Sunday, 25th February 2018

Walk:

Whittle Hills, Leeds Liverpool Canal, Healey Nab, White Coppice, Brinscall, Withnell, Withnell Fold, Hough Hill, Denham Quarry

Start Point: Car park off A6 Whittle le Woods Grid Reference: SD 578 216
Distance: 15.5 miles Ascent: 1,750 feet
Time: 6.5 hours
Weather: Very cold but dry with clear sky
Comments:

This walk followed an old route called the Whittle Wander starting at Whittle-le-Woods. After passing under the M61we were soon onto the Leeds Liverpool canal which we followed past Botany Bay. We left the canal to climb Healey Nab where we stopped for our 11’s. Today there were great views to be had across Lancashire.

We left the Nab dropping down to White Coppice and then on to Brinscall where we had lunch. It was then on to Withnell via the old railway line track. From here we crossed fields through Withnell Fold to Top o’ th’ Lane. Fortunately the overnight frost had made the fields much easier to walk through as they were not muddy. We then visited the trig point on Hough Hill before returning to the start.

Looks light enough from here but was very dark as we walked through . . .

then moved on to . . .

another tunnel

New lock gates at Johnson's Hillock . . .

where the basin has been 'dewatered' . . .

while work goes on

Local information

More work to be carried out

Is it a narrowboat . . .

or a gunboat?

I don't think we'll make it that far . . .

or even in the opposite direction

Elevenses at Healey Nab . . .

followed by lunch . . .

at Brinscall Lodge

Reindeer . . .

but no antlers yet

Hough Hill Summit . . .

above Denham Quarry

An interesting tree where there has been lots of erosion . . .

making stones surrounded by the roots visible

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