Sunday, 27th October 2013
||Lay-by (south Holme Chapel)
||SD 880 280
||Despite the drizzle, 21 hardy souls,
including our new boy Paul, set off through the village to the
footpath from the telephone box, the Pennine Bridleway. A fairly
easy ascent to Cow Side as the rain stopped and the clouds lifted.
(The blue remembered hill was, as John Harrison remarked, the site
of a tip, landscaped and recently planted). We picked up the wide,
grassy track to meet the Burnley Way, then a short breathless
scamper to the insignificant Pike, really just the trig point. A
very windy stop for coffee, a short chat with a group of Long
Distance walkers and the east along the Burnley Way. The Long
Distance walkers swept past us, but we met them again as they
finished their lunch at the only sheltered part on the descent.
After our lunch, we crossed the main road, skirted Dean Farm and
made our way along Black Scout to Berril’s Green Wood, and just made
the cars as the heavens opened. But what autumn colours.
Scroll down to see photos of the walk
Autumn is well underway
Waiting in the rain to cross Bacup Road
Like Hayfield, another famous TV personality lived here . . .
in Holmes Chapel
Autumn colours in a garden
Starting to climb Thievely Pike
The sun shines on Burnley while Pendle Hill disappears into the rain
A monument to Lady Townley
Coal Clough wind farm
The way to Thievely Pike
The summit . . .
where elevenses were taken
No doubt as to how far
Bill - leader of the pack!
On the way to Portsmouth (village of)
Autumn colours on the hillside . . .
and on the track to the road
Climbing up to Dean Farm
The wind farm is much closer now
Thievely Pike from across the valley
More Autumn colours . . .
as we descend through the woods to the cars
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