Last weekend I was up at Worston to walk in the Lancashire countryside and later to enjoy a meal at the Calf’s Head.
The weather on Saturday had been appalling. Very wet and warnings of freezing rain to come with treacherous driving conditions. Would we even get there? and would Pendle Hill be covered in snow. As it happened Sunday was bright and sunny but we still had to contend with the mud.
I did the moderate ‘B’ walk which followed a lovely path across fields to the village of Downham.
As it was close to Christmas it was time for the party hats to come out.
Time also for a ‘groupenphoto’ and a bit of larking about.
We had a short stop in the beautiful village of Downham which is closely linked with the Assheton family who bought the lordship of the manor in the 16th century. The diary of Nick Assheton written in the 17th century inspired Harrison Ainsworth to write his tale of the Lancashire Witches.
It was opening time and the Assheton Arms looked inviting but we had to press on. The remainder of our walk was mainly along quiet country lanes where at least there was no mud. We had our lunch close to Twiston Beck before heading back to Worston.
The sun came out and we could look north and just make out the outline of the three peaks.
We were back at Worston by 3 pm with plenty of time to get changed and enjoy a pre-diner drink. A good range of real ales were available at the bar. We all enjoyed a superb meal at the Calf’s Head with excellent service.
I opted for pot roast pheasant accompanied by a nice bottle of Malbec. Just what I needed after a long walk.