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.(Anyone wishing to reduce the length of the walk could drive upto Woodhouse Lane near Myttons Farm (BB7 3AH), find an occasional parking place and await walkers coming up the Witch Walk from Slaidburn).
Note: Earlier start time
A rare foray by SEGs onto the Hornby Rd/Salter Fell track via Croasdale and gives a taster of this magnificent moorland track, used by walkers, cyclists, horse riders and the occasional motorbike. A longer walk of 11.5 miles (can be shortened), setting off from the 'Hark to Bounty' at Slaidburn (BB7 3EP), at 10am - the walk will take up to 6 hrs, including stops, hence the early start.
This is a chance to explore and enjoy the remote moorland track that was used to get to Lancaster in days of old. The track is for some miles part of the old Roman military Road, from Manchester through Ribchester, ultimately to Carlisle and 'the Wall'. It was the route the Lancashire Witches were taken to their fate over 400 years ago. It crosses the United Utilities estate that is the catchment area for much of the region's water supply and is also the breeding ground of the rare and endangered Hen Harrier.
Soon after leaving Slaidburn, we pass through woodland onto the 'Lancashire Witch walk', heading gradually uphill to join Woodhouse Lane near Myttons Farm. Woodhouse Lane leads onto the track which is followed for a few miles before we descend to Whitendale, before a steady ascent of Dunsop Head (434 metres). After descending from this last fell we return to Slaidburn retracing our footsteps via Woodhouse Lane and the Witch walk.
Car parking is available down near the River Hodder for £2.00 all day, (toilets close by), or on street parking if you can find it. The track will be good underfoot but after leaving the track through Whitendale and over Dunsop it is likely to be quite soggy and there is little shelter if any.
For anyone wanting to do a shorter version of the walk, it is possible to park up House Lane at Myttons Farm (BB7 3AH) or further up GR: SD692548, which will reduce the walk to 9.5 or 8 miles respecively. Note: Mobile phone coverage is poor in the area, so anyone choosing this option should notify the walk leader via email at firstname.lastname@example.org beforehand so you are expected.
The weather is likely to be cold, given the time of year, so windproof and waterproof clothing is essential. Gloves and hat are advised and you should bring food and hot drink to sustain you on this longer than average walk. We're not going high but the way under foot will be a mixture of farm tracks and fields so be prepared for some muddy conditions if wet -it is the Ribble Valley after all! There will be the usual coffee and packed lunch stops.
Directions: B6478 from Clitheroe through Waddington and Newton to Slaidburn. The Hark to Bounty is in the centre of the village.
Hope to see you there!
Date Location Leader 24-Sep-2016 Blacko Tower, Roughlee Simon Davies 15-Oct-2016 Pen-y-ghent, Hull Pot Mike Howe 12-Nov-2016 Heptonstall, Hebden Bridge and Great Rock Andy Clayton 17-Dec-2016 Tunbrook woods and the Ribble Way Graham Harwood 7-Jan-2017 Sawley Stuart Hirst 4-Feb-2017 Croasdale Fell, Whitendale and Dunsop Fell Tony Gaffney 4-Mar-2017 Formby Sharon Westhead 8-Apr-2017 Stainforth Julie Foote 6-May-2017 Brock Valley Graham Harwood 3-Jun-2017 TBA John Conway 8-Jul-2017 Simon's Seat and the Valley of Desolation Annette Patterson
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An undemanding and short low level route to kick start the New Year and accommodate possible inclement weather. The walk distance is about 6.5 miles. Leaving from the car park at the Spread Eagle at Sawley we will initially take the Ribble Way to start to trace a clockwise circular route, going across the A59 towards Rimington Bridge. Skirting south of Rimington in a short climb we will follow Ings Beck past the old Downham Mill. Crossing Rimington Lane and the railway line we will take a direct route back to Sawley again crossing over the A59, and passing the abbey ruins, before arriving back at the Spread Eagle.
Expect cold weather, so dress accordingly. We're not going high but the way under foot will be a mixture of farm tracks and fields so be prepared for some muddy conditions if wet -it is the Ribble Valley after all! There will be the usual coffee and packed lunch stops.
Directions: A59 to Sawley. At bottom of Sawley Brow take turn to Sawley Abbey and Bolton-by-Bowland. In the village, a sharp left-hand bend is where the Spread Eagle is (postcode: BB7 4NH) and where the walk starts. GR: SD 776466
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This shorter walk is ideal for a short winter's day and an antidote to Christmas shopping (though if you feel the need to see Santa, it may be possible). Starting from the car park at Brockholes Nature Reserve near Junction 31 of the M6, we head North on the Ribble Way (and Guild Wheel) to ascend Boilton Wood. On leaving the wood, we follow its curtilage around Red Scar Wood and the ancient woodland of Tunbrook Woods (nature reserve). From the boundary of Roman Way industrial estate some flat fields bring us back to the Ribble Way after crossing Tunbrook Wood again. The Ribble Way goes along a cul-de-sac tarmac road before our final crossing of Tunbrook Woods after which, we rejoin our outward track and return to the car park.
