Haworth Park 19-03-2017 – Leader Derek

Haworth Park 19-03-2017 – Leader Derek

14 brave ramblers turned up today, in what were certain to be shocking conditions, but Angie’s stylish hat made light of the filthy weather.  Congratulations to her on becoming a great grandma recently – amazing!  Derek led us through the park to a 2016 monument to the Accrington Pals’ disastrous action on the first day of the battle of the Somme on 1st July 1916.  This is a replica of the monument in the French battlefield.  Heading east through the smart streets of well-named Higher Baxenden, we came to the edge of Baxenden Golf Club, where a notice warned us of possible death by flying golf balls – but no such luck today!  Turning north in rather muddy conditions, we came to a couple of kissing gates that even I struggled to get through, and which Glyn could only manage by scaling the heights, hence the featured photo.  Around here we saw the rather impressive tower of what used to be called Spire Farm.

Soon after the tower, we dropped into a rather pleasant wooded valley, before coming up the other side to where the side of a house had been blown across the path, making it somewhat tricky to negotiate.  Dedicated FP Officer Judy took a note of the co-ordinates, but was so intent on her task that she forgot her pole and had to trog back for it, but fortunately not too far.  We were soon walking along the side of the A56 bypass into Peel Park, which we will see again on Wednesday.  Reaching another war memorial here, Derek told us some of the history of the park, which is named after the Peel family (which includes Sir Robert), who donated some of the land.  He also gave a fascinating account of the industry of the town, especially about the Ewbank cleaner, named after the area of Blackburn where the factory was.  The cleaners are still being made today.

Dropping down into the shelter of the woodland, we took our break, with the rain now having eased.  Then it was into the centre of Accrington, and some stories about evildoing, including by monks who evicted residents to build a grange, but the residents got their own back by burning it down and roasting several people inside.  Part of Accrington is called Black Abbey in memory.  Moving through the town, we walked south along the side of Platt Lodge, which served the Platt Bros cotton mill, and then passed between a row of cast iron pillars that had supported the Accrington to Rawtenstall railway, which closed in 1963.  Carrying on through Woodnook Vale, we were stuck by the huge number of cans and bottles (a few of which Roy pretended to sample!).  We nicknamed this area Tin Can Alley, after Tin Pan Alley in London.  Soon we turned off the old railway line past some allotments and a helpful sign telling us that min = minutes!  By the time we reached Haworth Park again we were all dry (except for our feet), so an interesting walk ended well.  Thanks to Derek for the walk and his research, and to Glyn, my sherpa for the day.  As they say, a good test of the gear.

(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.

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  1. Sincere thanks to all for braving such an awful weather day. A particular thanks to Arnie for the report and photos. Derek

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