Wednesday, 27th June 2012
||Johnsons Hillock, Lower Copthurst, Top O’th Lane,
Denham Quarry, Whittle Spinney and Whittle Hills.
||SD 591 203
||Many people arrived prepared for rain
but because of the warmth and humidity they were soon discarding
attire. Not all of it! Joining the Leeds to Liverpool Canal the
group were led by Len and his co-leaders Christine and Alan in the
Leeds direction to climb a flight of locks to pass Top Lock Bridge.
Shortly after Top Lock Bridge the group left the canal to climb to
Denham Hill to reach the quarry for elevenses. People had the option
of doing a bit of rock climbing or abseiling but everyone opted for
a coffee break instead. Leaving the quarry, Len led the group
towards Whittle le Woods. This being an elevated part of the walk it
offered views over the Fylde, north towards Morecambe Bay and the
Welsh Hills to the east. At Whittle le Woods the group were able to
view some old millstones and were told about the remains of part of
a canal that was intended to connect the Leeds Liverpool Canal to
the Lancaster Canal at Preston. On route there was plenty of Elder
flower giving off its sweet aroma and begging to be turned into
wine. Due to recent heavy rain the path on the later part of the
walk proved to be muddy in parts. This together with overhanging
vegetation caused a bit of hilarity among the group. On the last leg
of the walk the group re-joined the canal tow path returning to
Malthouse Farm for lunch. Another enjoyable walk. Thank you leaders.
Scroll down to see photos of the walk
The gathering of the clan
Starting out along the Leeds to Liverpool Canal . . .
where a barge was seen leaving one of the many locks
Climbing a flight of locks
Assumed to be black sheep as in the nursery rhyme
Information about Denham Hill Quarry
A choice of rock climbing or refreshments . . .
Sitting back to back . . .
side by side . . .
or like Iris - all alone
Five residents of the quarry
Heading for Whittle-le-Woods
Viewing the millstones at Whittle-le-Woods
Crawling through the undergrowth
The venue for lunch
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