A Lancashire based family walking group that enjoys sociable day walks around the North West suitable for young and old.

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Walking News : May 2017

Next walk - Great Rock Walk (7 miles - about 3.5 hours, excluding breaks) Saturday 3rd June 10.30am

This is walk that SEGS has done three times before, albeit some time ago, in 1991,1997 and 2000. It is, however, a walk that is well worth yet another go, especially as many of our current regulars might not have walked it before.

Parking can be a bit tight in Heptonstall so we will meet at the car park adjoining the Bowling Club in Heptonstall, where there is usually plenty of space; in addition to on-road parking nearby.

A note for dog walkers and for those with dodgy hips and knees, the second half of the walk (after Great Rock) has quite a number of stiles. These are mainly low and sturdy but there is one high ladder stile to be negotiated.

The Walk:

We will start the walk by descending almost immediately, and somewhat steeply, from alongside the car park, to go down with some splendid views of Calderdale into the outskirts of Hebden Bridge. From there we will very quickly join the towpath of the Rochdale Canal for a lovely walk of one and half miles or so. It is only after we have left the towpath near Eastwood that the exertion starts, as we climb for three quarters of a mile steadily up to the highest point of the walk at Great Rock, and our suggested point for a breather, snack and a chance to take in the panorama.

It is then on across some moorland before we start to drop down a bit before walking along some old causey-ways to Blackshore Head. Dropping further down across some well-maintained meadow land we briefly join the Pennine Way to arrive at Colden Water. This is an idyllic spot in a steep-sided little valley where, on a nice day, the children amongst us can go paddling!

Leaving the Pennine Way we will then walk along more causey-ways above the steep-sided valley and across a couple of fields to arrive at some woods that are the precursor to the final, spectacular stretch of the walk; along the top of Heptonstall Crags and back to the car park.

There are a couple of good hostelries in Hepstonstall that can be called at before returning to the car park, a detour that would add around a quarter of a mile to the walk.

Directions:

We appreciate that you may all have your preferred way to get to Heptonstall but for those of you who might not have visited this delightful little place before, the most straightforward route is:

The distance is about 30 miles for which you should allow 1 hour.

Post code for the Hepstonstall Social and Bowling Club in Acre Lane (next door to the car park park) is: HX7 7LT

National Grid reference: SD 98750 27670

Walk leader: Andy Clayton

Hope to see you there!

Walk programme 2016-17


          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  Darwen Tower and Roddlesworth              Tony Gaffney

          4-Mar-2017  Formby                	                 Sharon Westhead

          1-Apr-2017  Stainforth                                 Julie Foote

          6-May-2017  Brock Valley                               Graham Harwood

          3-Jun-2017  Great Rock, Heptonstall                    John Conway

          8-Jul-2017  Simon's Seat and the Valley of Desolation  Annette Patterson

        

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Walking News : April 2017

Next walk - Brock valley & Bleasdale (8.75 miles/4-5 hours) Saturday 6th May 10.30am

For this walk we're venturing to the west side of the Bowland fells to explore the valley of the River Brock, which rises in the fells above Bleasdale.

This wooded valley lies in the foothills of Fairsnape and Parlick the more famous summits of the Bowland fells and just north of Beacon Fell. It is a steep sided valley of semi natural ancient woodland, which during the spring sports a delightful array of wildflowers and a magnificent carpet of bluebells.

Our walk starts from the car park near Brock Mill, from where we follow downstream a short distance before striking off right to climb out of the valley and get our first views of the countryside around. Passing through fields and sheep pastures, we slowly ascend towards Fairsnape entering Bleasdale proper with chance on the way to take in views over Wyresdale and Preston whilst having a coffee stop.

The Bleasdale Estate is probably more famous for its shooting but there are some interesting historical sites to see on our way. First, is a packhorse bridge at Brooks in the upper valley, probably built for foot traffic heading for the church rather than laden horses. From Admarsh Barn we head up the lane a short way to the old parsonage to take a concessionary footpath to see a Bronze age circle. The view of the fells here is impressive as the scale of the bowl that is Bleasdale is apparent after our approach. Bleasdale Circle is timber structure discovered in the late 1800's consisting of two circles set one within the other probably built for religious purposes. Today concrete posts mark the positions of the original posts, four of which are now housed in the Harris Museum in Preston along with some of the other artefacts from excavation of the site including two grave pots discovered in the centre of the smaller circle.

Returning along the lane we come to the church of St. Eadmer named after a Northumbrian monk and then pass the smallest school in England.

From here, it is mainly all downhill and easy going through a mixture of woodland alongside the River Brock as we head down to Higher Brock Bridge and the car park.

Directions:

We will meet at the free car park at Brock Bottom picnic site at Brock Mill on Brock Mill Lane. It isn't the easiest place to find. Getting there from Salesbury/Wilpshire is a choice between M6/A6 or via Ribchester/Longridge/Inglewhite. Both routes take about 45 minutes. To go via M6, leave M55 at junction 1 to head north on the A6 to just past the new Barton Grange roundabout after which take a right along New Lane, Ducketts Lane and May Lane which ends up at a T-junction with Brock Mill Lane. From there it is right downhill a short way to the car park on the right. Alternatively via Longridge towards Inglewhite on Inglewhite Lane, then Bullsnape Lane, left on Greenfield Lane then immediately right into Church Lane. Right on Button Lane takes you to Bleasdale Road then left on White Lee Lane down to Brock Mill where the car park is on the left. The location is 53°52'54.5"N 2°41'16.7"W. Grid reference is SD548430.

