Sunday, 7th December 2015

Walk: Grindleton, White Hall, Pinewood, Beacon Hill, Till House
Start Point: Car park at The Spread Eagle, Sawley Grid Reference: SD 776 465
Distance: 6.5 miles Ascent: 1,153 feet
Time: 4 hours
Weather: Cold and frosty at first then overcast with rain forecast later in the day 

22 walkers set out on the walk from the Spread Eagle car park across Sawley Bridge to rejoin Sawley Road. Shortly after the school we turned off to head across country to the village of Grindleton. On reaching Grindleton we turned right onto the road and headed uphill to White Hall turning onto a track to Cob House.

As we entered the moor we stopped for elevenses whereby mince pies and Schnapps from “Father Christmas” (alias David Stokes) were enjoyed by all. Continuing uphill after the break we eventually reached Pinewood (although extensive deforestation had reduced this to “pine tree”). Continuing along the forest track through the remains of Pinewood we eventually reached a track that led us to Shivering Ginnel and on to the highest point of the walk (Beacon Hill) where we paused for a group photo.

The weather began to deteriorate as we made our descent past Till House and through the fields to rejoin Sawley Road at Sawley Bridge. Then it was back to the cars for a change of clothes before going into the Spread Eagle for dinner. We were joined by Judith’s cousin and his wife (24 people in all) for an excellent meal whilst members of the Ribble Valley Jazz Collective provided an excellent repertoire of big band music as we ate our meal.

Both the walk and the meal were enjoyed by all

Ready for the off

The River Ribble is very high after the recent heavy rain

Unlike the recce earlier in the year

Had we have done this on Sturday we would have been standing in the river here!

Further on where the river bends (the houses to the right were sand-bagged)

One of the many slippery stiles on the walk

At elevenses "Father Christmas" breaks out the schnapps

which we all enjoy along with mincepies

Group shot on Beacon Hill

Crossing fields on the way back to the hotel

We pass the Quaker Meeting House . . .

before arriving back at the Spread Eagle . . .

to enjoy a good meal . . .

seranaded by the Ribble Valley jazz collective

The 3 wise!! men seem to be enjoying it anyway

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