Sunday, 8th November 2009




Walk: Emmett, Ouzel Thorn, Tarnbrook, Tarnbrook Wyre (River), Spreight Clough, Tower Lodge (known locally as The Canister), Marshaw Wyre (River) Marshaw and Abbeystead House.
Start Point: Stoops Bridge, Abbeystead Grid Reference: SD 563 543
Distance: 8 miles Ascent: 710 feet
Time: 4.25 hours    
Weather: Sunny at the outset but clouded over at around 14.00 hrs. Mild.
Comments: This week the Marshaw Wyre River wasn’t threatening to flood the car park at Stoops Bridge, Abbeystead, as it was the previous week. With the sun in the sky June led sixteen of us towards Emmett and Ouzle Thorn. By eleven o’clock we were in a field near Emmett Wood. Here we observed two minutes silence. The time was synchronised by a small transistor radio which was held by Bill Morgan, his arm extending in all directions in order to receive a signal. After this sombre moment we continued to Tarnbrook, which at one time was a Quaker “Hat Making” hamlet. Continuing through the small hamlet we then crossed the Tarnbrook Wyre towards Spreight Clough. After a gradual climb we then descended to Tower Lodge (known locally as The Canister). Following the Marshaw Wyre down stream we had lunch at Marshaw with the sun on our backs whilst sitting on boulders forming the river bank. Continuing down stream we passed Abbeystead House which was on the opposite bank of the river. The house was constructed by the Earl of Sefton. Her Majesty the Queen is reputed to have stayed there. After walking over muddy waterlogged ground we arrived back at our cars at Stoops Bridge to be greeted by a hail shower. From then on the weather deteriorated rapidly. A nice walk with gorgeous autumn colours. Thank you June.

Scroll down to see photos of the walk

River Wyre at Stoops Bridge


June leads the way as Bill counts everyone out


Past the Lodge to Abbeystead House


Muddy gateway near . . .


what's it called . . .


oh yes, that's it


11 o'clock - two minutes silence as Bill plays at being an aerial


Bird food


Ramblers feeding


Crossing . . .


the Tarnbrook Wyre . . .


and through Tarnbrook


Over the Tarnbrook Wyre again at Gilberton . . .


and a pleasant scene with a tributary stream


Attractive Wyre Way marker showing an indigenous plant


Good views out to Morecambe Bay


Another Wyre Way marker showing the past presence of an artillery battery nearby


Tower Lodge in the Trough of Bowland . . .


and it is the Marshaw Wyre in the Trough


A reflective barn


Lunch stop by the fast flowing Marshaw Wyre


Two minutes called, must leave this pleasant spot


Ghost tree - not frost


another marker stone near . . .


Abbeystead House

Return to 2009 Diary                                                                     Return to top