SUNDAY, 1ST FEBRUARY 2009
Strenuous Leader: We have no Strenuous leader today.
Moderate Leader: Jackie Gudgeon Distance: About 9 milesFrom Barrowford and the Pendle Heritage Centre we start off uphill along the Pendle Way to Higher Ridge. We then drop down to Roughlee (stepping stones) before climbing again to Hollin Top then walking through the woods past White Hough Outdoor Centre to Barley. We will have lunch here where there are picnic tables, toilets and a CAFÉ. We then pass Lower and Upper Black Moss Reservoirs circling round via Mountain Farm, Firber House and Wheathead Height to join a lane leading down to Blacko Water to pick up the Pendle Way again, which we follow along Blacko Water and Pendle Water back into Barrowford. Could be very boggy in parts.
Leisurely Leader: Sue DanielsFrom Barrowford we take the Pendle Way which follows the river for approx. 1.5 miles. We then take a short climb over Higher Ridge and drop back down to the Pendle Way path and head towards Roughlee and through Boothman Wood. Depending on the time we will have our lunch in Barley where refreshments are also available. We leave Barley and make our way back towards Barrowford on mostly field paths. Please note that I have unfortunately not had time to recce the walk so slight detours on the day may be taken!!
Easy Leader: Bernie Platts & Denise Holden Distance: approx. 5 milesFrom leaving the Heritage Centre our walk takes us along the side of the canal until we get to the Mile Tunnel, there we cross over the bridge and head up to Slipper Hill Reservoir. We will follow the path along the side of the reservoir and continue until we come to Foulridge Reservoir, known as Lake Burwain.
We will be walking around the lake - it was quite muddy in parts when we did the recce. From there, we walk back towards the canal and head back to the Heritage Centre.
SUNDAY, 1ST MARCH 2009
Strenuous Leader: Jackie Gudgeon Distance: 11 milesBuxton - Townend Farm - Red Gap Farm - King Sterndale - Deep Dale - Hillhead - Staker Hill - Fern House - Pavilion Gardens, Buxton.
No great height today, but lots of ups and downs. Coupled with expected sticky conditions underfoot this could be quite tiring. Good views, weather permitting.
Moderate Leader: Ruth Melling & Hazel Anderton Distance: 8 milesTo Poole's Cavern then through the woods to Burbage, across fields and down the valley of Wildmoorstone Brook to Errwood Reservoir. Then back to town via the disused railway, the golf course and the park.
What a recce! We got lost several times. Ruth went up to her knee in a bog and we ended up in a field surrounded by barbed wire and an electric fence. Fatigue, darkness and panic were beginning to set in when suddenly we managed to find the right path to the golf clubhouse where we sank into the back of a taxi.
So, if you see us studying a map, hopefully we won't be lost again, just amending the route to avoid the bog or checking the part of the walk we did not recce.
Leisurely Leader: Peter Denton Distance : 6-7 milesThis is a leisurely walk of 6-7 miles to King Sterndale. Mostly gentle gradients over pasture land and passing remote hamlets and farmhouses. After we stop for lunch there is a tricky descent down into Wye Dale, where we cross the railway, A6 and the River Wye. Then ramble on a pleasant path up Woo Dale (a typical dry valley). We then head gently down to Buxton for a much needed cup-a-tea and a scone. Well, maybe a pint. I have requested mud free but I think it is compulsory. Happy rambling.
Easy Leader: Bernie Platts & Denise HoldenSee Bernie and Denise on the coach.
SUNDAY, 29TH MARCH 2009
Strenuous Leader: Jackie Gudgeon Distance: 11 milesThrough to the top of Grassington village to follow High Lane to Hebden. From here we climb along Hebden Gill, passing old mine workings, until we gain the limestone moors at Yarnbury. A walled track takes us to Bare House, where we drop down to the Dales Way and Conistone Dib (a rocky limestone gorge) which leads down to Conistone. We then climb again to Dib Scar and into Barstow Wood. Down through the attractive mixed woodland to come out onto the River Wharfe which we follow back to Grassington. A good varied walk through gritstone and limestone scenery, moorland, woodland and river bank.
