Author: Barry

9 September 2023 – Forest of Bowland

It was a warm, humid but misty start to the walk when the coach dropped us off at Jubilee Tower, Quernmore, Lancaster.  The tower was built in 1887 to mark Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee and the car park near it was created by the council when the tower was gifted to them. During the car park construction, they uncovered a burial ground.

Coach drop off and Jubilee Tower

Jubilee Tower (Victoria Diamond Jubilee 1887) A stone on the tower was engraved with “This tower was erected by James Harrison of Hare Appletree in commemoration of the Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Victoria ANNO DOMINI 1887”


Colin, Nina, Girls (sorry I can’t remember your names) and Mick on Jubilee Tower


Colin and Barry on Jubilee Tower


Coach and AFWC walkers with the Forest of Bowland and Grit Fell behind


Most walkers headed downhill to complete a walk to and along the coast into Lancaster, a small goup of fit members headed to the Forest of Bowland to do a fell walk of about 15 miles.  For me I decided to do part of this long walk, encompassing the fells but shotening it by about a mile so, I headed uphill from the drop off point aiming for Shooters Pile (cairn) and Grit Fell


Shooter’s Pile cairn on Grit Fell


Amongst the Bilberry and Heather, one of the many grouse on the fells of the Forest of Bowland


I then continued over the fells to Lancashire’s second highest peak, Ward’s Stone.  It was so humid and warm that when the heavens opened and rain fell heavily, it was most welcome, even though I was soaking wet.  Ward’s Stone is a flat topped hill and has two triangulation points about a kilometer apart. Whilst I was there and over a period of just a few minutes, the mists cleared and the views majestically appeared.

Ward’s Stone 560m in the mist. The second highest hill in Lancashire.


Ward’s Stone 560m as the mist vanished.

Sheep on Ward’s Stone & a Geographical Marker


The Flat top of Ward’s Stone hill.


Barry at the second triangulation point (561m) on Ward’s Stone


I then retraced my steps before taking a track through the old Clough Quaries down to Cragg Wood. This ancient wood is a “Specal Area Of Coservation” because of its upland location and the Sessile Oaks and Birch trees that grow there.


Ancient Cragg Wood with old upland Sessile Oak trees


From Cragg Wood there was what seemed to be a very long trek along minor country roads and then over the M6 into Lancaster City to complete about 14 miles and where the Crafty Scholar and the Lion Inn provided some welcome food and refreshements for a weary walker.


Looking back to the the Forest of Bowland and Clougha Pike taken from about halfway to Lancaster.


On the coach home, I was pleasently surprised by Andy Jakob wishing me a “Happy 70th Birthday”.  Thank you Andy and the birthday wishes from those on board!


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Pictures of the December 2019 walk in Nidderdale & Xmas Party


The Aycliffe Fell Walking Club had its Christmas Walk on Saturday from Pateley Bridge to Hampsthwaite in the Yorkshire Dales and which, of course, meant a party meal and drinks and a Quiz in a delightful Dales Pub called the Joiners Arms.
I started my 13 miles trek in Pateley Bridge where I took a coffee and bacon bap in the River Terrace Cafe before heading upwards onto the moorland and into a snowstorm with very strong winds. Whilst most took in Brimham Rocks and/or walked the valley, I walked alone all day and saw very few people until the party at the pub. I did see lots of birds and a few hundred sheep and had the pleasure of walking down into the valley across sodden livestock fields where I felt I had suckers on my boots that made slurping noises at each step as I pulled each one in turn out of the mud. The remainder of the walk was along the river Nidd and wasn’t too bad except for the rain. The Timothy Taylor Landlord beer at the end was excellent. Here are my photos (unless stated).

(Above photo Eddy Adam)

(Above photo Lorraine Richardson)

Party time in the Joiners Arms in Hampsthwaite


Bacon bun and coffee in the Riverside Terrace Tea Rooms at Pateley Bridge.


High Street Pateley Bridge.


Pateley Bridge


A mixture of snow and hail didn’t upset the the quaint village of Bewerly.


Barry at Yorke’s Folly.


Guise Cliff.


Near Guise Cliff.


Low Hood Gap.


Nidderdale Way Curlew-sign.



(Above Photo by Jes Smith)

(Above Photo by Jes Smith)

Pack Horse Bridge over the River Nidd.

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August 2019 A few pictures from the walk Elterwater to Ambleside & Cathedral Cavern

A good day out despite the weather warnings. We started off at Elterwater in heavy rain & headed to the Britannia for coffee. The hanging baskets were lovely with three roses outside the door (Kate, Nina Jenny).

We were not sure if the river crossing would be possible.

But it was & Nina was obviously enjoying it!

We made our way to Cathedral Cavern. This was the entrance tunnel.

Photo by Nina Bell

It is spectacular as these photos show. I spent some time exploring and went along the long tunnel where a torch was a necessity.

The pillar holds up the roof.

(Photo Jim Bonsall)

No matter how hard she tried Kate couldn’t get the pound coin out of the money tree.

A woodpile.

Colwith Force was spectacular.

A beer in the Talbot at Skelwith Bridge was good before finishing with a walk over the hills to Ambleside.  This beer is brewed in Wasdale and is named after the chief chef’s dog “Bogi”.

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Saturday 10th August 2019 – Lake District – Elterwater and Cathedral Cavern

Please use the following link to see the walksheet and route maps:

2019 08 Lake District Elterwater and Cathedral Cavern


For this walk there is a supplement which includes the walksheet, elevations, an alternative route avoiding roads and detailed information about Cathedral Cavern and pub menus:

2019 08 Lake District Elterwater and Cathedral Cavern walksheet supplements

Photos taken on this walk here

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Pictures of the December 2018 walk in Northumberland & Xmas Party

In December we were doing various walks in the delightful Kielder Valley and here are some pictures taken along the way and of the party atmosphere that  pervades our last walk of the year.

Kielder dam
Cafe in Falstone with George. A roaring fire, bacon butty and a coffee.


1897 Queen Victoria’s 60th jubilee font at Falstone.
Holly Bush pub with Mick, Lenny & Aidrian.
Holy Bush pub with Aidrian, Lenny, Maureen & Mick.
Holly Bush pub and a cracking pint of Nel’s Best.
Holy Bush pub with Lenny, Jim, Cyd, & Maureen
Barry by the fire at the Holly Bush pub at Greenhaugh
Our Enterprise coach together with a railway coach at Bellingham.
Jenny and Isobel at the Cheviot Hotel in Bellingham.
Maureen offering sweets while Sheila collects the fares.
A Thorn between two Roses
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