Date: Monday 23rd July 2018
Leader: Graham Thomas/John Wilson
Party Number: 16
This walk venue has had to be changed from Horden Pasture due to the recent fires on Winter Hill.
A party of 15 that soon became 16 set off from the layby opposite The Hoghon Arms on the A674. They walked up the main road to a bend where a stile was found to the left. Passed through several fields and watched a young Buzzard flying around crying and looking for the adult to feed it. Continued along a wall to the A675 and crossed it to walk up track the access to Stanworth Farm.
Looked at a large barn that had been converted. The last time we had walked past this is was an old barn and the gable end was full of cracks and holes that was the home to several pairs of House Martins. Now the wall had been refurbished and hence no holes.
Passed around the house. This is a 17th Cent farmhouse and had a date of 1632 over the door. The last time we had passed we were invited in to see what they were doing to renovate it. I was trying to point out a few features and they spotted us.
Descended down the field to a diversion due to the M65. In the past the path went north and down to the canal. Now the divesion passes under the Motorway then back up the opposite side.
Descended to the canal and walked to the A674 were we climbed some old steps to the road and followed it to the Motorway junction then back to the cars. It was virtually dusk now so were glad to see them.
Retired to The Hoghton Arms for a well deserved drink.
The walk had taken 3 hours and was too long.
Canada Goose 100+
Com Buzzard 2
Blk Hd Gull
Lesser Black Backed Gulll
House Martin h
Long Tail Tit