Moderate Leader: Sue Daniels Distance: 8 milesA delightful climb out of Grassington and up onto the moors with extensive views all around. Easy walking along grassy paths and tracks before we drop down between limestone pavements and into a dramatic gorge known as Conistone Dib. From the picturesque hamlet of Conistone it's easy walking along a minor road before reaching the River Wharfe. The final stretch is a joy as we meander beneath the trees and beside the river to end back in Grassington.
Leisurely Leader: Joan McGlinchey Distance : approx 8 milesWe start our walk at a leisurely pace along the River Wharfe towards Burnsall, keeping eyes peeled for a kingfisher. Once we have crossed over the River Wharfe we start to make our way to Thorpe. After a short while - there are tables/benches by the river, where hopefully we can stop for lunch. Just after lunch we enter the village of Thorpe. There is a pub that we pass, and providing that you are willing to take your boots off you may be able to use the toilets (we decided that was too high a price to pay on the recce). From Thorpe we cross over fields until we come to Linton. From Linton we make our way back to Grassington taking in the Linton Falls,
Once at Grassington, a welcome tea/scones or a pint will be more than appreciated.
Additional Leisurely, Leader: Derek Lee Distance: 7 milesWe leave Grassington westwards to the villages of Threshfields and Skirethorns, then climb steadily over Linton Moor before dropping down for a break in Linton village, then returning to Grassington along the river. No steep hills, and around 700 feet of ascent spread over 3 stages.
Easy Leader: Phil Walker Distance: 4.5 milesWhen ready to proceed we will gather on the cobbled square and set off towards Cove Lane which will lead us to Grass Wood Nature Reserve. The history of the wood goes back to the Iron age. The wood is now managed by Yorkshire wildlife trust and previous plantings of commercial conifers have been removed allowing the natural woodland to regenerate, which consists mainly of Ash and some Hazel coppice. The wood is also home to a small herd of Roe Deer. We exit the wood onto Grass Wood Lane for a short distance before dropping down to walk along the River Wharfe past Ghaistrills Strid and back to Grassington, with a short detour to Linton Falls. The scenery all along the river is lovely. Depending on the weather, lunch will either be in the woods or preferably along the river bank.
SUNDAY, 26TH APRIL 2009
Strenuous Leader: Rowland Nock Distance: 10 miles, 16 kilometresHeight Gain 700 metres.
From the car park we head out of Grasmere past the Youth Hostel trending round to the east via Easedale Beck. We then cross over the main A591 picking up the path to Stone Arthur and on to Great Rigg. Please bear in mind this is a continuous ascent of 700 metres. From the summit of Great Rigg wen the follow the ridge south to Heron Pike, taking in the spectactular views of Windermere and Grasmere Water. We then descend to Rydal via Rydal Mount which was the home of Wordsworth. From Rydal we follow the south banks of both Rydal Water and Grasmere Water via Loughrigg terrace back to Grasmere, hopefully in time for some well-earned tea and tiffin.
Moderate Leader: Chris Cox Distance: 7.7 milesCircular route around Grasmere and Rydal Water lakes (hard moderate).
A walk to make your heart beat faster, but it won't be for romantic reasons!
The route takes us north of Grasmere, and then we have a steep climb to Butter Crag and Alcock Tarn, a height gain of 1000ft. We should be rewarded with nice views over Grasmere and the valley below, and an early lunch (it would be a good idea to same some food for the return leg alongside Rydal Water). Paths are quite rocky, and can be difficult in places, so please take your time. Our walk then continues with a slow descent joining the coffin trail to Rydal Mount. After crossing the A591, we follow the Rydal Water and Grasmere Lake shoreline paths. However, the last stretch does involve a section of road walking into the village, where we can all enjoy a liquid refreshment!
