Sunday, 2nd February 2014

Walk:
Hurst Green, Stonyhurst, Kemple End, Longridge Fell summit, Greengore, Dean Brook Wood
Start Point:
Hurst Green Village Hall
Grid Reference: SD 684 383
Distance: 9.1 miles Ascent: 1,100 feet
Time: 6 hours
Weather: Dry, sunny and breezy but wet underfoot
Comments: 17 walkers turned out on what was to be the driest day of the week when we were treated to lighter winds and sunny spells. Despite the leaders best efforts to “keep the mud to a minimum” it was a fruitless task given the horrendous weather conditions of late. The drier part being the forest track running along the full length of Longridge fell where there was plenty of evidence of tree clearance and re-planting. A climb up to the trig point on top of the fell rewarded us with some fine views over Chipping towards the Bowland fells and towards Pendle hill as we descended. Despite the heavy going underfoot it was a perfect day for walking and all participants arrived back at Hurst green having enjoyed the day.

Gathering for the start at the community centre

Despite Roger's best efforts we encountered mud 100yds from the start!!

Which made it very slippery

Approaching Stonyhurst Chapel . . .

which we soon leave . . .

to pass Stonyhurst College, now on dry ground

But we are soon back in the mud . . .

which seems deeper this time

Despite that there are signs of Spring to be found

We pass lots of felled trees . . .

and an abundance of newly planted trees . . .

as we make our way up the forest track . . .

which is reasonably dry as we make our way to . . .

the summit of Longridge Fell (note the 'dry bit' around the trig point!!) . . .

where the group admires the views across the valley . . .

to Parlick and Fairsnape . . .

before making our way off the fell . . .

with superb views of Pendle Hill in the distance

Heading down towards Hurst Green

Dean Brook has plenty water in it today

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