Expect cold weather, so dress accordingly. We're not going high and most of the walk should be on solid terrain, though fields will be what they'll be. As it is a shorter walk, a coffee stop will be the only planned stop. Walk leader is Graham Harwood.
The car park at Brockholes is £6 for over 4 hours, so it is worth sharing lifts. It is sometimes possible to park outside the reserve on the access road. This adds 3/4 mile to the walk. Meet at the car park for a 10:30am departure.
Postcode: PR5 0AG. From Samlesbury: At the roundabout of the M6 J31 and A59 you need to go all the way round the double roundabout as if you where going to head back along the A59 towards Samlesbury. As you come round the roundabout past the Tickle Trout Service Station stay in the left hand lane. Just before the traffic lights, take the FIRST exit signed "Brockholes Nature Reserve" heading north over the river (adjacent to the off-ramp slip road). Follow this road left, round doubling back and under the slip road bridge to the site entrance.
Postponed until further notice due to leader injury.
Please note earlier start.
Starting from the car park next to the community centre in Heptonstall, we will walk down into the outskirts of Hebden Bridge and on to the towpath of the Rochdale Canal. After a stroll of a couple of miles along the towpath we will climb steadily upwards to reach Great Rock. From Great Rock we will set of across fields, in many parts along stone-flagged ancient causeways following the Calderdale Way. A bit further along we will drop down to join the Pennine Way to cross Colden Water at a delightful glen. Leaving the Pennine Way we will continue to follow the Calderdale Way along some more causeways, traversing the top of Hepstonstall Crags back into Hepstonstall and the car park.
This is a walk that SEGS did many years ago and was enjoyed greatly by all who came along. Let's hope the weather is kind to us next Saturday so that we can savour the South Pennine scenery again
There is one steep descent into Hebden Bridge and a steady climb up to Great Rock, otherwise the terrain is fairly easy going, undulating across typical South Pennine farmland, in many places on causey stones.As usual bring a packed lunch, drinks, snacks etc. Although if the weather stays cold this week I do not expect to make our breaks too long.
Finally, there are a couple of pubs in the heart of Heptonstall, about 300 yards from the car park.
The distance is in the region of 7.25 miles, so we should be back at the car park between 2:00 and 2:30 pm (depending on the length of refreshment breaks, pauses to catch breath etc!).
Traveling from Salesbury/Wilpshire:
Heptonstall is about 25 miles from Wilpshire and should take around 50 to 60 mins.There are two recognised car parks in Hepstonstall. The one that we shall be using is signposted off the main street through Heptonstall, a hundred yards or so in the Hebden Bridge direction out of the centre of Heptonstall. (The other car park - that we shall NOT be using as it now gets very busy with residents - is down a very narrow alleyway in the centre of the village.)
To get to the car park if you are arriving from the Hebden Bridge direction you need to turn left along Valley View Road, shortly after you start to come into the outskirts of the village. If you have driven to Heptonstall along the Long Causeway then you will be approaching from the north and will need to drive right through the cobbled main street of the village and before you leave the outskirts turn right into Valley View Road.
Most of you will have your preferred way of getting to Heptonstall, but for those of you that haven't, here's a suggested route:
Hope to see you there!
Please note earlier start.
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 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.
Another trip to Pendle Witch country, this time visiting Blacko Tower.
Starting from the car park at the Pendle Heritage Centre in Barrowford, this is a walk of around 8 miles. which follows sections of the Pendle Way. On leaving Barrowford we will walk alongside Pendle Water to Blacko Foot, with views of Blacko (or Stansfield) Tower. We shall go on then via Brown Hill and White Hough to Newchurch in Pendle, with extensive views of the back of Pendle. The return to Barrowford from Newchurch goes via Noggarth Cottage. There are no major climbs, but quite a lot of ups and downs. The terrain is varied with some decent paths and woodland tracks in places but we shall be walking mainly across grassy fields. A few sections can be a bit muddy, so boots and gaiters are advised. There are a number of stiles.
As usual bring a packed lunch, drinks, snacks etc.
Finally, there are pubs in Barrowford near the car park and Noggarth Cottage serves Teas, Ice Creams etc.
Take the M65 East, leaving at Junction 13, A682 (SP Kendal). Follow A682 (SP Kendal, Barrowford) and go most of the way through Barrowford. Go straight across mini roundabout, Booths supermarket on left. Take next right over bridge just before Toll House. Car park (free), is on the left. Time ~ 30 mins
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