Leisurely Leader: Sully Adam Distance :A walk starting at grasmere village. This is a nice walk, some climbing, and some waterfalls. Nice views. When we get to the top there is a big lake and as we are coming down it's a bit muddy and there are some stepping stones. Should take us roughly 3 hours.
Additional Leisurely, Leader: Derek Lee Distance: 6.5 milesWe will leave amblesude through Rothay Park and follow the minor road to the west of the River Rothay to Rydal. After crossing the river, we will follow the old coffin road along the hillside on the north side of Rydal Water before dropping down to cross the river again between Rydal Water and Grasmere. We can follow the western shore of Grasmere for a time before the last stretch of road walking into Grasmere. Around 600 ft of climbing, including a couple of short steep climbs, and some rough uneven paths. Please be ready to leave the coach at Ambleside.
Easy Leader: Margery Howe Distance: 5.5 milesAmbleside to Grasmere via Rydal Hall (possibility of a cup of coffee here) through Dora's Field over the River Rothay. A waterside path to Rydal Water, Red Bank and Grasmere Lake to Grasmere. A lovely low level walk through parkland and by lakeside with good views. No stiles. Please be ready to leave the coach at Ambleside, where we will stop for a few moments only to collect our rucksacks.
HAWES, YORKSHIRE DALES
SUNDAY, 31ST MAY 2009
Strenuous Leader: Rowland Nock Distance: 9 milesFrom the car park we head out of Hawes to Gayle and into Sleddale passing the beautiful Aysgill Force waterfall. We then pick our way round to Spillian Green for lunch by one of the classic old barns found in the Dales. From here we continue our circular route via the old Appersett Viaduct which spans Widderdale Beck. It is possible to abseil off this if anyone has a rope! This viaduct formed part of the old railway line connecting on to the Settle to Carlisle line. In the absence of a rope, we'll descend to the lane, cross over the beck using the road bridge, and wend our way round to Hardraw. For those up for it, and time permitting of course, there is always the possibility of taking a detour to Hardraw Force. This can only be accessed via the pub in Hardraw and you will be asked to pay £2 in the pub for the privilege. From Hardraw we head off to Sedbusk over many stiles (good work out) and back to Hawes.
Moderate Leader: Jackie Gudgeon Distance: about 8 milesHawes - Burtersett - Hawes End - Semer Water - Carlows - Gayle - Hawes.
We follow rising field paths to Burtersett then climb, mostly on quiet lane, until we get a nice view of Semer Water. We circle the crag of Green Scar to join briefly the Cam High Road (the old Roman road from Bainbridge) and then descend back into Gayle, a charming old mill village, and back to Hawes. Two climbs totalling about 800 ft.
Please accept my apologies in advance as I have been unable to recce this walk - so we can all get lost together! Only joking (I hope!).
Leisurely Leader: Derek Lee Distance : 7 milesWe leave Hawes southwards to the village of Gayle, then climb westwards on to the moors at Thorney Mire House before dropping down to Appersett. Then a climb up the other side of the valley to the moorland of Bluebell Hill and a gradual descent eastwards to Hardraw where we should have a chance to see the famous waterfalls (there is a fee!). Finally a climb out of Hardraw to pass through meadowland eastwards to Sedbusk before we descend southwards and cross the valley back to Hawes. Three noticeable hills, one with steps to help part of the way, each of about 150 feet, otherwise gentle ascents, and good views from both sides of the valley.
Easy Leader: Ruth Melling & Hazel Anderton Distance: 5 milesA sort of figure of eight walk. After leaving town we make out way up gradually rising fields towards the hamlet of Burtersett, then turn and walk along an elevated footpath, with nice views across the valley, towards the village of Gayle. We go up through the village, then make our way along the side of Gayle Beck valley until we reach Aysgill Force waterfall (not to be confused with the much better known Aysgarth). We walk along the side of the beck as far as we can, then go back onto fields, skirt Gayle and return to Hawes.
