Wednesday, 16th November 2011




Walk: Fairy Glen (Sprodley Brook), High Moor and Parbold Hill
Start Point: Waters Edge, Appley Bridge Grid Reference: SD 525 092
Distance: 5.5 miles Ascent: 650 feet
Time: 3 hours    
Weather: Cold and dry with the sun struggling to shine through an autumn mist.
Comments: Appley Bridge is on the southern boundary of Lancashire. It has its own railway station and is a short distance from junction 27 of the M6. The start point was The Waters Edge which is situated on the Leeds to Liverpool Canal. The walk started by using hidden paths in Appley Bridge and then by field paths to the “Fairy Glen”. Fairy Glen is a pleasant wooded area on each side of Sprodley Brook. The path took a gradual climb through fallen leaves to emerge on to the A5209 Sparrow Hill. Crossing Sparrow Hill onto open farm land the route continued upwards towards High Moor passing through more woodland with just the odd bit of mud here and there. In the Bowling Green House Farm vicinity the path descend across a claggy field back to the A5209 Parbold Hill. Crossing this busy road the path descended a little further to Wood Lane. Using Wood Lane, which at the time was being levelled out by a considerate farmer, the group of thirty three walked east ward to join the Leeds to Liverpool Canal. On this last leg, participants of the walk enjoyed the autumnal reflections in the near mirror like water has they returned to The Waters Edge for a well earned and enjoyable meal. Thank you leader.

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The start of the walk near Waters Edge pub


An unusual road name - no bones about it


No fairies were seen but perhaps they could see us


A small waterfall in Fairy Glen


In step on steps in Fairy Glen


Another water feature in the glen


Stepping through the mud


Brew time for some


Hedging and Ditching time again . . .


and Ploughing too on High Moor


Autumn light on Parbold Hill


It was a bit claggy underfoot on this field


Whereas the machine had just levelled the lane for us


Not ships that pass in the night - but trains that pass in the day


A leafy lane on the way to the canal


Joining the Leeds to Liverpool canal on the return to Appley Bridge


Lock side loiterers


John shows off his chest - sorry his sweatshirt - it's just not cricket


Look out - here they come - they can smell the food

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