Let's Walk in Pendle

Get to know...Ron Whalley

Ron has been volunteering on the Let's Walk project since it was first started in 2004

Ron leads the Thursday morning Leg Stretcher Walk, which is one of our most popular walks.

He contributes to Let's Walk in many outstanding ways.  He has been actively involved in projects with Lancashire Countryside Services, and runs a basic navigation course for walkers and leaders.

He has extensive walking experience in The Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Snowdonia, and many other areas.  He has also walked in the French, Austrian, and Swiss Alps and the Italian Dolomites, and is a member of Burnley Mountaineering Club.

In his spare time he is a member of Pendle First Aid Services.  He enjoys local history and has a wealth of knowledge of Pendle and surrounding areas.

You may also have seen him patrolling the streets at night as a Pendle Street Pastor.

He says, "I love introducing people to walking and seeing their fitness levels progress.  Walking is one of the best forms of exercise and Pendle has so much amazing countryside to explore!"

Norman Mitchell

Norman has been volunteering on the Let’s walk project since 2005.

He has extensive walking and leading experience and has walked in the Lake District, Yorkshire dales, Scotland and the European Alps.

Norman has enjoyed the outdoors all his life and was a professional tour guide at White Scar Caves and around the Ingleton area of the Yorkshire Dales.

In his spare time he enjoys caravaning and he is a member of Pendle First Aid Services where he provides first aid cover at local events. He also enjoys local history. He has a wealth of knowledge of the Pendle area, and the Pendle Witches, local farms, Roman roads and old tracks.

He leads the Tuesday 'Step Walks'

He says, "I love introducing people to walking and informing them of the historical aspects of the area."

Denis Kirkbride

There is not a path in Colne that Denis Kirkbride has not uncovered.  Go for a walk with him and put your best foot forward.

Born in Nelson, he has now lived in Colne for over 35 years. A keen walker all his life, Denis started as a child with Nelson YMCA and enjoyed walks in Barley, Newchurch and surrounding areas.

Denis has been a volunteer with the Let’s walk project for around 4 years. Initially it was his partner who first came on the health walks to increase her fitness after giving up smoking.  He came along to offer support, but it wasn’t long before Denis was seen as potential for a new walks leader.

When the Colne walk first started, the only meeting points were Pendle Leisure Centre and Langroyd Hall.  It was Denis’ idea to include Ball Grove as a new walk meeting point, an idea which has really seen the variety on this walk increase.

Over the years Denis has uncovered many paths in Colne and spent much time reconnoitring routes in the local area.  He is a well respected member of the Let’s Walk team and has a good rapport with all the walkers.

In his spare time time he is a member of the popular Nelson Arion Male Voice Choir and has been for almost 20 years.  He is also a keen photographer.

Denis’ eldest daughter is the youngest member of the original Calendar Girls and he has appeared in a TV show called ‘Calendar Girls 10 years on’.

Geoff and Irene Salter
Geoff and Irene Salter retired three years ago from their jobs as Accountant and Radiographer respectively.
They enjoy the outdoors and along with walking both play crown green bowls in the summer.
Geoff is an avid autograph collector, especially footballers, and can be seen at the local grounds in all weathers.
Irene enjoys cooking, sewing and card making.
In their 35 years of marriage they have travelled extensively, Malaysia being their favourite destination.



"I am Marjorie Smith and I joined the Let’s walk team as a volunteer walk leader in October 2009.
I volunteered to help out with the Tuesday morning Step Walks and have enjoyed meeting the other walk leaders and exploring our local countryside.

I have walked extensively in the Lake District, Scotland and the Yorkshire Dales. I have had walking holidays in the French Alps, the Austrian Tyrol, the French Pyrenees and Nepal.

Since 1984 I have been a member of the Fell and Rock Climbing Club of the Lake District (FRCC) and enjoy attending our club meets.

My other activities are skiing, jogging and mountain biking."

Ian Lowcock                             

Winston Griffiths

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