Sunday, 16th December 2012

Walk: Billinge Hill, Middle Sharrock Hey Farm, Butlers Delf, Hoghton Bottoms and Pleasington
Start Point: Football Pavilion Tower Road (near Butlers Bridge) Pleasington Grid Reference: SD 652 266
Distance: 7.5 miles Ascent: 760 feet
Time: 4.5 hours    
Weather: Sunny most of the day
Comments: Using part of the Witton Weavers Way this circular route afforded pleasant views of the local area together with distant views of the Fylde, Darwen Tower, Mellor and northern Pennines. The leader and twelve followers had an enjoyable walk on mainly good paths although the obligatory mud did crop up from time to time. A nice walk for any season. Thank you leader!

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Information about the National Cycle Network on Witton Park

 

Smiling faces prior to the 450 feet ascent of Billinge Hill

 

The group venture forth through the Big Cover Wood Adventure area

 

This owl is not all it's cracked up to be

 

The adventurous advanced party ascend a leafy path on Billinge Hill

 

A sun-bathing otter - a rarity in these parts

 

These donkeys have taken a liking to John . . .

 

but these animals ignored him

 

Still on the way up Billinge Hill . . .

 

to find this view of Preston from the top

 

Mellor lies across the valley from Billinge Hill

 

Coffee time in a sun trap

 

Heading up to Butlers Delf

 

Butlers Delf with Darwen beyond

 

Lunch over and beginning the easy descent to Houghton Bottoms and the River Darwen

 

Houghton Tower sits behind the prominent tress - where Loin became Sirloin

 

A cottage at Pleasington

 

Pleasington Priory - RC Church of SS Mary and John the Baptist

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