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Across the Golf Course Break Time Crowd at gate How many Steps? Spot the Donkey The many gather
Tuesday June 9th. Start 7pm, Finish 9pm. Blundell Arms.

This walk was one of many names. Originally called "Sithee at the Smithy", it turned into the "Blundell Bash" as a parking problem caused a change of venue. In the event it could have been called "One Step Each" as a total of 63 people (and 5 dogs) climbed the 63 steps at Barrow Bridge. This must be a record turnout for an East Lancs evening walk.

Leaving the Blundell after a team talk we walked back to the Bob's Smithy picking up a few more people waiting there. After crossing Old Links golf course we dropped into Barrow Bridge to look at the cottages and the climb those steps! Big sighs of relief all round as the top was gained. Along to Walker Fold and across to to the base of Burnt Edge. We had a stride onto the moor with a break for refreshments where we were joined by lots of biting little beasties. Moving swiftly on we circuited round to the other end and top of Burnt edge ready to begin the descent back.

The gaping hole at Montcliffe Quarry was to one side of us as we reached Matchmoor lane. From here it was the roughest way of the evening across two unkempt fields and along to cross a small meadow into the Blundell car park. Many stayed on to enjoy a welcome drink and chat to new friends.

Many thanks to Kath Page for stepping into the breach and providing photos, also to Kirsty and Phil for being the back markers and making sure we didn't lose anybody.

LUNESDALE WONDER – Sunday June 14th 2009. Start 9.00am Hornby, Finish 5.35pm.

22 mile walk led by BILL “SPRINT KING” TAYLOR

23 fellow athletes were in attendance

Irked by recent comments that walks “were never like this in the old days” Bill set out to set new land speed records. What was the walk like? “Don’t know it went by in a flash!” We set off along the River Wenning from Hornby over Loyn Bridge to the intersection with the River Lune and on to Arkholme. We really began to burn rubber through Gunnerthwaite, Henridding and Priest Hutton before “taking a dive” into the sub aqua club at Capernwray for some much needed refreshment. Tanks refueled we picked up the pace through Over Kellet, Swarfedale, and Aughton before picking up the banks of the Lune again for the final sprint finish into Hornby. Proving yet again that the “hare and the tortoise” fable has much merit Paul Allen and Bernard were there at the end, even though they had walked four miles further than anyone else!

A special mention on the day to 16 year old James (Howard’s nephew) who did the walk in slippers and slept like a baby all the way home!!

Yet another cracking walk – Well Done Bill!!!

PS Barbara kept the men busy helping with the sun cream!
And up the hill..... Beautiful countryside Bill helps Barbara Lunch at last! Norman helps Barbara Ready for the Off! The scene at Capenwray The Wanderer's return Towards the wind farm Welcome pint Where's Paul and Bernard?