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WELCOME to the Hyndburn Ramblers Website. Contained throughout these pages are, hopefully, everything you'll ever need to know about us in order to join us out and about. New members to the Group are always welcome.

We do hope you enjoy looking through the site and thanks for doing so. Please do Contact Us with any comments you may have.

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Hyndburn Ramblers


The Hyndburn Group of the Ramblers is based in North East Lancashire and comprises of the townships of Accrington, Oswaldtwistle, Church, Great Harwood, Clayton-le-Moors, Rishton and Altham.

The Group organises guided walks most weekends and these are mainly within an hours drive of Hyndburn, ranging from 5 to 20 miles in length, and take place over either a full day or on an afternoon. We also have a thriving Wednesday Walking Group and there are also some short summer evening strolls.

If you are interested in coming for a walk with our friendly group then please feel free to come along to Plantation Street Car Park, Accrington (GR SD763284) and join us for a few trial outings. Consult our walks programme on the website for more details.

All are encouraged to join the Ramblers and as a member you will receive the quarterly RA magazine, Walk and a quarterly North East Lancs Area newsletter. There are also discretionary discounts in many outdoor stores, including 10% off at Cotswolds, Blacks and Rohan. Local stores offering discounts include Accrington's Fell & Mountain.


20 September 2014

Footpath Reports

There have been quite a few footpath problems reported to Lancashire County Council recently including the path off Burnley Road to what used to be Martholme Grange Pub. This is completely blocked by fly tipping and a waste skip. A couple of styles in Great Harwood around Parsonage Reservoir are rotten and need replacing. At Belmont Farm in Great Harwood the newly routed footpath has been out to public consultation and as there were no objections this has now been agreed.

Walks with Great Harwood Prospects

Throughout the summer months Nigel Brooke has led walks for the Prospect Group of Great Harwood. These have been a great success introducing many people to local paths and walks they were unaware of. It is hoped that a book of these walks will be published to encourage more people to walk and hopefully join the Ramblers.

Stepping Out and Hyndburn Ramblers

Fran Riley, organiser of the Stepping Out programme in Hyndburn attended one of our committee meetings recently and asked for our help to lead some local walks for those on the Stepping Out programme who are now ready to walk further than Stepping Out can provide. The first one of these was on Sunday 31 August from Mercer Hall,Great Harwood at 12.30. The next one is on Sunday 28th Sept at 12.30pm from Oswaldtwistle Library. Please do come along and support this union between Hyndburn Ramblers and Stepping Out.

20 Sept 2014

Walk report from Les Stevens

Following the thunder storms of the previous Thursday night, the prospects for a fine Sunday walk were not promising. However, the day dawned misty with the promise of clearer weather later. With two cars available the walk could be handled easily. Leaving one car short of Mitton bridge on the Ribble and yaking the other car close to the walk start at lower Hodder Bridge was an advantage. With the intention of crossing the river Ribble during the walk or abandoning that idea dependent on the amount of water in the river, the positioning the cars gave either option open.

The weather was superb, with not too much heat to contend with at the start. After meeting a party of French students one mile into the walk and then two picnickers further up the Hodder the chances of spotting otters and other wildlife were diminished. In fact, during the walk we met two or more family parties out exercising the dogs, firstly in the morning and then later in the afternoon. They of course were doing the walk in the opposite direction. We did see herons and various butterflies along the way, but not the otters that were about on previous occasions.

The party of three enjoyed the day. One draw back was that the lady member (Joan) had not brought an extra set of footwear for the river crossing as she only decided to join the walk at the last minute. Jim, however and myself were suitably equiped, but decided we would not split the party. Jim both crossed the river at the fording point, (which now has flagged steps leading down to the river on the south west bank) and then re-crossed in order to finish the walk. Apologies to Sue that this year we actually managed the crossing.

