Sunday, 31 December 2017
Walk Leader: Peter Hitchcock
Distance: Approx 7mls
HAPPY NEW YEAR, everyone! Will you still be saying that at the end of the quick “up & down Pendle Hill” scramble, I wonder!!
At nearly 7 miles, the route is long enough for this morning and, with 2 x 10min stops, should take us 2:35 mins overall – which is our limit for today to enable the coach to leave Downham to get to the D&P on time. So...............it will be a ‘forced-march’, I’m afraid, and 20 mins into the walk you will be faced with a hard, steep 30 min, 1500’ climb up the side of the hill to reach the lower peak. It is a good way to do it and well worth the effort (unless the hill is shrouded in cloud) and it will provide you with a healthy appetite for lunch. But, it is not for the faint-hearted!! We shall not go to the trig point to save 15-20 mins and you will not miss out on any views – if not in cloud!!!
After a short respite, we skirt around the peak westwards for 2 kms (passing an impressive cairn built by the local scout group to celebrate the centenary of the Scouting Organisation) before descending rapidly down the northern-side. This part is even “trottable”, its easier on the feet! Once down in the dale, it is 25mins walk back to the car park with its very original well-equipped free barn toilets!!
Warning: the going is very boggy throughout so gaiters or (willies) will be beneficial! Also, poles might help you cross the becks more easily. It will be a great morning out before a real ale (or 3)!
LEADER: GWYN JONES
DISTANCE: 4 ½ miles
A very pleasant walk with no climbing. There are a number of slopes but no hills. We walk mostly through fields and lanes. We start by making our way to the outskirts of the village of Worston. From there we head towards the lower parts of Pendle hill before heading back to Downham. IT WILL BE MUDDY
|One of our slopes|
|The road back into Downham|
Walk Leaders: Joan and Shirley
Distance: app 2mls
After coffee and biscuits at The Assheton Arms in Downham, we set off for a breath of fresh air and about a 2mile walk. Downhill to the footpath through a possible muddy field !!! (Sorry) for about a mile then back along a tarmac lane to the coach. Then it is of to The Dog and Partridge for a fabulous meal.