Sunday, 12th July 2015

Walk: Spring Wood, Whalley, Calderstones Hospital, Shuttleworth Farm, Brook House Farm,
Wiswell, Deer Park Wood, Clerk Hill
Start Point: Spring Wood car park Grid Reference: SD 742 360
Distance: 8 miles Ascent: 1,000 feet
Time: 5 hours
Weather: Overcast and humid

Seven people joined the leader for this walk starting from the car park at Spring Wood before crossing underneath the A671 and descending to Whalley. From here we crossed underneath the viaduct (the longest railway viaduct in Lancashire containing over 7 million bricks and 12,338 cubic metres of stone).

After passing underneath the A591 we rejoined the River Calder once more before turning onto a track past the former Calderstones hospital. Passing the hospital we crossed over the Mitton to Whalley road before turning off at the remains of a stone cross and heading down to the Ribble Way. Lunch was taken at a suitable spot on the banks of the Ribble before heading to the Aspinall Arms to rejoin the Mitton/Whalley road once more.

A short road walk took us to Brook House Farm where we entered fields and crossed the Blackburn to Clitheroe railway line. More field walking then took us to the A591 which we crossed safely. After a short walk to Wiswell it was up to Deer Park Wood where we followed the path to Clerk Hill before descending back to the car park at Spring Wood for a well deserved ice cream.

A hungry squirrel

The group gathers ready for off

Who's going first?

Lancashire's longest viaduct (all 48 arches and 7 million+ bricks of it)

The much publicised 'Giant Hogweed'

This totem pole attracted the group's attention

Time for a closer look

Remains of an ancient cross

No doubting who is allowed through this gate

Lunch on the banks of the Ribble

Mitton Church

The view from Deer Park Wood

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