Simon Graham – Bleasdale, 5th March 2022
22 members turned up on a sunny but cold day for this popular 6 mile walk at Bleasdale. First stop was Barton Grange where people were free to browse and/or have a drink in the cafe. From there the coach took us to Delph Lane and dropped us off at Stang Yule to begin the walk. We walked towards Bleasdale Tower and then turned left at Duckworth Barn to begin a steady walk up a long shallow incline that opens out into a valley from where we can see, to our right, Fairsnape Fell and Parlick (or Parsnip as I announced on the coach).
The only muddy section between the farm and the (always) muddy gate area just before we pass the gate to Bleasdale Circle on our left, was drier than last week and was navigated without incident.
It was at this point that the group increased their pace to prevent the Clitheroe Ramblers from passing in case they filled the benches at Bleasdale Church and formed a queue for the toilet, since this was our planned lunch stop.
After lunch we walked downhill past the school and then turned right, at which point we courteously allowed the other group to pass us. It was noted by many ladies in our group that the group passing us had quite a few shorts wearers, including one walker whose shorts were really short (and tight). We then walked further downhill before walking up the other side which took us back to Duckworth Barn and then back to the coach. We stopped in Garstang for toilets and refreshments after the walk.
A lovely day for a walk with good company.