Sunday, 17th November 2013

Walk: River Wenning, Marl Hole Wood, River Lune, Loyn Bridge, Gressingham, Aughton, Great Close Wood, Loyn Bridge
Start Point: Car park opposite Institute Grid Reference: SD 585 683
Distance: 9.3 miles Ascent: 655 feet
Time: 5.25 hours    
Weather: A foggy frost to start but dry, fog lifted to reveal a clear crisp and sunny day throughout the walk. About 3 to 5 degrees all day.
Comments: 23 walkers set out from Hornby on this crisp morning, we passed through open pasture following the river Wenning. Turned at the confluence of the rivers Lune and Wenning towards Loyn Bridge for a coffee break at Marl Hole Wood. We crossed the Lune and onwards towards sleepy Gressingham and the start of the only climb to 650ft, out over the tops and up to Aughton for a lunch stop. Commenced our return journey via Aughton Barns following the Lune back through Great Close Wood, with some close paths and steps to the rivers edge. Eventually out onto pasture land again onto the flood plain past an Ox-Bow lake. Back at Loyn Bridge we crossed the Lune again to take the road back into Hornby.

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At the confluence of the Rivers Wenning and Lune

 

Walking upstream of the River Lune towards Loyn Bridge

 

The leader of the day

 

Still on the way to Loyn bridge

 

The remains of a jetty on the Lune

 

Part of a fly past - Canada Geese

 

The line of the original path under Loyn Bridge - subject to flooding

 

A sign at Loyn bridge

 

The crossing of Loyn Bridge

 

No longer a common sight

 

Approaching Aughton

 

Lunch at Aughton cross roads

 

Aughton Barns - next to the River Lune

 

An early November afternoon by the River Lune

 

Mr Backmarker on duty in Great Close Woods

 

It's a long drop into the Lune if you miss your step

 

In Great Close Wood on . . .

 

the Lune Valley Ramble

 

Mid afternoon - an isolated pool near to the River Lune

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