Wednesday, 11th April 2018

Walk: Hindley Hill Woods, Haighton Top, Cromwell’s Mound, Mason’s Wood and Preston Golf Course
Start Point: Anderton Arms, Fulwood Grid Reference: SD 557 324 
Distance: 5.5 miles Ascent: 300 feet
Time: 3 hours
Weather: Dry, overcast with a cool breeze

The walk was called Hidden Fulwood because lots people are not aware of the many footpaths in Fulwood that pass through pleasant green or wooded areas far from the maddening crowd.  Thirty people took part in today’s walk in dry weather with a little mud, in places, underfoot.  A break was taken at Cromwell’s Mound which is associated with the Battle of Preston on the 17thAugust 1648. Part of the route passed through The Howgills and The Pennines (avenues not hills) to reach a path through Mason’s Wood.  After three quarters of a mile the route changed to pass through Preston Golf Course to return to the Anderton Arms for lunch.  The food was good and reasonably priced.
Sone photos from the recce have been added for comparison.

Near to Fernyhalgh Bridge

Skirting around a little mud

The public footpath has been ploughed up

Heading for Fernyhalgh Lane and D'urton Lane

A reflective moment on D'urton Lane

Taking a break near to Cromwell's Mound

One of a number of Woodland Trust woods that the route passed through

A pleasant path through Masons Wood with ----

new surfaces and bridges . . .

Mason's Wood on the Recce . . .

and again

More of Mason's Wood on the February recce

A short ascent at Preston Golf Club

Preston Golf Club in February

Near to the end of the February recce -
between Eastway & Midgery

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