Ski Club of Manchester, Late Summer Walks


September walks 2017

The September walks will be in the Ribble Valley District. On Saturday from Slaidburn in the Hodder Valley area of the Forest of Bowland, and on Sunday further south from Hurst Green near Clitheroe.

Those wishing to join both walks should consider staying over in the area on Saturday night. Dave and Vanessa and others will be staying at the Hark To Bounty in Slaidburn. There are limited accommodation options in the area and early booking is advised.

The Hodder Valley show is taking place in Dunsop Bridge on Saturday 9th September and a visit to this may be an option for people wanting to make a weekend of it but not do the Saturday walk.

Walk 1 – Saturday 9th September 2017

Meeting time is 10:00 – 10:15 to start walking at 10:30.

This walk will be a circuit on the high moorland fells to the south-east of Slaidburn in the Forest of Bowland. Slaidburn is a picturesque village with a pub (The Hark to Bounty) and tea room (Riverbank Tearooms) which is opposite the village hall.

The walk will start from the village hall car park in Slaidburn. Grid reference SD 714 524. For satellite navigation use the post code BB7 3ES.

There is free parking in front of the Village Hall which is on the way out of Slaidburn on the B6478 towards Long Preston. Should this car park be full, there is a pay and display a little further along the road on the other side. Fee is £2.10 for 8 hours.

Those people staying at the Hark to Bounty on Saturday night might be well advised to bag a space in their car park if possible as it will get busy later, and walk through the village to the meeting point.

Meeting time is 09:30 – 09:45 to start walking by 10:00.

Please leave plenty of time for your journey as the show in Dunsop Bridge may mean surrounding roads are busy. If you are running late you may not be able to let the party leader know as mobile coverage in Slaidburn is poor and we will need to set off walking on time. I think the best route will be from the A59 at Clitheroe on the B6478 through Waddington over to Newton and then east against the flow of any show traffic to Slaidburn.

The route heads east of south from Slaidburn, climbing up to Broadhead Farm, where it turns east to follow footpaths through rough pasture land passing Harrop Hall and Harrop Lodge where it turns south to reach Harrop Fold. Being tired of Harrops we will then climb up onto moorland past Swan Barn and cross into the Pine forest of Grindleton Fell. A short way through the forest we will emerge on to Beacon Hill which is a fine viewpoint (on a fine day) and a likely spot for a lunch stop. From here we retrace our steps for a short way and then continue west through the depths of the forest. Breaking out onto Easington Fell we continue west for another kilometre or so before turning north to follow an easy track that will bring us down to Fell Side Farm. Dropping down through farm land we will find our way down to the River Hodder where we will follow a pleasant riverside path back to Slaidburn. You can view the route here.

The walk is about 12 miles and should take around 6 or 7 hours depending how long we spend sight seeing, eating, and of course walking.

This walk is a mostly moderate with no very steep ascents or descents, however it is a long walk with plenty of ups and downs to test your legs and some rough ground to cover, so walkers should be fit and in practice as we will need to maintain a reasonable pace to complete the walk in good time.

This will be a full day out on the fells so you will need to bring enough food and drink for the day. Good walking shoes or boots are recommended and enough variety of clothing to cope with the English climate. If the weather is wet (let's hope not) or has been recently then boots will be better as there will be some soggy sections. There should be an opportunity for refreshments at either the tearoom or pub on our return to Slaidburn. Although the tea room has very restricted space inside.

If you intend to join the walk, please advise Dave Miller by Friday 8th September by email to d.miller33@scom.org.uk

Walk 2 – Sunday 10th September 2017

This walk will be an ascent of Longridge Fell from Hurst Green, home of Stoneyhurst College. It was while he spent time here that JRR Tolkein penned his famous follow up to the The Hobbit, and supposedly got his inspiration for the The Shire as described in The Lord Of The Rings from the surrounding countryside.

The walk will start from the village hall car park in Hurst Green next to the Bayley Arms. Grid reference SD 684 382. For satellite navigation use the post code BB7 9QB. Fee is £2 honesty box.

Meeting time is 10:00 – 10:15 to start walking at 10:30.

Walking north and east from the car park we will pass the impressive frontage of Stoneyhurst College and emerge onto a quiet road which we will follow eastwards for only 200m or so and then turn north again, crossing farmland towards the eastern end of Longridge Fell. The ascent of the fell is via a forestry road which affords wide views southwards over Lancashire towards Pendle Hill and the moorlands north of Manchester. As we head west along the fell we will leave the forestry road and wind through trees to emerge near the trig point on the northern side of the fell, gaining fine views towards the fells of the Forest of Bowland where we will have walked the previous day. From here we head back south and eastwards descending via the western end of the forestry road to pick up a lovely bridleway back to Hurst Green. You can view the route here.

The walk is about 8 miles and should take around 5 or 6 hours depending how long we spend sight seeing, eating, and of course walking.

This walk is a mostly moderate with no steep ascents or descents. Nonetheless we will need to maintain a reasonable pace to complete the walk in good time, so walkers should be fit and in practice.

This will be a full day out on the fells so you will need to bring enough food and drink for the day. Good walking shoes or boots are recommended and enough variety of clothing to cope with the English climate. There should be an opportunity for refreshments at the Bayley Arms on the return to Hurst Green.

If you intend to join the walk, please advise Dave Miller by Friday 8th September by email to d.miller33@scom.org.uk