Wednesday, 24th March 2010

   

            

 

Walk: Dam Wood, Camelot Theme Park, Bimpson Farm, Little Wood, Big Wood, Bradley Hall, Ratho Park Farm, Old Hall and The Bowling Green PH
Start Point: Bowling Green PH, Charnock Richard Grid Reference: SD 552 167
Distance: 6 miles Ascent: 560 feet
Time: 3 hours    
Weather: Light showers but not too cold
Comments: The weather was a little unkind to the twenty five participants on the walk in that it started to rain the minute the group left the car park. However, this did not deter the hardy ramblers as they walked towards Old Hall and Dam Wood on the way to Camelot Theme Park. Fortunately the park was closed for the winter and nobody could take a spin on the various rides. On the other hand, perhaps they could have been used as guinea pigs on the rides that were being tested in preparation for the Easter season. Continuing to Bimpsons Farm the group observed a wise old bird carved out of a tree before crossing Syd Brook to enter Little Wood and then Big Wood. In reality Big Wood is smaller than Little Wood. Passing through Bradley Hall it could be seen that the craft of hedge laying had recently been carried out together with the clearing of ditches. On the way round details of a broken stile were taken for a report to Lancashire C.C. After walking close to the River Yarrow the group took a path via Ratho Park Farm to cross a motorway on the ascent to Old Hall. Here was a display of Daffodils and a Camellia that was in flower. A short journey down a lane saw the group at the Bowling Green PH where a fine carvery was being served. A nice walk through woods and fields where nature was thrusting forth with new shoots bluebell foliage! Thank you leader.

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Little Wood

 

Smiles in the rain

 

Into the woods

 

A Wise Old Bird

 

Tea in the woods

 

Hedge laying - will it survive?

 

Tricky tree roots

 

Broken stile - this one has been reported

 

Single file across the crops

 

Old Hall

 

Camellia in flower at Old Hall

 

Wayside daffodils

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