55 brave annual Whalley Walk and Ridiculous Hat contest

Whalley Silly Hat walkers Keith Pickup and Elaine Eccles pictured before their annual hike. G271211/1a
Whalley Silly Hat walkers Keith Pickup and Elaine Eccles pictured before their annual hike. G271211/1a
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FIFTY-FIVE walkers and six dogs braved the cold December weather to take part in the 17th annual Whalley Walk and Ridiculous Hat Competition.

Although the weather was dry with little wind, the footpaths were extremely muddy due to the rain over Christmas so the walkers did well to complete the six-mile circular walk.

Whalley Silly Hat walkers Matthew Lord (14), Kira Smith (8) and Olivia Grimshaw (12) pictured before their annual hike. G271211/1b

Whalley Silly Hat walkers Matthew Lord (14), Kira Smith (8) and Olivia Grimshaw (12) pictured before their annual hike. G271211/1b

As is the tradition, the walkers stopped for a well-earned drink and a rest at the Game Cock Inn, Great Harwood, before continuing back to Whalley via the Nab.

As usual, many walkers wore silly hats, including many that were home-made, for the silly hat competition.

In the children’s category, the top prize was won by Alissa Darbyshire, of New Longton, who sported a real red nose and antlers. In the adult category, the winners were husband and wife couple Shaun and Helen Fenton, of Darwen. Shaun wore a home-made Christmas cake, while Helen donned a hat comprising cuddly woollen Christmas toys.

A collection was held at the walk, which raised £104 for The Bethany Project.

Whalley Silly Hat walkers Dawn Howle and daughter Olivia Grimshaw (12) pictured before their annual hike. G271211/1c

Whalley Silly Hat walkers Dawn Howle and daughter Olivia Grimshaw (12) pictured before their annual hike. G271211/1c

Whalley Silly Hat walkers Shaun and Helen Fenton pictured before their annual hike. G271211/1d

Whalley Silly Hat walkers Shaun and Helen Fenton pictured before their annual hike. G271211/1d

Whalley Silly Hat walkers Dorothy, Liselle (17) and Blaydon Hollin (10) pictured before their annual hike. G271211/1e

Whalley Silly Hat walkers Dorothy, Liselle (17) and Blaydon Hollin (10) pictured before their annual hike. G271211/1e

Whalley Silly Hat walkersAngela Horton and Gary Howard pictured before their annual hike. G271211/1f

Whalley Silly Hat walkersAngela Horton and Gary Howard pictured before their annual hike. G271211/1f

Whalley Silly Hat walkers Ivan Hargreaves and Steph Grimshaw pictured before their annual hike. G271211/1g

Whalley Silly Hat walkers Ivan Hargreaves and Steph Grimshaw pictured before their annual hike. G271211/1g

Whalley Silly Hat walker Alissa Darbyshire (8) pictured before their annual hike. G271211/1h

Whalley Silly Hat walker Alissa Darbyshire (8) pictured before their annual hike. G271211/1h