Wednesday, 5th September 2012

Walk: Coupe Green, Stanley Grange and Roach Bridge
Start Point: The New Hall Tavern, Samlesbury Grid Ref: SD 592 293
Distance: 5 miles Ascent:400 ft 400 feet
Time: 3 hours    
Weather: Warm and sunny but wet under foot in many fields
Comments: Using a field path the group of twenty seven headed for the River Darwen and then followed it down stream to a footbridge between Carver Fold and Jolly Fold. After a short climb the group took a break and viewed the landmarks of Preston in the distance. Continuing the walk the group passed through Coupe Green before crossing Beeston Brook on the way to Stanley Grange. A few more feet of ascent and the distant views of The Pennines could be seen. Then came the easy bit of walking down hill across the fields to Dark Wood Lane and then Green Lane on the way to Roach Bridge Mill. After the mill a short stretch of road saw the group back at The New Hall Tavern where a pleasant lunch was had.

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The first stile from Cuerdale Lane, giving access to a muddy field


Heading for the River Darwen near Roach Bridge


A waterfall on the River Darwen


One of the uphill bits


Ready for harvesting but the ground is too wet for the harvester


Peter fights his way through brambles and nettles

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