|Walk:||Read Hall, Sabden and Lower Clerk Hill|
|Start Point:||Spring Wood car park, Whalley||Grid Reference:||SD 741 360|
|Distance:||8.2 miles||Ascent:||980 feet|
|Weather:||Dry with some sunshine quite warm for time of year|
|Comments:||This pleasant circular walk included a few gentle climbs and offered ample views of a beautiful part of Lancashire. Some of the stiles, however, did prove a little difficult for the less agile.|
The gathering - at Spring Wood car park
An easy stile compared to others on the route
Down in the hallow of Sabden Brook
John poses on the way down to Read Old Bridge
The back markers are adept at closing gates
On the way to Read Hall . . .
where there are daffodils . . .
and crocuses already beginning to bloom - a sure sign of Spring
A wave was given to the group from this high flyer
These bales have been given a variety of expressions
Brian supervises at one of the tighter spots on the walk
Elevenses in Shady Walks Wood
The remains of Simons Cross laying adjacent to Trap Lane at White Hill
Man struggling to take flight
Sabden from Black Hill
Four likely lads leaving Sabden
Even the sun came out today
The leader leading . . .
as we head down . . .
to Sabden Brook
where Captain Pugwash conducts Handel's Water Music
Crossing Sabden Brook
Heading for Lower Clerk Hill
Nice looking wool
The last bit of climbing on the ramble at Clerk Hill
The it's back on the road to the car park . . .
stopping to admire the Coach House, complete with fireplace . . .
built in 1772
The weather conditions on the recce were somewaht different!
Time for a warm drink in a wood at Shady Walk
All good fun on a recce
This path goes downhill to Sabden but the path was hidden by snow