Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Pendle Hill - a different route

After the previous walk up Ingleborough, we decided to walk closer to home.  Saw a nice route up Pendle Hill in Country Walking magazine and decided to give it a go.  Bit of a dire weather forecast but I am coming to the conclusion that if you took the forecast as gospel you would never go anywhere or do anything.  In the event, it was much better that forecast.  No driving rain and gales..... just the usual Pendle bluster and the odd spot of drizzle.

Lovely grassy footpath from Downham Village
Pendle Hill 
It's a much longer way up than we are used to but a great walk.  You start off low level and pass through some very pretty farmland and woodland and then onto the moorland for a long and steep clamber up to the shelter. For a spot of lunch.
The Pendle Hill Shelter
It's a funny little shelter.  Circular with no roof.  You have to squeeze into it around a large boulder and through a narrow opening.  Definitely not a place for chubbier walkers!

Blustery Pendle - trig point
It got a bit blustery after that so we had to add a few layers and batten down the hatches.  But not what you would call gale force with torrential rain.  In fact on the way down it started to clear up a bit and we were treated to a great view of the top of Lancashire.
Looking down on Lancashire - Yorkshire peaks on the horizon
Got a bit giggly on the way down when we saw this sheep.  It seems to have a really small head.  Much to small for the rest of it!  Bit like the chap with the shrunken head on Betelgeuse!
Pinhead sheep - a new breed???

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