A Lancashire based family walking group that enjoys sociable day walks around the North West suitable for young and old.
Welcome to Salesbury Exploration Group, a friendly walking group based in Salesbury, Ribble Valley in the heart of Lancashire.
There will be an impromptu walk on the first Saturday of August from Wray, north east of Lancaster. It is eight miles starting from Bridge House Farm Cafe LA2 8QP (GR606675), from where we'll ascend onto moorland before crossing into the valley to drop down to the ancient woodland before following the River Roeburn through Outhwaite Wood back to the bridge at the start.
The moorland and areas around the valley can be tough going under foot so stout footwear and, if desired, walking poles are an advantage. Bring a pack lunch and plenty to drink plus protection from the weather (sun screen/ waterproofs etc.)
Directions: M6 junction 34 follow A683 (Kirkby Lonsdale), turning right in about 4 miles to reach Wray. Through the village, the cafe is just over the bridge. The entrance to the car park, where there is plenty of space, is about 100m further on.
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Our next walk is the one postponed from the time of winter storms last December. Lighter days of spring and, with luck, nice weather should make this walk all the more enjoyable. It takes us from Chipping to the southern end of the Bowland range across fields, farm tracks, woodland etc. We'll be next to and below the local fells but not on them. The highest point of the walk is around 230m above sea level. (Chipping is about 110m above sea level).
We'll walk from the car park in Chipping across fields and through some woodland to Windy Hill. Then on to Lickhurst Farm via Ginney Hey and Stanley. North to Dinkling Green Farm to curve around beneath Long Knotts to Higher Greystoneley. Along the track through the woods to Lower Greystoneley and on to skirt around Knott Hill. Then back across fields to Leagram Hall and finally Chipping.
The walk is 7 miles in length and starts from the car park in Chipping (Pay and Display). The post code is BB2 5JH. Bring lunch, and a friend or two, and don't forget boots and clothing, sunscreen, etc. suitable for the time of year.
Date Location Leader 26-Sep-2015 Grindleton Julie Foote 18-Oct-2015 Majestic Pendle Sharon Westhead 14-Nov-2015 Hoghton and Leeds Liverpool canal Tony Gaffney 19-Dec-2015 Chipping Andy Clayton 9-Jan-2016 Wilpshire parish boundary walk Stuart Hirst 6-Feb-2016 Ramsbottom Graham Harwood 5-Mar-2016 Crummack Dale Alan Walkden 16-Apr-2016 Haworth Annette Patterson 7-May-2016 Cartmel and Hampsfell John Conway 4-Jun-2016 Under Wolf Fell Andy Clayton
On this seven mile varied walk, we cross the race course at Cartmel and head up to Walton Hall. Then through Well Knowe woods to the 1st view point of Morecambe bay where we can have a coffee. Our route takes us through a farm, with outdoor piglets, to the sleepy hamlet of Beck Side. Passing Aynsome Manor, the climb starts to Hampsfell via another picturesque off road hamlet of Longlands. After ascending to a limestone pavement we get the 1st glimpse of the Hospice fort-shaped viewpoint. Climbing the stone steps up the Hospice we then get 360 degree views of the Cumbrian mountains, Yorkshire Dales, Morecambe bay and even the outline of Snowdonia on a clear day! Following the ridge towards Fell End we descend into Cartmel passing the Priory which is well worth a visit.
The weather is forecast to be considerably warmer than the cold snap at the end of April, so should make for a pleasant day out.
We will start at 10:30am from Cartmel racecourse following blue P signs - it is the only car park in the village. From M6 J36 take A590 towards Grange, Newby Bridge, Barrow etc. Take exit towards Cartmel/Low Newton (shortly after Grange turnoff) - it is then 3 miles along the lanes to Cartmel. Parking on the racecourse is well signposted from the square
Cartmel has plenty of cafes and pubs including the Royal Oak, which has a nice beer garden skirting the river Eea and Unsworth's microbrewery.
