Rossendale Free Press



NOW back in full swing after the Christmas and New Year break, our group have enjoyed two very contrastin­g walks this week.

The first was a 10-mile icy walk near Cowling on Wednesday, January 5.

Clearly the 24 ramblers wanted to walk off the holiday excesses, and they were given the perfect opportunit­y, in brilliantl­y sunny weather, though always having to watch out for icy patches.

Features of this walk included the aptly-named ‘Slippery Ford Pinnacles’ and the 1,000-ton boulder called the Hitching Stone.

Then on Sunday, January 9, 25 walkers had a blustery, sometimes rainy, and often muddy seven mile walk near Clowbridge Reservoir, including a visit to the wonderful Singing Ringing Tree at Crown point – though it was howling

rather than singing on the day.

After the walk, 14 of the group enjoyed a New Year meal in the New Waggoners.

Pleasingly, both of these walks included new walkers with us, who – as ever –

were made very welcome, so please consider joining us before too long.

Your first opportunit­y comes on Saturday, January 15, when we have a two-hour morning pub walk from the Old Cobblers Inn, Rawtenstal­l, followed

by an optional lunch. This is a stiffer walk than most of our pub walks, with some climbing, stiles, and possibly boggy ground.

Finally, on Wednesday, January 19 we have another local walk; this

time a 10-mile walk from Helmshore, taking in Haslingden Grane, Hog Low Pike, Musbury Valley and Tor Hill. These walks are free, but after three walks with us we ask you to join The Ramblers, at a cost of only £3.05 per

month. Further informatio­n about Rossendale Ramblers can be found on our website at, or you can contact us via secretary Glyn on 01706 561042, or at glynbr45@

 ?? ?? ●●The ramblers make their way to Clowbridge Reservoir
●●The ramblers make their way to Clowbridge Reservoir
 ?? ?? ●●Wainman’s Pinnacle near Cowling
●●Wainman’s Pinnacle near Cowling

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