Sunday, 15th December 2013

Walk: Old Rhodes, Dale House, Forty Acre Farm, Cardwell House, Giles Farm, Wheatley Farm, Sharple's House
Start Point: Longridge Civic Hall Grid Reference: SD 604 375
Distance: 8.1 miles Ascent: 1,000 feet
Time: 5 hours    
Weather: Mainly overcast but with the odd burst of sunshine in the afternoon. Mild for time of year.
Comments: 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

 

Heritage information

 

The first of many stiles

 

Young ladies on a slippery slope

 

Firmer ground on Lords Lane

 

Jacob sheep

 

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

 

Offside

 

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

 

Homeward bound

 

Late afternoon sun

 

Provided at great expense to welcome the group on their return

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