Wednesday, 2nd August 2017

Walk: Denham Hill Quarry, Denham Hall, Lower Copthurst, Whittle Hills, Whittle Tunnels and Carr Brook Linear Park
Start Point: Dantes Restaurant Halfway House, Clayton le Woods Grid Reference: SD 579 229
Distance: 5 miles Ascent: 580 feet
Time: 3 hours
Weather: Fine rain most of the time.  The sun arrived after the walk was over
Comments:

The walk started by using a path through Carr Brook Linear Park and then the line of the former South End of the Lancaster Canal.  (A spur of the Leeds/Liverpool Canal that linked, via Tram Way, to the Lancaster Canal at Preston).  On the way the group were shown the remains of an old Limekiln (the lime and coal shipped by barges on the canal) and the site of a marker of St Helen’s Well.  The original site of the well is now covered by the M61 Motorway.  After crossing the M61 and a stiff climb the group passed through Denham Hill Quarry to reach Denham Hall. Shortly after passing through Lower Copthurst, the group went underground twice, once to use a long tunnel under the M61 and then a tunnel passing under what at one time was the Lancaster Canal South End.  Torches proved to be an asset in the tunnels.  From Hill Top Lane the group used a very short section of the remaining bit of the Lancaster Canal South End to emerge on to Chorley Old Road at Mill Lane.  From there part of the line of the old canal was used to re-enter Carr Brook Linear Park before returning to Dantes Restaurant for lunch in plush surrounds.  The meal was excellent.  Things of interest were pointed out on the walk by the back marker.  In good weather many views can be seen.

The first leg of the walk passed through the park

The remains of a 200 year old Limekiln

Part of the group viewing the limekiln

Part of the route

A marker for St Helen's Well - the original site is now covered by the M61 Motorway

The end of a tunnel that passed under the former Lancaster Canal - South End

Emerging from Mill Lane Bridge - the remains of the former Lancaster Canal - South End

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