Eccleston 25-11-2018 – Leader Roy

Eccleston 25-11-2018 – Leader Roy

This was a walk of varied woodland, furrowed farmland with fields of winter wheat or barley, grazing land, and many farm animals.  For a Roy walk, there was relatively little mud and only 23 stiles! Blue skies at the start soon clouded over, but it remained dry.

9 of us set off from Bygone Times ( a huge store not unlike a giant car boot sale) in a north easterly direction, passing Bradley Hall and Wood End Farm.  After Joe spotted some deer in the distance, we went through a lovely oak wood to then follow the River Yarrow for a time before crossing under the M6.  We progressed to Bolton Green, passing a plaque to John Lucas dated 1827, who may have been a Sergeant serving in the South Lancashire Regiment awarded the Victoria Cross. From here we went south westerly initially on German Lane, to skirt Chorley. Coffee was taken in woods near the river, with evidence of past coppicing of the local hazel.  We went past Pole Green Nurseries, which caught us by surprise because of the extensive investment in huge greenhouses and irrigation systems. Soon we passed an impressive well maintained previous cotton mill, now housing several businesses and a gymnastics club, before heading across Charnock Richard Golf Club to Coppull. We then changed direction toward Charnock Richard, before going west along Brook Lane and through more beautiful woods, carpeted by beech leaves.  Lunch was pleasantly taken on an embankment. We then crossed fields towards Old Hall, where we had great views of Winter Hill and Rivington Pike to the right, and Blackpool Tower to the left. Just before crossing back over the motorway we admired a Single Stem Himalayan Birch Tree with its amazing white bark. More farmland and woodland took us to Heskin Green with the ghost of the previous Camelot Theme Park rollercoaster visible through the trees. Roy had some information from a book given to him by Arnold, co-incidentally only a few days previously, about Heskin Hall, which we passed, but it was well hidden by trees. From here it was more woodland and farmland back to Bygone Times, where refreshments were taken.

A very enjoyable day, thanks to Roy.

Write up and pics – Judy

Distance – 11.17 miles       Total ascent – 813 feet   Miles per hour (including stops) – 2.

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

“There is a link to the slideshow here. You may need to click within the black page that opens up to see the show – but at least it is full screen! “

1 Comment

  1. Arnold Sampson

    Lovely pics and write up, Judy. I’ve never seen Blackpool Tower so clearly from a walk.

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