BAKEWELL, PEAK DISTRICT
SUNDAY, 28TH JUNE 2009
Strenuous Leader: Julie & Mark Gibbons Distance: 11 milesWe leave Bakewell and head for Edensor village, crossing the River Wye and the golf course, followed by a steep climb through Manners Wood and then a long but gentle trek across Carlton Pastures. A view of Chatsworth House and the expansive estate greets us as we approach Edensor, probably the prettiest Estate village. We meander through the Park following the course of the River Derwent and then climb up, crossing Beeley Moor to reach good paths that lead to the Swiss and Emperor Lakes and the Hunting Tower. Descending through Stand Wood, we pass close to the Farmyard and House, and then head back to Edensor and Bakewell.
This is strenuous in terms of mileage rather than ascent. There is one steep climb and descent, otherwise the route is gentle or moderate. Chatsworth, the home of Peregrine Cavendish, 12th Duke of Devonshire, is described as one of Britain's finest estates and, if the sun shines, you will see why!
Moderate Leader: Ruth Melling & Hazel Anderton Distance: 8 milesThis is a linear walk so will the moderates please be ready to leave the coach promptly. We start at the pretty village of Ashford in the Water. We cross the main road and walk along the riverbank and then through woods, which is part of a nature reserve and had lots of wild flowers when we recce'ed. We re-cross the road and then walk along the bottom of Monsal Dale, a steep sided wooded valley. We go along the top of Monsal Viaduct and up to Monsal Head where, time permitting, we can rest a while and refresh ourselves with ice cream, tea or something stronger and take in the lovely view.
We then pick up the Monsal Trail and, after walking along the disused railway for a while, we make our way mainly along open country to Bakewell and some tart. We have a few uphill bits, mainly through the woods, but generally it is easy walking and not too many stiles.
Leisurely Leader: Derek Lee Distance : 7 milesNB: this walk will start immediately from where the coach parks - toilets in the park after 5 minutes walk.
After a few minutes walk through parkland and allotments to the edge of the town, we have a long, mostly easy, climb to the village of Over Haddon, 350 feet higher than Bakewell. Then a steep descent on the road to Lathkill Dale followed by a walk through the last mile of the Dale to Conksbury Bridge. There is a short steep climb from the bridge before we cross the open fields and drop down to Haddon Hall. From here overgrown footpaths and then a bridleway track bring us to the Monsal Trail for an easy last mile back to Bakewell. Altogether about 500 feet climbing today.
Easy Leader: Adelaide Houghton Distance: 5.5 milesLeaving Bakewell, we head northwards via an old pack horse track to join the Monsal Trail, then on to Ashford in the Water, a pleasant little village. The final stretch back to Bakewell is along the River Wye. Apart from one gradual uphill section, the walk is easy going (in dry weather that is!).
SUNDAY, 26TH JULY 2009
Strenuous Leader: Rowland Nock Distance: 9.5 milesThis is a circular tour round Sedbergh, taking in part of the Howgill Fells. From the car park we head out via Castlehaw up onto the Howgills, trending our way round to Arant Haw. This is a height gain of approx 470 metres. We then walk the ridge onto Winder, taking in spectacular views. Our descent is then via Underwinder, passing by the boundaries of Ingmire Hall Estate until we finally reach the banks of the River Rawthey.
We mainly stay by the river, initially passing the tiny settlement of Brigflatts. This was once a flax weaving settlement and includes the first non-conformist meeting house built in 1675. We continue along the river, passing the confluence of the Rivers Dee and Rawthey back to Sedbergh.
Please bear in mind that this walk does include some initial gentle stream crossing on quite good footings.
