Wednesday Walks – January 2023

Number 1 walks start at 10.00 am. All other walks start at 10.30 am unless otherwise stated.

4th January

(1) Searching for Freddy – 12.5 miles
Carpark is on the left just beyond Rivington and Blackrod High School, BL6 7RX. SD 635 128.
Walk – Blackrod, Wigan links, Leeds Liverpool Canal, Limbrick, Anglezarke.

(2) Abandoned Farms and Churchyard of Haslingdon Grane – 8 miles
Cars to Holden Arms, Grane Road, BB4 4PD. GR SD 775 225.
Walk – Around three reservoirs and an abandoned quarry.

(3) Affetside Tottington Circular – 7 miles
Meet and park on Riding Gate Harwood, BL2 4DP. GR 744 127.
Walk – Top oth”Knotts, Burnt House Farm, Bentley Hall Road, Quarry side of Moor.

(4) Christmas Tree Walk – 3/4 miles
Meet at the upper Entwistle car park, Batridge Barn. GR 721172. Nearby post code: BL7 0NF.
A short walk round Entwistle reservoir to enjoy the decorated trees, including a lunch stop at the Strawbury Duck (optional).

11th January

(1) Dairy Fields of Lancashire – 10 miles
Start point Fell House CP, Beacon Fell, PR3 2ES. SD 565 425.
Walk – Barnsfold Farm, Bullsnape Hill, Hill Chapel, Goosnargh Mill, Latus Hall Farm, Scotch Green, Throstle Nest.

(2) Rock around the Moors – 8 miles
Cars to White Coppice Cricket Ground Car Park, PR6 9DE. GR SD 620 190.
A walk with a geological flavour – Anglezarke Moor, Lead Mines Valley and return.

(3) Hurstwood & Giants Seat – 6.5 miles
Meet at La Roma restaurant, Stoneclough, M26 1GT.
Walk- Shoretop, Outwood Trail, Hurst Wood Sludge Pits and return.

(4) Park, Woods & Quarry – 5/6 miles
Meet at Moss Bank Park main car park on Moss Lane. BL1 6NB.
Walk – Smithills Hall, Horrocks Fold woods, Wilton Quarry – easy route, Scout Rd and return.

18th January

(1) Chorley Circular – 11 miles
Park at Hall Gate CP: Astley Hall, Chancery Rd, Chorley, PR7 1XA. SD 574 185.
Walk – Around Chorley Outskirts and Parks.

(2) Clarence Park and Cheesden Valley – 8 miles
Cars to Clarence Park Lido car park, Milner Ave off A56 Walmersley Road Bury. From A56 Turn right onto Royal Ave then left onto Milner Ave, car park is on the right. BL9 6NG. GR SD 809122
Walk – Clarence Park, Walmersley Golf Club, Deeply Vale, Birtle and return.

(3&4) Cuerden Valley – 6 miles
Meet and park at Cuerden Valley car park at the bottom of Factory Lane, Whittle le woods, off A6, PR7 5DU. SD576 217 (look for St John Baptist Church).
A walk through a country park.

25th January

(1) A Walk Around Halls – 11 miles
Cars to Astley Hall / Village carpark, PR7 1XX. Grid Ref SD 577 186.
Walk – Euxton, Runshaw Lane, Worden Hall, Culbeck Lane, Old Shaw Green, Charnock Old Hall, Common Bank, Astley Hall.

(2) Bob’s Smithy Walk – 8.4 miles
Cars to top of Old Kiln Lane at junction with Chorley Old Road, opposite Bob’s Smithy Pub, BL1 7PX. GR SD 675 111.
Walk – Old Kiln Lane, Wallsuches, Wilderswood, Burnt Edge, Barrow Bridge and Old Links.

(3) Around Darwen Parks & Woods – 6 miles
Meet at Grainings Wood car park SD700 200 on A666, 400 metres past Ocean Palace Restaurant.
Walk – Whitehall Park, Bold Venture Park, Sunnyhurst Woods and return.

(4) Rivers, Canals, and Bridges – 5 miles
Meet at Moses Gate lower car park, BL4 3DN.
A meander in the area.