Wednesday, 15 July 2020



WALK THIS WAY + FOOD FOR THOUGHT - how most locations can be used to harvest trees & food, whilst providing pasture for sheep & cattle and many species of birds & insects 

We produce around half the food we eat. Now, partly due to Brexit, Britain’s food system faces its biggest challenge. 

Yet we can do all sorts of things with land & the soil that makes the Earth what it is. It can take a lot of toil to make the soil healthy. Soil & toil. Land & labour. If we want to change the food we eat, it starts here as we are going on a healthy 4-mile round walk that also includes honouring the Pendle Witches exactly 218 years on.

TUESDAY AUGUST 18 - bring your car to Slaidburn Car Park (sat nav: post code BB7 3ES), where will rendezvous and sort out cars. This is around 2 miles from where walk will commence, and can you be there no later than 11.30am. Bring walking shoes, charged phones, food, water  & a mask. Booking is essential because a maximum of 12 can attend, due to very limited parking space. Note - this is the first of a series of planned walks. 

Guide - Charlie Clutterbuck, with help from Mark Metcalf
Enjoy a beautiful walk whilst seeing how even difficult locations can be used to grow food 

Fresh air and a chance to walk up on the hills will never feel so good.  Please accept an invite to come to the Croasdale Valley, near Slaidburn, Lancashire and see the landscape like you have never seen it before.

Soil scientist Charlie Clutterbuck will be back where he farmed over four decades ago. As Britain will need to rethink its food and farming policies after the CV19 crisis has exposed some major faults, then this day out will be a chance to take in some remarkable scenery plus an opportunity to discuss how to recapture the countryside so it can be more effectively used for all. 

You will hear about oats, swede that can be grown as a fodder crop for cattle such as  Belted Galloways, that require virtually no bought-in food and graze lightly, skylarks, hay, birch and forests.  

There will also be opportunities to see how large landowners are being subsidised because the walk takes in a section of the hillside set aside for grouse shooting.

Finally, you will be able to honour the Pendle Witches, all but two of whom were tried at Lancaster Assizes on 18–19 August 1612, and ten of whom were forced to trudge the 11-mile long walk from Slaidburn, along the route we take, to Wray in 1612 to be executed. 

You will see that the Grand Mansions of the landed gentry still exist whilst the hovels of those accused are harder to find.

More details &/or to book a place contact either 07392 852561

or Charlie on 07809 571612 

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