Moderate Leader: Chris Cox Distance: 8.5 milesSedbergh - Lockbank Farm - Winder Hill - Height of Winder - Low Branthwaite - Lune Viaduct - Lincoln's Inn Bridge - The Oaks - Brigflatts - Sedbergh School.
We leave Sedbergh, and climb approx 300m to the top of Winder Hill, where we should enjoy nice views and a rest! The ascent is in the most part fairly gradual, and there is no need to rush. There is one difficult stile in the early part of the walk, but an adjacent gate and a bit of team work will get us through! Having taken in the views, we join the Dales Way and follow the River Lune and Rawthey back to Sedbergh.
Please note there is a short section of road walking (about 5 minutes) where the Dales Way runs along the A683. Please keep to single file or walk on the verge when we get to this road. We should get back to Sedbergh in time for scones and tea!
Leisurely Leader: Philomena Walker Distance : 7 milesFrom Settlebeck Bridge we will be taking the path along the River Rawthey to Millthrop, keeping to the Dales Way. A short steep climb takes us up to Riggs and stunning views. A good spot for an early break. We continue through Gap Wood crossing over the River Dee (looking out for low flying herons). Continuing along lane and path to Abbot Holme, before once again joining the Dales Way at Birks before returning through Sedbergh.
A very pleasant leisurely walk with lots to see..
Easy Leader: Adelaide Houghton Distance: 5 milesAfter an initial climb up Castlehaw we follow field paths down to the River Rawthey, passing through Sedbergh School back into town. A pleasant walk but, bearing in mind this is sheep country, there are several stiles.
STAVELEY, SOUTH CUMBRIA
SUNDAY, 23RD AUGUST 2009
Strenuous Leader: Jimmy Need Distance: 11 milesWe leave Staveley and head north up Hall Lane, then over Staveley Head Fell to Skeggles Water. Then westerly over Green Quarter Fell to Kentmere Village. Through this tiny hamlet to Kentmere Hall, then due south along wooded paths beside the River Kent to Brownfoot, picking up Brownfoot Lane back into Staveley.
Moderate Leader: Peter Denton Distance: 8 milesOur walk today has some wonderful views but they don't come easy! as the song goes. We start off leaving the village along the Dales Way. Then we ascend to a height of 250 metres to Potter Tarn for a well earned rest for lunch. Then back on our travels to find some more panoramas of Cumbria and find our way to Staveley for tea and a scone or whatever takes your fancy. Let's hope it does you good!
Leisurely Leader: Derek Lee Distance : 7 milesMost of the morning walk will be a steady climb for 3 miles eastwards from Staveley up to Potter Tarn, some 650 feet higher than Staveley. After lunch we can enjoy 2 miles downhill all the way to Bowston and the final 2 miles along the Dales Way following the River Kent back to Staveley.
Easy Leader: Cynthia Prescott & Hazel Anderton Distance: 4-5 milesQuite a pleasant varied walk with some good views as we walk along grass fields, little country lanes and through woods along the side of the main valley, and then up a tributary stream as far as Side House. We could then turn back from here but would recommend the extra bit to Frost Hole as it is pleasant, and also we could lunch away from trees and mozzies. Finally we make our way back to Staveley along the riverside on the Dales Way.
On the whole a comfortable walk, although one or two spots might be a little muddy if there has been rain, and there are just a few stiles mainly along the river.
LLANGOLLEN, NORTH WALES
SUNDAY, 27TH SEPTEMBER 2009
Strenuous Leader: Dag Griffiths Distance: 12 miles, total Ascent 840 mCrossing the river and the canal we pick up the Llangollen History Trial which skirts the ruins of Castell Dinas Bran and brings us on to Offa's Dyke Path. At Trevor Rocks we continue our ascent along the limestone edge of Creigiau Eglwseg which offers stunning views. East of Rock Farm we head east across the moorland of Bryn-Adda Flat - again with great views. Heading towards Bryn-Adda we begin our return leg picking up country lanes overlooking the Vale of Llangollen. On our return to the town centre we skirt the other side of Castell Dinas.
