On Sunday, the club visited a very wintery looking Chipping.
As usual there were three walks. Here are the route descriptions.
‘A’ party. 8 miles : leader – Alan Humphries.
Saddle Fell. Fair Snape fell & Parlick.
We leave Chipping in a north-westerly direction to pass an old cotton mill. Opposite the mill pond we turn right to follow field paths climbing gently towards Windy Hill farm. The farm access track leads us to a road which we cross and continue on to Saddle End farm. Passing through the farmyard we enter open moorland and head north onto Saddle Fell to reach a cairn. There are several paths which seem to divide then link up again near to a fence. Crossing the fence via a stile we now head west across ground that can be boggy. it is worth pausing to look behind for a view of the Yorkshire three peaks, Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. Upon reaching a fence we turn left and then head southwest making for the trig point and shelter on Fair Snape Fell where we will have lunch. Our route id now south, following the wall to pass by Nick’s Chair to climb to the summit of Parlick at 432 m. The descent from here is steep and we will have to take care but the path leads directly to the farm at Fell Foot. The final mile is along a minor road but it will lead us back to Chipping in time for a well earned drink.
The ‘B’ party was led by Keith Tattersall.
It is a circular walk starting and finishing in Chipping. From the car park we make our way south through the village to Town End before we enter the fields to reach Gibbon Bridge. Here we take a footpath alongside the river to arrive at Loud Mytham Bridge. A path alongside the wood brings us to Wood Top where we turn left to Cherry Tree House before crossing several fields to Bradley Hall. At this point we start up Spire Hill, part of Longridge Fell, for a short distance before dropping down to Cardwell House on Jeffrey Hill. The climbing over we make our way back to Chipping via Thornley Hall, Leach House and Dobson’s Hall and return to the village passing Radcliffe Hall.
Most of the walk is through fields with a short stretch of moorland on the side of Longridge Fell. There is a little road walking.
Length of walk 7.5 miles, approx. 685 feet of ascent.
The ‘C’ party walk was led by Ray & Jan Mcnamara, distance 6 miles.
The walk begins by the church in Chipping. We climb up through fields and tracks to Birchen Lea and then onto the fells at Burnslack. We return via Saddle Fell, Bradley and Nan King’s farm to chipping where we change into our glad rags for the Christmas meal and evening festivities.
We rounded off the day with our Christmas meal at the ‘Red Pump’ in Bashall Eaves.
An excellent meal.