09 May 2014

from Spring Area News

Martholme Viaduct: Since June 2013 Hyndburn Ramblers in conjunction with Read Parish Council have been working with Sustrans, Lancashire County Council, and the land owner of Bridge Hey Wood Caravan Park to open the Martholme Viaduct and the old disused railway track to the public. In early March it became clear that this would not be possible and it was thought the best interest of Hyndburn Ramblers was not to pursue this cause any further. If in the future the situation changes we will start negotiations again.

Belmont Farm, Great Harwood: the legal order for the footpath diversion has recently been made and has appeared in the local press so if there are no objections it should be confirmed by the end of April.

Footpath Repairs: Lancashire County Council have recently built a wooden bridge on Footpath No 97 off Lowerfold Road Great Harwood. The winter storms had washed away the old stone bridge. Also on this footpath a tree had blown across the route and this has been removed.

Hyndburn Ramblers and Great Harwood Prospects: Three joint walks have so far taken place under the banner of the “Boots and Bikes Project” Walks take place each month around the Great Harwood area with a distance of about 5 miles on a Sunday afternoon. The aim of the project is to introduce local people to walking in their area.

Walks News: Phil Bedson's walk on Saturday 5 July to Lytham has unfortunately had to be cancelled and for all those going on his walk on Saturday 14 June to Haverthwaite please be advised to bring some other footwear to be carried in your rucksack as there may be some 'paddling' involved in the wetlands part of the walk.
From Dawn Taylor The weekend at Newlands will take place over the 15-17 August based at the Lake District Ramblers Gordon Walker Chalet at Stair. There is accommodation for 8 females and 8 males in 2 separate dormitories each with their own shower room. The chalet has a central lounge and dining room and self catering kitchen. Bring your own food for breakfast and packed lunches and in the evenings we can cook for ourselves or go to the pub (approx 1 mile walk). I will travel up Friday night and stay over 2 nights – the cost of each night is £8.50. If you would like to come please let me have your cheque for £8.50 or £17.00 I can then let you have further details on how to get there etc. This will be a fun weekend with two fabulous walks in the beautiful Newlands Valley. Both walks are around 10 miles, grade B. Saturday is to Green Gable and Sunday Causey Pike. Contact me by e-mail : dawntaylor126@hotmail.com or phone : 01254 388390 and leave a message if I can’t get to the phone.
The second weekend away organised by Barbara Railton is to Buttermere. This will be on 13 and 14 September, staying at Buttermere Youth Hostel or if it is full there are a couple of public houses near by. The Saturday walk will be a strenuous one for Haystacks whilst Sundays will be a more moderate one going from Lowswater to Melbreak. (or Cockermouth if the weather is bad!) Contact details are by telephone – 01254 885327 or 07966318862.

29th December 2013

New 2014 Walks Programme is now on the website HERE and also available as a Downloadable Programme

11th September 2013

Don't forget the Leaders Meeting Folks!! To be held at the Greyhound, Whalley Road, this coming Monday at 7pm!!

21st August 2013

The Leaders Meeting for the 2014 Walks Programme is due to be held on Monday the 16th of September starting at 7.00pm sharp!! Please note that if you cannot attend the meeting on the night then forward your walk details AS LAID OUT ON THE PROGRAMME to Sue Baxendale via Email BEFORE FRIDAY THE 13th of SEPTEMBER!! Thanks for your co-operation on this matter.

23rd February 2013

A new walk report for Steve Gilleards High Bentham walk, written by Steve himself, is now online HERE

7th February 2013

A new walk report for Nigel Brooke's Great Harwood walk on Sunday is now online HERE

29th January 2013

Another walk report for the Brockholes/Grimsargh walk on Sunday is now online HERE

23rd January 2013

Your first walk report of 2013 is now online HERE folks!

6th January 2013

The Group News, 2012 Programme and Walk Reports are now archived and can be found on the Archived Documents page.

6th January 2013

Happy New Year to all our walkers and website readers! The first walk of the year was undertaken yesterday and was attended by a total of 21 people.

9th December 2013

A new walk report for the recent walk over Pendle Hill is now online HERE.

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