Wednesday, 4th September 2013

Walk: Cuttock Clough, Bucks (farm), Drake, Hancocks, Dove Syke, Eaves House, Waddington
Start Point: The Higher Buck, Waddington Grid Reference: SD 727 440
Distance: 5 miles Ascent: 530 ft
Time: 3 hours    
Weather: Warm, sunny, hazy and dry underfoot
Comments: The walk started with a gentle ascent to Cuttock Clough Farm before heading for, and crossing, Drakehouse Brook. The walk then continued to Bucks before re-crossing Drakehouse Brook on the way to Hancocks before slowly descending through Eaves House to Waddington and lunch at the Higher Buck. Thirty one people took part in the walk, in this the Ribble Valley, with fine views of Waddington Fell to the north and Pendle Hill to the south. An enjoyable walk supported by good food. NB. The crossings of Drakehouse Brook are by stepping stone and may be impassable after heavy rain.

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The Higher Buck, Waddington - start and finish

 

A long incline up to Cuttock Clough

 

Fruits of the oak - autumn is on the way

 

A natter with the lady of Cuttock Clough Farm

 

If you go down to the woods today . . .

 

you will have to cross a stream

 

Ripening plums

 

and everyone stops for tea - as the song goes

 

Two thirds of the group

 

A wasp's nest adjacent to a field path - no one was stung

 

A water pump in the grounds of Waddington Hospital - dated 1700

 

All roads lead to good walking country

 

Only one person saw the Witches rehearsing for Halloween over Pendle Hill

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