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 : 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!


Address: 7 Whalley Road, Blackburn BB1 9LQ

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
          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 TBC
          14 July 2018 John Conway     Pike of Blisco        

More details of these walks on the programme page.

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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.


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.


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.


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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