Evening walk - Cromwell Bottom. Bluebells!

I know it's short notice but the bluebells were fabulous. We have to go before they're finished.

There are two alternatives I'd like you to vote on when you sign up. If we start from the pub (Collier's Arms) it adds on a pretty woodland path  strewn with bluebells. It also adds a mile on so we would need to start at 6.30 rather than 7.

If we start at the Nature Reserve car park then it's 2.5 miles and we drive to the pub after. We meet at 6.45 to set off at 7. Finish around 8.30. Bring a torch in case we're slow.

I'm not expecting there to be many of us with it being short notice so if there are many of you who want to go but can't make 6.30 I'll do the shorter version. There are more bluebells later on in the walk.

This walk is deceptively easy at the start then goes up a couple of fairly steep hills, gives you a good view of industrial warehouses at the top then descends some steep stone steps. It is very dry until we have to hop along some stepping stones through  a shallow stream. I made it across in my walking trainers though if we get much rain before then boots would be better.

So although it's short it's not easy peasy and we need a reasonable pace for the light.

Dogs should be fine, close control on the towpath and there's a bit where the sheep are in the next field with tumble down walls.

Haven't asked the pub about dogs yet but they're a great bunch of lads in there (me and the barmaid were the only women in the place.) Adults only for this walk please.

The forecast is dry at the moment. If showers are forecast I'll go ahead but if heavy rain is expected the walk will be rearranged to another date.

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  • Cromwell Bottom Wildlife G.

    My photo of the Bluebells was used in your notice of the walk. This was taken in Park Wood, just across the road. I was really flattered by this. Our Reserve is always open. Pop in anytime.

    CromwellBottom.blogspot.co.uk

    May 17, 2014

    • Christine

      Ha, I've added you to the walk attendance list in recognition of your services.

      1 · May 17, 2014

  • Christine

    Well look at the weather now! If they'd forecast this last week I'd have postponed till today. (Except I have to work. But I felt like grumping.)

    May 14, 2014

  • Ann B.

    Thanks Christine for a lovely little evening walk, sunshine would have been nice but was just happy to get round relatively dry....maybe the nudists will make an appearance next time......

    May 7, 2014

    • Christine

      Oh yeah. I forgot the invisible nudists. A good reason to do a longer walk in the area perhaps. We could make it a feature.

      May 8, 2014

  • Sheila L.

    Wasn't the weather kind, really only drizzle, so we didn't really get wet and we had some blue sky! Glad I went, I hadn't realized Nature Reserve was so extensive. Before I had only walked the path nearest the canal. Great to see 3 newbies come despite the forecast - hope you come again. thanks Chris

    1 · May 8, 2014

  • lou h.

    Thanks to Christine for for organising the walk. Was great to meet the group. The bluebells were amazing and we even saw some blue sky!! So glad I decided not to let the rain put me off.

    May 8, 2014

  • Chris M.

    Blue sky? That was the cloud reflecting all the bluebells! But aren't the woodlands great at this time of year, even in the drizzle. Thanks Christine.

    May 7, 2014

  • Sheila L.

    Yet again the group escaped any heavy rain! I saw rain coming in, so put on waterproof trousers but really only mizzling. Blue sky but no sun :-( (invasive plant is Himalayan Balsam) Thanks Chris

    1 · May 7, 2014

  • Vernon Martin T.

    What Rain ! A little overcast, Good Company and Molly. Lovely Bluebells and Scenary, plus some sunshine. See some of you soon.

    May 7, 2014

  • Christine

    Well that's a first. Never had a pub manager do a flit to avoid serving our group before. Thanks to everyone who braved the forecast, thanks to Vernon for hi-vis backmarking, thanks to the weather for just teasing us rather than torturing us and to the Red Rooster for our hastily rearranged post-walk drink.

    May 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to cancel. Already soaked from walking back to car from work. Not dried out yet.

    May 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to cancel. Already soaked from walking back to car from work. Not dried out yet.

    May 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi guys, really sorry to wimp out. But it's peeing it down big time here :-((

    May 7, 2014

  • Pauline W.

    Sorry to be a whimp but its throwing it down here in Brighouse so staying put.

    May 7, 2014

  • Sharon j.

    Sorry it's short notice but the rain doesn't look like stopping so don't fancy it!

    May 7, 2014

  • Elaine

    Stuck in work ! Can't make it ! X

    May 7, 2014

  • Vernon Martin T.

    Do You want me to Backmark !

