Wednesday 10 September 2014. It has been a beautiful sunny and warm day here in Clitheroe and it has just ended with this sunset, shot from my caravan site at 7:15pm.
Wednesday 10 September 2014. It was another sunny day as we made the short drive to the charming village of Slaidburn for a 6.34 mile walk with a total ascent of 740ft. As is becoming the custom, we had coffee and toast before making a start on the walk which, for the first 3 miles, followed the course of the River Hodder to the next village of Newton.
It had been very gentle so far but we now had a switchback of minor hills to climb as we made our way across fields in the shadow of Beatrix and Burn fells. The last mile or so followed the course of Croasdale Brook back to Slaidburn.
It was such a lovely day that we had our post-walk lunch and a refreshing drink in the garden of the Hark to Bounty pub in Slaidburn and then stopped for ice cream in Waddington on the way home.
Tuesday 9 September 2014. I didn’t see much of Pendle Hill in the fog on Saturday so Amanda and I went today to Barley for a 5.2 mile walk up Pendle Hill with 1,200ft of ascent. The drive to Barley should have been uneventful but my satnav decided that I should take a small country road from Worston to Downham that was barely wide enough for my car with virtually no passing places. I was fortunate not to meet anything coming the other way. Needless to say, I didn’t come back that way.
Barley is a charming little village with a café adjacent to the car park so it was coffee and toast/bacon butty before we started. I’d mapped out a route but Jacqui had advised me to do it the opposite way around as the ascent would be easier. Our path ascended gradually past Lower and Upper Ogden Reservoirs before climbing more steeply alongside Boar Clough. We followed the Pendle Way on the way up and on the way down. The gradient eased the closer that we got to the trig point at the summit of Pendle Hill (1,827ft). We had a lunch stop in the lee of a nearby wall before heading down the stepped path running diagonally down the face of the hill. We quickly lost 600ft in 1/3rd of a mile before following a much easier path back to Barley. Instead of going to the pub, we had post-walk refreshments in another of the village’s tea shops. I couldn’t resist trying the Broth and Dumplings which was home made.
The “Witches” village of Newchurch in Pendle was less than a mile away so we had a drive there to look around. The church was interesting but the shop selling Witch souvenirs was full of tat.
Monday 8 September 2014. Amanda has joined me for a few days walking. We thought that we would set off with an easy 6.8 mile walk starting straight from her apartment on the outskirts of Clitheroe, taking in part of the Ribble Way. The walk turned out to be 8.4 miles with a total of 660ft of ascent reaching a dizzying high point of 400ft above sea level.
It was a gentle introduction, largely across farmland, with a stop for coffee after an hour at the Waddington Arms. We stopped again for lunch at Bashall Barn and then made our way back to Clitheroe. It was pleasantly warm with sunny spells and a good introduction for more challenging walks to come.
Sunday 7 September 2014. After the miserable weather of yesterday, today started with more mist and low cloud but this lifted to clear blue skies by mid-morning. The notes for today’s walk suggested that it would be best undertaken in clear conditions and the weather was ideal. I made the 10 mile drive along narrow winding roads to Fell Foot, just north of the village of Chipping. Straight from the car the route went uphill with a climb of nearly 700ft to the top of Parlick. From here there was a vast expanse of open moorland and my route then went down a little before another steadier climb of 400ft took me to the trig point and summit of Fair Snape Fell.
The route back followed a series of zig zags down the side of Fair Snape Fell and then across fields at the foot of the fells back to the car. It was 5.7 miles with 1,500ft of ascent.
Saturday 6 September 2014. I had planned to meet Jacqui for a walk at 10:00 today. The weather was grim so we decided to put our start time back to 12:00 in the hope that it would improve. As we set off there was low cloud and drizzle which, at times, developed into steadier rain. The hoped for views didn’t materialise and so I took only one token photo of a cairn, rebuilt to celebrate the Boy Scouts anniversary. The walk, which started from the Nick of Pendle, took us on a circuit of Pendle Hill before rejoining out outward route in order to get back to the cars. It was 7.1 miles with 1,087ft of ascent.
The plan for a post-walk meal had to be abandoned as Jacqui had left her car lights on whilst we were away walking and consequently she had a flat battery. We waited 45 minutes for the breakdown service to come and give her a jump start and to get her on her way.
Friday 5 September 2014. I’ve walked at the foot of Attamire Scar several times, the last being on my Dales High Way in June. Each time, I’ve promised myself that I would come back, climb to the top and have a good look around. Well, today was the day. It was only 22 miles from Clitheroe to Settle from where I started the walk. I knew that it was a steep 900ft climb to the trig point at the top of Attamire Scar (1,450ft) but it was worthwhile as there were great views from up there despite it being a little hazy. Once on the top I made my way via Warrendale Knotts to VictoriaCave. Again, I’d walked past it before but never made the effort to detour up to the cave.
From here it was a leisurely stroll of just over 2 miles back to Settle. Although it was a short walk at only 4.8 miles with a total ascent of 1,250ft, there was no pressure at all. I could go wherever I wanted, stop when I liked and set my own pace. The area around Settle is on of my favourite places to walk and I enjoyed every minute of it.