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Post by PanBiker » 27 Dec 2017, 11:05

A quick walk round the fields and lanes yesterday. It was cold but fine when we set of so we togged up in dry walking gear, base layer, light fleece and wind proof soft shell outer, lined winter pants and boots. We just went out via the stables and out into the fields below Cow Pasture the fields were fairly claggy, surprising how much rain we have had. We saw a sparrow hawk perched surveying his hunting ground in the lower field. I just started to mizzle slightly as we climbed the hill up to the farm. We went up through the stock holding pen and up onto Hollins Lane. We had intended going up Dark Hill to Edge Lane but the mizzle had turned to proper rain and very small hailstones by then, it didn't look like baiting so we stayed on Hollins and just returned via Esp Lane and Town Head. the rain stopped when we got to Town Head. Only a couple of miles but enough to get the heart rate up, back home in 40 minutes.

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Post by Stanley » 28 Dec 2017, 03:46

I'll bet you were out yesterday.... lovely weather!
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Post by Wendyf » 28 Dec 2017, 09:16

We had an enjoyable walk around Wycoller yesterday, it was perfect walking weather but hard going in some places through the mud. We park up just past Carrier's Row at Laneshawbridge then follow the Pendle Way along the beck into the village and beyond, past Parson Lee Farm and up Smithy Clough to the junction with the track to Haworth. A right turn, still following the Pendle Way, takes you past Brink Ends Farm then down into Turnhole Clough where you cross the rather magnificent bridleway bridge, constructed a few years ago to replace an old one that had been washed away. After the bridge we leave the Pendle Way as it heads off past Boulsworth towards Coldwell and take a path past the rocks above the Clough before dropping down to the ruin of Banks House and back into the village. It's not quite a circular as you have to walk back along the beck the way you came to Laneshawbridge, but it's a good leg stretch and not too strenuous.....about four miles at a rough guess. :smile:
If you feel inclined you can stop at the cafe in Wycoller for refreshments afterwards, they don't object to muddy boots!

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Post by plaques » 28 Dec 2017, 18:17

What I may call a 'Stroll in the Park' . Alkincoats Park, Colne,
This image from the park more or less covers the general terrain of Wendy's walk. The gap in the 'Mountain' range is the target for serious walkers.Image

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Post by Stanley » 29 Dec 2017, 03:19

Nice pic P. Surprised mud bothered you Wendy, it's frozen hard at the moment here!
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Post by Wendyf » 29 Dec 2017, 07:05

That was Wednesday Stanley, it didn't freeze until the afternoon.

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Post by Stanley » 29 Dec 2017, 07:48

:good:
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Post by PanBiker » 06 Jan 2018, 16:26

Out in the fields and lanes again today, basically an extended version of the last walk I reported. We did the whole route we intended last time. Stables then up to Cow Pasture, field in the bottom were fairly waterlogged. Through the stock pen and up the path onto Hollins Lane, we took the concessionary path up past the humpty dumpties and out onto Dark Hill. Up to the new staging and we were surprised how dry the top side of here was, not even spongy as is the norm. Up the hill to my favourite stile then the footpath for a while before detouring onto Edge Lane. Down the lane to Moor Close and onto Esp Lane. I noticed that there is only one waymark on the lane above Moor Close indicating the route down Edge Lane. There should be one pointing forwards here as the public footpath extends through the next farmyard as far as the field barn in the lea of Weets side. The route used to go all the way through to Gisburn Track (1853 map) but now terminates at the barn. It would only require a couple of stiles to reopen this route out onto the moor and common land but I believe there is contention here with the farmer. At one time there used to be a notice to the effect of no through route at the top of Esp Lane and gates were locked on the route by accounts I have heard. As it stands there is no through route but the public right of way does extend to the barn. I might report the missing waymark and see what the footpath team report, nothing lost. Anyway we returned down Esp Lane and Town Head. I will not put the route up as it's already in the thread, just short of 3 miles 59 minutes, cold but warm enough when walking, dry for us, from the top of Edge Lane we could see snow clouds for a while up in the lower Dales.
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Post by Stanley » 07 Jan 2018, 03:51

Looks like another good walking day today.....
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Post by PanBiker » 07 Jan 2018, 16:39

Indeed, we went out after lunch. Moorgate then up Folly Lane, hard frost so the concrete was a bit slippery by Causeway Carr. Up the steps and into the fields over to Lower Standridge. The fields were frozen with about a quarter inch crust still boggy in parts, some of the grass and compacted bits on the slopes were a bit treacherous but you just had to be careful. Down the field to the bridge over Gillians beck and onward across the hillside to Lane Bottom. We turned upwards to Quarry Cottage and out onto the moor, we crossed the little tributary that runs off the moor into Gillians and over on to Lister Well. Descended to the bottom then back over into the field to loop back to Lane Bottom. We descended to Tubber Hill and then came back down Manchester Road and home. Cold but dry, same gear as yesterday but was quite warm especially when climbing, 3.4 miles, 1hour 20min, 460ft ascent.

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Post by Wendyf » 08 Jan 2018, 13:36

A very brisk wintery walk this morning with my ex neighbour who has now moved to Gargrave. We met up at the lay-by near the cattle grid on Pinhaw, walked up the Pennine Way to the summit and stopped for a couple of seconds to admire the view but it was face achingly cold up there with a strong Easterly wind blowing. We followed the Pennine Way across the moor until we reached farmland above Lothersdale, then headed back towards the road again emerging off the moor at the other cattle grid. A quick walk along the road brought us to the gate into the Elslack woodland from where we followed a path through the wood down to the main forest track above the reservoir. More brisk walking along the track until reaching the path that cuts steeply up the hill through the trees and then out (into the wind again)across the moor back to our starting point. Very bracing!

