Our first view of Pendle Hill.
Another splash of Bluebells in Longlands Wood.
Sue and Dave at the Scout Memorial Cairn.
Downham village from our lunch spot.
Walk stats: Distance:6. 5 miles. Climb:2400' it was windy, so 1400' is nearer reality!
Time: 3 hours 49 minutes. On the move walking average:2.2 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.7 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Sue and Dave P.
Another glorious day for walking, blue skies throughout and pleasantly warm when sheltered from the stiff breeze! In fact by the trig point on Pendle Hill, it was so gusty that we had a job to stand still, let alone take a the usual trig point photo! Definitely too windy for Dotterel, assuming that they have more sense than us! However several Skylarks sang to us as we battled from the Scout Memorial Cairn across the plateau towards the wind shelter and onto Big End and the trig point.
Another delight of the day was the song of the Willow warbler. They seemed to be everywhere around Downham and the woods in the valley.
Lunch was taken in a sheltered spot on the main path back to Downham, thankfully before getting back to the car.
Birds seen or heard today included: Carrion crow, Jackdaw, Willow warbler, Barn swallow, Meadow pipit, Skylark, Kestrel, Mallard and Grey heron.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Assherton Arms in Downham, where the beer of choice was Thwaites Wainwright Bitter.