The Leeds - Liverpool Canal near the start of the wlk at Saltersforth Wharfe.
Bancroft Steam Mill at Barnoldswick.
The Pendle Way, heading for Weets Hill.
At the trig point on Weets Hill.
Mike by one of the unique Pendle Way signs
Stansfield Tower on Blacko Hill.
Kestrel seen East of Slipper Hill Resrvoir.
Whooper wans on Slipper Hill Reservoir.
A canal bridge bridge with just about half a mile to the car, and with light fading rapidly.
Walk stats: distance: 12.5 miles. Climb: 1232'
Time: 6 hours 46 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.2 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.8 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn and Mike.
When does a 9 mile walk and end up being 12.5 miles and having to finish in the dark? When you don't read the route description and get tempted to visit a tower on Blacko Hill!
This turned out to be a really good walk, well worth repeating, but perhaps we won't be temped to do the same extension!
At times it was a little on the cool side, but when the Sun was out, it made really pleasant walking. The section over moorland on the Pendle Way around Weets Hill was superb, giving good views in all direction, but especially towards Pendle Hill.
The bonus today was on the extension when we had really good views of a Kestrel on a wall and then in a tree only about 50m away and the six Whooper swans on Slipper Hill Reservoir.
Birds seen or heard today included: Common blackbird, Mallard, Black-headed gull, European robin, Whooper swan, Common kestrel and Dunnock.
We arrived back at the car just about in the dark, and I had to use my head torch (for the first time) to get changed and make sure that I had put everything into the boot of the car!
after walk drinks were enjoyed at the Netherton Arms, where the Lees bitter was enjoyed once it had warmed up a little!