Sunday, 29th May 2011

   

            

 

Walk: Runshaw Moor, Old Shaw Green, Eccleston Bridge, Sarscow Lane, The Mill (Hotel), Holker Lane. Brookfield Farm and Worden Country Park
Start Point: Leisure Centre, Leyland Grid Reference: SD 538 216
Distance: 10.5 miles Ascent: 400 feet
Time: 5.5 hours    
Weather: Cloudy and cool, light rain followed by sunshine in the afternoon. A stiff breeze all day.
Comments: Twelve people left Leyland Leisure Centre on a cool overcast morning. The route passed through Worden Park but unfortunately the Big Boys and their steam trains had not put in an appearance. Moving on to Altcar Farm the group followed a couple of farm tracks crossing Runshaw Lane and Dawber’s Lane to reach the River Yarrow. By this time, light rain driven by the wind made it unpleasant for one or two. Down stream of Eccleston Bridge the rain had stopped and lunch was taken using an ancient decaying tree as a back rest. It wasn’t until lunch was over that it was realised that the remaining bough of the tree was on the verge of been snapped off the rotted trunk by the strong breeze. Using Sarscow Lane (a farm track) to reach The Mill Hotel the group then used a nearly hidden stile at the side of the hotel to continue to the River Lostock. On the way to the river several foals and their mothers greeted the group as they entered their field. Walking east along the River Lostock the group were obliged to follow a diversion along Holker Lane and footpath number six. The reason being that part of footpath number eight has allegedly fallen in to the river. This problem has been on going for four years or more. Leaving the Lostock behind the party headed for Brookfield Farm (not Ambridge) and then Worden Park. Due to ground works in progress on the park another slight deviation was made. Bright sunshine made a pleasant end to the walk.

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When the bough breaks

 

One of several foals in a field

 

Gate House at Worden Park

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