Wednesday, 30th May 2012
||The Royal Oak, Garstang
||SD 491 451
||5.5 Irish miles, 6.25 English miles
||Warm, overcast at first with
||The walk began at the Royal Oak Hotel,
Garstang and proceeded to Calder Vale. There were 34 of us; the
weather was quite warm, dry but a little cloudy thankfully. Our
first part of the the walk was along the former Garstang to Knott
End railway line known locally as the 'Pilling Pig' because of the
noise of the train whistle. We then progressed inexorably upwards
towards Clarkson's farm and the white painted Cross House and
cottage towards Heald Farm.
At the field above the farm we stopped for coffee at the highest
point of the walk, some 500ft, where there are extensive views
across the Fylde plain to the coast and the Lake District.
We made our way to Calder Vale, passing a horse racing track which
attracted a lot of group interest. In Calder Vale we headed towards
the isolated terrace of Primrose cottages up a sloping path then
fields leading downwards to Sullom Side Farm, Walker House,
currently being demolished and Lucas's Farm. Further downwards we
passed Janet's Hill Wood - with a Eucalyptus tree planted in the
1990s as a memorial to a soldier who died in Burma in 1945. Once we
passed Bailton's Farm we proceeded towards Greenhalgh Castle built
in 1490 by the first Earl of Derby to guard the ford over the River
Wyre. This was one of the last strongholds in Lancashire to hold out
against the Parliamentarians in the Civil War.
Our next stop was the Royal Oak Hotel where we had an exceedingly
good lunch to round off a very enjoyable walk.
The walk is shown as Walk 10 "Mills on the Calder" and the map is OS
Explorer OL41 - Forest of Bowland & Ribblesdale. Even though it is
shown as 5 miles Vera and I estimated it as 5.5 miles.
Scroll down to see photos of the walk
Garstang High Street adorned for the Jubilee celebrations
Brew time amongst the blossom
A hidden path at Barnacre with Bonds
Laurel & Hardy acknowledge the Fylde Ramblers
Not a dead lamb . . .
but a stuffed one that fell off its perch
The start of an incline on leaving Calder Vale
Cows join the group at Sullom Side
Single file across the meadow please
What - three backmarkers
Silage making time again
Newly mown grass awaiting . . .
this man and his tractor
The remains of Greenhalgh Castle
Returning to Garstang via a lane edged with cow parsley
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