Wednesday, 11th May 2016

Walk: Start, The Beeches Hotel, take the track by the side of the Catholic Church across Standish Park area to Standish Hall Farm, Upper Wood Farm, Wood Folds, New Plantation, into Birley Wood and Elnup Wood, Mill Dam Wood Cottages then back to the Catholic Church
Start Point: The Beeches Hotel, Standish Grid Reference: SD 560 102
Distance: 5 miles Ascent: Little
Time: 2.5 hours
Weather: Light drizzle throughout with muggy warm temperatures

A Walk through Rural Wigan!!  It turned out not to be an oxymoron! (look it up).  The walk took us along well-marked footpaths, with field paths and small tracks.  We really were in a rural landscape with newly growing grain in the fields, neatly ploughed land, fields of oil seed rape and then into woodlands with carpets of bluebells at their prime.  There were interesting notices along the way telling us about the Old Hermitage, now in ruins which was once the home of retired priests, and how Standish Hall was finally sold off when there was no heir to inherit the estate.  In Elnup wood there were coal trucks, a reminder of Wigan’s coal mining heritage.  Lemon drizzle cake was on the menu at the break, kindly provided by Ann, and always appreciated by the group.

Finally onto a superb meal at the Beeches, beautifully served in gracious surroundings.  Thank you Ann and Penny for a lovely walk in muggy weather.

Blue bells in profusion . . .

in Birley Wood

Splash of yellow of the oil seed rape

Enjoying our meals at the Beeches

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