Monday 13th March 2023
Monthly Long Walk: Due to the weather forecast and conditions on the morning, the planned route up to Hog Lowe Pike had to be changed. Note that walks will take place during inclement weather but the routes may be changed for walker safety.
The walk started as planned, at the bottom of Spenleach Lane, with six walk leaders and two brave walkers. We continued along the proposed route up to the Range House and through the very muddy fields until we reached Holcombe Hey Fold Farm. From here we joined the steep footpath that reaches Moor Road at Lark Hill. Turning left we headed for Longshaw Head and down to Crowthorn, at which point we deviated from the planned route, with Hog Lowe Pike to be climbed on a drier day.
We then continued down Plantation Road to its junction with Broadhead Road, where we turned left and after a short distance we joined a track on our right, and headed down to Blackburn Road, Edgeworth. Once across the road we walked down Hob Lane as far as Wayoh Reservoir and followed the footpath down to Edgeworth and the shelter of The Barlow for morning coffee.
After taking the footpath at the back of The Barlow we headed down through the woods and across the footbridge, climbed through the fields up to Bury Road, which we crossed, and made our way along the track up to Higher Barn Farm. Once through the farm we followed the paths to Top of Quarlton and joined our more familiar route through New Hoyles Farm and back to Spenleach Lane, having covered 9 very wet miles.