Brinscall 12-10-2016 – Leader Roy

Brinscall 12-10-2016 – Leader Roy

The calendar may say autumn, but the 22 ramblers who turned out today were expecting more summer sunshine, and that’s exactly what they got.  Amongst the 22 was Mark for his second walk with us, plus his son/decorator/bag carrier Andrew (Andy), who we understand is about to jet off to Australia for more than a holiday; we wish him well in the Antipodes.  Very soon after setting off from opposite the reservoir in Brinscall, we turned westward across the fields, with some lovely, rural, blue sky views, which were to last all day.  The old railway line was a feature of this early part of the day, which I think I heard Graham say used to take cotton to Liverpool.  Prickly holly – with and without berries – was also a feature of the walk throughout, especially when climbing over stiles, of which there were many, in true Roy fashion.

After coming to Heapey with its splendid church and graveyard, we headed south to have our coffee break near the old railway again.  I must say that we have had more salubrious spots for a break, but there was plenty of seating!  After the break we continued our rural way south to Knowley and Higher Healey, with splendid views of the Mormon Temple at Chorley.  Continuing south through Healey Nab, we had distant views of Winter Hill and Rivington Pike, before stopping in a field near Limbrick for our lunch, bathed in warm sunshine.

Then it was a short way east towards Anglezarke Reservoir, Anglezarke apparently meaning ‘Anlaf’s hill pasture’.   Along the way we spotted two evil-looking tups fattening themselves up for the hard work ahead!.  As we reached the reservoir we turned north along its western bank, up Healey Fold Lane, bringing us glorious views – including some autumn colours – as we reached the top end.  We then continued north along The Goit to the pretty village of White Coppice en-route back to Brinscall.  Refreshments, with real Chorley cakes, were very pleasantly taken in the Cottage Tea Room in Brinscall, ending a feel good day, thanks to Roy.

(Pics & write up Arnold.  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 Comment

  1. Jenny Bruffell

    Excellent walk in lovely autumn sunshine. Thank you Roy, not too much mud but the usual quota of stiles. First class photos Arnold. The breed of cow in the final photo had provoked a bit of debate but identified them today as Gloucesters.

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