Wednesday, 10th June 2009

             

            

 

Walk: Dove Syke, Drake House, Lowcocks, Grindleton, Horrocksford and Waddington.
Start Point: Waddington car park Grid Reference: SD 726 435
Distance: 8 miles Ascent: <1,000 feet
Time: 4.74 hours    
Weather: Dry, overcast with cool breeze.
Comments: Leaving the car park and then the toilets we passed Waddington Hospital with its picturesque Cottages and water pump in its grounds. Taking a path on the left just beyond the hospital we started a gradual ascent to Feazer Farm on a circular walk that took us through many hay meadows, along green lanes, field paths and some country lanes. On the approach to Grindleton we passed Greendale Mill which was being converted to provide storage facilities. However, it may at one time have been a Felt Hat works. Lunch was taken at Grindleton Playground where ample seating was provided. The return leg of the walk was via a short stretch of road to cross the River Ribble. We then used the Ribble Way on its south bank to travel down stream to Bradford Bridge where we re-crossed the river and made our way over field paths to emerge in Waddington. The forecast was for rain in mid afternoon but our experienced leader got us back before the rain came. Another fine walk!

Scroll down to see photos of the walk

First incline

 

Irises by the wayside

 

Single file to Grindleton Fell

 

David admires the camera

 

Elevenses on logs

 

Our leader

 

Hiding in the grass

 

A well worn stile

 

Perimeter patrol

 

Shall we play on the swings . . .

 

or have a go on the climbing frame?

 

Sorry, no time to play . . .

 

Oi! Wait for me

 

Joining the Ribble Way

 

River Ribble at Grindleton

 

Backmarker catching up

 

Wayside orchid

 

Cottages at Waddington Hospital

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