Downham Walk. πŸ‘

One of Clitheroe’s neighboring villages is Chatburn and from there it’s a pleasant walk into Downham, a picture postcard village used as filming locations in various TV programmes and also in the classic film ‘ Whistle Down The Wind’. Sunday was bitterly cold, so we chose this walk as there are two brew stops, if so desired..

Christ Church, Chatburn. We started the walk from here.
There is a recentish opened enclosed roadside path to Downham. It makes the walk there so much safer.
It passes Greendale , open for takeways again as of the weekend.
Cute sheep. πŸ™‚

Instead of carrying on to Downham we took a detour to Downham Mill, which is down a track on the right,off the road to Rimington. In the past like nearby Twiston Mill , it was a medieval water powered cornmill. Both mills are no longer mills, but do have ponds and millstones.

Downham Mill.
Old Millstone.

It is possible to walk past Downham Mill and over the fields to Twiston. Instead we took a footpath on the right before the mill, which lead us over some hilly fields to the village of Downham.

Hugo having a mad do.
Star on waymarker.
Jelly Ear Fungi.
Pendle Hill with snow covering blends into the white sky.
Downham brook.
The ice-cream shop on Hare Green.
Open for brews, cake, sandwiches….and ice-cream. Brrrrrrrrr!
Sheep doing lunch.
The toilets in the car park were actually open. Yay!
Downham dwellings.

Up at St Leonard’s Church in the village there are nice views of Pendle Hill, still blending into the sky.

Sun dial in the churchyard.
Cemetery snowdrops.
Pendle from the porch.
The Assheton Arms from the churchyard.
Hide and seek sheep.

We walked back to Chatburn , passing this unusual breed of sheep again. Anyone know what they are?

Thanks for dropping by..

33 thoughts on “Downham Walk. πŸ‘”

  1. Your sheep looks like it’s smiling πŸ™‚ I’m not sure but it could possibly be a Lincoln Longwool with a bit of an overgrown coat, otherwise possibly a foreign breed?

  2. The ‘new’ path up to Downham from Chatburn is so much safer than the busy road. Well done the local council. Did you notice the several large blocks of stone alongside it?
    Your description “over some hilly fields” is perfect.
    That was a great walk on a frosty day.
    No idea about the sheep! I think Eunice could be right.

  3. Looks like a lovely interesting walk … always better if there is a refreshment stop and toilets long the way. These strange times are certainly helping us explore what we have on our doorsteps 😊

  4. That is one superb sheep. I love that there were snowdrops in the churchyard- I am convinced they are obligatory in graveyards. As a child we loved the film Whistle down the Wind- wish they would show it on TV- is the barn nearby?

    1. Hi yes the barn/ farm is a short walk over the fields away from Downham, between there and the village of Worston. It has appeared on a couple of my blogs before. Yes, if you want to see snowdrops, a graveyard is a great place to look. πŸ™‚

  5. What a lovely walk even though it was dreary. The elephant ear fungi is amazing & I think the sheep looks like a woolly sheep (sorry), but it does look like it has been felted. Thanks for taking us along. Take care, stay safe and huggles.

  6. I’d love to get back up Pendle way for a wander and try out this route. But it’s just so near but so far until this lockdown is done.
    Enjoy the vicarious please of reading your posts, though, Shaz πŸ˜‰

      1. I’m doing OK Shaz.
        You’re lucky to have good walks in all directions, but it’s good to have a change of scenery. Bet you can’t wait to get back up to your ‘van up in Cumbria

      2. Can’t wait. It’s been a long long time. And I bet you can’t wait to walk in Cumbria again. I am crossing my fingers , toes and Hugo his paws for April. What do you think are our chances?

      3. Well, I expect that they should to be able to loosen up restrictions come April or May. They messed up last year letting people loose from the other two lockdowns . It’s better to wait a little longer as it pays off longer term. But all being well I’m optimistic for the late Spring when the weather is picking up.
        I think overeas travel is going to be a problem for a while. If they don’t watch that it will undo the good work the vacc rollout (organised by NHS not a bunch of profiteers) is doing

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