Our plan was to do a circular walk round Roeburndale starting from the village of Wray.
As soon as I read “Cross the reedy pastures” in the walk description I had that sinking feeling. It was going to be a hard day.
Wray is a beautiful village and the main street is flanked with attractive cottages and yeoman houses from the 17th century. There is also the ‘Wray Cherub’ an ornate street lamp commemorating Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887.
Our walk began with a steep climb out of the village along a minor road. I do not like road walking but it was worth it for the views across to the Lake District and the Yorkshire Three Peaks.
Near the top of the steep climb up the road we spotted a sign.
What were we letting ourselves in for?
At Thornbush Farm we left the road and walked across field paths to the farms at Winder, Haylet and Mallowdale.
Route-finding was not easy and we had to keep stopping to consult our map and GPS.
A highlight of the walk was the section by Mallow Gill. A steep descent to cross the gill and then a corresponding steep climb to get out of the valley.
The low point was the reedy pasture, clumps of reed and moss. We squelched along. Trying to find a dry line was impossible.
What a difference to walking in Mallorca last week.
We crossed Goodber Beck close to a waterfall and headed up to Harterbeck Farm. The next three miles were wet,wet,wet until we reached a minor road for the final mile back into Wray.
the ‘Lancashire Witches Walk’. This is a new 51 mile walk
from to Lancaster Castle. It was created in 2013 to
commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the hanging
of the Lancashire Witches.