Sunday, 20th September 2015

Walk: Moorside Farm, Little Thornley Hall, Worsaw Hill, Lane Head
Start Point: Downham Village car park Grid Reference: SD 785 441
Distance: 11.8 miles Ascent: 900 feet
Time: 5.5 hours
Weather: A dry day with early morning mist, rain forecast for the afternoon.

12  walkers and the leader set out from Downham Village centre, the leader setting out that the distance would be variable and according to the weather conditions as alternative paths were always available. The walk crossed over farmland extensively until we reached Moorside Farm and a lane where we took our coffee stop. Onwards with the profile of Pendle Hill always in our site, sometimes shrouded in mist in the early steps of the walk. Tremendous views on this day in all directions, pointed out to us by the leader, places of interest like Hurst Green, Stoneyhurst College, and the Cement works at Clitheroe. We passed by the buildings known as Little Thornley Hall now a working farm, but once a great house. Continuing on we headed for -----plantation and the area of Lane Head where we stopped for lunch. After our lunch stop we climbed to a point where we could see some of our pathway out and the contour of Worsaw Hill. The walk took extensive upward and downward pathways crossing several bridges across the winding river paths. A brief afternoon tea stop around Downham Mill put us right for one more climb reaching a plateau before descending back into Downham and our start point.

Not quite ready yet!

The leader indicates stile heights and widths . . .

and shows approximate river widths

Roger and Brian debate the walk

Leaving Downham . . .

we set off . . .

to head through fields

Local resident at prayer

Pendle in the mist

Roger showing a 'Strictly Step'

A nasty accident?

The leader acting The Goat

before checking the troupe

Clitheroe Cement Works

Coffee at Moorside Farm Lane

Little Thornley Hall

Worsaw Hill

At the foot of Pendle Hill

Lunch stop

Technical lunch stop

Need to be back home before dark

One of the many valley crossings . . .

which you have to climb out of

Pendle Hill in the clear

An audience as we pass by

Roger explains how to negotiate a stile

Heading back towards Downham

We pass a sure sign that summer is over

Downham Mill

Back to base

De-briefing with smiles

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