Striding in Summer

Affetside Amble. Tuesday July 20th. 7pm from the Pack Horse at Affetside

I am amazed at the tenacity of the East Lancs members and even more so by the non members who turned up on this wettest of wet nights during the current drought.

If Barbara’s turnout of 9 was an all time low I just managed to squelch above that with an impressive 11.

The actual walk, now forever known at the Affetside Paddle, was actually quite pleasant from under my LDWA umbrella, at least the rain kept the midges at bay. Three brand new members Peter, Ken & Jacqui were joined by an old school chum of mine, his wife and a prospective new member from Bury. Ann, Jacqui, Lucy and Barbara completed the group. It would seem that the female members are made of sterner stuff.

We managed to get back to the pub for a well earned drink just a couple of minutes after nine, sorry there are no pictures………….my camera won’t work under water.


Four Pikes Part 2 Sunday July 25th.

Walk Leader : Regimental Sergeant Major Andy Hayhurst

Transport : Captain Mike Harrington

Eight people, no dogs.

So this is what East Lancs walks used to be like before footpaths were invented! Gosh this was tough. I know. I’m a wimp.

We set off from Clowbridge Reservoir and its fascinating ruins of houses, the old school, mining shaft and baptism bath. Next up was the impressive Crompton’s Cross. The splendour of this was soon a distant memory as we trekked over mile after mile of tussocks and moorland. Mind-boggling bogs. At last something broke the monotony as Thievely Pike came into view. We dropped down into Warland then up we went again to Warland Reservoir and picked up the Pennine Way round to the infamous Stoodley Pike, the one that never seems to get any nearer as you approach it! As always it was windy up there! The descent through Stoodley village and on to the towpath of the Leeds/Liverpool canal to the finish at Stubbins Wharfe was by far the most enjoyable part of the day.

Thanks to Andy for excellent leadership and to Mike for picking us up.

Adlington Amble. Tuesday July 27th. 7pm, Bay Horse Adlington

A prior commitment meant that Reg was unable to lead this walk as advertised so into the breach stepped - Norman. Thoughts of "eeny meeny miny mo" for which direction to take were unfounded as Norman did a sterling job in taking us round without getting lost! Leaving the Bay Horse we headed over to Chorley Golf course, past the impressive club house and so to a highlight - Fredricks Ice cream parlour. Although we were many, the efficient staff served us quickly, the hardest part was choosing which flavour to enjoy.

After leaving Fredricks we made our way over to the upper Anglezarke reservoir which showed an improved height of water after recent rain. It was then a brisk walk over the fields to return to the Bay Horse and a mountain of sandwiches which Reg had kindly provided for the group. Thank you to Reg for that and to Norman for leading the walk.
Gathering at the Bay Horse Impressive Golf Club n Through the golf course