Wednesday, 30th January 2013

Walk: Balderstone, Mercyfield Wood, Park Gate and Osbaldeston
Start Point: Fielden Arms, Mellor brook Grid Reference: SD 640 311
Distance: 5 miles Ascent: 300 feet
Time: 3 hours    
Weather: A grey day with a very stiff wind
Comments: The area of the walk is in a quiet area between the River Ribble and the A59 trunk road. Unfortunately because of recent heavy rain followed by snow the fields were rather muddy and proved hard going underfoot. Although the area is reasonably flat elevated areas such as Mellor, Longridge and Pendle Hill could be seen. The excitement of the day was when a branch of a tree fell without warning near to the group when passing through Mercyfield Wood (Thanks for small mercies). The food at the Fielden's Arms, mainly steak pie, went down well. A good walk in spite of the conditions.

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Relatively clean at this early stage . . .

 

but it soon gets muddy

 

Stewart shows Tony how to dance in the mud

 

About to enter Mercyfield Wood . . .

 

where there is a steep drop to a footbridge that . . .

 

crosses a tributary of the River Ribble

 

A steep stepped ascent out of Mercyfield Wood

 

Brian has a brew

 

Leaning into a very strong wind on the way to Robert's House Farm

 

Only another muddy mile to go!

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