2021 April onwards


Pendle-itis 3

 

Thursday 2 September 2021

Distance: 20 Miles

Leader: Peter Smith

 

Cheers & Table Legs...

 

Photo Pendle Pete

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Stormin' Norman and Pendle Pete from South Pennine, John Cowburn from East Lancs and Jeff 'Shaky' Stevens where the only ones on the day to take on the latest Pendle-itis challenge but what a brilliant day it was!
 
Perfect walking weather, not to hot or to cold and viewing outstanding all around this fabulous hill. 
 
Anyone who is sceptical for whatever reason about spending a day on and around one hill, all I can say is you don't know what your missing!
 
 
Pendle Pete

 

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Scouting for Windmills

 

Saturday 21 August 2021

Distance: 20 Miles

Leader: John Philips

 

Norman, John, Anne, Christine, Jeff, Andy, Gerry, Abby, Julie & Ian

 

Where is he?

 

Jeff Shakin' Stevens testing the water

Photos Pendle Pete

Eleven walkers had prebooked on to the walk. With the inclement weather and the prospect of thunderstorms after lunch I expected a raft of cry offs but amazingly everyone showed up.
 
The plan was for a morning moorland loop in the morning and a valley walk in the afternoon.
 
The moorland walk was scheduled to traverse some boggy rough ground so it was hastily revised to make greater use of the windmill access roads.
The memorial cross on Whittle Hill was the first objective and we then descended to Waughs Well on Foe Edge. We didn't stop as it was already occupied by dog walkers.
On to Cowpe Lowe ( no views today) and through the quarries to Top of Leach. Morning break. Along the service roads to climb Knowl Hill , the third trig point of the morning.
 
A long descent back to the start. 11 miles completed.
 
Now Cheesden Valley and at a derelict mill with an attractive waterfall, lunch was taken. A couple ( no names) thought it a great idea to go for a dip in the pool and seemingly loved it.
Down into Deeply Vale, site of several free festivals in the 1970's attracting up to 20000 people. Now it's an oasis of calm with a few derelict buildings hinting at its industrial past.
A short detour from the valley took us to the River Roch.
 
Return was up the Ashworth Valley. Heavily wooded and an interesting skeleton feature hanging from a cliff on the opposite side of the valley. 
The second loop although in the valleys involved more ascent than the moorland loop and of course I got some stick for the final 4 miles being uphill. Thankfully the forecast thunderstorms didn't materialise.
A good day out with two newbies in the party. Hopefully they will return.
 
8 of us then adjourned into Owd Betts pub for a post walk refresher to round off the day.
 
20 miles recorded.
 
John

 

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Bleaklow and Back

 

Thursday 5 August 2021

Distance: 22 Miles

Leader: Peter Graham

 

Norman, Peter and Andrew

 

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Ogden Capers

 

Saturday 17 July 2021

Distance: 20 Miles

Leader: Norman Johnson

 

Lunch On Manshead Hill

 

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Mossley Trundle

 

Saturday 19 June 2021

Distance: 22 Miles

Leader: Norman Johnson

 

Happiness! Michael, John, Karen, Norman Anne & Margaret

 

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Atoms and Worthies

 

Saturday 15 May 2021

Distance: 20 Miles

Leader: Pendle Pete

 

Holme House Doorway 1672

 
 
On a misty Saturday morning on Thursden Heights CP, four LDWA members, Norman and daughter Karen of SP, Peter Steckles of EL and leader Peter Smith also of SP began the walk over to Ponden Hall via Alderhurst Head, Raven Rock and Wycoller Hamlet. Our first morning break was had in the shelter of Wycoller Hall fireplace, as we where now receiving some steady light rain.
Out of Wycoller and climbing to the Pendle Atom, picking up part of the Bronte Way at the track junction with the Pennine Bridleway.
Continuing to Ponden through the Worth Valley by Watersheddles Reservoir, right at Ponden Hall to Lower Slack Farm and up to the top of the beautiful Ponden Clough, with great viewing down the Clough and Worth Valley.
Here was our lunch stop inside a convenient shooting butt, then around and along the opposite side forming a horseshoe and now heading back towards Thursden.
Onto the eastern end of Boulsworth Hill via Crow Hill and the strenuous yomp across the full length to the Trig.
Our afternoon break was taken with the protection of Lad Law Rocks, in the company of a Peacock hunkering down from the wind, goodness know's where he had been swept from.
All that remained now, a quick stride over to Dove Stone Rocks, along the Oil Road, across the Colne - Hebden Road, over Extwistle Moor, down into the lovely Thursden Valley and the short steep climb to the finish.
 
Pendle Pete.

 

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Littleborough & Castleshaw Loop

 

Saturday 24 April 2021

Distance: 20 Miles

Leader: Andrew Underdown

 

Above Castleshaw

 

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