Sabden - Tues. 17th. Feb. 15

Sabden - Tuesday 17th. February 2015


Eighteen members and two dogs met today for our walk from Sabden.  The weather looked bright to the west but there was low cloud to the east.

Our walk took us onto Parsley Lane then immediately north onto Wiswell Moor.  Passing through the old lead workings we came to the ridge wall which lead us to the trig column at the highest point.  A short detour was then made to the reputed grave of Jeppe Knave (Geoffrey Curtis) a local highwayman who was executed and buried on Wiswell Moor in 1327.

 A steep descent took us down to Audley Clough and through to Wymondhouses, which was the site of the first Congregational Church in North East Lancashire.  Easy field paths and tracks took us through Pendleton to Mearley Hall where we again took to the fields for a stiff climb up the flank of Ashenden Clough to the Clayton Harrier's Memorial.  Crossing the clough (where we had lunch) we proceede past Deerstones Quarry and over Spence Moor ( where one of our members was unfortunate enough to find a deep part of the bog and sink almost to his waist, no harm done as he took it in good spirit).  Down Cock Clough to Sabden Fold and into the hidden Sabden Valley at Dean Farm, a short climb took us to Churn Clough Reservoir and a stoney track back to our cars.

 The weather remained clear and bright all day with a blustery wind just on the tops.

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Thanks Dave for leading the walk and writing this report,