Sunday, 6th June 2010

   

            

 

Walk: Higher Park Farm, Mellor Village, Lower Reaps, Billinge Hill, Butlers Delf, Alum Scar and Nabís Head.
Start Point: Spring Lane near to the Nabís Head PH Samlesbury Grid Reference: SD 621 293
Distance: 10 miles Ascent: 1,000 feet
Time: 5.5 hours    
Weather: Mainly overcast and humid with an occasional hint of rain at higher levels
Comments: Starting at Spring Lane, Samlesbury (near to the Nabís Head PH the group of eleven crossed fields to Hoolster Farm before following a lane north towards Samlesbury Hall. Before reaching the hall the group turned right and followed an unmade road called Park Lane to emerge on to the A677. Near to Stanley House the group left the main road and ascended to Mellor using the church steeple as a guide. Refreshments were taken at a childrenís play area in the village. At this time the haze turned to a light drizzle and so deterred people from making use of the swings. Following a footpath between some houses the group walked passed Dick Dadds and Lower Reaps to re-cross the A677 bound for Billinge Scar. The path between two old metal rail fences was overgrown and so the ascent to Stockís Farm had to be in the field on the west of the path. (The matter was reported to Blackburn and Darwen BC in May). Using a path at the rear of some quite expensive properties the group found themselves on Billinge Hill. Following the Witton Weavers Way for a short distance the hungry walkers stopped for lunch at Butlers Delf. From here, on a clear day fine views can be seen, but on a humid day Hoghton Tower, Mellor, Darwen Tower, Pleasington Church and Witton Park could still be seen. The Witton Weavers Way passes through a wood when heading in the general direction of Hoghton Tower. Alas there are at least three paths exiting the wood and it is easy to take the wrong one. Anyway the group did get an unscheduled view of Hoghton Bottoms at no extra cost! Returning to the scheduled route the path passed through Alum Scar. This is where alum, which was worth a lot of brass, was mined. It was used to ďfixĒ dyes to cloth. The bridge over the brook at Alum Scar has recently been refurbished but it seems to have lost its character. The bridge carries a cart track which, many years ago would have been used for transporting alum. Ascending from Alum Scar the group followed the lanes back to Nabís Head.

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Horses and buttercups near Hoolster Wood

 

Back marker, Brenda, waiting to cross a stile

 

Butler's Delf, lunch stop . . .

 

A wooded stretch of the Witton Weavers Way

 

The group admire the refurbished bridge over a brook near Alum Scar

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