Sunday, 27th February 2011

   

            

 

Walk: Higher Wheelton, over, under and along various stretches of the former Blackburn to Chorley railway line, past the site of the former ordnance storage bunkers of the ROF
Start Point: Higher Wheelton, Whins Lane lay-by Grid Reference: SD 605 220
Distance: 9.6 mls Ascent: 1,200 ft
Time: 5.5 hrs    
Weather: Light rain at the start, but dry for rest of the walk
Comments: 17 walkers. Great views across to the Bowland fells, Pendle and, in the distance, Ingleborough and the Lake District. Lots of signs of approaching spring: lambs, pussy willows, snowdrops and catkins.

The walk took us by, over, under and along various stretches of the former Blackburn to Chorley railway line which had been the outermost link in an ambitious scheme to connect Blackburn to the Mersey at Garston Dock, south of Liverpool. The line opened in 1869, and the last stretch from Cherry Tree to Feniscowles closed in 1968. The Chorley Guardian reported the “End of the Hikers’ Railway.” The walk also took us past the farm where the 2001 outbreak of “foot and mouth” had started, and the site of the former ordnance storage bunkers of the ROF.


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Water was rushing everywhere after recent rain

 

Gaiters were certainly useful

 

No Spring colours yet!

 

No camera today Norman

 

Lunch is a serious business!

 

Tree Relections

 

Bill enjoying a tea break!

 

Is it a bird or a plane or . . . . . .

 

Tea break near Ollerton Fold

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