Wednesday, 13th August 2014

Walk: Samlesbury Bottoms and Houghton Bottoms
Start Point: Nab's Head Pub, Nab's Head Grid Reference: SD 622 292
Distance: 4.6 miles Ascent: 675 feet
Time: 2.5 hrs
Weather: Dry and sunny with a cool breeze in the open
Comments: Twenty eight people took part in this walk from The Nabs Head down to Samlesbury Bottoms and along the River Darwen for a short distance before ascending a long incline alongside Wild Bottoms Wood to Bolton Hall (Farm).  The walk then descended into Hoghton Bottoms where a break was taken alongside the River Darwen.  Then began another steady climb up to the former Close Farm.  Taking an old descending cart track the group crossed Arley Brook around which Alum was once quarried. ( King John visited the alum mines at Alum Scar on 16 August 1617 – at this time he Knighted a loin of beef at Hoghton Tower – hence Sirloin).  Returning via Alum Scar Lane and Further Lane the group returned to the Nabs Head where an enjoyable lunch was taken.

Leaving Samlesbury Bottoms

Time for refreshment at Houghton Bottoms

One day in the shooting season - these are a few of the many seen on the walk

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