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Walk leader: Graham Harwood

Walking News : March 2017

Next walk - Stainforth Force & Catrigg Force (7 miles/3 hours) Saturday 1 st April 10.30am

PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF DATE.

This is a scenic and interesting walk above the lovely market town of Settle.

During the Middle Ages Langcliffe was owned by Sawley Abbey, but the village owed its prosperity to Langcliffe Mill, a former cotton mill located west of the village, close to the Ribble. The mill is still in use, although is now a paper mill.

From Langcliffe we will enjoy a pleasant walk along the banks of the River Ribble eventually arriving at Stainforth Force and its pretty pack horse bridge, constructed in 1675 and now owned by the National Trust.

We will then make our way to the attractive village of Stainforth, most famous for its excellent country inn, stepping stones over the beck and rich history based around the monks of Sawley Abbey.

Here we will make the short ascent to Catrigg Force, a dramatic waterfall which is partially hidden away in a deep gorge. The waterfall is set back in the trees but opens out beautifully as you enter the gorge. There are two main drops of 20ft separated by a 60ft copse; apparently, the famous composer Elgar's favourite spot.

The views above the Force are excellent with Pen y ghent and Ingleborough clearly profiled, but also on the descent back to Langcliffe where Ribblesdale is spread out for miles in each direction.

Directions:

We will meet at the free car park on the eastern edge of the historic village of Langcliffe, just off the B6479. (Turn right at the roundabout just after the centre of Settle). It's a 45 minute journey by car to Langcliffe, post code: BD24 9NQ.

The aforementioned inn at Stainforth with its flagged floors and roaring fires will make a pleasant rendezvous for those interested in a post-walk drink.

Walk leader: Julie Foote

Next walk - Formby Point - Saturday 4th March 10:30am

For this seven and half mile easy walk we're meeting at Formby Point National Trust Car Park. Parking is free for NT members but you will need to show your membership card otherwise it's £5.70 for the day. It is best to park in the big car park at the bottom, past the Squirrel Sanctuary.

The walk will take around three hours, starting with a stroll around the red squirrels for about 20 minutes then continuing the walk. It is probably a contender for the flattest SEGS walk ever. Apart from the odd sand dune there is nothing that remotely resembles a hill. The terrain is a mixture of beach, woodland paths and dunes. Boots are as usual recommended but not essential. Don't forget to bring your packed lunch etc.

For those who fancy a drink afterwards, there is the Grapes pub 5 minutes away, you will have passed this on the way in.

Don't forget that it is still winter so we can expect some bracing sea breezes so please dress accordingly with sufficient layers. There will be the usual coffee and packed lunch stops. Walk leader is Sharon Westhead.

Directions

Directions to Formby Point are fairly well signposted with brown National Trust - Formby Point signs. Take the main Formby turn, off the A565 Southport / Liverpool road. Follow the road into Formby, through a junction with the Grapes pub on your right then pick up the Formby Point signs. Go over the level crossing at Freshfield station, past all the footballers' houses and the car park is at the bottom of that road.

The quickest route is to go to the end of the M58 and then follow the signs for Formby and Southport. This route takes about an hour. Other routes are through Ormskirk, Leyland or Preston which all take well over an hour.

For those that like tinkering with their Sat Navs the address and postcode for the car park is: Victoria Road, near Formby, Liverpool L37 1JL and the National Grid Reference: SD 27410 08225.

Alternatively, you could try this link to the relevant part of the National Trust website

Walking News : January 2017

Next walk - Darwen Tower and moors, Roddlesworth woods and Tockholes - Saturday 4th February 10:30am

A favourite area for many, this walk of about 7 miles starts via Ryal Fold and Earnsdale reservoir before ascending to Jubilee Tower erected in 1898 to commemorate Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee. The walk then continues onto the moors to the south, before descending to Hollinshead Hall, an 18th Century ruin, set in woodland. From here the walk enters Roddlesworth woods ultimately passing between reservoirs built in the mid nineteenth century to help supply Liverpool with water. The walk continues to the outlying lanes of Tockholes before returning to the Royal Arms via bridle-paths and fields on the eastern side of the village.

There are several points on the walk that people can break off and return easily to the car park or pub if so desired. Conditions underfoot vary from good to very muddy and it is almost always windy up at the Tower.

Starting 10.30 am at the Royal Arms, Tockholes Road, Tockholes, BB3 0PA. Lat/Long: 53.688927,-2.508497, GR: SD665215 There is plenty of free parking available close to the Royal Arms at the Roddlesworth Information Centre where there are toilets and Vaughn's cafe.

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 walk.

Directions: From Blackburn, Livesey Branch Road A6062 then Heys Lane and Tockholes Road. The car park is roughly 2 miles from crossing over the motorway and a mile beyond Tockholes.

Hope to see you there!

Walking News : January 2017

Sawley - Saturday 7 January 10:30am

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

Hope to see you there!

Walking News : November 2016

Tunbrook woods and the Ribble Way (5.5 miles) - Saturday 17 December 10:30am

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.

Directions

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.

Walking News : November 2016

Hebden Bridge and Great Rock from Heptonstall (7.25 miles) - Saturday 12 November 10:00am

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:

The distance is about 30 miles and should take around 50 mins.
Post code for the Hepstonstall Social and Bowling Club in Acre Lane (next door to the car park park) is: HX7 7LT
National Grid reference: SD 98750 27670

Hope to see you there!

Walking News : October 2016

Penyghent from Helwith Bridge - Saturday 15 October 10:00am

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.

Walking News : August 2016

Next Walk: Black Tower, Roughlee. Saturday 24th September 2016 10:30am

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.

Directions:

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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