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.

Walking News : May 2018

Next walk: Austwick and Moughton Scars - Saturday 9th June, 10:30am

Setting off from the picturesque village of Austwick, the area of this walk may be familiar to those having walked previously with us in this area. This time however we traverse the spectacular Moughton Scars - a limestone pavement to rival Malham. From Austwick we head towards Clapham to enjoy a leisurely walk by the side of Clapham Beck before arriving at the entrance to Ingleborough Cave and Trow Gill. From here, we set out towards Long Scar and Thieves Moss where we will be rewarded with panoramic views of the Ingleborough range and Pen-y-ghent. After negotiating Moughton Scars we head back to Austwick via a walled track into Crummackdale.

Important information:

Directions:

Grid reference: SD768685. The postcode for the only pub in Austwick is LA2 8BB. Passing the pub and school on the left, turn first left up Town Head Lane. Parking is available on the road opposite the garage just before the road narrows into a track where the walk begins

Walk leader: Annette Patterson. Everyone is welcome so hope to see you there!

Walk programme 2017-18

          Date         Leader         Location
          16 Sept 2017 Simon Davies    Clapham, Norber Erractics, Crummockdale, Austwick
          21 Oct 2017  Mike Howe       Pen-y- Ghent
          18 Nov 2017  Andy Clayton    White Coppice, Healey Nab and Anglezarke
          16 Dec 2017  Stuart Hirst    Local walk followed by pie and peas.
          6 Jan 2018   Graham Harwood  Read Park / Whalley
          20 Jan 2018  Mike Howe       Pen-y- Ghent (postponed from October)
          3 Feb 2018   John Conway     Brigsteer
          3 Mar 2018   Sharon Westhead Lymm and Thelwall (Cheshire)
          7 April 2018 Andy Clayton    On the Road to Wigan
          11-13 May 2018 Liz Maskell Sharon Westhead Weekend away Coniston
          9 June 2018  Annette Patterson and Julie Foote Austwick and Moughton Scars
          14 July 2018 John Conway     Pike of Blisco        

More details of these walks on the programme page.

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Walking News : April 2018

Next event: Coniston walking weekend - Saturday 11-14th May

The walking group has booked accommodation in Coniston for the weekend Friday to Monday - this is now fully booked but plenty of other options are available for staying in Coniston. There will be varied activities, from a strenuous walk up Coniston old Man to a trip on the National Trust's Steam Boat Gondola and a gentle stroll on offer. It is a good chance to socialise with like minded walkers in an informal setting.

Walking News : March 2018

Next walk: On the Road to Wigan - Saturday 7 April 10:30am (6.75 miles)

A walk in an area that I believe SEGS boots have not traversed before - The Metropolitan Borough of Wigan. Eee it's grim up North!

This walk is, however, anything but grim and on a clear day has some expansive views of anything but grey mills and smoking chimneys.

We will start the walk at the United Utilities car park at Worthington Lakes near Standish. From there it is a short hop down the road, across some fields and down a lane to join the towpath of the Leeds and Liverpool canal. The canal towpath will take us southwards towards Wigan whilst we enjoy (hopefully) some splendid views across West Lancashire. The relative peace being broken only slightly by a Pendolino or two swooshing down the West Coast mainline 1/4 mile or so away.

After the towpath part of the walk we will cross a bridge to enter Haigh Hall Country Park, a justifiably popular place for "Wiganers" to take the air. We will climb up through woodland to curve round to pass by Haigh Hall itself and on to The Courtyard, where there are public toilets, an ice cream parlour, a cafe and even a brewery! As you might guess, this part of the walk can be a tad more busy than the rest of it!!

Leaving the crowds and the parked cars behind we will soon be very much on our own again as we head back Northwards along gravel tracks and the occasional muddy path to Wigan Golf Club. (Note: At this point those with dogs will need to take a different route back to the cars. See below) For those of us without dogs we will drop down through a lovely wooded glen and pass along a stream to get to the top end of Worthington Lakes. The walk ends with a quiet stroll alongside the lakes back to the car park. As usual bring a packed lunch, drinks, snacks etc.

Dogs: Please note that the final part of the walk, around Worthington Lakes, is owned by United Utilities and the path that circles the lakes is a concessionary path on which dogs are not permitted. This rule seems to be very well observed by the locals, as on the reccie we saw no "evidence" of dogs, footprints or otherwise. Indeed there were a number of people around but there were no dogs. Indeed, from the signage, it would seem that dogs are not permitted in the Worthington Lakes Car Park but, we start off by leaving the car park along the pavement beside the road. For those of you who would like to bring their dog on this walk, there is a straighforward alternative route back from near the Wigan Golf Club to the car park.