Moderate Leader: Jackie gudgeon Distance: 8 milesWe leave Llangollen by crossing the river and canal and heading towards Castell Dinas Bran as far as Geufron. We follow a path round the foot of Castell Dinas to join the Panorama Walk before heading west along the top of Trevor Rocks, past Eglwseg Plantation after which we might drop down to the Offa's Dyke Path or we could stay high for a little longer (depending on weather etc). Either way we eventually descend into the valley to pass, on the return journey, Abbey Cottage and Valle Crucis Abbey, before joining the Llangollen Canal back to Llangollen.
Leisurely Leader: Sully Adam Distance : 6.5 - 7 milesWe start off from the bridge over the River Dee, along the canal for a short while, then to Castell Dinas Bran and along to Trevor. Back along the Llangollen Canal.
Easy Leader: Sue Daniels Distance: 5 milesFirstly I had better point out that I have not pre-walked where I intend taking you today but most of it is canal walking so no real chance of getting lost! After leaving the coach we make our way up to the canal where there is a café and we can have a quick cuppa and snack. From here we follow the canal, making our way to the beautiful crescent shaped Horseshoe Falls and we can enjoy the view. We then head up to Llantysilio Church and hopefully can take a look inside. The route then continues up and across Velvet Hill before reaching Valle Crucis Abbey where we can wander for a while and possibly have lunch here. We then head back to Llangollen along the same canal path.
SUNDAY, 25TH OCTOBER 2009
Strenuous Leader: Dag Griffiths Distance: 12 milesA walk around Stocks Reservoir.
Passing Hammerton Hall and Black House we come onto Ten Acre Hill from where we see Stocks Reservoir for the first time. We then make our way over a causeway and along the edge of Gisburn Forest. Next we cross Hasgill Beck and pass the derelict New House. We then head for Lock Bridge across the River Hodder and pas the hamlet of Kenibus. A short stretch on the road leads to the side of a disused railway line and a path on the other side of the reservoir eventually leading to another short road stretch before returning to Salidburn, initially alongside Croasdale Beck and then across meadows. There is no great height in this walk and on the recce there were only occasional muddy stretches.
Moderate Leader: Hazel Anderton & Ruth Melling Distance: 8 milesMainly gentle up hill and down dale as we take a roundabout route over fields, down lanes and along the river via Highfield and Hammerton Hall to Gisburn Forest. We walk a while in the forest - look out for hairy bikers - and come out near the delightful little chapel. We then take the discretionary footpath, which is well used and rather muddy in places, along the side of Stocks Reservoir back to Slaidburn and the lovely pub.
Leisurely Leader: Philomena Walker Distance : 7.5 milesThrough woods up to Tenter Hill, towards Myttons. Turn back towards Pain Hill down to Crawshaw, and into the village of Newton. Under Newton Bridge we pick a path along the River Hodder for a gentle stroll back to Slaidburn, and a pint at the Hark to Bounty or refreshment in Café or by riverside, weather permitting.
Easy Leader: Derek Lee Distance: 5 milesUnfortunately I have not had a chance to recce this walk. We will head west from Slaidburn to Pain Hill Moor, climbing 250 feet, before dropping back down to Newton, then returning along the river to Slaidburn.
HURST GREEN, LANCASHIRE
SUNDAY, 29TH NOVEMBER 2009
Strenuous Leader: Rowland Nock Distance: 12 milesFrom Hurst Green we take the small lane west to the Punch Bowl public house. From here we head off to Stewart's Wood picking up the Ribble Way to Ribchester Bridge via the River Ribble. From here we cross the bridge taking the Ribchester Road to Salesbury Hall. We then follow the southern banks of the Ribble through the delightful Marles Wood to the pedestrian suspension bridge, which takes us to the north bank of the river. The rest of the walk is mainly river walking via Stoneyhurst College back to Hurst Green. This walk, particularly the latter part, was inspirational for J R R Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings' as he spent much of his time writing in the College.
