Wednesday, 29th May 2013

Walk: Read Park, Portfield, Spring Wood, Whalley, Whalley Bank and Egg Syke
Start Point: Game Cock Inn, Whalley Rd,(A680) Great Harwood Grid Reference: SD 745 338
Distance: 5.3 miles Ascent: 800 feet
Time: 3 hours    
Weather: Mainly overcast but a little warmer than of late.
Comments: On this late May day there were plenty of bluebells and other wildflowers to see, together with trees newly dressed in different shades of green. Passing through Read Park the group were joined by a herd of inquisitive young cows. After passing over the local golf course a break was taken at Spring Wood before descending into Whalley. Around Whalley, the name, 'Three Fishes' often appears. According to the coat of arms for Whalley Abbey shows three whales with croziers issuant from their mouths. (Whalley Abbey. Gules three whales hauriant with the heads of croziers issuant from their mouths). From Whalley the group ascended to Whalley Bank which offers good views of Whalley and surrounding area and also the River Calder below. Passing near to Egg Syke the group headed back to The Game Cock to enjoy a meal at the carvery. Thanks to Ann and Joan for an enjoyable walk.

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Joan & Ann - Joint leaders


A few bluebells . . .


and the odd wild flower


Martholme Viaduct - over the River Calder


Chestnut candles


An entrance to Read Hall


On the drive to Read Hall


A bit of colour in Read Park


Man & Beast in Read Park


Mother & son


Breaktime in Spring Wood


Fish out of Water at Whalley - The Three Fishes by Clare Biggar


Whalley viewed from Whalley Bank


A fork in the path


The end of the climb to Whalley Banks


A bridge over quiet waters


This Elderflower bush has grown little since the last visit


It's sometimes harder coming down than going up

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