Monday, 13th April 2009


Walk: Sawley Bridge, Till House, Higher Heights, Beacon Hill, Cob House, Grindleton, Ribble Way, Sawley Abbey
Start Point: Junction just after Sawley Bridge Grid Ref: SD 774 466
Distance: 7.2 miles Ascent: 1,060 feet
Weather: Quite warm and mainly sunny
Accompanied by:

On my own

Comments: Walk 14 from 'Walks in Lancashire Witch Country' with extension to Sawley Abbey ruins. At the start of the walk the path looks like it is taking you onto private land but it has clear waymarkers. At Till house there are signs to guide you across the lawn, on the stepping stones, and around the house. From then on the route is quite clear, though the enclosed track after Higher heights is rutted and muddy. Unfortunately I was not able to take advantage of the views from Beacon Hill due to the morning mist. Grindleton was an uninteresting village with only the church and lych gate being worth a photograph. I continued on to the ruins of Sawley Abbey before returning to the car.


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'Are you sitting comfortably?'


It gets worse than this the higher up you go!


Beacon Hill trig point with the wooded Beacon Fell in the distance . . .


and again


The first rhododendrons I have seen in flower this year


Grindleton church and lych gate


Sawley Bridge


The arch probably led to buildings that were not within the present day site boundary


The information boards give some idea of what the abbey would have looked like . . .


and the stones seemed to have been carefully stored . . .


but very little remains of the walls


Don't think I'll try going under this arch!


Looks like the corners of the walls have been restored


Stairway to heaven!


The structure gives some idea of how the walls were made

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