Please bear in mind that in view of the extreme weather conditions lately, this walk may be subject to change/alterations.
Moderate Leader: Sue Daniels Distance: 7 milesToday's moderate walk reaches no great heights but reaches great depths!! The day we did the pre-walk it had rained very heavily the night before and consequently the ground was extremely wet with very boggy and deep mud areas along practically the whole of the route - so you have been warned!! We make a gradual climb from Hurst Green up through Longridge Fell through pretty valleys and forests with a couple of stunning views across the surrounding area. After a gentle descent to the hamlet of Walker Fold the walk traverses round the end of the fell over Kemple End and finishes with a short walk through the grounds of Stonyhurst College, one of the most impressive buildings in Lancashire.
Leisurely Leader: Joan McGlinchey & Margaret Black Distance : 7.5 milesWe start by walking down past the Shireburn Arms and across the fields towards the River Ribble. However, after passing through a small wood (slippy in places) we walk gently uphill across farmland. We then bypass Stonyhurst College and follow footpaths mainly through open ground out to the River Hodder. After lunch there is a short period along the road before turning off across the fields to rejoin the river footpath which leads back to the Shireburn Arms. A fairly flat walk with lovely views on a clear day, and interesting river features along the way.
Easy Leader: Cynthia Prescott & Hazel Anderton Distance: 5 milesNote: We intend to give some time for coffee or tea at the Bayley Arms near the community car park. The landlord assures us that coffee is served from 8 am. There is no café in the village.
The walk starts with a pleasant walk through woods, near a stream and along good paths and tracks up to the viewpoint and disused quarry. (It is well worth the not too strenuous effort for the extensive views in many directions) We then head down through fields to see different views towards Crowshaw Lodge Reservoir and head down to Longridge Road along the bridleway. After a short section of road we head down to Bailey Hall, through a farmyard. We see the remains of a moat and walk down through a little glade with a footbridge and head up to the church and back to the village.
SUNDAY, 3rd january 2010
Strenuous Leader: Dag Griffiths Distance: 9.5 milesVirtually all of the ascent comes in the first part of the walk. We head first for Pigeon Tower and then Rivington Pike. Dropping down to Pike's Cottage we take the path to the left of 'Two Lads' and pick up the road to Winter Hill (456m). From the top we take a short but fairly steep descent (sticks could be useful!) which then flattens out to cross the Rivington-Belmont Road at Hordern Stoops. From there we pick up the path to Higher Hempshaw's and then on bridle paths to Simms and Lead Mines Clough to the Yarrow Reservoir. Walking round the north and west of the Yarrow Reservoir, we reach the village of Rivington before heading back for the coach.
Moderate Leader: Alison & Eric Ashcroft Distance: 8.7 milesAscent 1200 feet. We leave Rivington Hall Barn by bridleways and paths, skirting around woods to climb up to Pigeon Tower with it's views across Rivington Moor. Then on around Noon Hill and paths to the remains of Higher Hempshaws and Simms. We continue to Lead Mines Clough and down river to Yarrow Reservoir, then by Lower Rivington Reservoir and back to Great House Barn car park and up the main driveway to the Hall and coach park,
Leisurely Leader: Peter Denton Distance : 5-6 milesThe walk starts with quite a steep climb up to 'Pigeon tower'. The path is stepped with a hand rail. A steady slow pace will get us breathing hard by the time we get to the top, but the views will be worth the pain. After we recover we will head gently down hill around Yarrow Reservoir, then down the side of Rivington Reservoir, for a cup of tea and scone.
Easy Leader: Irene Wilcock and Dianne Pennington Distance: 6.5 milesWe make our way to Rivington Hall Barn and then take an uphill path to the terraced gardens. From there the walk continues on to the Castle and follows the paths by the side of the reservoir.
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