Wednesday, 19th January 2010




Walk: Higher Birks, Dale House, Forty Acre Farm, Cardwell House, Giles Farm and Wheatley Farm
Start Point: Derby Arms, Thornton with Wheatley Grid Reference: SD 606 393
Distance: 6.2 miles Ascent: 650 feet
Time: 3.75 hours    
Weather: Misty at the start with the sun breaking through later. Dry but not too cold.
Comments: With a misty start, thirty eight people left The Derby Arms at Thornley-with-Wheatley. Passing the Shop at Little Town Dairy and Farm the group joined a track to Higher Birk and then via field paths and garden paths skirted the lower levels of Longridge Fell to reach Dale House. Dale House, which is at the foot of a hillside wood, was still enveloped in a thin mist on arrival. However, after climbing a rather steep path through the wood up to the Longridge Golf Course the mist had lifted and the sun greeted the out of breath walkers. The lifting of the mist afforded ample views of distant fells such as Parlick, Saddle, Fair Oak Field and Burnslack. Crossing the golf course the group continued uphill, on a road, to Cardwell House where a lion stood guard at the gate. After all the climbing the ramblers then headed down a steep field towards Thornley Hall before turning left to pass a blot on the landscape (see photograph) on their way to Giles Farm. A kindly lady at the farm, having seen the group approach, moved a rather large frisky horse out of a paddock to allow the group pass through. (On the recce the frisky horse was obstructing the exit gate and it took a bit of Horse Whispering in order to get it to move over). Leaving Giles Farm by the main drive the walkers then followed a narrow lane to pass Wheatley Farm. Shortly after the farm the group took to the fields again on the return to Little Town Farm and then the pub. Nice walk, nice food and a nice leader.

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Leaving Little Town


Mist clouds lifting near Beacon Fell


The Backmarker in disguise


Hello, fancy a donkey ride?


Christine and Alan on their way to Dale House


Dale House


A tough climb


And then the sun came out


The mist lifting from Longridge Golf Course


A distant Parlick Pike and Saddle Fell


Enter at your peril


Descending towards Thornley Hall


A blot on the landscape


Striding out towards the Derby Arms and food

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