Sunday, 15th March 2015

Walk: Gibbon Bridge, Leagram Brook, Burnslack, Saddle End
Start Point: Car park at Chipping Grid Reference: SD 621 433
Distance: 9 miles Ascent: 1,060 feet
Time: 5.25 hours
Weather: Dry all day but with a chilly Easterly breeze
Comments:

16 people took part in the walk starting from the car park in the centre of Chipping, crossing fields initially heading towards Longridge Fell but eventually turning to reach the Gibon Bridge Hotel. From there it was once again through fields (pausing for elevenses) and on to Leagram Brook where we took Lunch.

After lunch we made our way along a track onto the open moor below Fairsnape Fell passing a large group of walkers, one of whom had fallen on the rough track injuring her ankle. After making sure that they did not require any assistance we continued to a road where 3 members then took a short cut as the rest of us made our way up the track to Burnslack. From here we contoured around the base of the fell to Saddle End Farm. On the way we were able to see the air ambulance land, presumably to attend the casualty we had passed earlier. A short walk down the farm access track took us back to the road where we were re-united with the 3 members who had taken the short cut. We then followed Dobson’s Brook to return to Chipping. The walk was enjoyed by all.

Gathering on the car park at Chipping

Across the fields heading for . . .

The Gibbon Bridge Hotel . . .

where we spot an unusual sign

Elevenses

Emerging from the fields

Spot the bore!!!

To the woods . . .

and across the stream

Early primroses at the lunch stop . . .

and what is this man-made structure on Leagram Brook?

Could it be a salmon ladder . . .

with a lime kiln across the road

Onto the open moor . . .

where we come across a fire extinguisher (presumably these posts catch fire easily)

A remote farmhouse

The Air Ambulance lands to attend a casualty we saw earlier

A high footbridge on the way back to Chipping . . .

where we reach the mill lodge . . .

and this local doesn't seem too keen to join his mates

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