Blackburn 04-01-2017 – Leader Roy

Blackburn 04-01-2017 – Leader Roy

What a start to 2017 – 22 ramblers, clear blue skies all day, lovely rolling views, perfect reflections, Roy’s signature mud, and a perfect 10 for the walk distance – exactly as advertised!  Finding the Tesco in Livesey Branch Road gave some of the satnavs a problem, as they seemed to encounter a bit of a Bermuda Triangle effect before Ewood Park, but we all arrived safely.  Roy led us south across the fields on the Witton Weavers Way to Fowler Fold Farm, before branching off westward through woodland to briefly touch the Leeds & Liverpool canal, with lovely reflections and an interesting boundary marker.  Along the way, we spotted a mobile phone mast dressed up as a tree!  We then crossed under the M65 to Stanworth Farm, taking our first break shortly after.

Then it was westward again to Knowles Farm, which has a boarding kennel, with set times for visiting one’s pet pooch!  Continuing towards Ollerton Fold, we dipped to cross a wooded valley, before passing the splendid gates of Withnell Fold Hall, on the market for £5 million in 2009!  After the hall, we crossed Chorley Road (A674) and took our lunch in a delightful spot at the side of a small reservoir, with picture-perfect reflections.  Then it was a short climb to Snape’s Heights, the highest point of the walk at just over 700 feet.  Shortly after this, en-route to Abbey Village across the fields, and with the low sun in the corner of our eyes making it difficult to see our feet, never mind the rest of the group, there was something of a hiatus when about half of the group missed a turn and became isolated.  Fortunately there was a mobile phone signal, so it was not too long before we were together again, though Derek & Roy had a bit of an extra walk looking for us.

Friends reunited, we headed north east from Abbey Village to pass through some woods and across a pretty reservoir, where I’m afraid that I succumbed to temptation and played with my camera’s creative mode again – you will probably spot the resulting picture.  Then it was through Bradley Fold farm into some more woods, where we all successfully negotiated the crossing of a small stream, before coming across an airgun range, with an interesting set of targets.  Under the M65 again, this time on a very brambly scratchy path, we were soon back on the Witton Weavers Way to Tesco.  There being no suitable café nearby, we all set off for home, bathed in a golden glow, thanks to Roy.

(Write up Arnold, pics Arnold & David.)  Appended here are the route stats and profile.)

Slideshow below, but if you wish to see a static view of the pics all in one go, then click here.


  1. Rosemary

    A perfect start to our walking year, thanks Roy for a lovely walk in winter sunshine among friends. Compliments to Arnold for the write up and photos.

  2. Lovely walk on a perfect day. Excellent photos Arnold. However, that’s enough mud now Roy.

  3. Great start to our year of walking. Thanks Roy.
    The photos perfectly capture the walk. Well done Arnold.

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