Wednesday, 23rd August 2017

Walk: Waingate, Hurst Lane, Chapel Hall Lane, Bonfire Hill, Wheat Head, Higher Walls, Lumb, Hargreaves Fold, Hewin Hill, The Hile, Shaw Clough, Scout, Seat Naze, Higher Cloughfold.
Start Point: Marl Pits Leisure Centre, Rawtenstall Grid Reference: SD 820 230
Distance: 7.5 miles Ascent: 1,150 feet
Time: 5.25 hours
Weather: The forecast indicated a wettish morning and we were not encouraged by fog over the Grane Road as we drove over to Rawtenstall. However the rain had passed over by the time we started the walk although the clouds were down over Cribden and Cowpe Lowe. By the time we had reached the top of Bonfire Hill the clouds were lifting and we saw the Peel Tower emerge on Holcombe Moor. The day was dry and sunny, ideal for walking although long field grass was pretty wet!

Clear views from Holcombe Moor to Pendle, Brown Wardle to Cribden. Most of the field paths are not well walked and some of the stiles are not in good condition. All the farms are being worked and we saw as wide a variety of sheep breeds as one could imagine. We also navigated two fields with very large bulls.

Coffee Break near Wheat Head

What's the photographer up to?

A diversion onto exercise equipment on Lumb Millenium Green.
The walk wasn't strenuous enough

The co-leader decided to explore a midden near Fox Hill. Rob to the rescue

Lunch near Bridge Clough. The leader described it as a quiet track,
before half a dozen 4 wheel drives and tractors passed us

Who are they Mummy? Fylde Ramblers walking up the Hile

Apparently our former PM has relocated to Shaw Clough

Looking back to the Hile from Seat Naze

Reaching the top of the climb from Scout to Seat Naze

Refreshments were called for on Seat Naze. Cowpe Lowe in the background

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