Wednesday, 22nd September 2010




Walk: Downham
Start Point: Downham Grid Reference:  
Distance: 5.5 miles Ascent:  
Comments: John Hood lead this walk from Downham village. The village is wholly owned by the Assheton family and much of the modern trappings such as TV aerials etc have been outlawed to help it retain its image of old England which does it credit. Regrettably our numbers were reduced to nine possibly due to a fire on the M6 which caused a long hold up and also a second long walk taking place on the same day in the Lakes. It was a shame because not only is Downham a most beautiful example of an English village but the September weather was exceptional after the recent heavy rains and the views on the walk were magnificent. John kept the group fascinated with his interesting comments on the various places we came across on our way.

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Houses at the top of the village overlooking Downham


View from the top of the village


Downham Church


Downham Church looking from Assheton Arms


Looking towards Assheton Arms


Downham churchyard overlooking the village


Downham Mill built in the 1700s


Views on a lovely day as far as Yorkshire


Ings Beck, the old Saxon border between Mercia and Northumbria


Some of the walkers posing with Pendle just visible in the background


Journey's end back in the village for lunch

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