After booking a last minute day off to make the most of the snow we headed off, rather tentatively, towards Longridge. Longridge Fell was our destination, and once we'd left the rush hour traffic behind we found clear roads and little more than a light dusting of snow settled on roadside verges.
We parked at our usual spot at Turner Fold, last visited on a fine sunny day last August. The track up through the woods was covered with just enough snow to give a real winter feel, and the dog enjoyed chasing endless snowballs without ever seeming to tire. After an hour or so we reached the trig point of Spire Hill and sat for a while watching the falling snow and drinking hot flask coffee. The walk back through the narrow forest tracks was like a scene from the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe - wonderful!
After a monstrous lunch there was just time to visit another of our favourite spots, Roddlesworth Woods. Here there was rather more snow but the roads were clear and we were soon wandering again through forest tracks down to the reservoir. Again, the dog had a wonderful time chasing snowballs before amusing himself with his ball whilst the coffee made a reappearance and a tame and obviously hungry robin decided to perch on my shoulder (honestly!). The day was rounded off watching a deer stroll calmly through the woods, with the dog as usual completely oblivious.
Two fantastic off lead walks in one day - what dog could ask for more!