Directions:

From Blackburn area, one option isby going through Chorley on the A6 (towards Bolton) and continuing on the A6 until you reach the junction with the A5109 (Wigan Lane). Follow the A5109 until you pass the Macdonald Kilhey Court Hotel, which will be on your left. The entrance to the car park is a bit further down on the left shortly after the entrance of the Lakeside Care Home.

The second option, which is perhaps more straightforward, is via the M6 to Junction 27. From J27 take the A5109 towards Standish. At the crossroads in the centre of Standish go straight on, onto the B5239 Finally at the mini roundabout turn left onto the A52109. The car park is a few hundreds yards up the A5109 on the right.

The post code for Worthington Lakes Car Park is: WN1 2XN. National Grid reference: SD 57975 10550

Alternative parking is on-road parking just down the road in the vicinity of the mini roundabout mentioned above.

Walk leader: Andy Clayton. Hope to see you there!

Walking News : February 2018

Next walk: Longridge Fell - Saturday 3 March 10:30am (7.5 miles)

This change to the advertised walk is 7.5 miles long in an area familiar to many but none the worse for that. It offers some spectacular views. We will set off from the Memorial Car Park in Hurst Green to follow the track to Greengore and on steadily upwards to reach the trig point on Spire Hill on Longridge Fell (where we should get some magnificent views across the Hodder Valley). Then we walk along the ridge of Londridge Fell to Kemple End and back past Stonyhurst College to Hurst Green and the car park.

As usual bring a packed lunch, drinks, snacks etc.

The Bayley Arms is of course right next door to the car park in Hurst Green for those who fancy a post walk drink.

Directions:

The post code for Hurst Green Memorial Car Park is: BB7 9QB National Grid reference: SD 68478 38053

Walk leader: Tony Gaffney. Hope to see you there!

Walking News : February 2018

Brigsteer - Saturday 3rd February 10:00am

This 9 mile walk around Scout Scar starts from Helsington Chrurch (small free car park with great views over Lyth valley and Irish sea)

As usual bring a packed lunch, drinks, snacks etc.

After the walk there is an excellent pub in Brigsteer.

Directions:

The post code of the start is LA8 8AQ. From M6 J36 signposted South Lakes, follow A591. Just after A590 junction the A591 takes you past Low Sizergh Barn cafe on right. Shortly beyond turn left along Whetstone Lane, a narrow lane off A591 grassy middle in places - If you get to the Shell garage and Travelodge you've gone too far). At end of lane T junction turn left onto Brigsteer Road. After about half a mile signed Helsington church and Lumley Fee bunkhouse turn left over cattle grid. Park opposite the church.

Walk leader: John Conway

Walking News : January 2017

Penyghent from Helwith Bridge - Saturday 20 January 10:00am

Starting from the car park opposite the Helwith Bridge Inn, close to Horton-in-Ribblesdale, we shall climb Pen-y-ghent by a lesser used route (initially at any rate). This involves climbing steadily but easily up Long Lane. After a couple of miles we will join the route coming up from Brackenbottom. Form there the gradient steepens for a few hundred metres as we climb up the southern side of Pen-y-ghent. All of a sudden the climb stops and it will be a stroll across the plateau to the trig point and some excellent views (weather permitting).

From the summit we will drop down the well engineered track and cut across to Hull Pot. From there it is a pleasant stroll gently downhill along the track into the back of Horton in Ribblesdale. Coming out near the church in Horton we will go across the main road and across a couple of fields to join the Ribble Way. It will then be a relatively level walk back to the Helwith Bridge Inn and our cars.

There is one steady climb, with a short steep bit at the end, otherwise the terrain is fairly easy going. This is limestone country, and most of the walk is along stony tracks, so unless we deviate into a bog the way underfoot should not be too muddy. There are a few stiles.

As usual bring a packed lunch, drinks, snacks etc.

Finally, there is of course a pub right at the start of the walk at Helwith Bridge. Additionally there are a couple of more pubs in Horton in Ribblesdale and the famous Pen-y-ghent Cafe.

Directions:

Traveling from Salesbury/Wilpshire:

Take the A59 to Gisburn. Turn left at the roundabout (A682) towards Long Preston. Follow the A682 until you reach the A65, turn left towards Settle. At the outskirts of Settle take the second exit at the roundabout (B6480) to go through Settle. At the other side of Settle turn right just before the bridge over the Ribble (B6479) towards Stainforth. Follow the B6479 for about 4 miles. The Helwith Bridge Inn is just under 4 miles north of Settle on the B6479. Turn where the B6479 takes a sharp right-hand turn (SP Helwith Bridge, Austwick and a couple of quarries)

The distance is about 30 miles and should take around 50 mins.

