Sunday, 18th December 2011

   

            

 

Walk: Skinners Syke, Sawley Grange, Rimington, Torrid Bank Wood, Downham, Warsaw End, Chatburn, Grindleton Bridge to Sawley via the Ribble Way
Start Point: Car park at The Spread Eagle Sawley Grid Reference: SD 776 466
Distance: 10.7 miles Ascent: 1,100 feet
Time: 5.5 hours    
Weather: Cold and frosty with no wind, sunny all day, very clear air
Comments: Miraculously the horrendous weather conditions of the previous week disappeared on the day in question and 10 walkers were able to set out from the Spread Eagle in glorious sunshine and gin clear air. A hard frost the previous night also meant less mud underfoot (a perfect day for walking).

Making our way up a track alongside Skinners Syke we had not been walking long before eagle eyed Robb spotted a herd of deer on the ridge at Dockber. After watching the deer for a while we carried on and soon reached the A59 at the top of Sawley brow to cross over to Sawley Grange. From here the route took us through farmland to Stankill Beck where a short stop for elevenses was taken before progressing on to Rimington.

From Rimington a diverse route via Torrid Bank Wood took us to Downham. On the way we were treated to excellent views of Pendle hill to the South and the Yorkshire peaks of Ingleborough and Penyghent to the North with evidence of substantial snow cover on the more Northern hills. Lunch was taken at Downham but with the bench seats covered in shade and still covered in frost a flat topped wall in the car park sufficed as a table for this short stopover.

From Downham we Contoured round Warsaw hill where 21 para-gliders were counted floating over Pendle hill to our left. After taking in the views of the Ribble valley we made our way down to Chatburn before descending further to join the River Ribble. A short walk took us to Grindleton bridge where we crossed over to take the Ribble way back to Sawley. A milestone was celebrated as we crossed the bridge, Kath having achieved her goal of walking 1,000 miles this year (well done Kath). On reaching Sawley, after a change of clothes it was into the warmth of the hotel for pre-meal drinks. Once again the food was excellent and rounded off a perfect days walking.

Thanks again to the Spread Eagle staff for their friendly service and excellent food and as last year it was suggested that we return again in 2012

Scroll down to see photos of the walk

The car park isn't too icy today . . .

 

as we prepare to set off . . .

 

after a couple of quick photos of the ruins of Sawley Abbey . . .

 

and its entrance archway . . .

 

with carved stone work

 

Eagle-eyed Robb spotted some deer on the hillside . . .

 

and Phil made full use of the zoom on his new camera . . .

 

as they made their way along the ridge

 

Crossing a stile onto the A59 . . .

 

then back into the fields . . .

 

The bridge over Dudland Syke

 

A Shetland pony comes to say 'Hello' . . .

 

before we take time out for a coffee stop

 

But it is soon time to move on . . .

 

to cross the bridge over Stankill Beck . . .

 

and on the opposite side three shadows feature in the photo

 

Ingleborough in the snow

 

An impressive property in Rimington

 

Betsy decides whether to jump or go for the Big Step . . .

 

while Jenny tackles the 'obstacle course'

 

Approaching Downham via Downham Beck

 

A few ducks enjoy the sun . . .

 

and Phil zooms in on a duck and drake . . .

 

with a closer photo of the drake

 

Downham

 

Improvisation at lunch time

 

Pendle Hill from Downham

 

Two of the . . .

 

twenty-one para-gliders over Pendle

 

Heading around Worsaw Hill with Pendle Hill in the background . . .

 

then a tricky descent on the frost covered side of the hill

 

Looks more like a summer's day than the middle of December

 

Joining the Ribble at Chatburn

 

The Ribble Way

 

Grindleton Bridge . . .

 

where Kath reaches her target of 1,000 miles walked this year

 

John inspects the erosion . . .

 

which is very much in evidence . . .

 

along this section

 

Not many people on the stepping stones today!

 

Sawley Bridge . . .

 

which we cross as the sun dips below the horizon

 

We gather for pre-dinner drinks . . .

 

before sitting down to another excellent meal

 

Goodbye to the Spread Eagle for another year

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