Wednesday, 22nd June 2016

Walk: Hurst Green, Mill Wood, Greengore, over stiles to the Old Clitheroe Road. Elevenses, 600 metres east on the road then south past Holly Hall. Crossing west to Hud Lee Wood, Higher & Lower Hud Lee Farms, east over fields to Hill Farm and back to Hurst Green
Start Point: Bayley Arms Grid Reference: SD 685 383
Distance: 4.7 miles Ascent: 570 feet
Time: 3 hours
Weather: Dull, giving way to lovely sunshine on the stroke of 12pm. Warm and humid

Leaving the Bayley Arms, the group of 25 followed the path through woods to Greengore, an extraordinary edifice with huge buttresses. Open ground followed until we crossed what was to be the middle of this figure of eight walk. A short climb to a ladder stile, another short climb north west to the Old Clitheroe Road for our elevenses. Some drizzles, then a 600 metre walk along a surprisingly quiet road to a right turn past Holly Hall and Crowshaw House. Crossing our figure of eight, to Hud Lee Wood and the two farms we headed west towards Hill Farm, over a newly repaired stile, which I couldn’t find until Norman found the way again. We didn’t see the barn owl which sat on a fence during my first recce, but made our way back to the main footpath back to the pub

Several old friends turned up, Margaret and Graham Hall and a new lady Judith from Longridge, decent meal at the pub and a chicken tikka masala to die for. A thoroughly pleasant and companionable walk. Many thanks to Ann for keeping order among the noisy element at the tail of the walk

Leaving the Bayley Arms

By Dean Brook in Mill Wood


Heading for Longridge Fell

Resting at the top of an incline - with Pendle Hill in the backround

On the tree line and in the rain

A tricky ditch crossing

The elusive stile which was repaired by the leader

A difficult stile for an octogenarian

Plenty of beef steaks for the butcher

Emerging through the vegetation is Mother ----

----- followed by her daughter

A bridge over Dean Brook in Mill Wood

Returning to Hurst Green through Mill Wood

At the end of a pleasant walk

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