Monday, 29 December 2014

Strawberry Duck – 28 December

Another Festive Season tradition is lunch at the Strawberry Duck after walking from Belmont with Steve & Eileen. This year we chose, reluctantly, to walk there on the road but the roads were so icy we took to the fields whenever possible despite the ground being snow covered but not frozen. On the way back we headed up Cadshaw Valley and across the moors into the sunset to arrive back at Belmont after dark. A thoroughly good day out and a tradition well worth practising.


20141228-1-strawberryduck-1-EditBolton & Manchester

20141228-2-strawberryduck-22-EditAlmost off the ice and into the sunshine

20141228-3-strawberryduck-36Sea Bream & Muscle Sauce

20141228-4-strawberryduck-42-EditSeasonal Candles

20141228-5-strawberryduck-44-EditBar Queue

20141228-6-strawberryduck-64-EditWinter Hill

20141228-7-strawberryduck-67-EditBelmont & Winter Hill

Thursday, 25 December 2014

White Coppice – 24 December

The start of Christmas in very many ways – a run out over the moors above White Coppice followed by a chip buttie and a pint in Top Lock, about perfect. Thanks to Steve and everyone else who turned out yesterday – Christmas has started properly now so have a very Merry one!


20141224-1-whitecoppice-7-EditBlack Brook

20141224-2-whitecoppice-100-EditRunning into the sun (i)

20141224-3-whitecoppice-101-EditRunning into the sun (ii)

20141224-4-whitecoppice-104-EditRivington Pike

20141224-5-whitecoppice-10720141224-6-whitecoppice-111Group Photos on Round Loaf

20141224-7-toplock-1-Edit Top Lock recovery (1)

20141224-8-toplock-3  Top Lock recovery (2)

20141224-9-toplock-4 Top Lock recovery (3)

Monday, 22 December 2014

South Lancs Xmas Walk – 20 December

A Christmas perennial that had been planned for the 21st December but was subsequently cancelled was my excuse for a long mainly muddy run round Haigh Hall. I had set the event as a target in my knee injury recovery program and I was keen to see if my knee would stand a couple of hours running. I am glad to say it did and the following day should no reaction whatsoever – this is better than it has been for some months which is wonderful. I didn’t take a camera other than my phone so these are just a couple of snaps as a record of the day.

20141220-1-SLXR-7Leeds – Liverpool canal looking north

20141220-2-SLXR-9Sunshine catching the smoke

20141220-3-SLXR-22Worthington Lakes

20141220-4-SLXR-35Leeds – Liverpool canal looking south

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Great Hill – 13 December

A gorgeous, bright, sunny, frosty morning and a trot over Great Hill on the Curry Run route. Pauline’s OROCS were a good choice of footwear – the ground wasn’t completely frozen but there was plenty of ice on the worn paths. A new fence around Black Brook adds a stile and a kissing-gate to the route so I guess my PB (whatever it is) won’t be beaten.



20141213-1-greathill-1-EditWhite Coppice

20141213-2-greathill-4-EditQuarry above White Coppice


All went well until just after leaving Spittler’s Edge and I found a very deep bog – thigh deep and I hadn’t reached the bottom! Fortunately, my shoe stayed on and I was at the far edge of the bog and able to pull myself out without having to roll in it. We came across an Orienteering event for the Territorial Reservists and they can’t be much good because one of the controls was on the summit of Great Hill and another in the car park at White Coppice.


20141213-3-greathill-15-EditWind blown trees on the side of Great Hill

20141213-4-greathill-18-EditDrinkwaters Farm (i)

20141213-5-greathill-20-EditDrinkwaters Farm (ii)

20141213-6-greathill-22-EditFrom Drinkwaters Farm

A slow gentle outing but before we finished my knee was complaining a bit, on the descent through the wood to the goyt. I should have taken a strap and that would have helped but there have been no lasting effects. Just goes to show how much I am going to have to do to get back to anything like my previous level of fitness. The forecast rain arrived as we approached White Coppice making the car park even more treacherous. So much so that a walker slipped and crashed to the ground. Unable to get back on his feet he was reduced to crying for help. Luckily we were joined by a couple of others who helped too and one gave him a lift home to Chorley. “Fortunately,” he said “my wife and daughter will be out because they are always telling me I shouldn’t go out walking on my own”. Not bad for an 86 year old! Hope your ankle is recovering OK today.

Monday, 8 December 2014

Kinder Letterboxes – 06 December

A Rucksack Club walk over Kinder to find some of the “Kinder Letterboxes” – the letterboxes are containers, often plastic boxes, containing  a visitor’s book, stamp and an ink pad. The origin and, indeed, the age of the letterboxes are unknown and finding them provides a navigational challenge and a great day out if the weather is fine. Fine it was apart from an hour or so around lunchtime. Paul found four out of four and we all went home very happy.


20141206-1-kinder-10-EditMorning sun creeping towards Edale

20141206-2-kinder-14-EditFarm house below Kinder

20141206-3-kinder-16-EditGrindsbrook Clough

20141206-4-kinder-26-EditGrindslow Knoll

20141206-5-kinder-31Grindslow Knoll

20141206-6-kinder-34Crowden Brook

20141206-7-kinder-40-EditLooking down Crowden Brook

20141206-8-kinder-45Pig Rock

20141206-9-kinder-52Kinder River letterbox and stamp

20141206-10-kinder-65Mermaid Pool letterbox and stamp

20141206-11-kinder-71Emerging from Red Brook

20141206-12-kinder-73Letterbox near Red Brook

20141206-13-kinder-77-EditAt Kinder Low

20141206-14-kinder-91-EditLooking south west from near Kinder Low

20141206-17-kinder-99Letterbox at Swine’s Back

20141206-15-kinder-97-EditEdale (1)

20141206-16-kinder-98-EditEdale (2)

Monday, 1 December 2014

Pendle Hill – 30 November

From Clithero for a wander with The Rucksack Club over Pendle Hill, down to Ogden Reservoir and back over Spence Moor. The weather couldn’t have been better and the inversion to the south and west of Pendle Hill was fabulous.


20141130_001_Pendle-5-EditGood to know you can still get Fry’s Milk Chocolate in Clithero

20141130_002_Pendle-7Pendle Hill

20141130_003_Pendle-8Sun strikes the fields

20141130_004_Pendle-13-EditFence just catching the sunlight

20141130_005_Pendle-14The first sign of the inversion as clouds pour over the hill

20141130_006_Pendle-24Final pull up on to the top with the Bowland hills beyond

20141130_007_Pendle-39Above Barley

20141130_008_Pendle-42Walking off the the top of Pendle

20141130_010_Pendle-54Looking south west

20141130_011_Pendle-59One of a number of late afternoon flyers

20141130_012_Pendle-65-EditLate afternoon sun on an outbuilding

20141130_013_Pendle-70-EditEasington Fell

20141130_014_Pendle-80Last look at Pendle Hill