Wednesday, 25th May 2011

   

            

 

Walk: Whittingham Hall, Chingle Hall, Middleton Hall, Goosnargh Mill and Field Foot Farm
Start Point: The Grapes Inn, Goosnargh Grid Reference: SD 559 638
Distance: 5.5 miles Ascent: 230 feet
Time: 2.45 hours    
Weather: Dry and sunny with a sneaky cool breeze
Comments: The name Goosnargh is believed to be Norse for “hill pasture”. In the days of the former Preston Rural District Council it was the largest parish in Lancashire. There are five cheese making dairies in the parish. Whittingham Hospital (now demolished) was at one time an asylum. There are now plans to build new housing on the site.
24 people attended this undulating walk through country lanes and fields with a little bit of road walking. After booking meals at The Grapes Inn we headed through lush meadow land and then through the grounds of the former asylum to pass Chingle Hall which used to be famous as a haunted house - but is now a residential home.
Skirting around the west of Goosnargh, passing through chicken and duck farms the leader took the group past Middleton Hall and on to Goosnargh Corn Mill. A lady resident of the Mill told the group a little about the now defunct mill. It is said that the mill was grinding as recently as 1962. Continuing along the aptly named Mill Brook the group emerged on to Eaves Green Lane before turning towards Field Foot Farm and then The Grapes. The only disappointment was the poor service at the pub despite having been in touch with them on two occasions. However it did not spoil a really pleasant walk.

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Waiting for opening time

 

Goosnargh Church and Bushells House

 

Chingle Hall - re-visited

 

Duck with orange sauce

 

Making use of a green lane

 

Middleton Hall

 

Time out

 

A pleasant walk

 

. . . and Ramblers roaming about

 

A reception committee

 

Waiting for stragglers

 

Can we join your ramble?

 

A buttercup meadow

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