Sunday, 20th April 2014

Walk: Hameldon Scouts, Peel Park and Monument, Huncoat, Leeds & Liverpool Canal
Start Point: Mill Hill car park at Childers Green Grid Reference: SD 787 308
Distance: 9 miles Ascent: 1300 feet
Time: 5.25 hours
Weather: Mixed dull, some sun, no rain and a bit windy, particularly on the higher sections
Comments:

A circular walk roughly following the old parish boundaries of the historic village of Huncoat, recorded in the 11th Century Domesday Book. Once an industrial area but now reverted to rural landscape with a fine variety of open spaces with higher panoramic views. This walk starts with a climb up onto the Hameldon Scouts with splendid views before visiting the Peel Park overlooking Accrington. Down to Huncoat to visit the old stocks and the more recent Peace Garden, before crossing the fields to the foot bridge over the M65 and then along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. Leaving the canal at Higher Shuttleworth Bridge. Under the M65 and over the rail line to return to the car park via Castle Clough Wood.
The nine people who took part in the walk were serenaded by a couple of Sky Larks.

The walk was devised by Roy Chetham in conjunction with: The Huncoat Community Forum, The Prospects Foundation and Hyndburn Borough Council.

The starting point

The trail passes through . . .

the woods at Childers Green

The two Brians traverse a damaged stile . . .

prior to a trek up Hameldon Scouts . . .

where quarrying once took place

The next part of the walk was from left to right at sky level . . .

on the Euro Constituency Boro Boundary

Hay view from Hameldon Scouts

Round the edge of the gorge with Great Hameldon in the background

The trail is well signed

It's a tight squeeze

On route to Peel Park

Peel Park Memorial, William Peel 1909 . . .

and plaque

A view of Accrington . . .

from the monument in Peel Park

Brian putting the boot in

Strange shapes in Peel Park

An approach to Peel Park

A distant view of a chapel in the cemetery - across which the Huncoat Trail passes

Passed through Spout House Woods - next goal is the Stocks

Information about the Stocks . . .

and the Huncoat Trail

More information

The Peace Garden . . .

and Datestone

Brian holds open a damaged gate

Lunch time

High steps over the M65

About to join the Leeds to Liverpool Canal at Altham

Marina on the canal

On the last leg of the trail

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