This is a moderate 8.1 mile walk, taking approximately 4 hours, starting in the village of Haworth. The bleak beauty of the moorland above Haworth is highly restorative and offers a distinct contrast to the quaint, but bustling village nestling below. The route takes in sections of the Bronte Way and Pennine Way, visiting the sisters' moorland haunts including the Bronte bridge and waterfall (where the sisters were said to take turns sitting and writing their first novels) and Top Withins (the derelict farmhouse reputed to be the setting for the farmstead Wuthering Heights).
For those preferring a shorter walk, a 4 mile linear walk to the bridge and waterfall and return, may be an attractive option.
The paths are generally well made and distinct, though we will need to negotiate a couple of kissing gates, plus one squeeze stile and some stepping stones across a stream. Dogs will need to be controlled for the majority of the route.
We will meet at 10.30am outside the Tourist Office in Haworth, adjacent to the Haworth Steam Brewing Company, at the top of Main Street.
There are a few opportunities for roadside parking otherwise there are a number of car parks ~ the most convenient is the one adjacent to the museum shop with toilet facilities, as this is where the walk will finish. The charge is £4 for the day. It may also be possible to park on a pub car park if you intend a visit post-walk. Travel time to Haworth from Wilpshire is 45-50 minutes given normal traffic conditions.
A trip north for this 9 mile walk starting in Clapham, near Settle,takes us to classic limestone country. From the Church in Clapham, we'll walk up "Long Lane Trail" overlooking Ingelborough Caves and continue along the Pennine Bridleway to Sulber Nick. Great views on Clear days! Ingelborough one side & Pen-y-Ghent in front. From there, we drop down to Crummack Dale towards Nappa Scars along "Thwaite Lane (Track)" and back to St James Church.
Walk start from Clapham, St James Church 10.30am SD745693. There is parking near the church or the Car Park next to the New Inn.
This seven mile heritage walk will take us south to the 'Valley of the Ram', home of the East Lancashire Railway, where the Flying Scotsman has recently been tested after a £4.2m refurbishment. Our walk will walk cover old cobbled roads providing views of Irwell Vale, the fells of Rossendale, Scout Moor, Cheesden and south to the conurbations of Bury and beyond. We'll never be far from a stream, brook or river in this old Lancashire weaving region. As well as walking through sheltered woodland, our walk through urban areas provides interest in old buildings.
Starting at Holcombe below the monument to Sir Robert Peel, we'll descend to Peel Walk and Brooksbottoms to meet the River Irwell. Due to winter storms and flood damage, some local bridges are either closed or damaged beyond repair but we'll be able to walk into Ramsbottom along the Irwell Valley Way (which is also a sculpture trail) and trough Nuttal Park. Lunch will be taken in Ramsbottom where if the weather is kind there is seating outdoors or, if not, shelter in cafes or other hostelries. Ramsbottom's Entwistle's Deli, home of Lancashire Sauce, is also purveyor of legendary meat pies from Cissy Green's Bakery in Haslingden as well as sandwiches, hot soup etc. Food is also available at the Fish and Chip shop, The Cultured Bean Cafe and the Irwell Works Brewery Tap. This craft brewery situated in the renovated Irwell Steam, Tin, Copper and Iron works has been brewing since 2010 and as well as offering views of the brewing process, has eight real ales and two ciders on draught and also supplies food at lunchtime.
We'll reconvene at the 'Tilted Vase' sculpure that is part of the Irwell Valley sculpture trail. From the town centre we'll rejoin Peel Walk up to Carr, via Top Wood and Ox Hey Wood to Stubbins behind the old Porritt mill. Here, we're on the Stubbins Estate and see the Tentering Tower during a climb through woods emerging from Buckden Wood (NT) onto Moor Road. Having gained height on the side of Holcombe moor we can enjoy a stroll back to the car park with splendid views ahead to the south. This part of the walk is exposed and can be windy so good wind/waterproof clothing is essential.
