Wednesday, 6th September 2017

Walk: Cuerden Valley Park (CVP)
Start Point: Ley Inn, Back Lane, Whittle le Woods Grid Reference: SD 575 228
Distance: 5.5 miles Ascent: 650 feet
Time: 2.75 hours
Weather: A damp start with sun later

This enjoyable walk took place in Cuerden Valley Park through which the River Lostock flows.  CVP is approximately two miles long and a half mile wide and offers much in the way of footpaths and a cycle routes.  The route was by way of the ruins of Kem Mill, a former bleaching and dyeing works (1784 – 1914).  Cuerden Hall, which has a checkerd history, was once owned by the Tatton’s, and lies to the west of the river.  At the present time it is used by the Sue Ryder Charity and offers Neurological Care.  The deputy leader explained that a sunken walled path was created in order that the Aristocrats of the Hall would be unable to see the servants arriving and leaving the Hall.  The Ley Inn provided good food served by pleasant staff.

The site of Lower Kem Mill - dyeing and printing

By the River Lostock in Cuerden Valley Park

Same place different people

Places to visit

Under construction - an eco friendly information centre in CVP

Information in CVP

The group listen to a story about a servants passage hidden from view of the occupants of Cuerden Hall

Cuerden Hall - Sue Ryder Hospice

Three Heron in CVP

Cuerden Lake

Close to Cuerden Lake but within hearing distance
of the M6 & M65 Motorways

The rear guard

Alison's Mum - in the confines of CVP

Time out to meditate

An alternative path

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