over the field system to Bleara Side and the road junction of the Earby road with the earliest turnpike in Pendle, the Colne - Skipton road 1755.
Walking along the road to Dodgsons Lane, we followed this with great viewing into the Craven/Pendle area,
Dropping all the way down to Booth Mill Bridge and up into Thornton-In-Craven, crossing the A56 again for the Pennine Way along Cam Lane.
The lane ran out into fields which where busy with haymaking, before reaching the L&L Canal again and into East Marton via St Peter’s Church.
Onto Inglethorpe Lane for a good mile before reaching the Manor, up onto the hillside towards Gledstone Hall where we had lunch with superb views of the immediate area and distant fells.
Joining the Gisburn road behind and west of our lunch stop, we continued to the footpath right for Horton.
Through fields and beyond Horton we crossed the A59 and followed rough paths through fields to Stock (A former Medieval Village) Over Stock Beck and over the Barnoldswick road at Bracewell.
More fields, passing a plantation and lake and a Go-Kart Track, before reaching Brogden Lane.
Right here for Coverdale Farm and the junction of Coal Pit Lane/Howgill Lane, left onto stoney track and straight up all the way to Weets House.
Down the lane to Star Hall, left up and over the moor to the sculpted heads at Duck Pond Cottage. 
Down track to Higher View and right here, over heather moorland, down to building below with lane leading to the Barnoldswick Old Road and Letcliffe Park. 
Cross road, straight through park and down fields to the L&L towpath and along briefly back to Salterforth.
Back inside the estimated time and a good time had by all, with thanks from leader Pendle Pete to all who offered support and encouragement to the inexperienced walker.