The terrain is generally good under foot with no unduly boggy ground to contend with, though by the rivers it will be muddy. Being winter, warm clothing and stout footwear, gloves and hat will be essential. A hot drink and snacks/packed lunch should also be brought unless you plan to obtain food in Ramsbottom where we'll take a break in the walk about halfway.
We're starting from the car park on Lumb Carr Road (B6214) nearest the Peel Tower from Ramsbottom. The post code is BL8 4NN, the grid reference SD781162 and lat/long 53.642272,-2.33461. A number of routes are available to get there from the Wilpshire area, the shortest at 15 miles/28 minutes is the M65 to Guide (J5 Shadsworth) then 1st left at the roundabout (B6232 Grane Road) to Helmshore taking the right down Holcombe Road (B6235) at the Holden Arms. Follow this road, it becomes Helmshore Road by the White Horse. Continue on a further 2.8 miles and the car park is on the left. Alternatives are M65/A56 to Ramsbottom at 20 miles 32 minutes, but it can be slow getting through Ramsbottom, and the other is via Roman Road and Edgworth.
NOTE: December's walk 'Under Wolf Fell' has been postponed until later next year.
Welcome in the new year and get that fitness resolution off to a good start by joining us on a local walk around the Wilpshire parish boundary.
The walk will finish with pea and ham soup at the Wilpshire Hotel (numbers to John Wainwright, please).
After our circuit of Pendle in October, we're off to the wild west with an eight mile circular walk from Pleasington taking in the local hills before descending to Hoghton Bottoms and around the woods past Hoghton Tower. Near Riley Green we will join the Leeds Liverpool canal before returning along the River Darwen passing underneath the spectacular Hoghton railway viaduct before our return to the starting point.
The walk is 8 miles and starts from the Butler's Arms in Victoria Road, Pleasington. The post code is BB2 5JH. Probably a muddy walk at this time of year so as well as lunch, and a friend or two don't forget boots and clothing etc. suitable for the time of year.
Directions: From the A677 Preston New Road, Blackburn, traffic lights at Billinge End, follow Billinge End Road to Pleasington, where the Butler's is on the right just before the railway station. Alternatively from A674 Preston Old Road, take Pleasington Lane near the Fielden's Arms and follow through to Victoria Road where the Butler's will be on the left just after the railway station.
Note change of advertised day - Now SUNDAY because of fell race event taking place on Saturday.
Majestic Pendle takes a less tortuous route to the summit of Pendle hill through famous witch country, passing through Newchurch-in-Pendle before going via Ratten Clough to ascend Apronfull Hill (another well) and the summit of Pendle by the top of Ogden Clough. From Pendle Big End, a choice of descents return us to Barley.
The walk is approximately 10 miles and starts from the car park in Barley. Stout boots and gear for the hills are necessary as well as a packed lunch. Refreshments are available in Barley.
Directions:From the A59, Chatburn, head through Downham on Pendle Road. turning right on Twiston Moor onto Barley Lane, descending into Barley where the car park is left in the village. Alternatively, Barley can be accessed via Higham, Fence or Barrowford, which although easily accessible from the M65, all require more steep country lanes to be navigated.
A start to the new season's walks with an exploration of the Grindleton area.
An 8 mile panoramic walk starting from the grounds of Bowland School and taking in a pleasant walk along the River Ribble before setting off on the ascent to Samphrey Hill above Grindleton, from where lovely views towards Pendle Hill and Clitheroe can be had. We then pass King Henry�s Well and proceed through woods to the trig point on Beacon Hill to see another wonderful panorama, before descending down a pleasant route to Sawley and back to our starting point.
Directions:From the A59, cross the Ribble at either West Bradford and turn right for Grindleton passing through the village to the school on the left or Sawley and turn left following the road until the school is found on the right. The address is Sawley Rd, Grindleton, Clitheroe BB7 4QS.
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