Sunday, 31st January 2016

Walk: Calder Vale, skirting Bleasdale, along the Brock Valley westward to the A6, returning north by the canal bank
Start Point: Kenlis Arms, Barnacre Grid Reference: SD 510 438
Distance: 14 miles Ascent: 1,500 feet
Time: 6.75 hours
Weather: Reminding us it was still January after a beautiful day for the recce the previous week, a thick, drizzling mist dominated the day but it was not cold. A couple of drier hours in the middle of the day gave way to increasing rain mid-afternoon.
Comments: Mud was guaranteed after so much rain this winter and seven Ramblers set off earlier than usual to make the best of the daylight hours. Waterlogged fields and footpaths churned with mud and puddles brought a couple of tweaks to the original route, heading clockwise towards the Bleasdale Fells, then joining the Brock Valley and following the river to the A6, before returning by the Lancaster Canal to the Kenlis Arms, 1856, a former hunting lodge built by Lord Kenlis as it had close access to the railway station, adjacent, now closed.
In spite of the gloomy day, it was an interesting walk close to home, and everyone had some knowledge of the area, but this gave us a bigger view and a good days walking.

All geared up for a wet start

This impressive stone celebrates Tom & Mary Rostron, 35 years farming at Lucas Farm, 2.2.1951 to 2.2.1986 (recce)

Descending to cross the . . .

The River Calder at Calder Vale

It's not the sort of day to venture out without a hat!

On a clear day, our coffee stop would have magnificent views of the Fylde Coast

Fairsnape Fell, with a sprinkling of snow on the recce last week

Packhorse Bridge at Brooks

Bleasdale Church on the recce

The one other walker we saw all day obliged with a group shot as we came to the Brock Valley

Unfocussed photo of our early lunch and chance for focus on orientation at the archery shelter near Waddecar . . .

an ideal spot . . .

for a comforatble and dry break

Karen shows how to tackle the mud with a smile

Mirror, mirror..... like Narcissus, reflections to fall in love with!

Everything was wet and dripping

The footpath through the Brock Valley has collapsed . . .

due to heavy rains and carries a warning, but is passable with care

Rain, mud, landslips, but we weren't expecting this hazard

Snowdrops near Brockside

Weir on the River Brock at New Bridge, as we head towards the M6

Trout Cottage 1737

Completing the circle on the Lancaster Canal (recce)

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