|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|
|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