Friday, 5 April 2013

Easter A-Walking in Lancashire

On the weekend of 29th March, JT and PB travelled west to their 'base camp' in Blackburn in order to check out the A-Walk routes for the forthcoming SRC weekend in May.
Jane's walk took the form of an anti-clockwise circular route starting and finishing at Abbey Village near Rake Brook Reservoir. A considerable part of this walk followed the path of the Witton Weavers Way. One of the high-lights of this walk was the tremendous views that we got from Jubilee Tower on Darwen Hill.
Phil's A-Walk took the form of a clockwise circular route starting from the pub at Leys End - mid-way between Ogden Reservoir and Holden Wood Reservoir. Several sections of this walk followed the route of the Rossendale Way. One of the outstanding features of this trek was the spectacular scenery we saw in the National Trust land around Holcombe Moor - which is also used as a military training ground!
Although we had some lovely sunny weather, the residual snow on the high ground did have some detrimental affects on our progress. At one point, while traversing a snow-covered stream on Longworth Moor, PB disappeared up to his waist in a snow-drift! On another occasion, between Great Hill and Pickup Bank, the deep snow-drifts prevented us opening a gate - which required us to make an appropriate (lengthy) detour!
Overall, despite the time it took us to check-out our routes, we had two great walks. We are both looking forward to returning to this area in May for some more wonderful walking in Lancashire.
A selection of some of the photos that we took during our Lancashire walking expedition can be seen by clicking on the pink button below:

Many thanks to Jane Thompson and Phil Barker for taking the photographs.



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