Post code for the Helwith Bridge Inn: BD24 0EH and the National Grid reference: SD 81045 69515

Walk leader: Mike Howe

Walking News : Christmas 2017

Next Walk: Read & Calder Valley - Saturday 6th January 10:30am

This eight mile walk offers commanding views of multiple vistas afforded from the open expanse of the Calder Valley near Read. The walk is a loop around the valley with the river a dominant feature. Taking an anti-clockwise loop from Great Harwood, we can enjoy views from the elevated trackbed of the old North East Lancashire Loop railway line heading towards Padiham. This path has had a lot of work done on it recently as part of the Martholme Greenway project supported by Sustrans and other funding bodies. Recently the viaduct has been opened for access by walkers, cyclists and horse riders. There are great views from there, but further progress towards Read and Padiham isn't currently possible. More information is available from their Facebook page.

We continue on via Read Garden Centre where a mid morning brew can be had or we can stop for coffee further on in Read Park looking back to Hambledon Hill. From Read Park we head North towards Wiswell Moor but don't climb too high before descending to Spring Wood Picnic site. On the way, if it is a clear day the distant Bowland fells of Totridge and Whin Fell can be seen beyond Kemple End.

Closer to home, the prominence of Whalley Nab is accentuated as we drop into Whalley for another crossing of the Calder before skirting the Nab on our return to Great Harwood.

The walk includes a number of climbs as we skirt around the valley - ideal for warming you up on a cold winter's day. The going is generally good underfoot with a mixture of tarmac and farmland but there are some boggy bits, especially just before returning to the start.

Directions:

We start from Harwood Lane, Great Harwood, the one-way road at Harwood Bar. Grid reference: SD743329. This road is wide enough for plenty of parking along the left side. The walk will begin from the Great Harwood end (opposite Lyndon Avenue).

Walking News : December 2017

Wilpshire Wander - Saturday 16 December 09:30am

An undemanding pre-Christmas walk which, in accordance with our usual practice at this time of year, is on home ground and incorporates some festive fare to finish.

An earlier start time of 9.30am please from the Wilpshire Hotel which, with little or no travelling time involved for most of us, should hopefully not present problems for any Friday night revellers and will enable us to be back in good time for lunch.

The circular route will proceed from Salesbury across Showley Brook and up to Ramsgreave Hall. From there tracking across to the golf course and Wilpshire Moor to skirt Dean Clough reservoir and then returning via Little Snodworth and Carr Hall and the main road back to the Wilpshire.

Although some of the paths are well drained, inevitably at this time of year and with recent heavy rainfall the ground is well sodden so good boots and gaiters are recommended, as is appropriate winter clothing.

For a modest charge, soup and sandwiches will be available for us when we return to the Wilpshire Hotel so no need for the usual packed lunch - just a flask for the walk.

Please email walks@segs.org.uk for more information or to let us know you are coming on the walk as this will be helpful to also assist the landlord with numbers for catering.

Good walk to bring a friend - see you there!

Directions:

Address: 7 Whalley Road, Blackburn BB1 9LQ

Walking News : Nov 2017

Healey Nab and Anglezarke - Saturday 18 November 10:15am

This seven mile walk takes in the scenic West Pennine Moors starting from the car park at the cricket club in White Coppice. A couple of quiet lanes and a gravelly track takes us to the wood at Healey Nab. From the wood we emerge at a stunning viewpoint of a wide panorama across West Lancashire from Blackpool past Liverpool to Manchester.

After descending Healey Nab gravel tracks take us through pleasant countryside to Anglezarke Reservoir returning from there via the Goit Valley.

The start is at the White Coppice cricket ground near Heapey, off the Blackburn to Chorley Road A674. Grid reference SD 61925 19070, post code PR6 9DE. As usual bring a packed lunch, drinks, snacks etc.

Directions:

Traveling from Salesbury/Wilpshire:

Leave the M65 at Junc 3 and take the 2nd exit at the roundabout (A674) SP Chorley. Go along the A674 for about 3 miles to go through Higher Wheelton. Having left Higher Weelton you need to take the second road on the left (SP Heapey) to go up Chapel Lane. After a mile or so the road will swing right and become Tithe Barn Lane 1/2 mile along this road you need to turn left into Coppice Lane. (When we were last here, the finger post at this junction had the finger for White Coppice pointing into the field opposite the road we want!) Go down this road and you will reach a small collection of cottages. Go over the hump-backed bridge by the cottages and keep left. The tarmac will soon peter out and become a somewhat pot-holed track. Keep bumping along this track past the White Coppice Children's Nursery. The Cricket Ground and the car park will suddenly appear in front of you.

