Wednesday, 24th August 2011




Walk: Whalley (Abbey), Whalley Bank, Bowley Scout Camp and Dean Clough Reservoir
Start Point: Spring Wood car park, Whalley Grid Reference: SD 742 360
Distance: 9 miles Ascent: 1,400 feet
Time: 5 hrs    
Weather: Bright and sunny most of the day with rain threatening at the end of the walk.
Comments: Leaving Spring Wood the group of twenty plus wandered down hill to the township of Whalley to view the railway viaduct and Abbey area. The leader, John, related information to the group about the viaduct and the Abbey before crossing the River Calder to walk a steep path to Whalley Banks. From Whalley Banks, John took the group past the Bowley Scout Camp before skirting Great Harwood on the way to Dean Clough Reservoir. Lunch was taken overlooking the reservoir which allowed one to digest the views as well as food. Returning along the north side of the reservoir the group then dropped down to Whalley to re-cross the River Calder passing one of its weirs as the group started a gentle climb by road to Spring Wood. Although there had been one or two spots of rain the rain held off until people had started to return home. Then it poured down. Nice walk in a nice area, thank you leader.

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John tells a story before . . .


we set off from Spring Wood, Kemple End can be seen in the background


Underneath the arches at Whalley viaduct


Story time at a gatehouse - Whalley Abbey


where we inspect the architecture inside . . .


and outside


NO MORE HOUSES WANTED in Whalley. Will . . .


these and . . .


these suffice


River Calder West . . .


and East


The path up to Whalley Banks


Looking down on Whalley from Whalley Banks


Coffee in Dean Wood


Two young gate keepers


Speckled Wood butterfly - common in the south but only local in the north


Approaching Dean Clough Reservoir


Traipsing along the path around Dean Clough Reservoir . . .


and another view of the same path


A short climb towards the lunch stop . . .


where there is time for a nap!


Looking N.N.E. over Dean Clough Reservoir


Looking East


I'm a cow, so why do I have a ring through my nose?


Weir on the River Calder

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