Wednesday, 12th December 2012

Walk: Jenkinson's, Higher Birks, White Fold, Whiteacre, Hesketh End and Blackmoss Farm.
Start Point: The Derby Arms, Thornley with Wheatley Grid Reference: SD 606 392
Distance: 5.25 miles Ascent: 365 feet
Time: 3 hours    
Weather: Very misty with temperatures just below freezing point and with the sun struggling to make an appearance.
Comments: On this dry but rather cold day thirty four people took part in the annual Christmas Meal walk. Fortunately a few days of frost had created a firm crust on fields that a week or so earlier had been a quagmire. Although there was plenty of frost and mist about the little sun that did shine helped to raise the temperature. Jack frost had been busy painting the countryside creating a pleasant backdrop for the group to admire. On the way round a couple of partially overgrown hedge stiles were cut back and a temporary step on a stile was fixed in place to assist the passage of this group and others. The meal at the Derby Arms was most enjoyable and well organised. Thanks to Terry and also to Pam the leader of the walk.

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Ten fifteen and the sun struggles to shine through the mist


The start of the Christmas Meal walk


Lord's Lane with a hidden Jeffrey Hill in the distance


Still searching for the well


Fortunately a crust of hard frost sealed in the mud beneath


A frost-scape


Limbo, limbo . . .


limbo now - a farmer's anti rambler trap perhaps


No squelch of mud today, unlike the day of the recce


Winter wonderland


Is this web site on the internet?


A white green lane


Another frosty scene


Striations in the sky . . .


but still misty at ground level


Not much heat from the sun today


A hint of Lowry perhaps


Free range


A n-ice treat for the birds


A temporary step installed . . .


testing time


Hesketh End with Parlick Pike beyond


Waiting to cross a stile


Pam checks the route


Hesketh End and Longridge Fell in the background


Heading for Black Moss Farm . . .


after leaving Black Moss House


More frost laden trees


Elmridge Wood


Approaching Blackmoss House Hotel - better known as Ferrari's


One of a farmer's winter chores


A turkey escaping from Little Town Dairy


Settling down for turkey and tinsel


The high table in the gallery


A view from the high table


Rolls being buttered - soup must be on the way

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