Walking News : Oct 2017

Penyghent from Helwith Bridge - Saturday 21 October 10:00am

Due to adverse weather conditions this walk is postponed.

Starting from the car park opposite the Helwith Bridge Inn, close to Horton-in-Ribblesdale, we shall climb Pen-y-ghent by a lesser used route (initially at any rate). This involves climbing steadily but easily up Long Lane. After a couple of miles we will join the route coming up from Brackenbottom. Form there the gradient steepens for a few hundred metres as we climb up the southern side of Pen-y-ghent. All of a sudden the climb stops and it will be a stroll across the plateau to the trig point and some excellent views (weather permitting).

From the summit we will drop down the well engineered track and cut across to Hull Pot. From there it is a pleasant stroll gently downhill along the track into the back of Horton in Ribblesdale. Coming out near the church in Horton we will go across the main road and across a couple of fields to join the Ribble Way. It will then be a relatively level walk back to the Helwith Bridge Inn and our cars.

There is one steady climb, with a short steep bit at the end, otherwise the terrain is fairly easy going. This is limestone country, and most of the walk is along stony tracks, so unless we deviate into a bog the way underfoot should not be too muddy. There are a few stiles.

As usual bring a packed lunch, drinks, snacks etc.

Finally, there is of course a pub right at the start of the walk at Helwith Bridge. Additionally there are a couple of more pubs in Horton in Ribblesdale and the famous Pen-y-ghent Cafe.

Directions:

Traveling from Salesbury/Wilpshire:

Take the A59 to Gisburn. Turn left at the roundabout (A682) towards Long Preston. Follow the A682 until you reach the A65, turn left towards Settle. At the outskirts of Settle take the second exit at the roundabout (B6480) to go through Settle. At the other side of Settle turn right just before the bridge over the Ribble (B6479) towards Stainforth. Follow the B6479 for about 4 miles. The Helwith Bridge Inn is just under 4 miles north of Settle on the B6479. Turn where the B6479 takes a sharp right-hand turn (SP Helwith Bridge, Austwick and a couple of quarries)

The distance is about 30 miles and should take around 50 mins.

Post code for the Helwith Bridge Inn: BD24 0EH and the National Grid reference: SD 81045 69515

Walk leader: Mike Howe

Walking News : Sep 2017

Next walk - Clapham, Crummack Dale and Austwick (7 miles - about 3.5 hours, excluding breaks) Saturday 16th September 10.30am

A great walk that SEGS did a number of years ago. It is in limestone country, so despite the recent rain that we have been having it should not be too "sticky" underfoot. There is some marvelous limestone scenery to be had with some great views. The walk visits the geological phenomenon known as the Norber Erractics. For those who have not done this walk before it comes highly recommended.

The Walk:

We shall walk east from Clapham to Nappa Scars viewing the Norber Erratics, a collection of boulders carried by a glacier and deposited on the plateau. Because they are Silurian slate (harder than limestone) these boulders have been left perched above and strewn across the landscape, sometimes on narrow pedestals as the limestone beneath has been eroded. It will then be on to Crummack Dale and the hamlet of Wharfe before turning south west to Austwick before returning to Clapham. Walking will be along walled tracks and across fields with a couple of picturesque flat stone bridges over streams. Classic limestone country. Estimated ascent: 300ft all day.

A note for dog walkers and for those with dodgy hips and knees: There are a couple of ladder stiles, and a number of "stepping stones to over the wall stiles", all in good condition. Although we have had a lot of rain recently it's all decent underfoot. There are a lot of fields with sheep in and a couple with cows, so any dogs will need to be on leads 50% of the time.

Directions:

32 miles, allow about 1 hour: A59 to Gisburn. Turn north to Long Preston on A682, join the A65, take Kendal direction. Turn off the A65 where signposted to Clapham. Parking in Clapham, either at the National Park Car Park (GBP 4.50 for the day, machine takes cards) or street parking (close to the bridge either side of the river, or failing that past the car park entrance on the way up to the church). We'll start from the National Park Car Park. There are free toilets. Post code for the Car Park in Clapham (as stated on the National Park website) is: LA2 8EF National Grid reference: SD 74530 69225

Walk leader: Simon Davies

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