Sunday, 3rd June 2018

Walk: Leeds Liverpool canal, The Boatyard, Withnell Fold, Riley Green, Pleasington Golf Course, Pleasington Priory
Start Point: Pleasington Playing Fields Grid Reference: -
Distance: 11.6 miles Ascent: 705 feet
Time: 6 hours
Weather: A dry sunny morning. Sunshine and high temperatures for the rest of walk

From the Pleasington Playing Fields car park 11 walkers followed the footpath out onto the main road and headed for the village of Cherry Tree, and onto the towpath of the Leeds Liverpool canal. The towpath took us along the canal to the area known as The Boatyard where we stopped for coffee. Continuing after coffee we again followed the towpath to a bridge crossing into Withnell Fold where we stopped for lunch. After lunch we backtracked on the canal to take a stile and a crossing over farmland eventually reaching Marsh Lane where we turned left and into the village of Riley Green. A left turn onto a footpath in the centre of the village started our climb and circular route at the base of Hoghton Tower. Leaving the cottages at Hoghton Tower we headed to Hoghton Bottoms and  a slight detour at this point as there has been a bridge washed away leaving it impossible to cross the River Darwen at this point. Onwards and a steady climb skirting Pleasington Golf Course eventually leading us into the village and Pleasington Priory. From the village a downhill footpath took us back into Pleasington Playing Fields and our car parking.

Leaving Pleasington Playing Fields

Cherry Tree crossing to the Leeds Liverpool Canal

Early Breakfast on the canal

Follow the elders

Coffee stop on the canal

Crossing the canal into Withnell Fold . . .

where we stop for lunch

Everyone came out to see us

Crossing the M65 to Head-o'th'-Marsh

Hoghton Bottoms in Bloom

Lilac in the shade

Dovecote made from trees

Rhododendrons in the sunlight

Leaving Hoghton Bottoms

Viaduct at Kings Hill and home

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