Wednesday, 31st March 2010

   

            

 

Walk: Moor Hey, Hoardsall, Forty Acre Farm, Jeffrey Hill, Lennox Farm and New Drop Inn Dutton.
Start Point: New Drop Inn Grid Reference: SD 644 390
Distance: 5 miles Ascent: 800 feet
Time: 3 hours    
Weather: Cold wind with sleet/rain in the air
Comments: The walk commenced at the New Drop Inn on the side of Longridge Fell which is in the Forrest of Bowland. Fifteen people took part and for once the men out numbered the women. Over night snow lay on the ground at elevations over five hundred feet above sea level. The snow was of a wet variety and proved to be slippery underfoot as one or two people found out when they landed on their bottoms.
Wearing extra layers the group descended to Moor Hey before crossing a tricky stile and an un-bridged stream. Barbed wire caused one or two tears to attire during the paddle across the stream, but nothing serious. The leader then took the party through Hoardsall Farm where sheep and lambs could be seen sheltering from the sleet and cold. Continuing uphill the group crossed a road and several sodden fields to reach Forty Acre Farm with its transmitter mast standing sentinel in the grey sky. Joining a road the leader took the party up to Cardwell House which, in good weather, has splendid views across the valley towards Chipping and its surrounding fells. After a refreshment break the group continued, climbing gently on the north side, to the wooded area at the summit of Longridge Fell. Skirting the wood the route then descended on the south side to Lennox Farm before joining the narrow lane back to the New Drop Inn. On the way along the lane a wide load struggled to navigate overhanging trees. The load consisted of a 1960s excavator that was being taken for restoration. Arriving at the New Drop Inn the group enjoyed a good meal and a warm. Thank you leader! The New Drop Inn is offering a one and a half mile walk on Longridge Fell once a fortnight on a Tuesday with a meal and mulled wine. Their web site can be found at: www.newdrop.co.uk

Scroll down to see photos of the walk

Lawn of New Drop Public House

 

A watery crossing

 

Sheltering from the rain and late snow

 

Walking above the snow line

 

A slippery stile

 

Ascending Longridge Fell

 

Entering a Quiet Lane

 

Coffee in the snow

 

Low gear for half a mile . . .

 

wet gear for 10 miles

 

Longridge Fell, 4 days into British Summer Time

 

A muddy route to the top of Longridge Fell

 

On top of Longridge Fell

 

A snow-covered Pendle

 

Free Range

 

Wide load - narrow lane

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