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Walk 227 [7¼ miles] - Lingen, Birtley, Harley's Mountain & Brierley Hill

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A pleasant sunny morning saw 10 of us set off from the car park near the church at Lingen. We passed through St Michael's churchyard and onto the road briefly before turning left onto the Lingen Loop.
We turned left at Deepmoor Farm and headed north along a sometimes quite slippery track eventually stopping below Upper Woodbatch Farm for a coffee and a fine view across the valley to the Farlands with a sad looking wreck of an old farm building nearby.
Coffee time view
Much refreshed we continued to Birtley, swinging left handed and eventually starting the long slow and gentle climb to the trig point on Harley's Mountain. On the way we had a bit of rain, sufficient for most of us to struggle into waterproofs, but not enough to spoil the walk.
On the way to Birtley
Having been quite sheltered it was surprisingly windy on the top, and after a brief look at the fine view, we hurried across the field to the shelter of a gorse hedge where we settled down for lunch.
View from Harley's Mountain
The trig point on Harley's Mountain
It was, in Mary's words, pretty much downhill all the way now, but not without incident. Just after lunch the heavens opened and we all got very wet and very cold in bright sunshine! We were on a familiar stretch of path we'd walked before on a walk from Norton several years ago when Geri managed to do one of her spectacular face plants. The offending slippery stick was identified and as she stood, exclaiming to all that she was OK, she looked like she had been dropped into a mud bath and at that precise moment the rain stopped - so no chance of a quick free wash down for Geri!

The walk passed beside Wood alongside The Gullet which we later crossed as we returned to Lingen just in time to beat the next downpour.
Very many thanks to Mary our walk leader today. A really great walk much of it on new ground.


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