Sunday, 2nd August 2015

Walk: Pain Hill, Lanshaw, Stocks Reservoir, Hammerton Hall, Slaidburn and Newton
Start Point: Car park, Newton Grid Reference: SD 697 507
Distance: 8 miles Ascent: 950 feet
Time: 5.5 hours
Weather: Wet and warm with the odd dry spell

The group of eleven commenced the walk before the rains came but had to don wet weather gear after about an hour.  A few fields into the walk, the group disturbed a couple of deer that rapidly disappeared out of view.  Whilst talking a break and admiring some hefty Limousin beasts (cows and bullocks) a farmer appeared and told the group a little about the Limousin.  It would appear that a bull could cost as much as a cheap house or an expensive car.  The group then continued, in the rain, through meadows and along tracks to reach Stocks Reservoir dam where lunch was taken minus the rain.  Resuming the journey the group passed Hammerton Hal, the floor plan of which is in the form of a capital “E”.  It was once the home of the “de Hamerton” family, a wealthy medieval family who were reputed to have been able to ride from Slaidburn to York (50 miles) over their own land.  On reaching Slaidburn the group visited the “Ice Cream” shop before following a permissive path back to Newton alongside the River Hodder in light rain.  A good walk all year round.

Before the rains came

A difficult stile on the way to Pain Hill

Two large chaps of the Limousin family

And then the rain came

Passing through a rain sodden wild flower meadow

A mobile angler on a depleted Stocks Reservoir

Continuing from Stocks Reservoir replete and rested

Seen beside the River Hodder between Slaidburn and Newton

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