Wednesday, 2nd December 2009




Walk: Spade Mill Reservoir, Tootle Height, Written Stone, Cottam House Farm, Knowle Green, Kellets Farm, Boyce Brook, Buckley Hall, Frances Green and Corporation Arms.
Start Point: Corporation Arms, Longridge Grid Reference: SD 618 373
Distance: 5.5 miles Ascent: Less than 1,000 feet, nothing strenuous
Time: 3 hours    
Weather: Dry with bright sunshine not too cold.
Comments: The dynamic duo, John and Norman, led the walk and thirty four people followed them. Before the walk John told the group a little about the Corporation Arms and the walk itself. Following a wide and muddy track around Spade Mill Reservoir, which was constructed in the early nineteen fifties, we reached Tootle Height. The area was at one time a stone quarry and it is said that stone from there was used in the construction of Blackburn Cathedral. It was later used as a race track and caused much consternation to ramblers wishing to use a path across the track. Part of the quarry has been used for housing and in a nearby pond we sighted a family of black swans. Following Written Stone Lane we reached the “Written Stone” (See photograph below). After passing through an unusually clean farm yard at Cottam House Farm we crossed the Longridge to Hurst Green road to a bus stop, not to make use of our bus passes but to climb a nearby stile. Thirty six passengers would have put a smile on any bus driver’s face. Leaving the bus stop we crossed a muddy field or two to arrive at one of Longridge Fell's many streams. We walked upstream to nearby houses before turning south, south east towards Kelletts Farm. By some hen cabins at Kellets Farm was what appeared to be a lady with ankle length attire feeding hens. It was in fact a form of scarecrow. After some more muddy fields and slippery and rotted stiles we dropped down to Boyce Brook before a short ascent to Pinfold on the B 6245. Crossing the B 6245 we then passed by Frances Green (an area) and Simmy Nook to arrive at the Corporation Arms where we enjoyed excellent fare. An enjoyable walk with views of Longridge Fell and the Ribble Valley at Ribchester. Plenty of mud with plenty of views.

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Above Spade Mill reservoir


Reservoir near Hill Top


Black swans on the pond at the former quarry


Group discussing the . . .


Written Stone


Can the horses read then!


Have your passes ready please!


A lady scarecrow

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