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Midges Over Pendle
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2015, 07:25:14 PM »
Manchester Coach Rambles Group Walk 30th August 2015

Midges Over Pendle .

Manchester Coach Rambles had its warmest and most humid day of the year at Barley. The sweat was running down the faces, sides and backs of the fittest of us as we crawled up Pendle but we were to be denied a celebratory cup of coffee enjoying the fine views: a few moments after stopping at the summit as we suddenly found ourselves being devoured alive by clouds of midges.
Fortunately, the meadows close to Downham were to be a much more welcoming place for lunch. Fertile verdant pastures, trees in full bloom, hedges laden with berries, and the constant comings of goings of numerous swifts nesting in a nearby derelict barn provided a delightful lunchtime setting for a taste of rural Lancashire bathing in the splendour of late summer. Real picture postcard material but just a few of the leaves were beginning to turn to tell us that autumn, though not here yet, is not too far away though the insects delighting in the opportunity to feast on a group of smelly walkers returning to Barley via Twiston Moor  had no thoughts of autumn. Nor had we: our attention was to be upon the Red Kite which was nested high in the tree of an adjacent field making a couple of exploratory trips at a respectful distance ensuring that we presented no threat. I have seen Red Kites in Welsh border country but he was the first I have ever seen in Lancashire.
The numerous circular ripples created by the fish feasting on the flies on Lower Black Moss reservoir seemed to indicate that the success of the two fly-fishermen standing waist-deep in the reservoir would be limited.
We, very sadly, were to arrive a day too early for a generous helping of Jam and Jerusalem but the Women’s Institute of Barley itself was already working hard erecting thousands of womenhours  of work in the form of a fantastic display of knitted bunting, knitted flowers and multicoloured knitted sheep. I hope things stayed dry for them last night and that all went well on their day of celebration of the centenary of the Womens Institute.
If you would like to join us on our next coach trip to Slaidburn in the Trough of Bowland on 13th Sept email www.manchestercoachrambles.co.uk for more details. Our next Sunday Public Transport Walk is on Sept 20th, a linear walk from Marsden to Greenfield. Meet on 1013 train from Victoria.


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