Wednesday, 22nd April 2015

Walk: Barley Green, Childers Green, Shuttleworth House, Knotts Bridge and Bentley Wood Green
Start Point: Bentley Wood Farm Grid Reference: SD 803 317
Distance: 5.3 miles Ascent: 380 feet
Time: 3 hours
Weather: Sunny and warm
Comments: This pleasant walk used field paths tracks and canal towpath to pass through areas of green that at one time were blighted with quarries, coal pits and a large chemical works.  Across the valley of the River Calder to the north could be seen Simonstone, Padiham and places beyond whilst to the south old quarry workings could be seen at Hameldon Hill and Great Hameldon at 409 metres.  Historic maps held by Lancashire County Council show the former sites of industry in the area and can be viewed on the internet at; http://mario.lancashire.gov.uk.  Today there was blossom on trees, tree leaves were unfurling and swallows had started to return for the summer.  A lovely English spring day

Brian says that we will return from that direction

Following a farm track at Hapton

A recent sign

The route passed through Hamelden Woods ----

as can be seen

The backmarker brings up the stragglers

Some of the ladies take a rest on this very warm April day

Leaving Accrington Road behind

All the group survived this part of the route - must have strayed on to a Strenuous Walkers path

New life on the Leeds to Liverpool canal

This swan is not particular with regard to materials used for its nest

At this point the group are nearer to Leeds than Liverpool on the canal

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