Thirty ‘Beat the Bounds’ around Barnoldswick

Thirty walkers enjoyed an afternoon Beating the Bounds around Barnoldswick. (S)

Thirty walkers enjoyed an afternoon Beating the Bounds around Barnoldswick. (S)

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Thirty plus walkers completed this year’s annual Beating the Bounds walk around the ancient boundary of Barnoldswick on Sunday.

Starting and finishing at Letcliffe Park, the route circumnavigates anti-clockwise along the western boundary of the parish heading northerly with stop for lunch at Victory Park Pavilion.

Walkers had the option of Yorkshire Ham or cheese sandwiches for lunch accompanied by a generous helping of Parkin for dessert with tea or coffee.

This, as is the custom, was sourced from the local independent traders and provided by Barnoldswick Town Council.

Before proceeding to complete the full circle and returning to Letcliffe Park, the method of payment for the lunch was strictly enforced.

As usual, all participants were obliged to participate in a choral rendering of the Beating the Bounds Song which is normally sung to the well known tune of “The Holly and The Ivy”

The walk is part of Pendle’s fortnight long Walking Festival and the picture shows the majority of participants with Coun. Anthony Lancaster (front right with the check shirt) who was designated as the duty coordinator for this year’s event and it was he who, under protest and to the amusement of all, led this year’s rendition to a newly discovered interpretation of the ancient melody.

Coun. Lancaster, Vice Chairman of Barnoldswick Town Council, said: “I was told at a council meeting I would be leading the walk and singing which I thought was a joke until Sunday.

“I think a bit of backing music would’ve been better...

“It was a really good day. The walk was enjoyed by all who took part and we couldn’t have wished for better weather.”