Wednesday, 12th October 2011

   

            

 

Walk: “Three Rivers Walk”- From bridge over R. Wenning, footpath through woods then across the fields towards the Sewage Works at Wray and River Hindburn. Over Meal Bank Bridge, then footpath to Meal Bank Farm; down hill to Hindburn Bridge; up through Pawley Wood to minor road then into Wray. Through Wray taking Back Lane past Peasber Barn to Hornby Castle and River Wenning Weir and Bridge.
Start Point: The Royal Oak Hotel, Hornby Grid Reference: SD 585 687
Distance: 5 miles Ascent: 500 feet
Time: 3 hours    
Weather: Raining, overcast and drizzling all morning
Comments: Fifteen people turned up for a walk in the rain to imagine the “wonderful views’ of this very pleasant walk. Although it rained all morning, it was basically drizzle and didn’t cause any problems or dampen the spirits. We were amazed at the amount of water going over the weir on the River Wenning and the dangerous flow of the river in flood. The ground was wet and muddy in parts, especially at gateways, but not as bad as could have been expected. The main problem was the slippery nature of the stiles and the accumulation of mud which built up as we climbed over them! The rain enhanced the smells – so we knew when we were approaching the Sewage Works. We enjoyed our break at Meal Bank Farm and were entertained by the farmer trying to entice his heifers back in off the fields – they knew they were in for a vaccination! The climb up through Pawley Wood was difficult and the ‘muddiest walk award’ was threatened to be presented! A group decision was made to avoid the ‘third’ river, the Roeburn, as crossing by a foot bridge when the river was in flood, may have been hazardous, so we took the lane into Wray. Wray is a very pretty, historic village and the cottages were admired by everybody. So a group of very damp walkers arrived back at the Royal Oak in time for an excellent meal served by congenial hosts. This walk is worth repeating in the middle of summer when hopefully it will be drier underfoot and the lovely views could be appreciated.

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Clean stile - first time visited!

 

Misty view over to Wray

 

Short road walk in drizzle

 

Comfy seat for coffee break

 

Ladies reluctant to come home

 

Lovely screen of water but too early to wash boots

 

Run off from fields into the River Hindburn

 

Ann leads from the back, in mud, after a little misunderstanding of the path

 

Christine negotiates the last muddy puddle

 

Hornby Castle, nearly home

 

The River Wenning in flood

 

Where is the weir?

 

Ann and her gang enthralled by the flood waters

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