Sunday, 27th March 2016

Walk: Goose Green, Wheelton Plantation (Brinscall Woods), Ratten Clough, Solomon’s Temple, Pope’s, Keck, Roddlesworth Moor, Woods and River, Calf Hey Bridge, Pimms, Great Hill, Drinkwater’s, Coppice Stile House
Start Point: White Coppice Nursery Grid Reference: SD 616 190
Distance: 8.5 miles Ascent: 1,100 feet
Time: 5.5 hours
Weather: Sunshine and showers. Windy. After lunch when approaching the top of Great Hill, we were battered for 20 minutes by a heavy hail storm accompanied by thunder and lightning circling overhead. The moor was “white-over.” We returned to White Coppice in blue skies and sunshine. Memorable!
Comments: 17 walkers.
The walk took in several of the ruined farms featured in David Clayton’s 2011 book “Lost Farms of Brinscall Moors”. This is recommended reading for anyone interested in learning about the de-population of the moors and  how that landscape has changed. Copies available from Lancashire Library Service.
The walk was muddy in places, particularly on the path to Calf Hey Bridge in Roddlesworth Woods and on the path to Pimms, however conditions underfoot have generally improved over the last month.
Photos by Jim Carr and Chorley’s Bernard Noblett.

Heading out onto Brinscall Moor

It was a day when the skies told their own story

The leader checking the right turn to Ratten Clough

Over the top

Ratten Clough is one of the best preserved of the deserted Brinscall Moor farmhouses

The leaving of Ratten Clough

Lunch in Roddlesworth Woods

Ascent of Great Hill from Pimms. Don't let that sky over Darwen Moor fool you

It was looking threatening over Great Hill

Coming our way

On top of Great Hill. The storm passing over. Easter or Christmas.

Descending to White Coppice via Drinkwaters

Looking over to Winter Hill and Rivington, two other Chorley peaks

Joe's Cup still in place

No cricket, so we went home

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