Sunday, 15th December 2013
||Old Rhodes, Dale House, Forty Acre Farm, Cardwell
House, Giles Farm, Wheatley Farm, Sharple's House
||Longridge Civic Hall
||SD 604 375
||Mainly overcast but with the
odd burst of sunshine in the afternoon. Mild for time of year.
||Although the weather wasn't promising,
fourteen people took part in the walk. The first leg of the walk was
to Tootle Heights where quarrying once took place. From there the
path dropped down to a former railway track that served the disused
Lord's Quarry. Passing through several farms the route followed the
lower contours of the north side of Longridge Fell to reach Dale
House. At this point the path ascended steeply, gaining about two
hundred and eighty feet, before arriving at Longridge Golf Course
and Forty Acre Farm. Taking to the road the group then gained more
height to reach Cardwell House. On the way fine views could be seen
of the Chipping area and surrounding fells. The leader then led the
group downhill to a small wood for a lunch break. On the way a
football, found in the tall grasses, gave aspiring mature
footballers a chance to show off their skills. (Don't ring us we'll
ring you). No goals were scored so the group started the return
journey across saturated fields and along quiet lanes towards Little
Town Farm. Rather than use the main Chipping/Longridge road the
leader retraced her steps back to Billingtons (farm) and then
followed the rough line of former railway track back the Longridge
Civic Hall. A good walk with a bonus of none of the expected rain.
Scroll down to see photos of the walk
Leaving Longridge Civic Hall
A commemoration of the year 2000 seen on Berry Lane
The first of many stiles
Young ladies on a slippery slope
Firmer ground on Lords Lane
How many gates does it take to deter a Rambler - the waymarker is at the top of
the right hand post
The start of . . .
a stiff climb from Dale House to the Longridge Golf Course
Climbing is no trouble to some of the more mature members of the group
Crossing Longridge Golf Course - Fore!
The trees down there look like a good spot for lunch . . .
let's take a closer look
The leader heads for the trees but first . . .
another stile to cross
Getting near to the lunch stop . . .
but there's time for a kick about on the way there
Ladies can join in too
Is this lunch time or a Branch Meeting?
Into the Second Half - No score yet
This way - over here
Cross the stream first and then the stile
Late afternoon sun
Provided at great expense to welcome the group on their return
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