Wednesday, 23rd March 2011

   

            

 

Walk: Mill Wood, Greengore, Plantation Farm, Longridge Fell, Bradley Court, Weedacre Farm, former Craven Heifer PH, Chaigley Hall Wood, Birdy Brow, Stonyhurst College, Hurst Green.
Start Point: Hurst Green Village Hall CP. (donations) Grid Reference: SD 684 382
Distance: 8.5 miles Ascent: 950 feet
Time: 5 hours    
Weather: Glorious. Dry, warm and sunny.
Comments:

On a glorious spring morning thirty five people joined the leader for a circular walk from the village hall at Hurst Green.  The leader first took us down to Mill Wood before the start of a steady ascent of seven hundred feet in three miles to the top of Longridge Fell.  A tea break was taken at the top where a majestic view of the Chipping countryside could be seen.  Following a steepish path down the Chipping side of Longridge fell the group arrived at Bradley Court on the Clitheroe road at Chaigley.  A walk along the road took them past Weed Acre Farm and then using field paths emerged on to the road again at what was once the Craven Heifer Public House.  After another short stretch of road walking the group took to field paths again, slowly ascending to Turner Fold where lunch was taken.  Here, Clitheroe and its castle could be seen in the haze.  With lighter rucksacks and full stomachs the group crossed Birdy Brow at Kemple End and slowly descended over field paths to arrive on a road to the north of Stonyhurst College.  Using one of the many footpaths through the grounds of the college the group could see that a school rugby tournament was taking place.  A couple of fields later they arrived back in Hurst Green.  A lovely day, a lovely leader and good company.

NB: Stonyhurst College is a Jesuit College and was opened in August 1794.  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and J.R.R. Tolkien were onetime students.  For more information go online at www.stonyhurst.ac.uk/


Scroll down to see photos of the walk

Re-grouping in Mill Wood

 

Some of the thirty-six walkers with Pendle Hill in the distance

 

Heading for the sky line and Longridge Fell

 

Some take a break on Longridge Fell Whilst David keeps guard

 

Descending the Chipping side of Longridge Fell

 

33, 34, 35, 36! That's a large group Dorothy

 

Approaching Bradley Court

 

A distant Parlick Pike

 

Training for the Grand National - two stiles and ditch

 

Lunch time at Turner Fold

 

A rugby tournament at Stonyhurst College

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