On the first of February scraps of snow lingered in the valley from the previous month. Despite the cold, the sun compelled us to venture out.
We took a picturesque bus ride to Blackshaw Head. The amount of snow still up on the tops made us feel as if we had gone into the mountains. Yet we were only two miles from home. On arrival, we spotted a barn with a couple of fat sheep standing in front of it. That, and a boat in a nearby field, made for a very Nordic scene!
We walked along Badger Lane then down Marsh lane. The snow crunched underfoot as we made our way to the next junction.
We turned left onto Winter’s Lane which becomes the aptly named Dark Lane.
The going was hard due to the frozen snow where the sun never shone. However, parts that are often very boggy were easily navigated with care.
We proceeded into Rawtenstall woods and speculated about the strangely titled ‘cat steps’. They are indeed tiny enough to only be of use to small mammals.
We also noticed that we could see the main road down below, obscured at other times of year, through the leafless trees.
We retired to a side room and remarked on the improvements since the pub became a worker’s co-op – much cleaner and drier.
As an alternative, a pleasant walk into town can be found by crossing the main road and walking down Adelaide Street and along the river.
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