Wednesday, 15th December 2010




Walk: Worsaw End House, Little Mearley Hall, Lane Side, Mearley Hall, High Moor, Tower Hill, Salthill Quarry and Worston
Start Point: Calf's Head, Worston Grid Reference: SD 768 427
Distance: 5.8 miles Ascent: 400 feet
Time: 3.5 hours    
Weather: Cold and overcast with frozen ground underfoot.

Forty-five people departed the Calf’s Head at Worston dressed in various forms of Christmas attire. The first port of call was Worsaw End House which, it is said, was used in the film “Whistle Down The Wind”. From here the route appeared to be heading for Pendle Hill and a bit of an ascent but fortunately the leader turned south west using lanes, tracks and field paths to ascend a little way up Pendle Hill to Mearley Hall, passing Little Mearley Hall and Lane Side on the way.  At Mearley Hall the direction changed again. This time descending a gradual incline in a north westerly direction to cross the busy A59 towards Clitheroe where it’s Castle could be seen. The group then found themselves passing through an industrial park built on the site of the former Salthill Quarry. The route used part of a “Geology Trail” in the former quarry and, in passing, one the members found fossils which may be as old as three hundred and sixty million years of age.  Another point of interest was a unit where puddings are made.  (See photograph). Unfortunately there wasn’t time to stop to sample the fare.  For more information about “Passion for Puddings” see:; on the internet. In the former Salthill Quarry a small park has been provided and this is where the group gave voice to a number of Christmas Carols. After crossing the A59 again the group arrived back in Worston. Here a transformation took place when people, recently clad in walking gear, emerged from their cars dressed in their glad rags dolled up to the nines. At this time the “Long” and “Short” Wednesday groups joined together for a Christmas meal. As usual the Calf’s Head food and drink was excellent and went down a treat. After the meal, the Trophy for the Muddiest Long Wednesday Walk was presented to the leader of the “Worthington Lakes” walk in November last. A good walk, a good meal, and good company. Thanks to Ian and his “Management” and also to Terry who organised the meal.

Norman (Muddy Walk Trophy recipient)

Scroll down to see photos of the walk

The leader in Tribal Head-dress


Departing the Calf's Head


The backmarker in action


Towards - but not up - pendle


The leader plus forty-four


An abundance of berries


By request


Clitheroe Castle


Entering a copse


Choir Practice


Carol sheets provided . . .


with two sopranos . . .


two contraltos . . .


a tenor . . .


and Margaret


It would be nice to sample their wares


A short cut


Catching up on the news


Little Bo Peep at Worston

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