Wednesday, 27th July 2016

Walk: Whalley Banks, Whalley, Spring Wood, Read Old Bridge and Read Park
Start Point: Game Cock, Great Harwood Grid Reference: SD 745 338
Distance: 5.4 miles Ascent: 950 feet
Time: 3 hours
Weather: Dry, warm and sunny

The group left the Game Cock and headed for Whalley via Whalley Bank using undulating paths near to the River Calder.  On passing through Whalley, little sign could be seen of severe flooding that took place in December 2015.  Interestingly, old maps show a mill stream running from the weir on the River Calder to a Corn Mill in Whalley.  Continuing to Spring Wood Picnic Site, the group took a break before ascending part of Clerk Hill.  The party then headed for Old Read Bridge on Old Roman Road and then on to Read Park to return to the Game Cock for lunch.  Pleasant views of Lovely Lancashire could be seen all round, especially from the elevated part of the route.  All though there had been heavy rain the previous night the paths were reasonably dry.

The departure and lunch venue

Down to the woods and the River Calder

A catch up stop

A young Oak tree growing out of an old telegraph pole

Whalley from Nab Wood

Revetment work on the River Calder after recent floods

Notice the Aeriel Rigger on the chimney

A railway viaduct over the River Calder - sometimes used by steam locomotives

Entering Whalley

Heading for a weir on the River Calder

Riverside cottages

The weir at Whalley which provided water power for a former Corn Mill

Emerging from a recently planted area of trees

On the way to Read Park

Loitering in a hay meadow

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