Sunday, 25th March 2018

Walk: Wiswell Wreless Station, Wiswell, Nick of Pendle, Churn Clough Reservoir, Black Hill, Shady Walks, Read Hall, Read Old Bridge
Start Point: Whalley, Spring Wood car park Grid Reference: SD 742 360
Distance: 11.5 miles Ascent: 1,900 feet
Time: 5.75 hours
Weather: Sunny spells with a col breeze at times
Comments:

This undulating walk took in a number of points of interest from the relatively recent Wiswell Wireless Station to Read Old Bridge, the site of a Civil War battle in April 1643. A group of local Roundheads ambushed and beat the Lancashire Royalist Army. Good sunny spells interpersed with a cool breeze in exposed areas necessitated frequent adjustment of cothing. Terrain varied from some road walking to open fells interspersed with a 'few' muddy sections! A pleasant walk enjoyed by all.

Wiswell Wireless Station stands beside the quarry

A new development replaces an extensively altered post war prefab and kennels.
Referred to as Wiswell Hall in the planning documents, but Wiswell Manor on the signs,
this will be a family home which incorporates a B & B business.

Time for elevenses overlooking . . .

the Pendle Ski Club

Dumped!!

But what was the original use of these broken columns?

Churn Clough Reservoir

A footbridge takes us across Sabden Brook . . .

on the way to . . .

Black Hill . . .

where we stop for lunch

Quite a few lambs around now

It's a tight squeeze through this gate set in a V section of the wall

Read Hall built between 1818 and 1825 is a Grade II listed building

Number 8 twins

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