Sunday, 6th May 2012

Walk: Brackenbottom, Ivah Great Hill, Swans, Botton Head, Stairend Bridge, Helks Wood, Crow Gill, Lowgill Church.
Start Point: Lay-by Aikingill Road and Slaidburn Road Grid Reference: SD 671 661
Distance: 9.25 miles Ascent: 1,230 feet
Time: 5 Hours    
Weather: Bright intervals with a cool wind, warming later in the day. A hint of hailstone at noon.
Comments: Seven souls took part in the walk over undulating meadows and moorland. The route was at first, in a southern direction on one side of a valley, reaching Botton Head before turning north on the opposite side of the valley to Crow Gill. Here, the route then headed east via Mill Bridge to return to the starting point. The area covered is within the Wray-with-Botton and Tatham Civil Parishes both of which are in the North East of Lancashire near to the North Yorkshire boundary. The area is a picturesque part of Lancashire where the only sound is the soughing of the wind, bleating of lambs and the odd farmerís quad bike. On this occasion the group were treated to the sound of a cuckoo and skylark plus the sight of swallows and curlews. Bluebells were in abundance in many of the woods together with other wildflowers in meadows and hedgerows. An enjoyable walk!

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Ingleborough viewed from Aikengill and Slaidburn Road

 

A stream-side path

 

A mole catcher's tools

 

Silhouettes on the hill

 

On track

 

The River Hindburn near to Stairend Bridge

 

Brenda used to operate a mower similar to this when she was just a lass

 

A Tree House perhaps

 

On a nursery slope

 

A Wood Anemone

 

Another view of Ingleborough

 

Passing through a Bluebell wood

 

Underneath the spreading chestnut trees

 

Lowgill Church

 

Can  you see a face?

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