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Post by Stanley » 09 Jan 2018, 03:31

I'll bet it was! Big wind chill yesterday.....
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Post by PanBiker » 11 Jan 2018, 20:21

Time for the first Weets circular of the year. Sun was shining after lunch so we togged up with light gear and set off for the local hill. Usual escape route up Colne Road then Moorgate and Folly, the sun had disappeared by the time we got to Standridge and into the field to continue the climb. I have put pictures up of this route before but have decided to take different views this time. Up the first field and a look back down into town. You can see the first signs of the Bronze Age track across the moor here disappearing into the pasture.

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Looking the other way as the ancient route heads up the ridge.

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Onwards and upwards onto the ridge where the path levels out and a shot of the summit in the distance.

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The path is quite claggy in places but not to difficult to traverse.

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Not quite thawed fully up here.

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One of the upper feed sources on this side of the hill for Springs Beck.

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Approaching the summit and the Eastern end cairn, hand built and added to by generations of Barlickers.

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Adjacent beacon site now more or less fully recovered since its last use at the Queens Diamond Jubilee.

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Summit trig.

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View to Pendle Hill from the trig.

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Seat with a view, this is the Millennium bench which was installed from a suggestion of mine to the Town Council in 1999 who were asking for Millennium projects. It was actually installed in 2001 so has been in service now for 17 years.

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It has not had a lot of TLC over the years and is in dire need of replacement. It gets plenty of use and someone has given it a bit of seasonal trimming. I have suggested replacing it with one of the modern composite fibreglass type benches that are impervious to rotting and affectively need no maintenance once installed.

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Taking up the path over the moor to return via Duckpond. This is not on the definitive footpath map but has been in use as long as I have been climbing the hill, well over 50 years.

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It can get very boggy over here on the heather moor but it's not too bad today.

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The moor reclaiming from the Inclosure.

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Gated stile above Duckpond, this has been repaired since my last circuit, I reported that it had broken hinges on the LCC reporting site and Tom and his team have been out and sorted it.

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Duckpond giants stand sentinel over all they survey.

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I wonder how many others have had their picture taken with them?

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Back on Folly Lane at the top heading down for Higher View. You can just see a small herd of Belted Galloways in the distance.

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You come down a lot quicker than you go up, rest of the route from half a mile further on is just retracing our route back into town. It was a pleasant walk, overcast and done today because it was there and not for the views. It was brighter out to the West but not a lot of features visible today in any direction. Light walking gear, base layer, fleece and wind proof outer, glad of the boots today for the terrain and bits of clag. 4.5 miles, 1 hour 43 min.

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Post by Stanley » 12 Jan 2018, 04:32

Good pics......
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Re: Favourite Walks and Rambles

Post by Tizer » 12 Jan 2018, 09:57

Rotting benches....In the 1990s Tetra Pak in Sweden showed that benches could be made from waste Tetra Pak cartons and that they were very resistant to weathering. At the time, the cartons were considered to be not recyclable because they are made from a laminate consisting of 75% paper, 20% polyethylene and 5% aluminium. It didn't catch on and eventually ways of de-laminating the material were developed and the company was able to claim they are now recyclable. In practice the cartons usually go into landfill because the recyclers can't cope with yet another extra process to separate the component materials. In the meantime, the bench idea has caught on in India and many thousands of packs have been made into park benches. Here's an example in Mumbai LINK School furniture is also made from the cartons in India. It's a pity the benches aren't made from cartons here in the UK and used in National Parks etc. The ones I saw photos of in the 1990s were brown and textured to look like timber and would not have looked out of place in the countryside.
Here is more information about Tetra Pak cartons... Cartons

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Post by PanBiker » 12 Jan 2018, 11:39

Indeed Tiz, the top of our local hill is a very hostile environment for a wooden or metal bench. It does need one made from some kind of composite material. We have a number of the fibre composite ones around town so they are not unknown to the Town Council. I fear that a replacement though will come directly down to whether funding is available in the budget. I reckon its seen a lot of use over the years, cracking view when the weather allows.
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Post by PanBiker » 15 Jan 2018, 15:54

A slightly different route for a quick walk today. Out via Commercial Street then up the steps to Taylor Street down onto Priory Way towards the stables but into the field and over onto Calf Hall Lane via Monkroyd. Up Pickles Hipping (Shitten Ginnel) to Town Head, Esp Lane and then onto Hollins Lane. There is a lot of water in Springs Beck and quite a bit in the fields. We came down the lane and returned via the buttercup field back to the top of Calf Hall. No beasts in the fields apart from a few sheep in the first small field at Calf Hall waiting for lambing. Returned down the lane and then via the Parrock, Butts and home. 2.5 miles or so in just less than 50 minutes, claggy on grass but it stayed fine for the circuit, again glad of the boots for the muckier bits.

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Post by PanBiker » 17 Jan 2018, 16:06

Just a quick jaunt after lunch today. Out via the stables up to Cow Pasture, very wet in the fields. On up onto Hollins Lane then down the lane to pick up the path to Springs. The land drains were full running into the beck which was fairly well coloured with the amount of water in the flow, you heard it before you could see it. Through what was the the farmyard when I was a lad and up through the field onto Esp Lane. Back down home via Town Head, Westgate and Walmsgate. Just a bit over 2 miles done in 50 minutes. Slippy on the inclines in the fields but managed to stay upright. Four layers today, base, fleece, windproof and my gillet on top, glad of it on the outward leg there was a nithering wind right in your face. You can take of or vent if overdressed but can't put on extra layers you don't have. Similar routes already in the thread not long ago so no need to repeat.
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Re: Favourite Walks and Rambles

Post by Stanley » 18 Jan 2018, 03:56

It was a cold wind.......
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