Barley

Sunday 27th Jan 2013.

Today the club visited Barley. As usual there were three walks.

Margaret Stopforth led the ‘A’ party walk. Distance 9 miles. 1500 ft of ascent/

This is a classic circular walk which follows the Pendle Way for the majority of the route. We leave Barley Village and head for the quickest way up to the summit of Pendle Hill. From the trig point given decent weather there are good views of the three Yorkshire peaks and the conurbation of Burnley,Nelson and Briarfield. We descend via moorland paths and when we did the reccee it was very boggy. Plenty of “quag” which you will of course know is grass or turf over a mire or marsh. Once down we head for Newchurch in Pendle before making our way back to Barley along a pretty path which follows the Pendle Water. We pass some cottages and an old mill before arriving back at the car park and cafe.

It was Margaret’s first attempt at leading a walk. Well done Margaret.

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The ‘B’ walk was led by Ray McNamara and was 8 miles.

We begin with a walk up to the Black Moss Reservoirs. Then we take a fairly steep path up through Aitkin Wood. The path then descends to White Hough and we follow part of the Pendle Way along tracks and fields to Roughlee. After a short walk along the road through the village, passing a waterfall, a short river path takes us to Thorney Holme. Picking up the Pendle Way again we follow Heys Lane, an ancient route, past Heys Lane plantation. Continuing uphill we reach a wood and shortly after this, the village of Newchurch. Leaving Newchurch the Pendle Way crosses an area of moorland to reach fell Wood. We descend quite steeply on steps to reach Lower Ogden Reservoir. We then follow a track by the reservoir back to Barley.

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The ‘C’ walk was led by Phil Spratt

We leave Barley and go north to Mountain Farm where we turn right and follow a field path to the road below. Then on to Claud’s Clough and the Blaco Bar Road before making our way back to Barley via minor roads and field paths. Part of the walk is alongside the river. I hope we get a good forecast and that you have put lots of dubbin on your boots.

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