|Walk:||Dean Brook, Greengore, Low Hill House, Spire Hill, Longridge Fell, Fell Side Farm, Stonyhurst College|
|Start Point:||Hurst Green Village Hall car park||Grid Reference:||SD 684 382|
|Distance:||7.5 miles||Ascent:||1,080 feet|
|Weather:||Bright sunny morning, very cold with a covering of snow|
|Comments:||After a very stormy and windy night the morning developed into a beautiful day for this local walk. Dean Brook was as picturesque as ever but the ascent to Spire Hill brought a very cold wind and a deeper covering of snow. The route around Fell Farm was indistinct and the path south from there to the road was very boggy - one to avoid. It was then an easy walk through Stonyhurst College and back to the car.|
Dean Brook . . .
where the water has worn the rock smooth
Higher up a tributary joins the Brook
Greengore, an old deer hunting lodge which is a Grade II listed building
characterised by its heavy duty stone buttresses
It looks like Pendle Hill . . .
has a good covering of snow
The rear of Huntingdon Hall, built in the 17th century,
it was extended and restored in the 20th century
A carpet of snow brightens the track through the plantation . . .
and creates a feature for a photo
Spire Hill . . .
with great views of the Chipping Fells
Entering the plantation again . . .
the pine trees look quite festive with their dusting of snow . . .
and a lone deciduous tree stands proud in their midst
Some areas of Longridge Fell . . .
have been cleared down to the stumps . . .
and there are signs of new growth
Stonyhurst College . . .
where a few birds . . .
don't seem worried by the cold weather