Sunday, 15th February 2015

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
Time: 5.5 hours
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

Manure manufacturers

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

Snowgate

This path goes downhill to Sabden but the path was hidden by snow

Stylish snow

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