Meandering on.....

Out of the Mist
Sunday 19th April Leader Tony Clarke. 20 miles. Start 9.00am Chipping.

You had to question Tony's choice of walk title when 21 people met at Chipping as the beautiful sunshine we had all traveled through from home disappeared to be replaced by Siberian-type temperatures and eerie mist. Wearing every scrap of clothing we had in our sacks just to stave off the cold we climbed Parlick - a tough start in any weather. At the summit Tony gamefully pointed to various areas of mist saying "that is Morecambe Bay and that is Blackpool Tower." Thankfully the mist cleared and blazing sunshine blessed us as we descended from Fiendsdale Head and followed the path of Langdon Brook. In the soaring temperatures the ice cream stop at Dunsop Bridge was greatly appreciated by all. The beautiful River Hodder kept us company for a few miles as we made our way back to Chipping.

Yet again a superb walk - Well Done Tony

Sunday 26th April Leader Stormin' Norman Thomas. Deputy Leader Neil Smith. Deputy Leader's Understudy Howard Smith. 24 miles. Start 8.30am Salterforth. Finish 5.20pm. 17 people and no dogs!

This has got to be one of the best walks the North West has to offer. Two years ago we did it as two 14 mile club midweek walks. This time we tackled it in its entirety and what a treat it was. We started at Salterforth and after stretching our legs on the Leeds/Liverpool canal we followed Lancashire Ghyll (up until 1974 the boundary marker between Lancs and Yorks) up onto Great Edge and our first stunning views of the day. We followed the Pendle Way through the hamlets of Black Lane Ends, Booth Bridge and Thornton in Craven before picking up the canal towpath again to our lunchtime cafe stop at the superb Abbott's Harbour, East Marton; now a firm favourite with the club.

The afternoon saw us bypass the stunning old buildings of Inglethorpe Grange and Gledstone Hall before we hit the rounded hills of the Drumlins and subsequently Horton and Stock. We had a short trek along the Ribchester to Ilkley Roman road before the energy-sapping long slog up Weets Hill. The effort was justified by the breathtaking scenery from the summit. Gisburn Old Road took us back to Salterforth and the welcome retreat of the 17th Century Anchor Inn. We all reflected on a great day as we settled down for a pint of Old Speckled Hen.
Awesome Bridge Fabulous Views Norman pours the Tea The Green of Springtime Under the Bridge Well Earned Rest