Sunday, 27th October 2013

Walk: Thievely Pike
Start Point: Lay-by (south Holme Chapel) Grid Reference: SD 880 280
Distance: 8 miles Ascent: 1,512 feet
Comments: 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.

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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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