Sunday, 2nd March 2014

High Moor, Harrock Hill, Parbold, Appley Bridge and Fairy Glen
Start Point:
Lay-by on A5209
Grid Reference: SD 515 109
Distance: 8.25 miles Ascent: 800 feet
Time: 5 hours
Weather: Rain, overcast later
Comments: On this damp day the group of seventeen made a gradual ascent to Harrock Hill where they viewed a ruined Harrock Hill Windmill. The building, cut into gritstone of the hill, was originally three storied with cellar and entrance tunnels below the ground level. The mill was in use in 1786 but derelict by at least 1845. After descending a muddy path to Bannister Farm the group then found themselves on another ascent. This time to Hunter’s Hill where on a fine day splendid views of the Ribble Estuary and Blackpool can be seen. Descending again in the general direction of Parbold a number of muddy paths and fields were traversed before emerging on to Tan House Lane. Wending their way through the village of Parbold the group joined the Leeds/Liverpool Canal and followed it to Appley Bridge. A gradual climb along the road brought them to Skull House Lane. A curious name for a street perhaps, but one of the young ladies of the group was able to enlighten the group. Legend as it that a monk was killed in Skull House, in the war between the Roundheads and Cavaliers. The monk’s discoloured skull has remained on the living room mantelpiece of the house. It is claimed that when attempts are made to remove the skull the residents experience disastrous results after doing so. (For more information try, Google; Skull House, Skull House Lane, Appley Bridge) The remaining leg of the walk took them by way of “Fairy Glen” and Sprodley Brook. A good walk with many views on a clear day.

Setting off from the lay-by . . .

we have a damp start to the walk

Drystone walling in progress . . .

and an ancient craft equals a modern wall

Approaching the road at High Moor

The driveway up to Harrock Hall

Somewhere through the gorse bushes is the line of the footpath

Hard to tell what these are the remains of as we approach Harrock Hill

But it soon becomes obvious from the other side

The cellar dug into the sandstone bedrock allowed the carts to be driven in for ease of loading

A damp morning break

The men stop to put the world to rights as the rest of the party catch up

It's a bit muddy dowm there chaps - shall we continue?

but Pam leads the way, mud or no mud

As we rejoin the lane, free eggs are available . . .

and Helen decides to try a few

A short road section takes us to a quiet lane for lunch

Resuming the walk after a cold and wet lunch break

Is thast a snake slithering out of the mud pver the stile . . .

No, it's too cold for snakes - it's just a wind damaged tree . . .

which makes the stile . . .

more difficult to navigate . . .

with a number of diffierent strategies used

The Leeds to Liverpool canal . . .

at Parbold

A Stout looking vessel

Rope grooves in the rock - signs of days gone by

But only one mile to Appley bridge

Continuin along the muddy towpath . . .

towards Appley Bridge where we leave the canal

Making our way through Fairy Glen

Is this where the Fairies shower?

These steps are for fairies with long legs

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