Wednesday, 12th March 2014

Walk: Cliffe, Whalley Banks, Miles Hill, Sunny Bank and Dean Clough Reservoir
Start Point: Dog & Otter, Great Harwood Grid Reference: SD 730 330
Distance: 5.25 miles Ascent: 770 feet
Time: 3 hours
Weather: Warm sunshine
Comments:  Warm sunshine encouraged twenty six ramblers to take part in this walk.  Those expecting to be cold soon found that they had to discard their extra layers.  Many early spring flowers could be seen, as could hazy views of the undulating countryside.  For a change, it was much drier under foot making an easier walk.  This is a walk that can be done in all seasons but spring with all its new growth, is probably one of the best times.

John the leader and Stewart the programme collator

A stroll through the park . . .

where the spring flowers are in bloom

Approaching the valley of the River Calder

Another view of the valley

Waiting to cross . . .

the stream . . .

that the mysterious hooded lady crossed in February

The stream joins the River Calder

Three generations enjoying the sun

A glimpse of Whalley

Frogspawn in a woodland pond

Ann and Alex in conversation on the aptly named Sunny Bank

Plenty of gorse and sun on Sunny Bank

Bewteen Dean Clough and the Dog and Otter . . .

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