5th February -- Slaidburn, Lancs
Mostly dry but grey and very muddy underfoot. Some welcome gleams of sun in late afternoon followed by a sprinkle of rain

The C walk did an anti-clockwise circuit going W via Parrock Head nearly to Oxenhurst Clough then returning via Newton and along the River Hodder to Slaidburn
Less than helpful stile!
Dunnow Hall

The B walk followed an anti clockwise circuit via Croasdale House climbing Wisket Hill then paths back via Parrock Head and Pain Hill and along the banks of the Hodder to Slaidburn.

The As walked a circular route heading out North from Slaidburn, up the east side of Stocks reservoir to Gisburn Forest, then continuing North for a bit crossing the River Hodder then back along the West side of Stocks reservoir and back into Slaidburn.
Fisherman at confluence of Hodder and Croasdale Brook
Looking West to Dunsop Fell
First view of Stocks Reservoir its dam and valve tower
Looks like the red ram's been busy!
St James Chapel, built to replace the original church of the drowned village of Stocks-in-Bowland. [See here for more history]
Meeting Roger's B+ group Back down towards the Hodder
Starlings Picnic by the Hodder
First gleam of sun
Fly-fishing boats
Back at the dam
Hammerton Hall Dipper

And finally in the "Hark to Bounty"...
The Story Behind The Name....

The inn is reputed to date back to the 1300s, although most of the existing fabric of the building dates from the 16th century. The inn was known as The Dog until 1875, when the squire of the village, who was also the Rector, had a pack of hounds. One day whilst out hunting, he and his party called at the inn for refreshments. Their drinking was disturbed by a loud and prolonged baying from the pack outside. High above the noise of the other hounds could be heard the squire's favourite dog, which prompted him to call out ...."Hark to Bounty!"

Upstairs in "The Bounty" is the Courtroom which was used as the local court from the early 19th century until the mid 1930s. This was originally the Manorial or "Moot" Court which dealt with local matters such as land transfers, disputes over land rights etc., in addition to the punishment of local miscreants.

[from: http://www.harktobounty.co.uk/about-us]

..some contemporary miscreants..

Photos by Jeremy Haworth, Derek Hesketh, John Hodgson and David Whitehurst