Wednesday, 28th November 2018

Walk: Skenning Bridge, Hacking Hall, Aspinall’s and Old Langho
Start Point: Black Bull, Old Langho Grid Reference: SD 701 359 
Distance: 3.5 miles Ascent: 270 feet
Time: 2.5 hours
Weather: Mainly a grey windy day with a little moisture in the air

Langho Village nestles at the foot of Langho Fells and extends westwards towards Dinckley Brook, dominated on the north-east by the prospect of Pendle Hill, traditionally the haunt of witches.  The name is Saxon and is thought to come from the battle of Bilango fought here in AD 798.

 On a grey windy day eighteen people walked this circular route using lanes and field paths.   Heading towards Skenning Bridge the group then descended towards the confluence of the Rivers Ribble and Calder, passing Hacking Hall on the way.  They then went down stream alongside the Ribble to ascend to higher ground through Hacking Wood.  At that time, on the opposite bank of the Ribble was another party of Ramblers, possibly the Moderate Wednesday Group who were starting out from Hurst Green.  The route then took the group via Blackburn Rovers training ground and over Dinckley Brook to Aspinall’s. There was then a descent to re-cross Dinckley Brook before climbing back to the level of the Black Bull.  Before taking lunch at the Black Bull the party paid a visit to the nearby church of St Leonards where there is a memorial to residents of the former Brockhall Hospital.  A party of four took a shorter and less strenuous route.

The leader in discussion

The leader doing his history bit

Heading for the River Ribble and Hacking Hall

Hacking Hall from the east

Hacking Hall from the north

The confluence of the Ribble and Calder

Going down stream by the Ribble – are the walkers across the river
the Fylde Moderate Wednesday Group?

A steep ascent from the River Ribble in Hacking Wood

Re- grouping near to Blackburn Rovers training ground

Dinckley Brook on its way down to the Ribble

The tail end of the group

A steep descent  followed by ---

a steep ascent

Old Langho

Notice at St Leonards Church

Front of church

Side of church

Rear of church

The group pause for thought at a memorial in St Leonards Church Yard
for former patients at Brockhall Hospital

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