Sunday, 22nd July 2018

Walk: Drybones, Ellerbeck Colliery, Wigan Lane, Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Limbrick, Duxbury Park, Burgh Lane, Burgh Hall Coach House. The walk included stretches of both the Chorley and Adlington circular walks.
Start Point: Yarrow Valley Country Park CP Grid Reference: SD 570 152 
Distance: 8.75 miles Ascent: 550 feet
Time: 4.75 hrs
Weather: Slight drizzle for first mile then mainly overcast with occasional sunny intervals. Warm.

12 walkers. The walk took in various former industrial/mining areas where nature and the local council have ensured that much of the past now lies buried or is hidden by trees. A significant part of the walk was in woods and under deciduous trees.
Another feature of the walk was the several former local halls which had disappeared.

Weir and salmon leap on the Yarrow

We stopped to read the information board about the salmon, but did not see any salmon

Heading towards the site of the former Ellerbeck Colliery

Pit Boys at Ellerbeck Colliery. At one time there were 1,000 workers above and below ground

When we reached the Leeds to Liverpool Canal at Heath Charnock we were reminded that this stretch of the the canal up to Gargrave is due to close down soon because of the drought

As we had not left Lancashire at any stage of the walk we were puzzled
to find this sign as we approached Duxbury along the canal

Duxbury in the 1840s. The hall was demolished 60 years ago
but the park and woods remain to be enjoyed

Fungi flourishing in Duxbury woods

The waymark that guided parts of our walk

The urban fringe with its art crossed a short section of our route as we headed to Burgh

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