Wednesday, 2nd May 2012

Walk: Higher Whitehalgh, Stanworth, Abbey Village, Red Lea Farm and Tockholes
Start Point: The Rock Inn, Tockholes Grid Reference: SD 663 233
Distance: 5.25 miles Ascent: 650 feet
Time: 3 hours    
Weather: Dry, warm and sunny
Comments: Spring at Last! Well for one day anyway. This circular route used part of the Witton Weavers Way and passed through undulating countryside which was turning green for the summer. Thirty people took part walking over meadows and through woodland, where the trees and plants were bursting forth with leaf and life, whilst lambs frolicked in the fields. The last leg of the walk was uphill but the meal at the Rock Inn was worth the effort.
A word of warning however. Archery and shooting takes place in the woodland near to Stanworth and encompasses the public footpath.

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The area of the walk

 

Two ancient gate posts

 

Darwen's space ship

 

Off to the woods they go . . .

 

using the Witton Weavers Way

 

Still on their way to the woods

 

Vandalism or art - under a bridge on the M65 - how did the creators get up there

 

John entertains the queue at a stile

 

Coffee in the greenwood

 

Pam, Penny and Judith in conversation

 

It looks like the photographer has been spotted

 

Flora in the wood

 

By a babbling brook

 

Fern about to unfold

 

Two young ladies in the woods near Stamforth

 

A carpet of Celandine

 

Practising for the Grand National

 

A nectar collector

 

A Marsh Marigold

 

An impressive gateway at St Stephens Church, Tockholes

 

An external pulpit at St Stephens . . .

 

and a closer view

 

A water trough on Rock Lane, Tockholes - but not a drop to drink

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