Sunday, 4th August 2013

Walk: Pleasington, Hoghton Bottoms, Billinge Scar and Billinge Hill
Start Point: Witton Park (road to crematorium) Grid Reference: SD 652 266
Distance: 8 miles Ascent: 900 feet
Time: 5 hours    
Weather: Sunny becoming overcast later, quite warm.
Comments: Although one weather forecast gave rain for most of the day it managed to remain dry until the end of the walk. Sixteen people took part using field paths, tracks and lanes on an undulating route through Pleasington, Hoghton Bottoms, Butlers Delph, Billinge Scar returning to Witton Park via Billinge Hill. The route afforded many view points of the local area and the Fylde Coast. On the return, two deer could be seen making their escape into woods abutting Witton Park. On the recce for the walk an obstruction in the way of a boarded up gateway was found at grid reference SD 652 458. The matter is now in the hands of Blackburn & Darwen BC. Evidence of footpath clearance could be seen in the Billinge Scar area. A good walk with changing countryside and plenty of views.

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Gathering at Witton . . .

 

for the the start of the walk

 

The rear of Pleasington Priory

 

River Darwen

 

A chocolate box cottage on route

 

The leader (left) and friend

 

Nice view on the way to . . .

 

Hoghton Bottoms

 

Fording the River Darwen at Hoghton Bottoms (Recce day)

 

Time for a drink (Recce day)

 

The River Darwen (again)

 

A view of Darwen Tower from Butlers Delph

 

Over the rise at Butlers Delf

 

A memorial to Alfred Wainwright erected in May this year by the Wainwright Society

 

A once derelict Woodfold Hall

 

The 'lake' before descending to the Clog and the Billycock

 

This temporary obstruction was to prevent the spoiling of newly laid concrete

 

The living and the dead (trees not ramblers)

 

Thanks to the RA and Blackburn & Darwen BC this footpath is now walkable

 

Passing through a field of donkeys . . .

 

where this one took a liking to David

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