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My blog nick-name is SIR HUGH. I'm not from the aristocracy - my middle name is Hugh which relates to the list of 282 hills in Scotland compiled by Sir Hugh Munro in 1891. I climbed my last one (Sgurr Mor) on 28th June 2009

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Thursday, 25 November 2021

Trigs 103 - Weets Hill plus 3

Tuesday 23rd November 2021

Talbot Hill (Pennine Bridleway)                   SD 835 479     190m

Weets Hill (Pendle Way)                               SD 857  448    397m

Thornton Hall Farm, Thornton-in-Craven    SD 897 480     195m

West of  Chipping                                          SD 606 431     197m


A more enjoyable day.

From the free car park in Gisburn a short but perilous one hundred yards up the pathless A682 took me to a tarmac farm lane.

From the farm a couple of fields on a public footpath and a short climb and I was at my first trig and then back to the car.

The Moorcock Inn south down the A682 is no longer, it has been taken over by  Hamish’s Café and Bar. I parked on the car park and wanted to ask permission but nobody was about at 9:50 am until I attracted attention and entered for the best cup of coffee I have had for a while. I had a good welcome from Fiona the new owner and daughter of late father Hamish : read all about them HERE it is all very interesting and the café is certainly worth a visit and even a diversion if not too near - long may they reign. 

A link path to the cul-de-sac road leading to Weets Hill starts from Hamish's leading uphill over fields to the road. and the edge of moorland. A short trek on the Pendle Way takes one to the summit of Weets Hill.

The majority of summits have some sort of 360 degree view but Weets seemed to have something extra. I had a strong sense of being at the centre of a huge circle with  uninterrupted horizon all the way round. I was so taken with this sensation I took a full circle video - see below. There was a small commemorative plaque at the base of the trig pillar (see photo) but Internet failed to enlighten.. Twenty yards to the north a substantial bench stood above a grassy slope where  half a dozen or so stone  inscribed commemorative plaques rested where presumably ashes were deposited. I’ve not seen anything quite like that before on other summits.

Another drive and I was parking cheekily on the car park at Thornton-in-Craven golf club. A path passed by St. Mary's Church incorporating a massive cemetery. A descent into a cosy wooded  valley with an old clapper bridge over the stream followed. I was then crossing and climbing the golf course on a path shown on the map but not apparent on the ground. The path emerged onto a steep pasture and climb up to the trig.

My chair came into action again and I sat in comfort with a ham sandwich and some potatoe salad left over from the day before. ‘Twas all comfort, the chair is becoming a valued item.

It was now decision time. I had only planned to visit these three but I was well ahead of schedule so sat- nav was instructed to take me to Chipping where an isolated  trig stands to the west. It was only five minutes walk from the lane but it had to be done. I now only have six remaining.



I think Autoplay plays the next video - can't find out how to stop it but if you press the Replay symbol at left bottom it will replay my video

Looking back into Gisburn on the way to the first trig

Gisburn trig.
Sheep wondering about the approaching shambling figure.
Having made their assessment they turned and fled. 



Early morning sun on distant hills, taken from the trig - worth enlarging with a click




Hamish's Café - worth a visit (Ex-Moorcock on the
A682 south of Gisburn)

On the way to Weets Hill

Out onto Weets Hill's moorland at the end of the tarmac road, all on the Pendle Way

Weets Hill trig, first sighting

This embedded in the base of the trig

See video above for the full pano.

The bench below the summit with commemorative plaques In the grassy slope, not easy to see in the photo but there were about half a dozen

Zoom to the cement works at Clitheroe

On the way to St. Mary's Church and trig beyond at Thornton-in-Craven


The pleasant dell with its clapper bridge

Crossing the golf course. My trig is with the mast atop the distant hill



Although this trig was only five minutes from the road near Chipping it provided this arty image - worth click to enlarge

I think the Hungry Trig Giant has passed by, or perhaps more mundanely another incompetent attempt to steal the bronze mounting in the top of the pillar





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Anybody out there who may have used Anquet mapping after having used Memory Map? 
I would be interested to hear comments.



7 comments:

bowlandclimber said...

That was a grand day out.
I remember Weets Hill as a good view point, but don't recollect the memorials.
Hamish's Café is of now on my list for a visit.
You made the best out of that shot of the trig point in a field near Chipping. I was probably cycling past at the time.
Get on with the next five, and I'll join you for a grand finale on Crookrise.

AlanR said...

Nice day out and the weather looks ok too. Well done with the video and sorry I don't use Anquet. I use the OS.

Sir Hugh said...

BC- I'll look at my old climbing guide and see if there are any "moderates" at Crookrise.
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Alan R - I have not really fallen out with Memory Map, more with Windows 10 which is partitioned on my Mac using Parallels and is hardly used for anything else but MM but it does cause problems, especially if it closes down and has to be restarted. The Mac version of Memory Map has poor reviews so I do not see that as an option but I would dearly love to say goodbye to Windows 10.

bowlandclimber said...

Your last couple of walking posts have had the appendices 'plus 2' and 'plus 3'.
Are we next going to be treated to 'plus 4' with you in full regalia of plus fours, tartan socks, tweed jacket and deerstalker?

Sir Hugh said...

BC - More likely clad in MTP:

"Multi-Terrain Pattern (MTP)[1] is a camouflage pattern printed on equipment issued to British forces." (Attrib: Wiki.)

...and armed with military grade barbed wire cutters. Further research is needed for the lightweight collapsible step ladder.

bowlandclimber said...

Do you remember when I turned up in my new Dacia Estate car? (where and when?) Unknown to me, it was labelled MCV on the tailgate - you christened it Military Combat Vehicle. It was some time before I discovered it was a Maximum Capacity Vehicle.

Sir Hugh said...

BC - Here is the link:

http://conradwalks.blogspot.com/search?q=Combat+Vehicle