Sunday, 31 March 2013

Pendle Hill – Easter Sunday 31st March

We set off in clear, cold conditions.  Additional layers required nearing the summit at 1,827 ft the run in from near Whalley gave us just over twelve miles over well walked paths with good views of the Yorkshire Three Peaks.

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Passing the ruin on Clerk Hill at the start of our outing

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Pendle Hill in the distance

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Ian approaching the prominent cairn erected by the Scouts association on the main path along the northern edge of the Pendle plateau.  It commemorates a former Clitheroe doctor and scout district commissioner Gordon 'Peri' Hampson, who died in 1985

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This substantial shelter was erected in 1983 on the Pendle Hill Plateau – a popular lunch stop with walkers

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Ian heading for the summit trigpoint on Pendle Hill

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and arriving!

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Looking back to the summit on the way down

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Unusual bit of ironmongery on one of the gates

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No idea what this is – at one of the farms on the way down boiler? incinerator?

Saturday, 30 March 2013

Easter Saturday on the Pike and Winter Hill - 30th March

 

After yesterday’s madness on the Pike, a return to normality on our local hills. 

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Julie on the Pike looking out over the Lancashire plain

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Almost at the top of Winter Hill

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Approaching the summit trigpoint

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Still some snow on the tops

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In the Chinese Gardens

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Which way now?

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Blue sky, but still a chill wind

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Preston in the distance

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Those two trees

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Drifts still apparent

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Heading for the Pigeon Tower

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Approaching the trigpoint in colour

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Heading back to the Pike for the second time

Good Friday on Rivington Pike – 29th March

The Pike was alive with folk as usual on Good Friday.  Sunny and bright but with an icy easterly wind.  The usual array of burger vans and hot dog stalls accompanied the bouncy castles and children’s attractions.  Most climbed up to the tower and enjoyed excellent views out across the Lancashire plain to Liverpool Bay.  There’s always plenty to see!

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I was lucky to catch this young guy as he vaulted the fence with style

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No sign of a a thaw yet then

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Frozen paths across to Winter Hill

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Hot Food!

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and a nice cup o’tea

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Taking a break

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Looking across the fair from the path up to the Pike

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Something of interest

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Everybody’s up for the views

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All the fun of the fair!

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Snow fun

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On the way down

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Winter in Spring! Saturday 23rd March

Well it looks good but bitterly cold.  Didn’t even attempt to get to Rivington this morning, the roads are treacherous.  Elected for a walk through the woods this morning with Ian.  We did venture up onto the fields but the wind was cutting and we soon headed back to the shelter of Borsdane Wood.

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Bitterly cold

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Blasted by the wind

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Brief glimpses of wintry sunlight

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Birch

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Up on the farm tracks the wind was whipping the snow across

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This little fella was facing into the wind and I think has made a nest in the muck pile – probably emanating some heat underneath.

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and another one on the ‘bird table’ in the wood

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Lovely to look at but bitingly cold to be out in it.