|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|
|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)