Wednesday, 17th May 2017

Walk: Ashurst Beacon
Start Point: The Fox, Roby Mill Grid Reference: SD 517 072
Distance: 4 miles Ascent: 460 feet
Time: 2.5 hours
Weather: Overcast but dry

This walk took place in the area of West Lancashire and started at Roby Mill.  The Mill being a corn mill with the owner said to be Roby.  An old map shows a dam near to the mill which would indicate that it was probably driven by a waterwheel.  The same map also shows former sandstone quarries, gravel pits and coal pits.  The quarries appear to have been linked to the River Douglas and Leeds/Liverpool canal by a Tram Way.  The route taken on the walk traversed land formerly used for above mentioned industries.  It is now meadows and woodland.  The outgoing leg of the walk was approximately 2 miles in length with a rise of 250 feet.  Ashurst Beacon is in a prominent location and affords views of 360 degrees to include the Fylde Coast, the vegetable garden of England around Ormskirk, Winter Hill and its transmitters, and Greater Manchester.  The route was on field paths, tracks and quite lanes.  Fourteen members took part and enjoyed an excellent meal and service at The Fox

The expedition leader

Start of the ascent to Ashurst Beacon through buttercup meadows

The path passing through fields of rape

Bluebells and Rape

Approaching Ashurst Beacon

A plaque located on the Beacon

A woodland area on the decsent from Ashurst Beacon

Not in Steam

Plenty to keep the home fires burning

One of the stiles on route

A chance to get ones feet wet

A catch up stop

Red flag flying - shooting in progress

Most of the group on the descent to The Fox

There was plenty of Hawthorn Blossom on route

This tree survives even with a hollow and charred trunk

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