    May 1, 2014

    • Gareth Tips P.

      now that made me laugh

      May 7, 2014

    • Christine

      Dear Vern, are you going or not? I've emailed, texted and phoned with no answer. Are you waiting to see what the weather does? Make your mind up man. Let me know in the next 15 minutes if you're going to be there or I'll assume it's off your menu.

      May 7, 2014

  • martin f.

    sat looking out in West Vale, it is hammering it down, all brave enogh to walk, hope u enjoy your walk.

    May 7, 2014

    • Christine

      Well it's stopped here so I think it's going to be dappled sunshine by the time we're frolicking in the bluebell wood.

      1 · May 7, 2014

  • Wendy B.

    Sorry to be a last minute drop out but doesn't look like I'm going to make it tonight.
    Hope it's a good one
    Wendy

    May 7, 2014

  • sarah g.

    Sorry.. going to give it a miss.. weather not looking too bad.. but not feeling too good.. enjoy!

    May 7, 2014

  • Christine

    Well so far so good with the weather...

    May 7, 2014

  • Sarah B.

    Hi, this is my first meetup activity I've joined. I'm looking forward to joining you and hope it will be obvious who you all are! Am I right in thinking you're now meeting at the Colliers Arms at 6,45 and the postcode is HX5 9HZ

    May 7, 2014

    • Sheila L.

      if you see Christine's message below she is host, Colliers at 6.30 and be at Cromwell Bottom 6.45 Hope you get to join us tonight

      May 7, 2014

    • Christine

      I'm sending you an email with my number on just in case Sarah.

      1 · May 7, 2014

  • Sarah B.

    Silly me, I've re-read it and it's actually 6.30.

    May 7, 2014

  • Nick

    Sorry will have to cancel been up all night with man flu.

    May 7, 2014

  • Christine

    I've checked the timings this morning and it will work fine. If we leave the Colliers around 6.30 we'll be at Cromwell Bottom around 6.45. The rest of the walk should be around an hour and a quarter so we'll be back at Cromwell Bottom around 8 to 8.15 so still light enough to stroll back along the tow path.

    I'm away this weekend but I'll put up some extra details about where to meet on Tuesday.

    The forecast is currently for showers so it may get slippery but I think we should be ok for mud for a change.

    There are a couple of steep ascents and descents so if you use poles you may want to bring them.

    May 3, 2014

  • Sharon j.

    6.30 is fine by me, bluebells are worth seeing they are really pretty but don't last long. X

    May 3, 2014

  • Christine

    I was going to check my timings again this morning but I'm sleep deprived due to work so I might not be able to check it again till Tuesday. I think it will be fine though. Those of us who can meet early do so at the Colliers and then collect the others from the nature reserve.

    May 2, 2014

    • Christine

      Blimey. They're closing Ainley top? How long for? Yes the pub has a 2 smallish car parks (take about 10 on top of their usual) , there's a bit of on-street and a nursery a bit further up had a large car park without barriers and was closed /closing when I was there at 6.30 ish so loads of space.

      May 2, 2014

    • sarah g.

      Ainley top shut from 8pm for 3 weeks from 5th May

      May 2, 2014

  • Tony A.

    I can't get there much before 6.45. I drop my sons off in Rastrick at 6.30 so was really pleased to see this walk starting in Brighouse at 6.45. I hadn't realised there might be a 6.30 start instead.

    May 1, 2014

    • Christine

      Always read the small print. You were probably dazzled by bluebells. If we do start at 6.30 then it will still work. You park at Cromwell Bottom and we meet you there. Then I can drop you back at the nature reserve car park before or after the pub. I'll need to check the timings again but it would take us at least 15 mins to get there from the pub.

      May 2, 2014

    • Christine

      Actually I won't need to drop you because we get back to the reserve before the pub. You drive to the pub and get the drinks in! Ideal.

      1 · May 2, 2014

  • Wendy B.

    Colliers Arms and earlier start fine with me too. Have put a plus 1 but it might just be me.

    May 1, 2014

  • Julie g.

    I am happy to meet at colliers arms .

    May 1, 2014

  • catherine s.

    I am quite happy to meet at the Colliers Arms too

    May 1, 2014

  • Pauline W.

    Fine by me, I'll come straight from work.

    May 1, 2014

  • Sheila L.

    Just googled to find the pub Colliers Arms and it's postcode is HX5 9HZ. If others can make it I vote for meeting there

    May 1, 2014

  • Julie g.

    Hi I am Julie, I love walking and meeting new friends . This will be my first walk so looking forward to nearing everyone .

    May 1, 2014

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