Wednesday, 26th June 2008




Walk: Samlesbury Bottoms, Bolton Hall, Hoghton Bottoms, Pleasington, Butlers Delf, Westholme School, Stanley House, Park Lane and Hoolster Farm.
Start Point: Spring Lane, Nabs Head, Salmesbury Grid Reference: SD 622 294
Distance: 8.75 miles Ascent: 1,000 feet
Time: 5.5 hours    
Weather: Blustery with a shower of rain at lunch time and sunshine later.
Comments: Leader Norman plus sixteen others departed Spring Lane on the way to Samlesbury Bottoms and then Hoghton Bottoms. Because a path near the River Darwen (bottom of Hunters Hill) had been washed away it was necessary to divert to reach Higher Park Farm.  Joining the Witton Weavers Way we stopped for a few minutes to take in the views from Butlers Delf.  Descending from the Delf we passed Westholme School on the way to Stanley House (Restaurant).  At the rear of Stanley House we encountered a herd of very inquisitive cows who insisted on joining us, quite a scary experience for one lady!  Descending to Moss Hall Farm we then followed Park Lane to reach Hoolster Farm and the start point. There were a number of comments about the variations in scenery seen on the way. 

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By the River Darwen at Samlesbury Bottoms


The group crosses a stile on the way to Bolton Farm


Just ascended a steep path


Crossing the front garden at Tallentine Farm


Houghton Bottoms


Footbridge over the Darwen at Houghton Bottoms


The Whistler of Houghton Bottoms

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