Wednesday, 31st January 2018

Walk: Crown Point Road, Singing Ringing Tree, Red Moss, Limey Trail, Clowbridge Reservoir,
Start Point: The New Wagonners, Burnley,
BB11 5NS.
Grid Reference: SD 830 293 
Distance: 5 miles Ascent: 473 feet
Time: 2.5 hours
Weather: Amazingly Awful!!  It was very windy with squally  hailstone showers and very cold if you stopped moving for any length of time.

Our eminent leader today was John H.
Fifteen Brave souls met up for this walk, tempted by what was on offer;  the pub, the New Waggoners, has the same owners as The Calf's Head at Worston, so decent grub is guaranteed.  We were also promised a view point.   
The walk was mainly on good paths but even these were wet and we had to keep dodging puddles, to be expected after weeks of wet weather.  Our walk started at an altitude of 928 feet, so it was exposed but fortunately we had our backs to the wind for the first half of the walk.  We took the Burnley Way foot pathtowards Crown Point Road which can be busy, so we had to walk down the grass verge towards the path which took us to the Singing Ringing Tree – for more wind, fine views, a singing tree and COFFEE!.  But we enjoyed the challenge and had splendid views to Pendle, over towards Skipton and even into Yorkshire!  The way back across Red Moss was more strenuous, even though downhill, as we were facing the strong wind and having to cope with horizontal hailstones!! Thankfully in short bursts. 
The highest point reached was 1243 feet.  We followed the Rossendale Way, or Limey Valley Trail, an ancient pack-horse route for lime between Bacup, Rottenstall, Burnley and Whalley for quarried lime.  We crossed over the narrow end of Clowbridge Reservoir and learnt how a village had been flooded to create this very large reservoir. 
The pub did us proud with excellent service and food, and it was very busy with many small groups eating, obviously a good reputation, deservedly so as the staff were so welcoming.

Thank you John for a wonderful walk and all your interesting historical information en-route.  We must do it again – in SUMMER!

The Singing Ringing  Tree in a gale!!

Ann braving the weather.

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