SEGS Walking Group

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 : 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.

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  TBA                   	                  Stuart Hirst

          4-Feb-2017  Croasdale Fell, Whitendale and Dunsop Fell  Tony Gaffney

          4-Mar-2017  Formby                	                  Sharon Westhead

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

          6-May-2017  Brock Valley                                Graham Harwood

          3-Jun-2017  TBA                                         John Conway

          8-Jul-2017  Stainforth                                  Julie Foote

        

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Walking News : November 2016

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

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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