Hodder Valley Walk ~ Newton In Bowland.

On Sunday we drove to nearby Newton in Bowland for a four mile circular walk that started at the bridge over the river Hodder. The wind was blowing a hoolie that day and we had accidentally chosen a walk that meandered through fields of livestock, so poor Hugo spent most of the time on lead. But I think he was tired by the end of it all the same.

Bridge over the Hodder.
Cheeky Lamb.
Lots of gulls and oystercatchers in the second field.
Greylag Goose.
Leaving the river.
On a country road.
A thank you to the NHS.
Road to Knowlmere Manor.
Poor little moles. 😦
Follow the arrow.
Who are Ewe?
Knowlmere Manor. Look at those impressive chimneys!
Knowlmere Manor was used as a filming location in a Sherlock Holmes mystery ‘ Silver Blaze’ in the eighties.
Hodder Valley country.
A very wobbly suspension bridge over the river.
What Ewe Looking At?
Heading back to Newton.

Just before entering the village of Newton we came across a tiny Quaker burial ground on the right. It looked overgrown but still quite pretty amongst the red campion and bluebells.

Hope you enjoyed the walk. It can be found in a pocket walking guide called Guide To Lancashire Pub Walks by Nick Burton. No stop off at the pub this time though.


32 thoughts on “Hodder Valley Walk ~ Newton In Bowland.”

  1. Such a change in the weather yesterday – Saturday was extremely warm here, yesterday cloudy and such a chilly wind I didn’t go out properly. This looks a lovely walk although much nicer in sunshine – and those poor little moles, that so sad 😦

    1. It was really chilly. I thought I needed my hat and gloves at first, but warmed up once on the move. Yes it’s sad about the moles, not exactly sure why they get displayed like that. Never seen a live mole. 😦

  2. Never knew about that Quaker burial ground at Newton, somewhere to explore now we can travel a little further. Thanks.
    It’s wonderful walking along the Hodder throughout its length.
    Those chimneys on Knowlmere Manor are amazing aren’t they? I always imagine the servants in the past keeping all those fireplaces lit in the numerous rooms.

    1. The Quaker burial ground was small and overgrown. There is a bench there and a plaque.
      Never walked that route before or seen the manor. Its certainly an impressive building with all those chimneys.

  3. Another great walk Sharon and I’m loving all the beautiful countryside everyone is posting at the moment. Very chilly here too, but as long as it’s not raining we make the effort to get out. Thanks for sharing, take care, stay safe and huggles.

  4. I think the dead moles (and other so-called “pests”) are displayed to show passers-by that the landowner is on top of his job. What it actually proves is that the landowner is callous and ignorant (but only in my humble opinion, obviously!) Looks like you had a good walk.

  5. Criminally, given that it’s not that far from here, I don’t know that area at all. I’ll get around to it eventually I suppose – this certainly looks to be a good walk.

  6. Another fab walk report with great pics! Where’s next on your itinerary? Our daily walk (often with a sneaky second) is much the same – but not complaining! Lots to see at different times of the day. Keep sane! Keep safe! Keep drinking! That’s our motto! 😃 (Hic!)

    1. Ha yes, we are working out way through the sideboard of drink we usually forget about. 🙂 I think next on the itinerary is another local ish walk from a nearby village. X

  7. Lovely pictures again. We don’t have moles exactly like that. We have pocket gophers and they can totally destroy a garden in no time flat. The first time—the only time—I ever saw a live Mr Moley type mole was at Castle Rising in Norfolk(?). So cute. My daughter is the mole trapper here. She doesn’t display them like that. She tucks them into my freezer so she can tan the hides 😳. I’ve had them eat a full row of carrots. It’s not till you pull them you find they had been eaten. Same with potatoes. But I guess they have to eat too!!

    1. Pocket gophers sound cute but they sound like avid destroyers. I’m a softie though and can’t bare for animals to be killed, though there has to be some solution of course. I have never seen a live mole. X

  8. I enjoyed seeing this walk – I think I’ve done a good chunk of this one but I didn’t get to cross a wobbly bridge, I’m jealous!

  9. You could have warned me about the mole pic. Poor things. Is it a Cumbrian thing to hang dead things on fences? – I seem to remember seeing a fair few when we visited – including red squirrels, which one definitely shouldn’t be proud of killing.
    Otherwise looks like a lovely walk – but shame about the livestock keeping Hugo on the lead.

    1. The mole thing might be a northern tradition. As for the red squirrels, that’s even worse. 😦 The experience I have had whilst visiting Cumbria is that they love their red squirrels, but hate the Grey’s with a passion , as they carry a disease that is deadly to the native reds. So very sad that it was red squirrels that you saw. Moles are a pest to farmers but being a softy, I cannot condone any killing of wild animals. 😦 X

      1. I think you’re right – I grew up in the countryside in the south east and now live in the rural south west and have never seen it in either places.
        Yes, we thought it odd it was red squirrels.

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