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Rossendale Ramblers: Ethels, Edenfield, and education

Looking towards Back Tor and Lose Hill, Peak District

A busy and very good weather week for our group, with four walks.

The first, on Wednesday, June 15, saw 11 tough ramblers bag four ‘Ethels’ during a 12-mile walk.

These are Peak District hills over 400 meters, named after Ethel Haythornthwaite, a prime mover in the establishment of the Peak District as the first UK national park in 1951.

On the following evening, 16 walkers and one small dog enjoyed a beautiful two-hour walk from Rawtenstall towards Edenfield, with lovely views and lots of foxgloves being highlights. Afterwards most of the group sat outside Buffer Stops in the warm, heating up the air still further with lots of chatter!

On Friday, June 17 – the hottest day of the year so far – six ramblers took the bus from Edenfield to Belthorn and then walked a 10-mile route back through an undulating landscape containing just about every shade of green.

Finally, on Sunday, June 19 we had a six-mile walk in the Ribble Valley, starting at Rimington.

The 13 walkers ambled through another agricultural landscape while discussing a wide variety of artistic and historical topics ranging from Tim Bobbin to lead mining; all very educational.

Coming up, on Sunday, June 26 we hope to see you on an eight-mile walk from Ashworth Reservoir, taking in Knowl Hill, Greenbooth Reservoir, and Ashworth Reservoir itself. This walk should finish by around 2pm, leaving time for family or shopping thereafter.

Foxgloves over Edenfeld

Finally, on Wednesday, June 29 we have a 10-mile walk from Briercliffe, near Burnley.

This walk will range widely over the Burnley Way, the Pennine Bridleway, the Brontë Way, the Pennine Way and Upper Coldwell Reservoir. On anything like a nice day, the views will be spectacular.

These walks are free, but after three walks with us we ask you to join The Ramblers, at a cost of only 0 3.05 per month.

Further information about Rossendale Ramblers can be found on our website at www.rossendale-ramblers.co.uk, or you can contact us via secretary Glyn on 01706 561 042, or at [email protected]

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