Hurst Green, Feb 16th

With good weather forecast we thought, at the most, 15 people would turn up at Hurst Green for this walk but every time I counted more appeared. Ken B brought along his 9 years old grandson, Ben, who was going to do his first walk of over 5 miles. By 10 am there were29 people and 4 dogs ready to go and I was glad that Richard offered to be back-marker.

We set off down Lambing Clough Lane and the Ribble Way, leaving it at Hey Hurst, turning right on the farm road and crossing a couple of fields to reach Longridge Road. Passing Shireburn House we continued uphill through Hudd Lee Wood before having a short stop on the track which winds its way round the fellside and eventually to the top of Longridge Fell. Chocolates and caramel shortcake were passed round and after having a quick drink we set off again, in lovely sunshine, turning left along the path through the woods which brought us out at the trig point on Spire Hill. Although, at only 350 metres, it is not particularly high, the views especially on a day like today can be quite panoramic looking across to Parlick, Totridge and the Bowland Fells with Ingleborough visible in the distance.

We had our lunch here before starting off again following the ridge on the path which today was hard frozen and not the usual boggy mess before turning left to descend the fell passing Lennox Farm and Plantation Farm to arrive at Old Clitheroe Road.

The final 2 miles took us past the lovely Greengore Farm and through more attractive woodland arriving back at Hurst Green at 2.30pm after walking just 10 miles. 29 set off and I’m sure 29 came back but if you didn’t then let me know! Thanks to Richard for back-marking and to young Ben, who was an absolute delight, and everyone else who came along on such a nice day. I hope you all enjoyed it!


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