Tuesday 9th March. 11miles. Longridge Fell.
My last walk, at the weekend with Mike, was through the fields and lanes of Chipping Vale with a little nibble at the west end of Longridge Fell. All very repetitive, so much so I didn’t take a single photo but the conversation must have been good. A couple of days have been spent festering, you know how it is. Today started slowly until I made the effort to get going and put some mileage under my belt. Starting from home the obvious way to increase my mileage was to continue along the road to the north of Longridge Fell before striking to the top. I noticed a few more roadside signs on the way.
I did consider going all the way to Higher Hodder Bridge but as I hadn’t set out till 1pm I thought it a little ambitious. [another time] I left the road at Rakefoot Farm and climbed the steep rake from there up onto the fell east of the summit. Once on the ridge I threaded my familiar way through the trees and into the open at the trig point. There was nobody else about. From up here one gets a bird’s eye view of the Thornley road below which I’d walked earlier.
It is all downhill from Jeffrey Hill to Longridge, a good way to end the afternoon.
You are doing well at squeezing the last drop out of frequently covered local ground. I have almost given it up as a bad job. There is a bit of history about Thornley School if you Google which may offer something for a future post. I have already specked out a proper hill walk for when we are allowed to travel more distance to a jumping off point.
I have rather wrung Longridge Fell dry. Thank God it is here.
Yes I should have included a link about Thornley School, there maybe time yet for another trip along that stretch.
Last year I wrote about the limestone quarry behind the school and I’m looking forward to some ‘nature visits’ soon. https://bowlandclimber.com/2020/07/01/my-limestone-nature-reserve/
Are you divulging the name of your get out of lockdown hill?