Padiham 20-05-2018 – Leader Derek

Padiham 20-05-2018 – Leader Derek

12 arrived for this Sunday short walk led by Derek and his assistant “Jacquie, darling”!!  This was a varied walk in beautiful sunshine throughout, which was a celebration of both local history and late spring, with blossom and spring flowers all around.

We started going up Mill Street with Derek drawing our attention to the plaque outside the former Master’s house of the Padiham Old National School built in 1830.  Next we came to The Old Black Bull, now the Cellar Restaurant, with our leading pair explaining that it dates back to 1650 and is reputed to be the oldest building in Padiham. It is believed that there has been a hostelry on this site since medieval times and records suggest that it may well have been visited by Oliver Cromwell as he passed through in the 17th century.

We progressed up Church Street and into the Padiham Memorial Park, opened in 1921 to pay tribute to more than 300 people from the town who gave their lives in the First World War, and which later also acknowledged those who gave their lives in the Second World War.  We looked at the Air Crash Memorial to those killed on 3rd July 1970 when a Dan Air Havilland Comet fatally crashed in north east Spain. The tour operator, Clarksons Holidays, which some remember, was at the time the largest package holiday company in Britain.  We lingered over an air raid shelter leading to narrow tunnels underground, built at the beginning of World War 2, to provide shelter to 200 people, and tried to imagine trying to access it down that ramp in total darkness.  There was evidence of the current occupants being bats! Additionally there was a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme in 1916, including the lightening sculpture.  We carried on, and a photo shows some of the group sat on the Portrait Bench, featuring from left to right; Thomas Lund a logo competition winner for the Burnley to Padiham Greenways; Albert Smith a train driver for 40 years on the Padiham Loop line; and Margaret Pearson known as “the Padiham witch”.

We continued along the old railway track which ran from Burnley to Blackburn, now the Burnley and Padiham Greenway, as far as Knotts Lane, when we went through Lowerhouse.  We progressed onto the Sweet Clough Greenway, going around Lowerhouse Lodge now used for wildlife and angling, where a young man proudly landed a fairly sizeable mirror carp right in front of us. Lowerhouse was one of England’s largest cotton mills and closed in 1933, and we later passed the building which was originally the worker’s canteen. After crossing Kiddrow Lane, we wriggled towards Cornfield Grove to pick up the Bronte Way to Hunters Oak, past some inquisitive alpacas, and then enjoying great views. We then picked up the Burnley way to Cornfield, with Gawthorne Hall hidden by the rich tree growth, and returned to Padiham through a sensory dappled woodland containing bluebells and garlic, alongside the River Calder.

Many thanks to our leading pair for a lovely Sunday ramble.

Distance – 7.15 miles  Ascent – 469 feet

Write up and pics – Judy

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. Derek

    Thanks yet again Judy for taking the photos and doing the report. Your pedestal is gaining height on a weekly basis.

  2. Arnold

    Lovely pics and excellent write up, Judy. Nice to see Francis back with us again. Really sorry to miss it, but Maureen’s 80th birthday celebrations took precedence!

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