Sunday, 15th January 2012

Walk: Read Hall, Read Heights, Padiham Heights, Sabden and Wisewell Moor
Start Point: Spring Wood, Whalley Grid Reference: SD 741 360
Distance: 8.75 miles Ascent: 1,000 feet
Time: 5.5 hours    
Weather: Sunshine and Blue skies with frost on the ground but not too cold.
Comments: On a cool but bright morning twenty five ramblers assembled at Spring Wood car park. Wearing his 'Champions' shirt Captain Pugwash then led his entourage towards Read Hall and Read Heights. This was a gentle climb using frozen fields that crunched under foot rather than squelched under foot as per previous weeks. Hazy views could be seen to the south on the ascent whilst a 360 degree vista could be seen from Padiham Heights. Descending to Dean Farm, on the shaded side of Sabden Brook, frost still lingered on the ground and it was a little cool. However, on the sunny side of the brook it was quite pleasant and folk enjoyed lunch in the warming sun. Following a track into Sabden the group then returned to Spring Wood via Wiswell Moor and Clerk Hill.

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Over frosty fields to Read Heights

 

Genetically modified perhaps

 

An identity parade near Read Heights

 

It's an overcoat colder on Read Heights

 

A view of Sabden from Padiham Heights

 

Descending towards Dean - and from the cold side to the warm side of Sabden Brook

 

A winter scene at Dean Heights

 

Lunch by Sabden Brook near Dean Farm

 

On the right track for Sabden

 

A church at Sabden (in a different time zone)

 

Captain Pugwash acting as gateman and leader

 

Pendle Hill as seen from Wiswell Moor Houses

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