Sunday, 31st May 2009

             

            

 

Walk: Trig point Longridge Fell, Bradley Hall (now Court), Walker Fold, Turner Fold, Kemple End, Over Hacking, Stonyhurst College, Higher Deer House, Intack and Lennox Farm
Start Point: Jeffrey Hill Grid Reference: SD 640 402
Distance: 10 miles Ascent: 1,430 feet
Time: 6 hours    
Weather: Near clear blue sky with temperature in mid twenties but with a pleasant breeze.
Comments: Oh, what a joy to be in the Lancashire Countryside on a summer like day with the smell of gorse, hawthorn blossom and newly mown grass. From our vantage point on Longridge Fell we could see Ingleborough and other Yorkshire hills in the distance, but spread out below us was the patchwork of the Chipping landscape where farmers were busy mowing the grass. From the top of fell we descended to Bradley Hall (now Court) to follow the road to Weed Acre Farm. Here we rejoined field paths to emerge on to the road again at the former “Craven Heifer” pub/restaurant. It is now closed but according to the lady of the house it is to open, in the future, as B&B for walkers and cyclists. On the way to Walker Fold we were overtaken by a procession of cycles taking part in a race complete with motorcycle mounted Marshall’s. We then followed a footpath upwards to reach Turner Fold where someone had provided a bench. Unfortunately there wasn’t room on it for seventeen bottoms. At this point lunch was taken and we admired the superb panoramic views over the River Hodder and River Ribble valleys with Clitheroe castle peeping up from the trees. After lunch we passed through Kemple End to reach Stonyhurst College (a footpath diversion is in operation at the gate giving access to the front of the college). Stonyhurst College has educated many notable people such as Conan Doyle and Tolkien. Following a well signposted path we crossed a golf course, which was admired because of the profusion of buttercups, to cross a stream before ascending to Higher Deer House. A bit of welcome shade was provided as we descended to cross Dean Brook and then ascend to Greengore (Camping Barn). From this point it was a mainly gradual ascent via Intack and Lennox Farm. On the way we were serenaded by a cuckoo that resided near Dutton Doghouse (kennel). The first part of the last leg of the walk was through heather and the path was not well defined but there are reassuring way markers. Leaving the south side of Longridge Fell with its views the Ribble Valley we crossed to the north side and turned west to be met by a hazy view of Preston and the Blackpool coast in the distance. This is what rambling is about. Thank you leader.

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Top of Longridge Fell

 

A laugh at the photographer's expense!

 

For Bob's daughter in Egypt

 

Chipping landscape

 

Descending Longridge Fell

 

Hay time

 

Still descending

 

Fair Oak Fell

 

Cycle race

 

Dove Cote at Kemple End

 

Country cottage at Kemple End

 

A buttercup meadow

 

Stonyhurst College

 

A yellow golf course

 

Where's the hole?

 

Welcome shade

 

Buttercups and gorse

 

Our leader - right

 

Knee high in heather

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