Wednesday, 15th February 2012
||From New Holly to Cleveleymere, Scorton, cross R.
Wyre to Caravan Park, cross A6 to Lancaster canal; Cabus Nook,
Radcliffe Bridge, Nicholson's Farm back to New Holly.
||The New Holly, Forton
||SD 492 504
||Mild and bright with
occasional sunny spells; a slight chilly breeze at times
||A combination of factors meant that this
day proved to be one of the most popular this year with 42 walkers
and 1 independent walker (Jack). There was no short walk last week,
it was a beautiful day and members did not like to let Ann down as
she had had to pay a £50 deposit to secure the meal booking!! She
was extremely grateful and moved by their loyalty.
We set off down Hollins Lane which was thankfully quiet but the
group became divided down the minor road as a huge tanker approached, half the group retreated. We regrouped at the bottom of the hill
near Cleveleymere. The air was so still that there were wonderful
reflections in the water. Banks of snowdrops were everywhere. The
stiles were not too difficult to negotiate so there was little
hanging around and the path to Scorton, although a little muddy
could have been a lot worse. We had a sunny break at the playground
in Scorton where most people found a seat or wall to sit on and the
public toilets came in handy. Unbelievably crossing the A6 was a
doddle. The whole group got across at one go and they were walking
in file!! I think everybody enjoyed the walk along the canal in the
sunshine, admiring the boats, commenting on their names and
encouraging the young fishermen; family outings as it was half term.
We arrived back at the New Holly before the expected time but the
meals were served steadily, but with such a large group, 40 diners,
some had to wait 30 mins. to be served. Everybody commented that the
meals were excellent, and thought the pub could be used again.
Perhaps the landlady would realise that Fylde Ramblers could be
relied upon to turn up and not request a deposit next time.
Thanks must go to Ann McKay for assisting in the leadership and
rekeying and Stewart for being an excellent back marker and herding
in the flock.
Scroll down to see photos of the walk
Ann and Terry lead the way
42 Walkers today
John strides out
Reflections in Cleveley Mere
Snowdrops in abundance
Snowdrops in the hedge
Queuing for a stile
Crossing a little bridge
Bridge over the River Wyre
Des and Alison
Snowdrops in a wood
Cabus Nook Vridge
Snowdrops in a row
Canal at Cabus Nook
Des breaks into song
Approaching Ratcliffe Bridge
Primroses or primulas
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